George Peponis

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Career Stats & Summary

Vital Statistics

Born
Thursday, 3rd September, 1953
Current Age
65 years and 323 days
Place Of Birth
Tripoli, Peloponnese, Greece

Biography

The first C’bury junior to represent Australia – and captain his country - while still playing for the club George Peponis (born in Tripolis, Greece) was graded in 1973 after coming through the juniors from C’bury Boys High. In 1974 he was the hooker in the young team that lost to Easts in the grand final and, after passing his medical exams in 1976, gained celebrity as being a 'footballing doctor'. Peponis played for NSW in 1978 before making his Test debut against NZ in the First Test in Sydney and scoring a clever try from dummy half (a trademark of his game). Selected on the 1978 Kangaroo Tour he shared the hooking honours with Max Krilich and played in the deciding Third Test of the Ashes series and all three Tests in France. In 1979 Peponis succeeded Bob Fulton as Test captain and led Australia in the first 3-nil Test Ashes win over Great Britain. That year C’bury was beaten in the grand final by St George but in 1980 Peponis led the club to its first premiership in 38 years when the Bulldogs defeated Easts, 18-4. He also captained Australia in two successful Tests in NZ but a worrying neck injury led to his eventual retirement in July 1982. Twenty years later he was called back to the Bulldogs to take over as Chairman of the football club at a critical time in the club’s history. In 2004 he was the public face of the club as it battled allegations of player misconduct and he also had to oversee the sacking of former clubmates, football club manager Garry Hughes and Chief Executive Steve Mortimer.

- ALAN WHITICKER

Career Statistics

All statistics shown in this section are based only on data available in the RLP database, and are not necessarily a complete and/or 100% accurate representation of a player's career. This information should be used as a guide only. If you see a question mark (?), it denotes that the figure is not available.

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International

Test Matches - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Australia 1978-80 8 2 -   - 6 7 1 0 87.50% Match list
Overall 1978-1980 8 2 0   0 6 7 1 0 87.50% Match list

International Matches - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Australia 1978 1 - -   - - 1 0 0 100.00% Match list
Overall 1978 1 0 0   0 1 0 0 100.00% Match list


Representative

Australia - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
NSW Firsts 1976-80 8 3 -   - 9 8 0 0 100.00% Match list
NSW City Firsts 1977, 1979-80 3 - -   - - 3 0 0 100.00% Match list
Overall 1976-1980 11 3 0   0 9 11 0 0 100.00% Match list


Club Career

Australian League Matches - By Year

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Canterbury NSWRFL 1974 ? 1 -   - 3  
Canterbury NSWRFL 1975 ? 2 -   - 6  
Canterbury NSWRFL 1976 ? 6 -   - 18  
Canterbury NSWRFL 1977 13 1 -   - 3 6 6 1 46.15% Match list
Canterbury NSWRFL 1978 15 9 -   - 27 8 5 2 53.33% Match list
Canterbury NSWRFL 1979 21 3 -   - 9 14 7 0 66.67% Match list
Canterbury NSWRFL 1980 23 3 -   - 9 17 6 0 73.91% Match list
Canterbury NSWRFL 1981 5 1 -   - 3 2 3 0 40.00% Match list
Canterbury NSWRFL 1982 8 1 -   - 3 5 2 1 62.50% Match list
Overall 1974-1982 ? 27 0   0 81 ? ? ? ?  

Australian League Matches - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Canterbury 1974-82 ? 27 -   - 81 ? ? ? ?  
Canterbury 1977-82 85 18 -   - 54 52 29 4 61.18% Match list
Overall 1974-1982 ? 27 0   0 81 ? ? ? ?  

Australian Finals Matches - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Canterbury 1977-1980 8 2 -   - 6 6 2 0 75.00% Match list
Overall 1978-1980 8 2 0   0 6 6 2 0 75.00% Match list

All Australian Club Matches - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Canterbury 1974, 1977-82 ? 27 -   - 81 ? ? ? ?  
Canterbury 1977-1982 87 18 -   - 54 53 30 4 60.92% Match list
Overall 1974-1982 ? 27 0   0 81 ? ? ? ?  

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Anonymous says: One greatest Hooker I ever seen was Dr George (02/05/2014)

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Last modified: Tue, 23 Jul 2019 10:12:03 +0000 (Sydney time)