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Tom Gorman

Centre

Player Bio

Inducted:
2008
Birthplace:
Mackay, QLD
Date of Birth:
06 June 1901
Nickname:
-
Debut Team:
Queensland Country
Opposition:
City
Date:
28 May 1921
Venue:
Davies Park, South Brisbane
Representative:
Queensland, Australia
Clubs:
Toowoomba Brothers, Brisbane Brothers

Career

Milestones
  • Premierships: 1926
  • Kangaroo Tour Captain: 1929030
  • Australian captain: 7 Tests
  • Queensland Team of the Century: 2008
  • Rated No. 21 in Rugby League Week’s Top 100 players: 1992
First Class Games
126
Points
188
Tries
43

Biography

The views of men who played alongside Tom Gorman tell more of him than anything else ever could. Duncan Thompson wrote: ''Tommy Gorman was an artist ... he shunned such crudities as power and beat men with acceleration and swerve that was just sheer grace. Having once seen him, I knew I had seen greatness.''

In 1929–30, on the tour of Chimpy Busch's famous no try in the third Test, Gorman became the first Queenslander to captain a Kangaroos team, taking his men to within an inch of the Ashes and winning enormous respect for his leadership.

''Tom Gorman's presence in this country will be remembered for years to come by all who have met him and seen him play,'' declared George Mott, chairman of the Council at Ilkley, home base of the Kangaroos.

Herb Steinohrt - when picking his best Australian side from the years 1922 to 1940 - had no hesitation in putting Gorman in the centres, alongside Dave Brown.

Gorman holds a special place in the story of rugby league in Queensland.

Born in Charters Towers, he became an integral part of the Toowoomba football miracle of the 1920s, forging a famous centre partnership with Edward Brown.

For 12 years, he was an automatic selection in the Queensland team.

''If you can imagine such a thing as a mixture of that quick-thinking animal the fox, the speed of an Arab horse and the slipperiness of an eel, you have Tom Gorman,'' commented the journal Midweek Sports in 1926.

“Gorman rose to his greatest heights in his own play and was an inspiring force as a leader.”

The Referee newspaper, 1929 Following Australia’s win in the first Test in England

Career Stats

Club Career

Club
Team Name Competition Year Start Year End Played Tries Goals Field Goals Points
Toowoomba Brothers Toowoomba Club Competition 1920 1925 - - - - -
Brothers Brisbane Brisbane Club Competition 1926 1930 35 18 23 - 100

Representative Career

Intercity

Intercity
Team Name Competition Opponent Year Start Year End Played Tries Goals Field Goals Points
Toowoomba Bulimba Cup 1925 1925 4 2 1 - 8
Toowoomba Touring Teams
1921
1924
1922
1925
5 2 2 - 10
Brisbane
1926
1929
1927
1929
9 4 5 - 22

State

State
Team Name Competition Opponent Year Start Year End Played Tries Goals Field Goals Points
Queensland Interstate Series New South Wales 1921 1930 27 6 - - -
Queensland Victoria 1924 1924 1 1 - - 3
Queensland Touring Teams
1925
1928
1925
1928
3 1 - - 3
Queensland The Rest 1927 1928 2 2 - - 6
Queensland Tour Matches
1925
1927
1925
1927
9 5 - - 12

International

International
Team Name Competition Year Start Year End Played Tries Goals Field Goals Points
Australia Tests
1924
1928
1924
1930
10 - - - -
Australia Tour Matches 1929 1930 18 2 - - 6

Other Representative

Other Representative
Team Name Opponent Year Start Year End Played Tries Goals Field Goals Points
Queensland Country City 1921 1921 1 - - - -
South Queensland North Queensland 1927 1927 1 - - - -
Kangaroos The Rest 1930 1930 1 - - - -

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