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Eric Weissel

Five-eighth

Player Bio

Inducted:
2008
Birthplace:
Cootamundra, NSW
Date of Birth:
16 February 1903
Nickname:
-
Debut Team:
Combined Districts
Opposition:
England
Date:
27 May 1924
Venue:
Fisher Park, Cootamundra
Representative:
Country, New South Wales, Australia
Clubs:
Cootamundra, Temora, Barmedman, Narrandera, Wagga Magpies

Career

Milestones
  • Kangaroo Tour: 1929-30
  • Rated No. 32 in Rugby League Week’s Top 100 players: 1992
First Class Games
39
Points
211
Tries
7

Biography

Eric Weissel's long run on a lame ankle to secure the ''Battle of Brisbane'' Test for Australia was the greatest moment of a brilliant career.

He was being treated for that injury, when he saw an opportunity and hobbled back onto the field, picked up the loose ball in his own half and set sail for the line.

Tackled just short of the line, the ball was kicked free from the ensuing ruck and halfback Hec Gee grabbed it and scored. Against insurmountable odds, Australia won 15–6.

Born in Cootamundra, Weissel stands as country football's all-time hero. He never left the bush, instead playing for a string of Riverina clubs during a career that spanned 18 seasons.

He was probably the greatest Maher Cup player of them all, and on the wider stage - in a career that featured eight Tests against England - his ranking was almost as impressive.

The Sunday Guardian called Weissel '''the greatest all-round exponent of rugby league football since Dally Messenger'', while English captain Jonty Parkin said simply that he was the greatest player he had seen. Tom Goodman described him as a ''complete five-eighth''.

A fine left-foot goalkicker, on the 1929–30 Kangaroo campaign Weissel scored 127 points and forged a wonderful scrum-base combination with half Joe Busch and lock Wally Prigg.

A few years earlier, in 1926, he had top-scored with 42 for Riverina in the annual country cricket carnival at the SCG, and then caught and bowled another Cootamundra born lad, Don Bradman.

“The greatest all-round exponent of football since Dally Messenger.”

The Sydney Sunday Guardian Newspaper in the 1930's

Career Stats

Club Career

Club
Team Name Competition Year Start Year End Played Tries Goals Field Goals Points
Cootamundra Group 9 Premiership 1921 1926 - - - - -
Temora Group 9 Premiership 1927 1934 - - - - -
Barmedman Group 9 Premiership 1935 1936 - - - - -
Narrendera Group 9 Premiership 1937 1937 - - - - -
Wagga Magpies Group 13 Premiership 1938 1939 - - - - -

Representative Career

City - Country

City - Country
Team Name Opponent Year Start Year End Played Tries Goals Field Goals Points
Country Firsts City Firsts
1928
1932
1930
1932
4 1 9 - 21
Country City 1928 1928 1 - - - -
Country Metropolis 1932 1932 1 1 6 - 15

State

State
Team Name Competition Opponent Year Start Year End Played Tries Goals Field Goals Points
New South Wales Interstate Series Queensland
1929
1932
1930
1932
5 - 7 - 14

International

International
Team Name Competition Year Start Year End Played Tries Goals Field Goals Points
Australia Tests
1928
1932
1930
1932
8 1 15 - 33
Australia Tour Matches 1929 1930 17 4 51 - 114

Other Representative

Other Representative
Team Name Opponent Year Start Year End Played Tries Goals Field Goals Points
Combined Districts England 1924 1924 1 - - - -
Combined Southern New Zealand 1925 1925 1 - 7 - 14
South-West Districts England 1928 1928 1 - - - -

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