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Andy Norval

Lock

Player Bio

Inducted:
2008
Birthplace:
Hindmarsh, SA
Date of Birth:
25 April 1912
Nickname:
-
Debut Team:
Eastern Suburbs
Opposition:
South Sydney
Date:
25 April 1934
Venue:
Sydney Sports Ground, NSW
Representative:
City, New South Wales, Australia
Clubs:
South Newcastle, Eastern Suburbs

Career

Milestones
  • Premierships: 1935-37, 1940
  • Kangaroo Tour: 1937-38
First Class Games
144
Points
188
Tries
62

Biography

In an interview recorded not long before his death in 2006, the great Eastern Suburbs stalwart Dick Dunn stated that Andy Norval was ''the best player I saw ... I saw him do things on a football field that were impossible''.

A player of outstanding versatility, Norval was a member of the famous Easts teams that won premierships in 1935,1936,1937 and 1940. He was best known as a lock, but played his only three Test matches on the 1937–38 Kangaroo tour as a winger.

He grew up in Newcastle, where he was compared with the great Wally Prigg, and joined Easts in 1934 after playing some Australian rules football in South Australia.

On his Kangaroo tour, Norval was understudy to Prigg, the team captain, and was thus rated a long-shot to play any of the Tests on tour, but a combination of injuries to the selected wingers and his outstanding form in the minor matches earned him a place for the third Test against England and Australia's first ever Tests against France.

Sydney fans saw Norval play every position in the backline bar halfback — an amazing achievement for a forward. He was incredibly strong, and intimidating.

''I saw players literally run away from him on the field,'' Dunn recalled.

He also combined spectacular cover defence with an ability to score tries. He finished with 42 tries in 106 first-grade appearances for Easts and scored a try in each of his three Tests.

“He was just punishing…dynamic. I saw him do things on the football field that were ‘impossible’.”

Dick Dunn Eastern Suburbs team-mate

Career Stats

Club Career

Club
Team Name Competition Year Start Year End Played Tries Goals Field Goals Points
South Newcastle Newcastle Rugby League 1932 1933 - - - - -
Eastern Suburbs Premiership 1934 1941 106 42 1 - 128
Eastern Suburbs City Cup 1937 1937 4 1 - - 3
Eastern Suburbs State Championship 1939 1939 2 - - - -

Representative Career

City - Country

City - Country
Team Name Opponent Year Start Year End Played Tries Goals Field Goals Points
City Seconds Country Seconds
1934
1939
1937
1939
5 2 - - 6
City Firsts Country Firsts
1938
1941
1938
1941
2 4 - - 12
City Country
1937
1940
1937
1940
2 1 - - 3

State

State
Team Name Competition Opponent Year Start Year End Played Tries Goals Field Goals Points
New South Wales Interstate Series Queensland
1938
1940
1938
1941
5 3 - - 9
New South Wales Tour Matches 1938 1938 2 - - - -

International

International
Team Name Competition Year Start Year End Played Tries Goals Field Goals Points
Australia Tests 1937 1938 3 3 - - 9
Australia Tour Matches 1937 1938 12 5 - - 15

Other Representative

Other Representative
Team Name Opponent Year Start Year End Played Tries Goals Field Goals Points
Sydney New Zealand 1938 1938 1 1 - - 3

Hall Of Fame Members