76. Michael Cronin

Michael Cronin was a magnificent centre and one of the greatest point-scoring machines the game has known, at both club and representative levels.

In his 10 seasons with Parramatta, after coming from Gerringong on the NSW South Coast, Cronin scored 1971 points in 216 games.

He also scored 173 points for NSW and incredible 201 points in Test matches.

There were many highlights to his magnificent career, but undoubtedly one of his greatest seasons was 1978, when he scored 543 points in all matches, including 282 points for the premiership year and 26 goals in succession.

He also went on his second Kangaroo tour and won a second successive Rothmans Medal.

Cronin's representative career began in 1973 when he represented NSW Country and was a shock selection in the Kangaroo squad. He finished that tour as leading point-scorer, and was an international regular from 1974.

In 1977, he decided to link up with Parramatta, and despite continuing to live in Gerringong, where he ran the local pub, and commuting to Sydney for training and matches, was one of the key factors in Parramatta winning four premierships in the 1980s.

He went out in glory in 1986 by landing two pressure goals to steer his team to a 4–2 grand-final victory over Canterbury. At that time, he was the highest point scorer in Sydney premiership history, and Australia's leading scorer in Test football.

Position: Centre.

Clubs: Gerringong 1970–76; Parramatta 1977–86.

Club landmarks: Won premierships with Parramatta 1981–83, 1986; Holds Parramatta club record for most points (1,971).

Games for NSW: 27 (1973–83; includes six State of Origins 1980–83).

Tests for Australia: 22 (1973–82).

World Cup matches: 11 (1975–77).

Representative landmarks: Kangaroo tours 1973, 1978; Australian tour of New Zealand 1980; World Series 1975, 1977; Scored world record 547 points in all matches 1978.