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George Treweek (31 March 1905 – 28 October 1991) was an Australian rugby league footballer of the 1920s and 1930s. He was a towering second-row forward in his time, who formed an integral part of the champion South Sydney Rabbitohs teams of the 1920s and early 1930s. He is rated as one of the finest second-row forwards ever to play for Australia.

George Treweek
George Treweeke 1927.jpg
Treweek in 1927
Personal information
Full nameAlbert George Treweeke
Born(1905-03-31)31 March 1905
Grahamstown, New South Wales, Australia
Died28 October 1991(1991-10-28) (aged 86)
Monterey, New South Wales, Australia
Playing information
Height188 cm (6 ft 2 in)
Weight90 kg (14 st 2 lb)
PositionSecond-row
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1926–34 South Sydney 120 39 0 0 117
Representative
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1927–33 New South Wales 18 8 0 0 24
1928–30 Australia 7 1 0 0 3
Source: [1][2]

Contents

Club careerEdit

Starting out as a fullback in the lower grades at the Mascot Juniors RLFC, Treweek was moved into the second-row upon reaching first grade and won five premierships with South Sydney, captaining the side in the 1931 and 1932 premiership victories. All up Treweek played 120 games for Souths between 1926 and 1934.

 
Kangaroos 1st Test 1929.

Representative careerEdit

He made 7 Test appearances for the Australian national representative side. His test debut was against the touring Great Britain team in 1928. He was selected to go on the 1929–30 Kangaroo tour of Great Britain, playing in four tests and 22 games in all and scoring six tries. Curren is listed on the Australian Players Register as kangaroo No. 142.[3] Treweek also played eighteen games for NSW.

AccoladesEdit

In 2004 he was named by the Souths in their South Sydney Dream Team,[4] consisting of 17 players and a coach representing the club from 1908 through to 2004. In 2006 he was inducted into the ARL Hall of Fame.[5]

In February 2008, Treweek was named in the list of Australia's 100 Greatest Players (1908–2007) which was commissioned by the NRL and ARL to celebrate the code's centenary year in Australia.[6][7]

In 2010, Treweek was named as Captain in the Mascot Juniors RLFC Team of the Century.

Surname and spellingEdit

George Treweeke was born Albert George Treweek. The family name was always spelled without the final e. His brothers and parents all kept the original spelling but George changed it to Treweeke. He never had the heart to tell the press of the day that they had spelled his name wrong throughout his entire career. The proper spelling of his surname is actually Treweek not Treweeke though he graciously accepted Treweeke throughout his life.

FootnotesEdit

  1. ^ Rugby League Project
  2. ^ NRL Stats[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ ARL Annual report 2005, page 52
  4. ^ South Sydney Dream Team Archived 14 June 2007 at the Wayback Machine from the official South Sydney website.
  5. ^ Australian Rugby League Hall of Fame Archived 18 May 2008 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ Peter Cassidy (23 February 2008). "Controversy reigns as NRL releases top 100 players". Macquarie National News. Archived from the original on 25 February 2008. Retrieved 23 February 2008.
  7. ^ "Centenary of Rugby League – The Players". NRL & ARL. 23 February 2008. Archived from the original on 26 February 2008. Retrieved 23 February 2008.

SourcesEdit

  • Andrews, Malcolm. The ABC of Rugby League. Australia: ABC Books, 2006.