John Cartwright

Playing Career

Vital Statistics

Born
Monday, 9th August, 1965
Current Age
58 years and 320 days
Place Of Birth
Penrith, New South Wales, Australia

Honours & Awards

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World Cup
1989/1992
The Ashes
1990, 1992
Test Series
Australia vs New Zealand 1991
State of Origin
1992
NSWRL Premiership (NRL)
1991
Dally M Second Rower Of The Year
1991, 1992

Known Family Links

Brother
David Cartwright
Michael Cartwright
Cliff Cartwright
Nephew
Bryce Cartwright
Son
Jed Cartwright

Biography

Gifted forward's ability to off-load seemingly impossible around-the-corner passes became his trademark. The son of Penrith founding-father Merv Cartwright, John Cartwright was a gangly teenager when he made his first grade debut in 1985. He honed his ball skills to gain State of Origin selection in 1989 but NSW lost the series 3-0 and Cartwright was ill-used in the front-row. The following year, he was one of four Penrith players selected in the Kangaroo squad but was unlucky to be dropped after Australia's First Test loss against Great Britain at Wembley. The same fate befell him the following year against NZ but while he became a regular selection in the national side as reserve (1991 versus NZ, 1992 Ashes series against Great Britain and victorious World Cup campaign), Cartwright's stature continued to grow at club level. Injury saw him on the bench for Penrith's 1991 grand final team but his inclusion on the field just before half-time was a turning point in the match. The following year, he took over the club captaincy from Greg Alexander and held the club together during a difficult year with his mature leadership both on and off the field. Named Penrith's 'Player of the Year' in 1992, Cartwright’s career was plagued by leg and shoulder injuries over the next three years. Named Penrith captain again for 1995-96, Cartwright was threatened with legal action by the ARL when he wavered from his 'loyalty' contract to listen to Super League offers. He left the club at the end of the following year to see out his career with Salford in England but the move was short-lived. Cartwright returned to the Panthers as a First Division coach, his charges losing to the Bulldogs in the lower grade grand final in 2000, before linking with the Roosters in 2002. Cartwright has since proven an able assistant to coach Ricky Stuart and took the Roosters to the Premier League premiership in 2004. After guiding the USA Tomahawks in the international match against the Kangaroos in Philadelphia in December 2004, Cartwright was named coach of the newly promoted G’Coast Titans for 2007.
- ALAN WHITICKER

Playing Career Statistics

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Competitions

Competition   Comp Wins App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
The Ashes 2 2 - -   - - 1 1 0 50.00% List
World Cup 1 4 - -   - - 4 0 0 100.00% List
Tour Matches Australia - 14 1 -   - 4 13 1 0 92.86% List
Test Series 3 4 - -   - - 2 2 0 50.00% List
State of Origin 1 8 1 -   - 4 3 5 0 37.50% List
City vs Country - 2 - -   - - 1 1 0 50.00% List
NSWRL/ARL Premiership (NRL) 1 188 14 -   - 56 96 87 5 51.06% List
NSWRL/ARL Finals - 4 - -   - - 3 1 0 75.00% List
Super League - 9 - -   - - 7 2 0 77.78% List
Challenge Cup - 4 1 -   - 4 3 1 0 75.00% List
Premiership Trophy - 2 2 -   - 8 1 1 0 50.00% List
World Club Challenge - 1 - -   - - 0 1 0 0.00% List
Midweek Cup - 6 1 -   - 4 3 3 0 50.00% List
Challenge Cup AU - 11 - -   - - 5 6 0 45.45% List


International

Test Matches - By Team

Team Years   App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Australia 1990-92   7 - -   - - 5 2 0 71.43% List

World Cup Matches - By Team

Team Years   App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Australia 1990-1992   4 - -   - - 4 0 0 100.00% List


Representative

Australia - By Team

Team Years   App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
NSW 1989, 1991-92   8 1 -   - 4 3 5 0 37.50% List
NSW City 1990, 1992   2 - -   - - 1 1 0 50.00% List
Overall1989-1992   10 1 0   0 4 4 6 0 40.00% List


Club Career

NSWRL/ARL Premiership (NRL) - By Year

Team Season   App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Penrith NSWRL 1985 Winfield Cup   5 - -   - - 2 2 1 40.00% List
Penrith NSWRL 1986 Winfield Cup   16 2 -   - 8 9 7 0 56.25% List
Penrith NSWRL 1987 Winfield Cup   22 1 -   - 4 6 16 0 27.27% List
Penrith NSWRL 1988 Winfield Cup   23 2 -   - 8 15 8 0 65.22% List
Penrith NSWRL 1989 Winfield Cup   17 1 -   - 4 14 3 0 82.35% List
Penrith NSWRL 1990 Winfield Cup   20 3 -   - 12 14 5 1 70.00% List
Penrith NSWRL 1991 Winfield Cup   14 - -   - - 10 3 1 71.43% List
Penrith NSWRL 1992 Winfield Cup   19 1 -   - 4 9 10 0 47.37% List
Penrith NSWRL 1993 Winfield Cup   5 - -   - - 0 5 0 0.00% List
Penrith NSWRL 1994 Winfield Cup   14 2 -   - 8 6 7 1 42.86% List
Penrith ARL 1995 Winfield Cup   15 1 -   - 4 5 10 0 33.33% List
Penrith ARL 1996 Optus Cup   18 1 -   - 4 6 11 1 33.33% List

NSWRL/ARL Premiership (NRL) - By Team

Team Years   App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Penrith 1985-96   188 14 -   - 56 96 87 5 51.06% List

English Career - By Year

Team Season   App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Salford 1997   15 3 -   - 12 11 4 0 73.33% List

English Career - By Team

Team Years   App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Salford 1997   15 3 -   - 12 11 4 0 73.33% List

Your Say

  • Ian Gough
    23/09/2020

    Great player & A great bloke John has a lot to offer coaching 1st grade if given another chance His experience & likeable attitude is the only ingredient needed to be successful. Carry has all the other skills & some just needs an opportunity

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Contributions: Rugby League Tables, Shawn Dollin, AJ Lucantonio, Andrew Ferguson, Paul Carter, Paul Hicks, Terry Liberopoulos, Alan Katzmann, Max Turner, Greg Fiveash, Steven Russo, Bill Bates

Sources: David Middleton's Rugby League Yearbook (1987-88 to present), Match Video, Richard Bailey's Rugby League World, Rothmans Rugby League Yearbook (1981-82 to 1999)