Andrew Gee

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Andrew Gee
Personal information
Nickname GG
Born (1970-04-23) 23 April 1970 (age 44)
Brisbane, Queensland, Queensland
Playing information
Height 183 cm (6 ft 0 in)
Weight 102 kg (16 st 1 lb)
Position Prop, Second-row
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1989–99 Brisbane Broncos 215 10 0 0 0
2000–01 Warrington Wolves 40 4 0 0 16
2002–03 Brisbane Broncos 40 2 0 0 8
Total 295 16 0 0 24
Representative
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1990–03 Queensland 17 1 0 0 4
1997 Queensland (SL) 1 0 0 0 0
1991 Australia
Source: Rugby League Project

Andrew Gee (born 23 April 1970 in Queensland) is an Australian rugby league administrator and former football operations manager at the Brisbane Broncos of the NRL. Also a former player with the club, he was a Queensland State of Origin representative prop forward, and at the time of his retirement, held the Broncos' club record for most appearances of any forward.

Playing career[edit]

While attending Beaudesert High School, Gee played for the Australian Schoolboys team in 1986.[1]

He transferred to Brisbane from Beaudesert, Queensland in 1989 and started his representative career for Queensland the following year.[2]

Gee was rewarded after his strong display in the 1991 State of Origin series with selection on the Australian tour of Papua New Guinea. Unfortunately, he made just one appearance before being injured and also met a similar fate the following season.

The Brisbane forward played just seven matches and was left out of the starting line up that defeated St George Dragons 28-8 in the 1992 NSWRL Grand Final. In the weeks following the grand final Gee traveled with the Broncos to England, where he played at prop forward in the 1992 World Club Challenge against British champions Wigan, helping Brisbane become the first Australian club to win the World Club Challenge in Britain.

Gee was a reserve when the club won the second of its two consecutive premierships in 1993 but overcame a lengthy suspension at the beginning of the 1994 season to take his place in the side that lost the 1994 World Club Challenge to Wigan, 20-14, at ANZ Stadium in June in front of a WCC record attendance of 54,220 fans.

Gee toiled with the Broncos through the club's domination of the 1997 Super League season and took his place in the champion Brisbane team that won the 1998 NRL grand final. In 1998 he also won the club's player of the year award.

He left the club at the end of 1999 to join Warrington but later returned to the Broncos, along with former captain Allan Langer, for the 2002 season.

Sometimes criticized for lack of discipline resulting in needless penalties which potentially cost his team victories,[3] Gee finished his playing career in 2003. That year he also made the State of Origin team, some 13 years after his first representative match. He was the first player to play 250+ games for the Broncos.

Early in the 2007 season at the Broncos' 20-year anniversary celebration, the club announced a list of the 20 best players to play for them to date which included Gee.[4] In 2009 Gee was inducted into the Broncos official Hall of Fame.[5]

Coaching and administration career[edit]

Gee continued to serve at the Broncos assisting the coaching staff. In 2010 he was appointed the club's general manager of football operations.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Homepage for Australian Secondary Schools Rugby League". SportingPulse. Retrieved 2008-10-10. 
  2. ^ Heming, Wayne (5 April 2009). "Gee quits Brisbane Broncos". The Sydney Morning Herald (Fairfax Media). 
  3. ^ Macsmith, James. "Dorn's miracle ball puts Broncos on ice". The Sun-Herald (Fairfax Media). Retrieved 10 September 2009. 
  4. ^ Dekroo, Karl (9 May 2007). "Still the king". The Courier-Mail (News Limited). Retrieved 2009-12-08. [dead link]
  5. ^ "Broncos Hall of Fame". broncos.com.au. Brisbane Broncos. Retrieved 31 December 2013. 
  6. ^ Heming, Wayne (13 May 2010). "Broncos 'working on' new deal for Folau". The Sydney Morning Herald (Fairfax Media). AAP. Retrieved 2010-05-13. 

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