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George Treweek

Second row

Player Bio

Inducted:
2008
Birthplace:
Grahamstown, NSW
Date of Birth:
31 March 1905
Nickname:
-
Debut Team:
South Sydney
Opposition:
Western Suburbs
Date:
30 May 1926
Venue:
Sydney Cricket Ground, NSW
Representative:
City, New South Wales, Australia
Club:
South Sydney

Career

Milestones
  • Premierships: 1926-29, 1931-32
  • Kangaroo Tour: 1929-30
  • Rated No. 35 in Rugby League Week’s Top 100 players: 1992
First Class Games
180
Points
184
Tries
61

Biography

They called George Treweek ''Arms and Legs'' because of his wild and ungainly running style, but it was those same limbs that wrought havoc on the football fields of Australia and England in the 1920s and 1930s.

Treweek stood 188cm, making him the tallest player of his era and his ability to split the defence made him one of the game's great second-rowers.

On the Kangaroo tour of 1929–30 the English press described him as the greatest forward in the world.

Back home in Australia, Treweek worked as a butcher which meant 4am starts and on match days he would be serving customers until midday before gathering his gear and heading off to the game.

On tour, Treweek had the luxury of sleeping in every day and when he confronted the big English packs he was full of energy.

Treweek was a towering figure in South Sydney's golden era of the 1920s and 1930s, in which the club won seven titles in eight years.

He captained Souths in the 1932 decider and after declining a second Kangaroo tour for business reasons in 1933–34, wound up his career at the end of 1934.

The great league scribe Tom Goodman, who died in 1989, always reckoned George Treweek was the finest second-rower of them all.

“…men associated with the game since its inception in Australia triumphantly declared Treweek one of the greatest forwards ever.”

Rugby League Annual, 1928 Discussing Treweek’s impact on the third Ashes Test

Career Stats

Club Career

Club
Team Name Competition Year Start Year End Played Tries Goals Field Goals Points
South Sydney Premiership 1926 1934 118 39 - - 117

Representative Career

City - Country

City - Country
Team Name Opponent Year Start Year End Played Tries Goals Field Goals Points
City Firsts Country Firsts 1928 1933 6 2 - - 6

State

State
Team Name Competition Opponent Year Start Year End Played Tries Goals Field Goals Points
New South Wales Interstate Series Queensland
1927
1933
1931
1933
18 8 - - 24
New South Wales Touring Teams
1928
1930
1928
1930
4 4 - - 12
New South Wales Tour Matches 1927 1928 4 1 - - 3

International

International
Team Name Competition Year Start Year End Played Tries Goals Field Goals Points
Australia Tests 1928 1930 7 1 - - 3
Australia Tour Matches 1929 1930 18 5 - - 15

Other Representative

Other Representative
Team Name Opponent Year Start Year End Played Tries Goals Field Goals Points
Metropolis Combined Country 1927 1927 1 - - - -
Kangaroos The Rest 1930 1930 1 1 - - 3
Metropolis New Zealand 1930 1930 1 - - - -
Metropolis Country 1932 1932 1 - - - -
The Rest Kangaroos 1934 1934 1 - - - -

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