Dennis Manteit

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Career Stats & Summary

Vital Statistics

Thursday, 18th February, 1943
Current Age
76 years and 35 days
Place Of Birth
Jandowae, Queensland, Australia


Hervey Bay product's early rep career while playing with Toowoomba was hampered by injury but after moving to Brisbane Brothers the young forward won a place (with team-mate John Gleeson) on the 1967-68 Kangaroo Tour. Manteit was sent from the field in his Test debut in Australia’s First Test loss but returned to the Test team for the deciding Third Test of the series (which saw Australia retain the Ashes). Manteit, who was later named as the man behind the infamous ‘bowler hat incident on the troubled tour, played in one other Test match on tour, against France. The following year the seasoned prop played in Australia's victorious World Cup campaign and also toured NZ with the Australian team in 1969. C’bury had attempted to sign Manteit as early as 1968 but the QRL placed bans on their Kangaroo representatives which prevented them from joining Sydney clubs. The matter went to the High Court in 1969 with the QRL ruling that players having given 4-5 years state service could transfer. C’bury agreed to pay the transfer fee but could not produce the necessary funds and it was not until 1970 that Manteit came to Sydney. At first, he found it hard to live up to his huge reputation and suffered a knee injury that wouldn't allow him to last a full game. Manteit tested the loyalty of some hard-nosed C’bury fans. When he was suspended in a club match in 1972 he even received death threats from irate fans. After missing C’bury’s grand final match against Easts in 1974, Manteit saw out his career with Balmain and captained the Tigers to a win in the 1976 Amco Cup.


Career Statistics

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Test Matches - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Australia 1967-68 4 - -   - - 2 1 1 50.00% Match list
Overall 1967-1968 4 0 0   0 2 1 1 50.00% Match list

World Cup Matches - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Australia 1967-1968 1 - -   - - 1 0 0 100.00% Match list
Overall 1968 1 0 0   0 1 0 0 100.00% Match list


Australia - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
QLD Firsts 1964-69 15 1 -   - 3 1 14 0 6.67% Match list
Overall 1964-1969 15 1 0   0 3 1 14 0 6.67% Match list

Club Career

Australian League Matches - By Year

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Canterbury NSWRFL 1970 ? 1 -   - 3  
Canterbury NSWRFL 1971 ? 2 -   - 6  
Canterbury NSWRFL 1972 ? 2 -   - 6  
Canterbury NSWRFL 1973 ? 3 -   - 9  
Balmain NSWRFL 1974 ? 1 -   - 3  
Balmain NSWRFL 1975 ? 6 -   - 18  
Balmain NSWRFL 1976 ? - -   - -  
Overall 1970-1976 ? 15 0   0 45 ? ? ? ?  

Australian League Matches - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Canterbury 1970-73 ? 8 -   - 24 ? ? ? ?  
Balmain 1974-76 ? 7 -   - 21 ? ? ? ?  
Overall 1970-1976 ? 15 0   0 45 ? ? ? ?  

Your Say

Polysci says: A 'hard man' enforcer in the mould of fellow Queenslander, Kevin Ryan. Not known for taking a backward step on the field, would have been interesting to see him play in the State of Origin era. (08/05/2012)

Tezza from Bray Park says: My memory of bigh Dennis was watching him playing for Brothers in Brisbane against their old foes Norths, They were rugged affairs with him and Peter Gallagher from Brothers and Don Simpson and Peter Hall from Norths, all very big units and the front row back in the mid 60s was not a place for the faint hearted (22/05/2012)

JIM LAMB says: HE WAS SOME FOOTBALLER,AS I RECALL. STARTED FOR Qld as a raw boned 14stone second rower,but became a top class ball running 16 stone front rower. The Brothers side he played for was outstanding, as was the Norths side of that time. Only side to match that Brothers side was the outstanding Wynnum Manly side of the mid eighties in my opinion. Manteit and another Qlder, John WITTENBERG, were among my favourite front rowers of the sixties.Both should have played more Tests than they actually played for Australia. Manteit maybe slightly better than Wittenberg,but that would be a close call!! (23/08/2016)

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Last modified: Mon, 25 Mar 2019 17:03:15 +0000 (Sydney time)