Mario Fenech

Career Stats & Summary

Vital Statistics

Born
Saturday, 11th November, 1961
Current Age
60 years and 187 days
Place Of Birth
Valletta, South East Region, Malta

Awards & Accolades

Dally M Captain Of The Year
1989

Known Family Links

Brother
Steve Fenech
Brother
Joe Fenech

Biography

One of the most whole-hearted players to play club football, many people still wonder how the durable hooker/forward did not win a Test jersey during his career. Fenech was chosen in two President's XIII sides (against Papua New Guinea in 1985 and Great Britain in 1988) and represented NSW but Test honours eluded him. His stay with English club Bradford in 1986-87 was certainly short – he played in just two matches, the first as a prop against the visiting Kangaroos – before returning home. Fenech's early career was plagued by a hot-headed temperament (few can forget his duels with opposing hooker Ben Elias) but Souths' coach George Piggins appointed the firebrand hooker captain (echoes of John Sattler) with great results. Fenech took on the role with great pride and maturity, taking the club to the minor premiership in 1989. That year, he was Jack Gibson's preferred hooker in NSW's State of Origin team but a broken hand cost him a place on the Australian tour of NZ (his NSW replacement, David Trewhella, toured instead). The following year, with Souths in financial crisis, Fenech made the difficult decision to join Norths. Despite his great form in the front row for the Bears during 1991, he was constantly ignored for State of Origin duty. The following year was interrupted by injury and despite being one of the club's best players in 1993-94 he was released at the end of the 1994 season due to salary cap restrictions. Fenech was an inspiration to the club's younger forwards in the win over defending premiers Brisbane in the 1994 semi-finals. Moving to newly-formed South Queensland Crushers in 1995, he had a slow start to the season and was relieved of the captaincy before being relegated to the interchange bench. Fenech was starting to hit top form when he broke his collarbone and cut ties with the club at the end of the season to concentrate on a career in the media and later, the NRL. Autobiography, Personal Best (1993), written by younger brother Steve Fenech, a journalist with News Ltd.

- 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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Competitions

Competition   App T G   FG Pts W L D Win %  
NRL 275 22 -   1 88 148 119 8 53.82% List
NRL Finals 14 1 -   - 4 4 10 0 28.57% List
Tour Matches Bradford Bulls 1 - -   - - 0 1 0 0.00% List
English Championship 1 - -   - - 0 1 0 0.00% List
City vs Country 2 - -   - - 2 0 0 100.00% List
State of Origin 2 - -   - - 0 2 0 0.00% List


Representative

Australia - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Aus Presidents XIII 1985 1 - -   - - 1 0 0 100.00% List
New South Wales 1989 2 - -   - - 0 2 0 0.00% List
NSW City 1989, 1991 2 - -   - - 2 0 0 100.00% List
Overall 1985-1991 5 0 0   0 - 3 2 0 60.00% List


Club Career

Australian League Matches - By Year

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
South Sydney NSWRFL 1981 4 1 -   - 3 1 3 0 25.00% List
South Sydney NSWRFL 1982 7 - -   - - 5 2 0 71.43% List
South Sydney NSWRFL 1983 16 - -   - - 10 6 0 62.50% List
South Sydney NSWRL 1984 25 2 -   1 9 15 10 0 60.00% List
South Sydney NSWRL 1985 24 1 -   - 4 10 14 0 41.67% List
South Sydney NSWRL 1986 22 2 -   - 8 14 7 1 63.64% List
South Sydney NSWRL 1987 26 3 -   - 12 14 11 1 53.85% List
South Sydney NSWRL 1988 19 3 -   - 12 11 7 1 57.89% List
South Sydney NSWRL 1989 18 4 -   - 16 13 4 1 72.22% List
South Sydney NSWRL 1990 21 2 -   - 8 2 19 0 9.52% List
North Sydney NSWRL 1991 23 - -   - - 14 9 0 60.87% List
North Sydney NSWRL 1992 15 1 -   - 4 7 7 1 46.67% List
North Sydney NSWRL 1993 19 2 -   - 8 12 6 1 63.16% List
North Sydney NSWRL 1994 25 1 -   - 4 18 6 1 72.00% List
South Queensland ARL 1995 11 - -   - - 2 8 1 18.18% List
Overall 1981-1995 275 22 0   1 88 148 119 8 53.82% List

Australian League Matches - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
South Sydney 1981-90 182 18 -   1 72 95 83 4 52.20% List
North Sydney 1991-94 82 4 -   - 16 51 28 3 62.20% List
South Queensland 1995 11 - -   - - 2 8 1 18.18% List
Overall 1981-1995 275 22 0   1 88 148 119 8 53.82% List

Australian Finals Matches - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
South Sydney 1981-1989 8 1 -   - 4 2 6 0 25.00% List
North Sydney 1991, 1994 6 - -   - - 2 4 0 33.33% List
Overall 1984-1994 14 1 0   0 4 4 10 0 28.57% List

English League Career - By Year

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Bradford Championship 1986/87 1 - -   - - 0 1 0 0.00% List
Overall 1986-1987 1 0 0   0 - 0 1 0 0.00% List

English League Career - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Bradford 1986 1 - -   - - 0 1 0 0.00% List
Overall 1986-1987 1 0 0   0 - 0 1 0 0.00% List

Your Say

Lachlan cole says: No wonder people call you the Maltese falcon because of that falcon in 1995 for the South Queensland Crushers but still you were one of the most toughest players to ever play rugby league. Go the Bunnies. (29/11/2013)

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