Michael Buettner

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Playing Career

Vital Statistics

Born
Tuesday, 30th October, 1973
Current Age
50 years and 124 days
Place Of Birth
Fairfield, New South Wales, Australia

Biography

P’matta junior, an Australian Schoolboy rep in 1991, made his first grade debut for the Eels the following year. The hard-running centre came to prominence in P’matta's 22-16 win over the touring Great Britain side in 1992. Despite a great step and explosive pace, Buettner toiled in P’matta’s backline for several seasons before signing with Norths as a replacement for centre Ivan Cleary who was going to Easts in 1996. The move was the turning point in the young player’s career, coinciding as it did with the split in the game. With Super League players not considered for Test duty in 1996, Buettner was chosen to take on Papua New Guinea and scored two tries in what was to be his only international match. In 1998, Buettner scored a club record 21 tries in a season but never felt at home with the merged N’Eagles club and returned to P’matta. 2001 saw him in superlative form, re-igniting his partnership with former Norths clubmate Jason Taylor and bringing his experience to a young side that eventually won the minor premiership and made the grand final. The following year he joined the growing exodus of players that left the club and moved to the W’Tigers where at one stage, he was thrust into the unlikely role of halfback. Buettner retired at the end of the 2004 season to work for the NRL as a player liaison officer.
- ALAN WHITICKER

Playing 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   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
NRL 263 96 77   - 538 118 136 9 44.87% List
NRL Finals 11 4 -   - 16 4 7 0 36.36% List
City vs Country 1 - -   - - 0 1 0 0.00% List
State of Origin 1 - -   - - 0 1 0 0.00% List


International

Test Matches - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Australia 1996 1 2 -   - 8 1 0 0 100.00% List


Representative

Australia - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
NSW 1997 1 - -   - - 0 1 0 0.00% List
NSW City 1997 1 - -   - - 0 1 0 0.00% List
Overall1997 2 0 0   0 - 0 2 0 0.00% List


Club Career

NRL/NSWRL - By Year

Team Season App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Parramatta NSWRL 1992 19 - 26 / 43 60.47% - 52 5 13 1 26.32% List
Parramatta NSWRL 1993 22 5 44 / 70 62.86% - 108 9 13 0 40.91% List
Parramatta NSWRL 1994 22 7 3 / 5 60.00% - 34 7 14 1 31.82% List
Parramatta ARL 1995 16 5 0 / 1 0.00% - 20 1 15 0 6.25% List
North Sydney ARL 1996 24 13 -   - 52 16 6 2 66.67% List
North Sydney ARL 1997 21 9 -   - 36 11 9 1 52.38% List
North Sydney NRL 1998 26 21 -   - 84 17 9 0 65.38% List
North Sydney NRL 1999 24 15 2 / 3 66.67% - 64 8 16 0 33.33% List
Northern Eagles NRL 2000 23 7 2 / 5 40.00% - 32 9 14 0 39.13% List
Parramatta NRL 2001 27 9 -   - 36 20 5 2 74.07% List
Parramatta NRL 2002 23 3 -   - 12 10 11 2 43.48% List
Wests Tigers NRL 2003 8 1 -   - 4 2 6 0 25.00% List
Wests Tigers NRL 2004 8 1 -   - 4 3 5 0 37.50% List

NRL/NSWRL - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Parramatta 1992-95, 2001-02 129 29 73 / 119 61.34% - 262 52 71 6 40.31% List
North Sydney 1996-99 95 58 2 / 3 66.67% - 236 52 40 3 54.74% List
Northern Eagles 2000 23 7 2 / 5 40.00% - 32 9 14 0 39.13% List
Wests Tigers 2003-04 16 2 -   - 8 5 11 0 31.25% List
Overall1992-2004 263 96 77 / 127 60.63% 0 538 118 136 9 44.87% List

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Contributions: Rugby League Tables, Andrew Ferguson, Shawn Dollin, AJ Lucantonio, Alan Katzmann, Paul Carter, Greg Fiveash

Sources: NRL Rugby League Yearbook 1999, NRL Rugby League Yearbook 2000, NRL Rugby League Yearbook 2001, NRL Rugby League Yearbook 2002, NRL Rugby League Yearbook 2003, ARL Rugby League Yearbook 1997, ARL Rugby League Yearbook 1996, NRL Rugby League Yearbook 1998, NRL Rugby League Yearbook 2004, NRL 2004 Official Rugby League Annual, NSWRL Rugby League Yearbook 1992-93, NSWRL Rugby League Yearbook 1994, ARL Rugby League Yearbook 1995