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Peter "Mick" Madsen

Prop

Player Bio

Inducted:
2008
Birthplace:
Tannymorel, QLD
Date of Birth:
16 September 1901
Nickname:
Mick
Debut Team:
Toowoomba
Opposition:
Brisbane
Date:
02 May 1925
Venue:
Exhibition Ground, Brisbane
Representative:
Queensland, Australia
Club:
Brothers Toowoomba

Career

Milestones

  • Queensland Team of the Century: 2008
  • Kangaroo Tours: 1929-30, 1933-34
  • Australian captain: 1 Test
  • Rated No. 61 in Rugby League Week’s Top 100 players: 1992
First Class Games
149
Points
36
Tries
12

Biography

In 1982, when Rugby League Week magazine assembled a most distinguished panel of judges in the game's history to pick a ''Hall of Fame'' Australian rugby league XIII, their most discussed choice was front-rower Peter 'Mick' Madsen.

The judges were emphatic in placing him alongside fellow Queenslander Duncan Hall and Easts' Sandy Pearce in the front row.

An immensely strong man, Madsen was a foundation stone of Queensland and Toowoomba's rise to the dominant place in Australian rugby league in the 1920s.

He represented Toowoomba every year from 1925 to 1937, played 40 games for Queensland, nine Tests and 37 tour matches for Australia.

With regular captain Frank McMillan injured, he assumed the leadership for the second Ashes Test on the 1933–34 tour.

In the 1970s, Duncan Thompson named Madsen and Herb Steinohrt as the greatest of all prop combinations, describing them as 'rough men in rough positions, yet surprisingly polished in ball handling and distribution'.

Madsen was a big man, (185cm and 96kg), who played with his sleeves rolled up. Stories of strength and courage accompanied him through his career. ''Nature's gentleman ... tough as they come,'' said Joe Pearce.

An enduring symbol of the stoutness and honesty of the country player, Madsen retired in 1937 and the great administrator Harry Sunderland would write poignantly of a powerful run he made in his final interstate game.

''We who have known his true worth as a gentleman and a player,'' Sunderland commented, ''will never allow to fade from our memories that last charge that he made.''

“English critics still rate Mick Madsen as one of the greatest forwards ever to don a jersey…and few fans will disagree.”

Sunday Truth, May 9, 1971

Career Stats

Club Career

Club
Team Name Competition Year Start Year End Played Tries Goals Field Goals Points
Brothers Toowoomba Toowoomba Club Competition 1921 1937 - - - - -

Representative Career

Intercity

Intercity
Team Name Competition Opponent Year Start Year End Played Tries Goals Field Goals Points
Toowoomba 1925 1937 60 4 - - 12

State

State
Team Name Competition Opponent Year Start Year End Played Tries Goals Field Goals Points
Queensland Interstate Series New South Wales 1928 1937 36 3 - - 9
Queensland Touring Teams
1928
1930
1932
1936
1928
1930
1932
1936
5 1 - - 3

International

International
Team Name Competition Year Start Year End Played Tries Goals Field Goals Points
Australia Tests
1929
1932
1936
1929
1933
1936
9 - - - -
Australia Tour Matches
1929
1944
1930
1934
37 3 - - 9

Other Representative

Other Representative
Team Name Opponent Year Start Year End Played Tries Goals Field Goals Points
The Rest Queensland 1928 1928 1 - - - -
Kangaroos The Rest 1930 1930 1 1 - - 3

Hall Of Fame Members