Noel Cleal

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Career Stats & Summary

Vital Statistics

Full Name
Noel Harvey Cleal
Nickname(s)
Crusher
Born
Thursday, 16th October, 1958
Current Age
55 years and 340 days

Awards & Accolades

1984
Dally M Second Rower Of The Year
1986
Dally M Second Rower Of The Year

Known Family Links

Son
Kane Cleal
Brother
Les Cleal

Biography

Powerhouse centre/second row forward, originally from Warialda, first came to prominence playing on the wing for Northern Division against Great Britain in 1979. With his much-travelled, look-alike brother Les, Noel Cleal had already captain-coached Wondai to a premiership in Queensland, represented Wide Bay and then NSW Country while playing for Scone. ‘Crusher’ Cleal came to Easts from Sawtell in 1980 and was a centre in the club’s grand final loss to Canterbury. He later followed coach Bob Fulton to Manly in 1983, after Fulton had moved him to the second row. Following another grand final loss (against P’matta) his rep career took off in the mid-1980s. Cleal represented NSW in 1984 and was runner-up in that year's Rothmans Medal competition. He made his Test debut against NZ the following year and after a stint with Widens (1985-86) played in three Tests against Papua New Guinea and Great Britain on the 1986 Kangaroo tour before breaking his arm and returning home. While not as effective in defence, Cleal was given latitude by his coaches to use his strength and size in attack. He played in Manly's grand final success in 1987 before seeing out the remainder of his career with English club Hull. Cleal was the English club's choice as replacement coach in 1990 but despite winning the British premiership trophy in 1991, he was sacked when the club faltered the following year. Returning to Australia, Cleal was snapped up by P’matta as a junior development and recruitment officer. In 2004 he took on a similar role with Manly – a season which saw his son Kane make his first grade debut with the club.

- 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 1985-86 8 3 -   - 12 8 0 0 100.00% Match list
Overall 1985-1986 8 3 0   0 12 8 0 0 100.00% Match list

International Matches - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Rest Of The World 1988 1 1 -   - 4 0 1 0 0.00% Match list
Overall 1988 1 1 0   0 4 0 1 0 0.00% Match list

World Cup Matches - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Australia 1985-1986 2 2 -   - 8 2 0 0 100.00% Match list
Overall 1986 2 2 0   0 8 2 0 0 100.00% Match list


Representative

Australia - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
NSW Firsts 1981 1 - -   - - 1 0 0 100.00% Match list
New South Wales 1984-88 12 3 -   - 12 8 4 0 66.67% Match list
NSW City Firsts 1984 1 1 -   - 4 1 0 0 100.00% Match list
NSW Country Firsts 1985-86 2 1 -   - 4 0 2 0 0.00% Match list
NSW Country 1987 1 1 -   - 4 0 1 0 0.00% Match list
Overall 1981-1988 17 6 0   0 24 10 7 0 58.82% Match list


Club Career

Australian League Matches - By Year

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Eastern Suburbs NSWRFL 1980 25 8 1   - 26 15 8 2 60.00% Match list
Eastern Suburbs NSWRFL 1981 18 10 -   - 30 11 7 0 61.11% Match list
Eastern Suburbs NSWRFL 1982 27 8 -   - 24 17 8 2 62.96% Match list
Manly Warringah NSWRFL 1983 24 11 -   - 44 20 4 0 83.33% Match list
Manly Warringah NSWRL 1984 23 10 -   - 40 14 9 0 60.87% Match list
Manly Warringah NSWRL 1985 20 7 1   - 30 11 8 1 55.00% Match list
Manly Warringah NSWRL 1986 21 5 9 / 13 69.23% - 38 12 9 0 57.14% Match list
Manly Warringah NSWRL 1987 15 7 -   - 28 13 2 0 86.67% Match list
Manly Warringah NSWRL 1988 21 3 -   - 12 14 7 0 66.67% Match list
Manly Warringah NSWRL 1989 4 - -   - - 1 3 0 25.00% Match list
Overall 1980-1989 ? 69 11   0 272 ? ? ? ?  

Australian League Matches - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Eastern Suburbs 1980-82 70 26 1   - 80 43 23 4 61.43% Match list
Manly Warringah 1983-89 128 43 10   - 192 85 42 1 66.41% Match list
Overall 1980-1989 ? 69 11   0 272 ? ? ? ?  

Australian Finals Matches - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Eastern Suburbs 1980-82 8 1 -   - 3 3 5 0 37.50% Match list
Manly Warringah 1983-84, 1986-88 7 1 3   - 10 3 4 0 42.86% Match list
Overall 1980-1988 15 2 3   0 13 6 9 0 40.00% Match list

All Australian Club Matches - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Eastern Suburbs 1980-82 70 26 1   - 80 46 28 4 65.71% Match list
Manly Warringah 1983-89 128 43 10   - 192 88 46 1 68.75% Match list
Overall 1980-1989 ? 69 11   0 272 ? ? ? ?  

English League Career - By Year

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Widnes Championship 1985/86 ? 2 -   - 8  
Hull FC Championship 1989/90 ? 8 -   - 32  
Hull FC Championship 1990/91 ? 3 -   - 12  
Overall 1985-1991 ? 20 0   0 80 ? ? ? ?  

English League Career - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Widnes 1985-86 ? 8 -   - 32 ? ? ? ?  
Hull FC 1989-91 ? 12 -   - 48 ? ? ? ?  
Overall 1985-1991 ? 20 0   0 80 ? ? ? ?  

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