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Edward "Tedda" Courtney

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Player Bio

Inducted:
2008
Birthplace:
Townsville, QLD
Date of Birth:
29 August 1884
Nickname:
Tedda
Debut Team:
New South Wales
Opposition:
New Zealand
Date:
17 August 1907
Venue:
Royal Agricultural Society Ground, Sydney
Representative:
New South Wales, Australia
Clubs:
Newtown, Western Suburbs, North Sydney

Career

Milestones
  • Kangaroo Tours: 1908-09, 1911-12
First Class Games
320
Points
225
Tries
75

Biography

If there is one word that sums up Ted Courtney, it is persistence. He never relented when on the football field, and his first-class rugby league career extended from 1908 to 1924, culminating in him playing alongside his son at Western Suburbs in his final season.

Courtney played against the All Golds in 1907, and from the 1908 Kangaroos tour to the visit of the British Lions in 1914 — an era that saw many famous names come and go — Courtney was the cornerstone of Australia's Test packs.

Already having made two Kangaroo tours to Great Britain, had the World War I not intervened, there is no doubt his representative career would have extended towards a decade.

A hard and resolute front-rower with Newtown, Norths and Wests, Courtney had a propensity to tackle opponents by launching his body in ferocious dives at their legs.

Far from being a dour or stoic forward though, Courtney could readily find the tryline following up in support.

On the 1908–09 Kangaroo tour he was leading try-scorer among the forwards, crossing 10 times. On both counts, Courtney's forward play pleased the fans - he was particularly popular in Sydney and in the north of England.

Perhaps the greatest indication of his rightful standing in the annals of the game comes from Dally Messenger, who in 1940 nominated Courtney alongside Frank Burge as two of the forwards he would most want to play alongside.

“He was a splendid front row man and was made of whipcord.”

Billy Cann Kangaroo team-mate

Career Stats

Club Career

Club
Team Name Competition Year Start Year End Played Tries Goals Field Goals Points
Newtown Premiership 1908 1908 7 2 - - 6
Western Suburbs Premiership
1909
1911
1909
1924
161 35 2 - 109
Western Suburbs City Cup 1914 1921 19 - - - -
North Sydney Premiership 1910 1910 12 1 - - 3

Representative Career

State

State
Team Name Competition Opponent Year Start Year End Played Tries Goals Field Goals Points
New South Wales Interstate Series
1908
1910
1915
1908
1912
1915
8 2 - - 6
New South Wales Touring Teams
1907
1909
1919
1907
1914
1919
23 9 - - 27
New South Wales Tour matches 1912 1913 13 3 - - 9

International

International
Team Name Competition Year Start Year End Played Tries Goals Field Goals Points
Australia Tests
1908
1914
1911
1914
10 1 - - 3
Australia Internationals 1909 1909 3 2 - - 6
Australia Tour matches
1908
1911
1909
1912
47 12 - - 36

Other Representative

Other Representative
Team Name Opponent Year Start Year End Played Tries Goals Field Goals Points
Metropolis Queensland 1908 1908 1 - - - -
Metropolis Maoris 1908 1908 1 - - - -
Kangaroos Rest of NSW
1909
1917
1909
1917
3 1 - - 3
Kangaroos Wallabies 1909 1909 4 1 - - 3
Kangaroos England 1910 1910 1 - - - -
Australasia England 1910 1910 2 1 - - 3
Kangaroos Metropolis 1912 1912 1 - - - -
Metropolis Country 1912 1912 1 2 - - 6
Metropolis England 1914 1914 1 - - - -
Metropolis Newcastle 1915 1915 1 1 - - 3
Next Best Best 1918 1918 1918 1 2 - - 6

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