Greg Alexander

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Career Stats & Summary

Vital Statistics

Full Name
Greg Peter Stephen Alexander
Nickname(s)
Brandy
Born
Thursday, 4th March, 1965
Current Age
49 years and 262 days

Awards & Accolades

1984
Dally M Rookie Of The Year
1985
Dally M Halfback Of The Year
1985
Dally M Player Of The Year
1989
Dally M Halfback Of The Year
1991
Dally M Halfback Of The Year

Known Family Links

Brother
Ben Alexander
Brother-in-law
Cameron King

Biography

Penrith's first ‘home-grown’ Test player, Greg Alexander displayed a unique ability during his career to score and set up tries. Fast, with an elusive step and swerve, 'Brandy' Alexander was also a great tactical kicker, a confident goal-kicker and an excellent cover-defender. A star schoolboy footballer, Alexander made a stunning impact with the Panthers in 1984. He was duly named ‘Dally M’ Rookie of the Year, and in 1985, ‘Dally M’ Player of the Year (the year he broke Bob Landers' long-standing club point-scoring record). In 1986 Alexander was a late call-up to the 1986 Kangaroos squad after P’matta winger Eric Grothe was ruled out and played in 10 matches on tour (no Tests). 1987 was an injury-plagued season for Alexander (including a highly publicised gouging injury) but he returned to win selection in the President's XIII side against Great Britain in 1988. Alexander earned the top halfback position on the 1989 tour of NZ but was replaced in the Second Test by Manly's Des Hasler at the preference of coach Bob Fulton. Alexander played one of his finest matches in Penrith’s 30-18 major semi-final win over Canberra to propel the club into the 1990 grand final. Although losing to the Raiders, 18-14, he duly made his second Kangaroo tour – taking the field as replacement in the Third Test against Great Britain before being selected on the wing in the two Tests against France. In the match against the ‘French B’ side at Lyon he scored a then world record 46pts (5t, 13g) for an international match and rounded off a try in the Second Test with a memorable backflip. As Penrith captain in 1991 he led the club to an historic 19-12 win over Canberra in the grand final. Alexander controlled the match with a finely-tuned kicking game in the second half; potting a 38m field goal to snatch a 13-12 lead before landing a majestic side-line conversion of Royce Simmons' try to wrap up the match. Although ruled out of the Australian Tour of Papua New Guinea with injury he went to England and unsuccessfully led Penrith in the World Club Challenge against Wigan. The 1992 season saw a downturn in his career following a troublesome knee injury and the death of his younger brother Ben in a car accident. At the beginning of the 1993 season he was replaced as captain by John Cartwright and was shifted to fullback following the signing of Kiwi halfback Gary Freeman. Alexander's desire was sadly missing with the Panthers and he signed on with the Auckland Warriors for the 1995 season. After two seasons across the Tasman, Alexander returned to Penrith to see out the final years of his career. In 1997 his brilliant form earned him a NSW halfback’s jersey in the Super League Tri-Series but a foot injury saw him miss the remainder of the season. While his final three seasons with the Panthers were injury-ridden Alexander retired in 1999 as only the second player in history (after Terry Lamb) to score 100 tries and 1000 pts for the one club. Alexander has since established a career as a skills coach with the Panthers and a media commentator with Radio 2UE and FoxSports. Autobiography, Five Star Brandy (1991).

- ALAN WHITICKER

Career Statistics

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International

Test Matches - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Australia 1989-90 6 4 10   - 36 5 1 0 83.33% Match list
Overall 1989-1990 6 4 10   0 36 5 1 0 83.33% Match list

World Cup Matches - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Australia 1989-1990 2 1 3   - 10 2 0 0 100.00% Match list
Overall 1990 2 1 3   0 10 2 0 0 100.00% Match list


Representative

Australia - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
NSW City 1988-91 4 2 -   - 8 4 0 0 100.00% Match list
New South Wales 1989-91 6 - 2   - 4 0 6 0 0.00% Match list
New South Wales (SL) 1997 1 1 -   - 4 1 0 0 100.00% Match list
Overall 1988-1997 11 3 2   0 16 5 6 0 45.45% Match list


Club Career

Australian League Matches - By Year

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Penrith NSWRL 1984 23 10 -   - 40 12 10 1 52.17% Match list
Penrith NSWRL 1985 26 13 69   2 192 14 11 1 53.85% Match list
Penrith NSWRL 1986 22 11 69 / 102 67.65% 1 183 10 11 1 45.45% Match list
Penrith NSWRL 1987 17 5 18 / 34 52.94% 1 57 6 10 1 35.29% Match list
Penrith NSWRL 1988 16 6 5 / 8 62.50% 3 37 11 5 0 68.75% Match list
Penrith NSWRL 1989 18 15 -   1 61 13 5 0 72.22% Match list
Penrith NSWRL 1990 18 13 59 / 90 65.56% - 170 13 4 1 72.22% Match list
Penrith NSWRL 1991 18 9 50 / 74 67.57% 3 139 15 2 1 83.33% Match list
Penrith NSWRL 1992 9 2 10 / 13 76.92% - 28 3 6 0 33.33% Match list
Penrith NSWRL 1993 17 5 34 / 63 53.97% - 88 7 10 0 41.18% Match list
Penrith NSWRL 1994 13 3 21 / 42 50.00% - 54 6 5 2 46.15% Match list
Auckland ARL 1995 21 8 4 / 6 66.67% - 40 13 8 0 61.90% Match list
Auckland ARL 1996 16 3 4 / 5 80.00% - 20 8 8 0 50.00% Match list
Penrith Super League 1997 6 2 4 / 7 57.14% 2 18 5 1 0 83.33% Match list
Penrith NRL 1998 14 3 4 / 7 57.14% - 20 6 7 1 42.86% Match list
Penrith NRL 1999 11 3 -   1 13 4 7 0 36.36% Match list
Overall 1984-1999 ? 111 351   14 1,160 ? ? ? ?  

Australian League Matches - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Penrith 1984-94, 1997-99 228 100 343   14 1100 125 94 9 54.82% Match list
Warriors 1995-96 37 11 8 / 11 72.73% - 60 21 16 0 56.76% Match list
Overall 1984-1999 ? 111 351   14 1,160 ? ? ? ?  

Australian Finals Matches - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Penrith 1984-1991 8 5 21   1 63 4 4 0 50.00% Match list
Overall 1985-1991 8 5 21   1 63 4 4 0 50.00% Match list

All Australian Club Matches - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Penrith 1984-94, 1997-99 229 100 343   14 1100 129 99 9 56.33% Match list
Warriors 1995-96 37 11 8   - 60 21 16 0 56.76% Match list
Overall 1984-1999 ? 111 351   14 1,160 ? ? ? ?  

Your Say

Paul Carter says: Alexander is the only player to be Dally M Rookie of the Year one year then Dally M Player of the year the next year.He won the Dally M Rookie of the Year in 1984 then Dally M Player of the Year in 1985.He was also chosen as Halfback in Penriths Greatest Team in 2006.He also was chosen as Penrith Greatest Clubman in 2008 and he was also one of the Selectors for the Australian Rugby League Team of the Century that was unveiled in 2008 after being Selected in a Secret ballot in Sydney in December 2007. (23/06/2011)

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