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Herb Steinohrt

Prop

Player Bio

Inducted:
2008
Birthplace:
Springside, QLD
Date of Birth:
21 October 1897
Nickname:
-
Debut Team:
Toowoomba
Opposition:
England
Date:
18 June 1924
Venue:
Athletic Oval, Toowoomba
Representative:
Queensland, Australia
Clubs:
Warra, Valleys Toowoomba

Career

Milestones
  • Kangaroo Tour: 1929-30
  • Australian captain: Three Tests
  • Queensland Team of the Century: 2008
  • Rated No. 56 in Rugby League Week’s Top 100 players: 1992
First Class Games
155
Points
150
Tries
46

Biography

Born in 1899, raw-boned Herb Steinohrt grew into one of champion forwards of the 1920s and 1930s. He was renowned for his hardness and great strength. A prop and second-rower, he came to Toowoomba in 1922 and represented the city 125 times during the legendary era of the ''Galloping Clydesdales''.

He also played for Queensland continually from 1925 to 1933, and for Australia 31 times, including nine Tests.

Steinohrt was a key figure in the Queensland teams that dominated NSW in the 1920s, was an automatic selection for three straight Test series, in 1928, 1929–30 and 1932, and he had the honour of leading Australia in all three Tests against England in 1932.

One of those Tests in 1932 was the infamous ''Battle of Brisbane'', a game that Australia won heroically despite a number of players, including hooker Dan Dempsey and lock Frank O'Connor, being badly injured.

At the final whistle, the crowd carried captain Steinohrt from the field in triumph.

A champion player and a man who worked for rugby league throughout his life (he was still a coach and administrator at 75), Steinohrt remains a revered figure in the story of Queensland sport, tagged an ''Immortal'' in a tribute by long-time QRL President Ron McAuliffe.

Those who played with him were rich in their praise.

Duncan Thompson claimed that ''he had stamina and strength, and the football brain to go with it'', while Mick Madsen, Steinohrt's famous forward partner of many battles, remembered him as ''one of the great tacticians of the game''.

“Modest, unassuming, down-to-earth, he never asked anyone to do anything on the field of play that he would not do himself."

Professor Max Howell Author of the Greatest Game Under the Sun

Career Stats

Club Career

Club
Team Name Competition Year Start Year End Played Tries Goals Field Goals Points
Warra 1919 1921 - - - - -
Valleys Toowoomba Toowoomba Club Competition
1922
1931
1929
1938
- - - - -
Valleys South Toowoomba Toowoomba Club Competition 1930 1930 - - - - -

Representative Career

Intercity

Intercity
Team Name Competition Opponent Year Start Year End Played Tries Goals Field Goals Points
Toowoomba 1924 1937 73 27 3 - 87

State

State
Team Name Competition Opponent Year Start Year End Played Tries Goals Field Goals Points
Queensland Interstate Series New South Wales 1925 1933 34 5 - - 15
Queensland Touring Teams
1925
1928
1930
1932
1925
1928
1930
1932
7 2 1 - 8
Queensland Tour Matches
1925
1927
1925
1927
10 9 2 - 33
Queensland The Rest 1927 1927 1 1 - - 3

International

International
Team Name Competition Year Start Year End Played Tries Goals Field Goals Points
Australia Tests
1928
1932
1930
1932
9 - - - -
Australia Tour Matches 1929 1930 18 - - - -

Other Representative

Other Representative
Team Name Opponent Year Start Year End Played Tries Goals Field Goals Points
South Queensland North Queensland 1927 1927 1 - - - -
The Rest Queensland 1927 1927 1 1 - - 3
Kangaroos The Rest 1930 1930 1 1 - - 3

Hall Of Fame Members