The all-time nice alphabet groups – Letter A

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Having set the bottom guidelines for staff choice in my earlier article, listed below are the representatives for the ‘A’ staff.

Though solely containing one member of the Corridor of Fame, they’re composed nearly totally of Australian Check representatives.

With an electrical backline and an excellent half, the staff will maintain its personal if the comparatively weaker ahead pack can provide them some house.

In my choice guidelines I mentioned I’d not decide gamers out of place. And right here we’re – first staff, first place – and Darren Albert will get picked at fullback.

To be truthful he performed there 17 occasions in his 235-game membership profession. With 4 worldwide wingers to select from, the As are nicely stocked in that space, however none of these performed any fullback.

1. Darren Albert
Years lively: 1996-2006
Golf equipment: Newcastle, St Helens (UK), Cronulla
Membership video games: 230 (165 tries)
Consultant Profession: NSW – 1
Nickname: DJ

Albert was a key participant for Newcastle throughout their nice period when the membership received premierships in 1997 and 2001.

Albert scored 65 tries in 89 video games for Newcastle and naturally scored what could also be an important attempt of their historical past, when he linked with Andrew Johns to attain the match winner in 1997.

Albert had a profitable 4 yr stint in England with St Helens, highlighted by profitable the Problem Cup in 2004 and the Premiership in 2002. He returned to Australia for a closing yr with Cronulla.

Albert represented NSW in Sport 1 of the 1999 State of Origin collection, shedding to QLD by one level.

Albert has rarely watched a replay of the second he stills regards because the spotlight of his profession – the well-known attempt that snatched the 1997 grand closing for Newcastle within the dying seconds in opposition to Manly.

“I’ve heard a lot about it from everybody else so there’s no actual must”.

Darren Albert

Sharks’ Darren Albert breaks via the Bulldogs defence in the course of the NRL Rugby League match, Bulldogs v Sharks at Telstra Stadium, Sydney, Sunday, Could 21, 2006. Bulldogs received 32-24. (AAP Picture/Motion Photographics/Grant Trouville)

2. Cecil Aynsley
Honours: QRL Crew of the Century, QLD Sport Corridor of Fame.
Years lively: 1922-1935
Golf equipment: Wests Panthers (QLD), Ipswich Starlights (QLD), Rochedale Hornets (UK)
Consultant Profession: Exams – four. QLD – 37.
Nickname: The Purple Flyer

Cecil Aynsley holds the odd distinction of being the one participant not included within the Corridor of Fame however included within the QLD Crew of the Century.

Aynsley was an electrical winger within the 1920s who performed many occasions for QLD. He solely performed 4 Exams for Australia however scored a attempt in every one.

He scored Australia’s solely attempt in his Check debut in opposition to England in 1924, enjoying alongside Harold Horder, Tom Gorman and Cec Blinkhorn in a legendary three-quarter line. He additionally scored 34 tries in ten matches on the 1925 QLD tour of New Zealand.

After transferring to Brisbane from Charters Towers, Aynsley received a Brisbane rugby league premiership in 1922 in his first season with Western Suburbs, scoring two tries within the grand closing.

Aynsley’s time for Queensland coincided with an period of dominance by the Maroons, in all probability not matched till this century.

Queensland received 5 collection in a row from 1922 to 1926, together with eight video games in a row. Throughout that interval Aynsley scored 14 tries from solely 11 appearances. He solely was on the shedding facet twice throughout this period.

How ‘The Purple Flyer’ just isn’t within the Corridor of Fame is past me.

three. Jamie Ainscough
Honours: Dally M Centre of the Yr 1995.
Years lively: 1990-2003
Golf equipment: Western suburbs, Newcastle, St George, St George Illawarra, Wigan (UK)
Membership video games: 267 (117 tries, 6 objectives, four area objectives)
Consultant Profession: Exams – 1. NSW – 12.
Nickname: Roy and HG nickname – Cough Drop

Well-known for being on the unsuitable finish of a penalty attempt that misplaced St George Illawarra the 1999 premiership, Ainscough lastly acquired his trophy some years later, profitable the 2002 Problem Cup with English glamour membership Wigan.

Ray Warren on that penalty attempt: “Invoice Harrigan is about to make one of many greatest calls that’s ever been made in 100 years of rugby league.”

Regardless of his unlucky position in that grand closing Ainscough was title the three way partnership’s first participant of the yr in 1999.

Ainscough was a tricky and inventive centre from Narrabri who represented NSW from 1996-1997 and from 2000-2001.

