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Terry Leabeater is an Australian former rugby league footballer who played as a prop for Western Suburbs, Canterbury-Bankstown and the Parramatta Eels in the 1970s and 1980s.

Terry Leabeater
Personal information
Full nameTerry Leabeater
Born (1958-06-16) 16 June 1958 (age 61)
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Playing information
PositionProp
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1979–82 Western Suburbs 42 2 0 0 8
1983–84 Canterbury-Bankstown 4 0 0 0 0
1985 Western Suburbs 21 0 0 0 0
1986–88 Parramatta Eels 48 0 0 0 0
Total 115 2 0 0 8
Source: [1]

Playing careerEdit

Leabeater made his first grade debut for Western Suburbs against St George in Round 18 1979 at Lidcombe Oval.

Leabeater's first spell at Wests ended in 1982 after the club lost in the finals series against Eastern Suburbs.

Leabeater then signed with Canterbury-Bankstown but only made 4 first grade appearances for the club and then returned to Western Suburbs in 1985 who finished second last. In 1986, Leabeater signed with Parramatta. He was a member of Parramatta's 1986 premiership winning team which defeated Canterbury 4-2 at the Sydney Cricket Ground. As of the 2019 season, this is the club's last premiership victory.[2]

Leabeater's last game in the top grade ironically came against his old club Wests in Round 22 1988 which Parramatta won 16-12 at Parramatta Stadium.

Post playingEdit

In 2014, Leabeater's leagues club membership was canceled by Parramatta for five years and an AVO was filed against him by former teammate Steve Sharp and deputy Parramatta chairman Tony Issa. Leabeater is alleged to have threatened the pair numerous times in relation to boardroom elections at the club.[3][4][5]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Terry Leabeater - Career Stats & Summary - Rugby League Project". Rugbyleagueproject.org.
  2. ^ "Western Suburbs Magpies First Grade Players". Wests Magpies.
  3. ^ https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/sport/nrl/teams/eels/parramatta-eels-chairman-steve-sharp-applies-for-avo-against-former-teammate-terry-leabeater/news-story/1d2347664b716c9672ad4e69ea87662f
  4. ^ "Official Player Numbers". Parramatta Eels.
  5. ^ "BULLDOGS RUGBY LEAGUE CLUB - OFFICIAL WEBSITE". thebulldogs.com.au.