Steve Mortimer

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Career Stats & Summary

Vital Statistics

Full Name
Steve Charles Mortimer
Nickname(s)
Turvey
Born
Sunday, 15th July, 1956
Current Age
58 years and 103 days
Place Of Birth
Wagga Wagga, New South Wales, Australia

Known Family Links

Brother
Chris Mortimer
Brother
Peter Mortimer
Brother
Glen Mortimer
Nephew
Daniel Mortimer

Biography

Mercurial halfback came to C’bury from Wagga in 1976 and became an inspirational captain at club and State level. However, Steve ‘Turvey’ Mortimer had a poor debut for NSW in 1977 and it was another four years before he was to stake his claim as the game’s premier rep halfback. A standout performer in C’bury’s semi-final loss against P’matta in 1978, Mortimer produced a champion’s match against St George in the 1979 grand final despite being in the losing side. In 1980 he played alongside brothers Chris and Peter when C’bury defeated Easts in the grand final to win the club's first premiership in 38 years. Mortimer belatedly won a Test jersey in the series against France in 1981 and after playing in two Tests against NZ the following year, was selected for the Kangaroo Tour as the No.1 halfback. However, Peter Sterling played in all Tests on tour, relegating Mortimer to the club matches, and the two players continued to duel for the Australian and NSW No.7 for the next three years. Despite a well-publicised feud with coach Warren Ryan, Mortimer captained the Bulldogs to successive grand final wins in 1984-85 and also took over the captaincy of NSW during that time. In 1985 he led the Blues to their first win in a State of Origin series but declined to tour NZ with the Australian side because of business commitments. Single-minded in his goals, temperamental and with a touch of ego and aggressiveness that all champions require, the final years of his career were clouded in acrimony. Two high tackle controversies (against Michael O'Connor in 1985 and Mark Wakefield in 1986) resulted in a nine-week suspension after he was cited for the latter indiscretion. A grand final loss in 1986 was followed by a request to leave the club for Manly but this was denied. In a troubled 1988 season under Phil Gould, Mortimer stood down as captain, suffered a respiratory complaint (Mortimer was asthmatic) and then broke his arm late in the season. His final match, as a fresh reserve in the Bulldogs’ grand final victory, was not the way he would have preferred to end a marvellous career but he retired with a then club record number of first grade matches and a host of brilliant achievements to his credit. In 2002 the Bulldogs appointed Mortimer Chief Executive after revelations of salary cap breeches. The former club great tried hard to bring credibility back to the club but after the off-field problems in a pre-season trial at Coffs Harbour in 2004 Mortimer was informed that he had lost the support of the club’s Directors (chaired by former team-mate George Peponis) and had no option but to resign. Later that year he was named in the Bulldogs’ greatest ever team as part of the club’s 70th Anniversary celebrations, but not as captain. Autobiography, Top Dog (1987).

- 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 1981-84 8 2 -   - 6 7 1 0 87.50% Match list
Overall 1981-1984 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 1981-1982 1 - -   - - 1 0 0 100.00% Match list
Overall 1982 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 1977, 1979, 1981 6 - -   - - 6 0 0 100.00% Match list
NSW City Firsts 1977, 1981, 1983-84 4 6 -   - 22 4 0 0 100.00% Match list
New South Wales 1982-85 9 3 -   - 11 5 4 0 55.56% Match list
NSW Country Firsts 1985 1 - -   - - 0 1 0 0.00% Match list
Overall 1977-1985 20 9 0   0 33 15 5 0 75.00% Match list


Club Career

Australian League Matches - By Year

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Canterbury NSWRFL 1976 ? 6 -   - 18  
Canterbury NSWRFL 1977 ? 5 -   1 16  
Canterbury NSWRFL 1978 ? 5 -   - 15  
Canterbury NSWRFL 1979 ? 10 -   1 31  
Canterbury NSWRFL 1980 19 5 -   - 15 13 6 0 68.42% Match list
Canterbury NSWRFL 1981 22 8 -   1 25 8 14 0 36.36% Match list
Canterbury NSWRFL 1982 24 12 -   1 37 12 9 3 50.00% Match list
Canterbury NSWRFL 1983 23 9 -   - 36 17 6 0 73.91% Match list
Canterbury NSWRL 1984 23 2 -   - 8 19 4 0 82.61% Match list
Canterbury NSWRL 1985 20 4 -   - 16 14 4 2 70.00% Match list
Canterbury NSWRL 1986 18 7 -   - 28 11 7 0 61.11% Match list
Canterbury NSWRL 1987 20 4 -   - 16 12 8 0 60.00% Match list
Canterbury NSWRL 1988 19 2 -   1 9 14 5 0 73.68% Match list
Overall 1976-1988 ? 79 0   5 270 ? ? ? ?  

Australian League Matches - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Canterbury 1976-88 ? 79 -   5 270 ? ? ? ?  
Canterbury 1980-88 188 53 -   3 190 120 63 5 63.83% Match list
Overall 1976-1988 ? 79 0   5 270 ? ? ? ?  

Australian Finals Matches - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Canterbury 1980, 1983-86, 1988 17 3 -   - 12 12 5 0 70.59% Match list
Overall 1980-1988 17 3 0   0 12 12 5 0 70.59% Match list

All Australian Club Matches - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Canterbury 1976, 1978-88 ? 79 -   5 270 ? ? ? ?  
Canterbury 1980-1988 196 53 -   3 190 137 71 5 69.90% Match list
Overall 1976-1988 ? 79 0   5 270 ? ? ? ?  

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