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This coincided with a interval of dominance by NSW and Ainscough was on the profitable facet for eight out of his first 9 appearances. He additionally represented Australia in a single Check in 1995, approaching from the bench and scoring a attempt.

That yr he was named because the competitors’s premier centre.

In 2003 Ainscough went near having his arm amputated following an an infection discovered to have been prompted after considered one of St. Helens participant Martin Gleeson’s tooth was left embedded in Ainscough’s arm.

four. Don ‘Bandy’ Adams
Years lively: 1950s – 1960s.
Golf equipment: Maitland Pickers.
Consultant Profession: Exams – 5. NSW – 7.
Nickname: Bandy

One other participant out of place within the A Crew – they’ve loads of wingers however few centres.

‘Bandy’ Adams was a legend of NSW Nation rugby League within the days when not all high gamers moved to Sydney.

Adams performed out a lot of his profession for the Maitland Pumpkin Pickers (enjoying 191 video games for the membership) and reportedly enjoying almost 500 video games over his profession.

Described as nuggetty and bow legged, Adams was a fast and elusive winger. He performed a house collection for Australia in opposition to New Zealand in 1956, scoring 5 tries together with a hat trick within the third Check.

Chosen for the 1956-57 Kangaroo tour, Adams performed in a single Check every in opposition to Nice Britain and France and scored 11 tries from 21 appearances on tour. He additionally performed seven occasions for NSW in 1955/56, scoring 9 tries.

Within the final of his 21 consultant video games for Newcastle, they defeated the touring British 23 to 18 in 1962.

5. Chris Anderson
Honours: Canterbury 70 Yr Crew of Champions. Halifax Corridor of Fame.
Years lively: 1971 – 1987
Golf equipment: Canterbury, Widnes (UK), Halifax (UK)
Membership video games: 341 (134 tries)
Consultant Profession: Exams – 12. NSW – 10.
Nickname: Ando

Chris Anderson was a stalwart for Canterbury Bankstown, enjoying 230 video games for the membership over 13 years, together with their 1980 grand closing win. At one time he held the membership report for each most tries in a season and most profession tries, ending with 94.

Anderson is among the few gamers to win a premiership in Australia each as participant and coach (each with Canterbury), and in England, profitable the Problem Cup with Widnes in 1975 and profitable the Championship in 1985/86 and the Problem Cup with Halifax in 1987, the latter two as player-coach.

Anderson performed 12 Exams from Australia and was a member of the 1978 and 1982 Kangaroo excursions in addition to the 1975 World Cup squad. He performed ten occasions for NSW and scored the primary hat trick in Origin historical past in 1983.

6. Braith Anasta
Honours: Dally M 5-eighth of the Yr 2005.
Years lively: 2000 – 2014
Golf equipment: Canterbury, Sydney Roosters, Wests Tigers
Membership video games: 288 (88 tries, 122 objectives, 18 area objectives)
Consultant Profession: Exams – four. NSW – 10.
Nickname: Shakey (Roy andamp; HG nicknames – “The Black Gap” “Demise and Poison” “The Automobile Horn”)

A proficient operating five-eighth or lock ahead, Anasta performed almost 300 membership video games for Canterbury, the Sydney Roosters and the Wests Tigers.

He burst onto the scene as a youngster and was named Dally M Rookie of the yr in 2001, incomes a spot within the Kangaroo Tour that yr. He performed all three Exams on tour from the bench however that was to be the final time Anasta represented his nation.

The next yr Anasta represented NSW for the primary time and he performed ten Origins between 2002 and 2008, primarily within the quantity six.

Anasta was made the youngest ever captain of Canterbury in 2002 at 20 years and 145 days. He received a premiership with the membership in 2004.

After becoming a member of the Roosters, Anasta was Dally M Captain of the Yr in 2010 with the membership happening within the grand closing to St George Illawarra.

One among his biggest moments was kicking a 35-metre area purpose within the dying seconds of the qualifying closing that yr in opposition to Wests Tigers to maintain the Roosters’ season alive.

Anasta was as soon as voted essentially the most overrated participant in rugby league Week’s annual pool. His response: “to be overrated, you’ve acquired to be rated first”.

Anasta performed a Check for Greece in opposition to Hungary in 2013, scoring 4 tries and kicking 13 objectives.

How will Braith Anasta fit in at the Tigers?

