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Ernie Norman

Five-eighth

Player Bio

Inducted:
2008
Birthplace:
Wagga Wagga, NSW
Date of Birth:
12 August 1912
Nickname:
-
Debut Team:
Eastern Suburbs
Opposition:
University
Date:
25 April 1931
Venue:
Sydney Sports Ground, NSW
Representative:
City, New South Wales, Queensland
Club:
Eastern Suburbs

Career

Milestones
  • Premierships: 1935-37
  • Kangaroo Tour: 1937-38
  • Rated No. 81 in Rugby League Week’s Top 100 players: 1992
First Class Games
160
Points
108
Tries
36

Biography

When NSW defeated England in 1936, the celebrated Sun journalist Claude Corbett wrote enthusiastically about the performance of Easts' five-eighth Ernie Norman. Corbett called the game ''one of the greatest seen for many years'' and reckoned Norman's sustained deeds in defence were ''almost bordering on the miraculous''.

The reporter continued, ''All through this game, Norman performed prodigious feats''.

Ernie Norman lived all his life in Sydney's Eastern Suburbs. A product of the Paddington and Imperial clubs in Easts' juniors, Norman made his way to grade in 1931 after starring in the Tricolours' President's Cup side the previous year.

Equally at home at centre or five-eighth and described by team-mate Joe Pearce as ''an amazingly low tackler and a very good team player'', Norman made an instant impact in big-time football.

First-grade selection was followed by representative honours for both City and New South Wales within three months.

He wore the green and gold into one of the toughest Test series of all time in 1932, starring in the epic Battle of Brisbane, won 15–6 by Australia.

Injury cost Norman his place in the 1933–34 Kangaroo squad, but he quickly regained his position for the 1935 New Zealand tour and became a regular in Australian sides until the intervention of the war.

Norman was a member of the champion Eastern Suburbs sides which won three straight premierships and played 101 first-grade matches until his retirement in 1939.

“He wasn’t a big bloke, but he was an amazingly low tackler and very good team player. Very smart and clever.”

Sidney "Joe" Pearce Eastern Suburbs team-mate

Career Stats

Club Career

Club
Team Name Competition Year Start Year End Played Tries Goals Field Goals Points
Eastern Suburbs Premiership 1931 1939 101 26 - - 78
Eastern Suburbs City Cup 1937 1937 3 - - - -

Representative Career

City - Country

City - Country
Team Name Opponent Year Start Year End Played Tries Goals Field Goals Points
City Firsts Country Firsts
1931
1936
1932
1937
101 26 - - 78
City Seconds Country Seconds 1935 1935 1 - - - -
City Country 1933 1933 1 - - - -

State

State
Team Name Competition Opponent Year Start Year End Played Tries Goals Field Goals Points
New South Wales Interstate Series Queensland
1931
1935
1932
1937
14 3 - - 9
New South Wales Touring Teams 1936 1936 1 - - - -
New South Wales Tour Matches 1932 1932 1 - - - -

International

International
Team Name Competition Year Start Year End Played Tries Goals Field Goals Points
Australia Tests
1932
1935
1932
1937
12 2 - - 6
Australia Tour Matches
1935
1937
1935
1938
21 3 - - 9

Other Representative

Other Representative
Team Name Opponent Year Start Year End Played Tries Goals Field Goals Points
Kangaroos The Rest 1934 1934 1 - - - -

Hall Of Fame Members