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Sid "Joe" Pearce

Second row

Player Bio

Inducted:
2008
Birthplace:
Woollahra, NSW
Date of Birth:
07 September 1910
Nickname:
Joe
Debut Team:
Eastern Suburbs
Opposition:
Western Suburbs
Date:
29 June 1929
Venue:
Pratten Park, Ashfield
Representative:
New South Wales, Australia
Club:
Eastern Suburbs

Career

Milestones

  • Premierships: 1935-37, 1940
  • Kangaroo Tours: 1933-34, 1937-38
  • Rated No. 45 in Rugby League Week’s Top 100 players: 1992
First Class Games
241
Points
247
Tries
59

Biography

The son of legendary Australian hooker Sandy Pearce, Sidney ''Joe'' Pearce became one of the game's greatest exponents in his own right. He played Australian rules as a youngster but was soon drawn to the game in which his father had enjoyed so much success.

Joe Pearce was graded by Easts in 1929, originally as a fullback, but soon shifted to the second row with outstanding results.

He made his interstate debut in 1930 and within two years was a fully-fledged Test player.

He played a prominent role in the Ashes series of 1932, especially when he slotted in at five-eighth in the memorable second Test — the Battle of Brisbane — after Eric Weissel suffered an ankle injury.

Pearce's huge hands made him one of the game's surest handlers, and he was often seen holding the ball in one hand while palming off defenders with the other.

In 1933–34, he became the first player to emulate the feat of his father by touring with the Kangaroos (Sandy had toured in 1908–09 and 1921–22).

Joe toured again in 1937–38, but was a passenger for most of the trip after breaking his leg en route, in New Zealand.

Joe Pearce was also part of one of the most formidable club teams of all time, playing in premiership-winning Easts teams in 1935–36–37 and 1940.

“He possessed great strength, but his handling was the most spectacular feature of his play.”

Rugby League News, 1946

Career Stats

Club Career

Club
Team Name Competition Year Start Year End Played Tries Goals Field Goals Points
Eastern Suburbs Premiership 1929 1942 147 34 14 - 130
Eastern Suburbs City Cup 1937 1937 2 1 - - 3
Eastern Suburbs State Championship
1939
1941
1939
1942
4 - - - -

Representative Career

City - Country

City - Country
Team Name Opponent Year Start Year End Played Tries Goals Field Goals Points
City Firsts Country Firsts
1930
1941
1939
1941
11 4 5 - 22

State

State
Team Name Competition Opponent Year Start Year End Played Tries Goals Field Goals Points
New South Wales Interstate Series Queensland 1930 1941 30 7 11 - 43
New South Wales Touring Teams
1932
1936
1938
1932
1936
1938
3 - - - -
New South Wales Tour Matches 1930 1932 3 - - - -

International

International
Team Name Competition Year Start Year End Played Tries Goals Field Goals Points
Australia Tests 1932 1937 13 1 1 - 5
Australia Tour Matches 1933 1935 23 12 4 - 44

Other Representative

Other Representative
Team Name Opponent Year Start Year End Played Tries Goals Field Goals Points
Metropolis New Zealand
1930
1938
1930
1938
2 - - - -
Metropolis England 1932 1932 1 - - - -
Kangaroos The Rest 1934 1934 1 - - - -
Sydney England 1936 1936 1 - - - -

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