Braith Anasta makes a return for the Sydney Roosters on the Auckland Nines. (AAP Picture/Motion Photographics, Renee McKay)

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Sydney Roosters Braith Anasta arrives on the NRL Premiership season launch in Sydney on Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2012. The primary spherical of the twenty six spherical 2012 season can be performed on March 1st. (AAP Picture/Paul Miller)

7. Greg Alexander (Aim kicker)
Honours: Nominated for ARL Corridor of Fame 2018. Dally M Participant of the Yr 1985. Dally M Halfback of the yr 1985, 1989 and 1991.
Years lively: 1984 – 1999
Golf equipment: Penrith, Auckland
Membership video games: 275 (124 tries, 351 objectives, 14 area objectives)
Consultant Profession: Exams – 6. NSW – 7.
Nickname: Brandy

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Penrith’s favorite son, Greg Alexander was the primary home-grown participant to signify his nation and was the driving power behind the nice Penrith facet that received the membership’s first premiership in 1991.

Alexander performed 228 video games for the membership, scoring 100 tries. Quick, with an elusive step and swerve, ‘Brandy’ Alexander was additionally an awesome tactical kicker, a assured goal-kicker and a very good cover-defender.

Alexander was chosen for each the 1986 and 1990 Kangaroo Excursions and performed six Exams in all. His versatility noticed him usually chosen at fullback for consultant groups and he even performed a Check for Australia on the wing (this A Crew loves wingers).

Alexander was chosen for each sport on the 1990 Kangaroo Tour, though in two video games he didn’t get any sport time from the bench. He topped the purpose scoring for the Tour, culminating in scoring 28 factors in opposition to France after approaching from the bench.

Alexander is the one participant in historical past to win the Dally M rookie of the Yr and Dally M Participant of the Yr in consecutive seasons.

eight. Jim Armstrong
Years lively: 1939 – 1947
Golf equipment: South Sydney
Membership video games: 83 (28 tries, 4 objectives)
Consultant Profession: Exams – 1. NSW – 1.
Nickname: Large Jim

Who mentioned the Melbourne Storm invented wrestling in rugby league? Large Jim Armstrong did play for his nation, however he’s higher often called a wrestler, profitable an Olympic bronze medal in 1948, considered one of solely three Australians to ever win an Olympic medal for wrestling. He additionally received a British Empire Video games gold medal in 1950 and a bronze medal in 1962.

Armstrong performed rugby league as an beginner to keep up his Olympic eligibility. A tricky man when being a entrance rower was a tough enterprise, he performed 9 seasons within the engine room for Souths. Enjoying from 1939 he didn’t make his rep debut till after World Warfare II when within the twilight of his profession.

Armstrong performed for NSW in 1946 and his sole Check look got here within the third and deciding Check in opposition to Nice Britain within the 1946 Ashes collection.

9. Vic Anderson
Years lively: 1908 – 1911
Golf equipment: Souths Brisbane (QLD)
Consultant Profession: Exams – 1. QLD – 17.

From the pioneering days of QLD rugby league comes Vic Anderson, a hooker and second rower who performed for Souths Brisbane.

In 1908 he represented QLD in its first ever sport of rugby league enjoying the well-known New Zealand ‘All Golds’ who toured England. All up he represented QLD six occasions in opposition to NSW and in one other 11 tour video games and performed one Check for Australia in 1909 in opposition to New Zealand, profitable 10-5.

In 1909 Anderson performed for Souths within the first ever QLD rugby league season, with Souths making the grand closing earlier than shedding to Valleys.

10. Royce Ayliffe (Captain)
Honours: Dally M Captain of the Yr 1980.
Years lively: 1976 – 1985
Golf equipment: Jap Suburbs, South Sydney
Membership video games: 162 (14 tries, ten objectives)
Consultant Profession: Exams – 1. NSW – four.

Royce Ayliffe was a tricky entrance rower who captained Easts in 1980 to a grand closing, shedding to Canterbury.

Ayliffe performed one Check in opposition to France in 1981, approaching from the bench. He additionally performed three Origins in 1982 and performed for NSW beneath the pre-Origin guidelines in 1981.

Ayliffe additionally performed, scored a try to was man of the match within the first ever World Membership Problem in 1976, when St Helens got here to Sydney and had been thumped by the all-time nice Easts staff 25-2.

11. Vic Armbruster
Honours: ARL Corridor of Fame.
Years lively: 1921 – 1935
Golf equipment: Mullumbimby, Toowoomba (QLD), Grammars (QLD) Fortitude Valley (QLD), Bundaberg (QLD), Rochedale Hornets (UK)
All video games: 238 (63 tries, 217 factors)
Consultant Profession: Exams – eight. QLD – 41. NSW – 1.

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Vic Armbruster was a standout second rower from NSW Nation who moved to Toowoomba in QLD to be a part of one of many nice regional sides.

