Ernie Hammerton

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Ernie Hammerton
Personal information
Full name Ernest Alfred Hammerton
Born 1927
Died 4 July 1991
Kyeemagh, New South Wales
Playing information
Position Hooker
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1947–58 South Sydney 157 10 1 0 32
Representative
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1951 City NSW 1 0 0 0 0
1951–56 New South Wales 6 0 0 0 0
1951 Australia 1 0 0 0 0

Ernest Alfred Hammerton (1927–1991) was an Australian former professional rugby league footballer of the 1940s and 50s. An Australian international and New South Wales interstate representative hooker, he played club football in the NSWRFL Premiership for South Sydney, appearing in seven consecutive grand finals for them. Hammerton later became a selector for both the New South Wales and Australian national teams.

A South Sydney junior,[1] at the end of the 1949 NSWRFL season Hammerton played in his first grand final at hooker for South Sydney who lost to St. George. At the end of the 1950 NSWRFL season Hammerton played in the grand final at hooker for South Sydney who defeated Western Suburbs. In 1951 Hammerton was selected to represent Australia, becoming Kangaroo No. 288.[2] He played a sole test match, a 23-11 victory over the touring French team. At the end of the 1951 NSWRFL season Hammerton played in the grand final at hooker for South Sydney, scoring a try in their victory over Manly-Warringah. At the end of the 1952 NSWRFL season Hammerton played in the grand final at hooker for South Sydney who lost to Western Suburbs. At the end of the 1953 NSWRFL season Hammerton played in the grand final at hooker for South Sydney, scoring a try in their victory over St. George. At the end of the 1954 NSWRFL season Hammerton played in the grand final at hooker for South Sydney who defeated Newtown. At the end of the 1955 NSWRFL season Hammerton played in the grand final at hooker for South Sydney who again defeated Newtown. South Sydney came within one match of the 1957 NSWRFL season's grand final, however Hammerton was dropped from the team for the qualifier in favour of 22-year-old Brian Murray.[3] Souths lost the match. The following season was Hammerton's last in first grade.[4]

Hammerton was appointed a New South Wales selector in the 1970 pre-season.[5] In 1972 Hammerton, who was already a New South Wales selector, won a position on the Australian Rugby League selection committee.[6] A decade later he was still a national selector.[7] He was replaced as chairman of Australian selectors by Don Furner in the 1989 pre-season.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ rabbitohs.com.au. "Club Records". Tradition. South Sydney Rabbitohs. Retrieved 13 January 2012. 
  2. ^ "Players Register". Kangaroos. Australian Rugby League. Retrieved 13 January 2012. 
  3. ^ Goodman, Tom (11 September 1957). "Hammerton dropped from South R.L. Thirteen for Final". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 13 January 2012. 
  4. ^ rabbitohs.com.au. "Ernie HAMMERTON". Season Archive. Retrieved 13 January 2012. 
  5. ^ "Higher fees for League referees". The Sydney Morning Herald. 3 February 1970. Retrieved 13 January 2012. 
  6. ^ "Hooker now a selector". The Sydney Morning Herald. 8 February 1972. Retrieved 13 January 2012. 
  7. ^ Clarkson, Alan (9 February 1982). "Falla is new Aust League selector". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 13 January 2012. 
  8. ^ Zorba & Hollwood (15 January 1989). "Giants for sale for a cool $1m". The Sun Herald. Retrieved 13 January 2012. 

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