Alongside along with his future Kangaroos captain Tom Gorman and state and nationwide teammate Herb Steinohrt, Armbruster was a member of the 1924-25 world-class Toowoomba facet that beat all-comers together with Nice Britain, New South Wales, Sydney premiers Souths, Brisbane, Ipswich and New Zealand.

A famous ball handler with the power to slide a move when surrounded by defenders, Armbruster performed eight Exams for Australia, together with all three Exams in opposition to England on the 1929-30 Kangaroo Tour.

He additionally performed in eight interstate collection for QLD in opposition to NSW throughout a profitable period for the state, profitable 4 of his first 5.

Mick Fihelly (journalist) in 1935: “Vic Armbruster’s play left an impression that he’s the best ahead since Frank Burge”.

12. Ferris Ashton
Years lively: 1950 – 1956
Golf equipment: Jap Suburbs
Membership video games: 87 (20 tries)
Consultant Profession: Exams – eight. NSW – three.
Nickname: Ferdie

Ferris Ashton was an Easts junior who graduated to play 87 video games for the membership together with as captain-coach in 1954. After enjoying all three matches for NSW of their 1952 clear sweep over QLD, Ashton was chosen for Australia.

He produced a sterling efficiency on debut in opposition to New Zealand in Australia’s 25-13 First Check win in Sydney (giving the ultimate move for 3 tries) and gained choice on the 1952-53 Kangaroo tour.

Ashton performed in two Exams in opposition to Nice Britain and all three Exams in opposition to France on that tour.

“We left on July 18, 1952 and acquired residence on March 2, 1953,” Ashton mentioned. “I went away as a father of an eight month previous child and he was 16 months once we acquired again.”

The Ashton-Collier Medal is awarded to the ‘man of the match’ on the annual Anzac Day conflict between Sydney Roosters and St George Illawarra Dragons, and the medal is co-named within the honour of Ferris Ashton and Invoice Collier.

“From early days I used to be the keenest of Jap Suburbs followers. Many, many occasions I sat on the hill on the sports activities floor and SCG and watched Easts of their purple, white and blue. After I look again now I’m very, very happy with the truth that I by no means performed with one other membership. They had been my membership.”

Ashton additionally performed first grade cricket as a wicket keeper with Waverley.

13. Jim Abercrombie
Years lively: 1908 – 1913
Golf equipment: Western Suburbs
Membership video games: 20 (20 objectives)
Consultant Profession: Exams – 2. NSW – 2.

Jim Abercrombie was one of many pioneers or Australian rugby league and is listed as Wests participant quantity two.

He was already 28 with a profession in rugby union behind him when he was one of many unique gamers to hitch the fledgling competitors, attending the founding assembly of the League in August 1907 and for the Wests membership in February 1908.

In 1907 he represented NSW in opposition to the visiting New Zealand All Golds. In 1908 he kicked Wests first purpose and was their first consultant participant, becoming a member of the 1908-09 Kangaroo Tour.

This was not with out controversy (Controversy? In rugby league? Actually?). He was made a member of the tour after being initially unnoticed of the squad, however after a public outcry over his omission he was known as in.

He performed in two Exams and 30 tour matches of the lengthy marketing campaign.

Abercrombie is a member of the Western Suburbs Corridor of Fame.

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14. Matt Adamson (Paramatta, Penrith, Leeds (UK), Canberra) – 1991 – 2005 – Exams: 5(SL), NSW: three(1 SL)

Prop – Very tall Penrith stalwart.

15. George Ambrum (North Sydney, Bradford Northern (UK)) – 1966 – 1974 – Exams: 2.

Winger – Gifted attempt scoring cult hero from Thursday Island.

16. Arthur ‘George’ Anlezark (Oldham (UK)) – 1908 – 1914 – Exams: 1. QLD – four. Nickname: Snowy.

5-eighth. Has the bizarre honour of touring England with the primary ever Rugby AU and rugby league groups. Stayed in England after the tour. He by no means performed a membership sport in Australia, having been chosen for QLD and Australia on the again of his rugby union prowess.

17. Neville ‘Ned’ Andrews (NSW Nation) – 1946 – 1950 – Exams: 1, NSW: 1, QLD: three.
5-eighth. Newcastle, Coffs Harbour and North QLD legend.

Honourable mentions
Tommy Anderson – winger (1 Check), Gavin Allen – Prop (eight QLD), Jai Arrow – Lock (three QLD).
And there you might have the A Crew.

Possibly not the strongest staff however one that may give a good account of itself.

Subsequent time I’ll tackle the very sturdy B Crew.

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