Fonda Metassa

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Fonda Metassa
Personal information
Full name The Golden Greek
Playing information
Position Three-quarter back
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
Fortitude Valley
1960–61 South Sydney 13 6 0 0 18
Norths (Brisbane)
Total 13 6 0 0 18
Representative
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1966 Queensland 1

Fonda Metassa is an Australian former rugby league footballer. Known as "the Golden Greek", he played in the Brisbane Rugby League premiership for Fortitude Valley and Norths, and in the New South Wales Rugby Football League premiership for the South Sydney Rabbitohs in the 1960s.

A powerful winger, Metassa played two seasons (1960 and 1961) for South Sydney. He became a part of Brisbane Rugby League folklore when he famously burst from the back of an ambulance to return to the field at Lang Park after being carted off injured in a match for Norths against Redcliffe.[1][2][3][4] Metassa also played one match for Queensland against Great Britain in 1966. The following season he played in Norths' Brisbane Rugby League grand final loss to Brothers.

Metassa was part of the 1969 BRL premiership-winning Norths side.[5] Metassa later worked as a television presenter. In 2008, Metassa was named on the wing of an all-time greatest Norths Devils team.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ McCoy, John (December 2010). "Brisbane Rugby League Entertainers". Men of League Magazine, Edition 42. Retrieved 10 April 2011. 
  2. ^ Mascord, Steve (21 July 2003). "Happy with a win, Bennett approves of the golden point". The Sydney Morning Herald (Australia: Fairfax Media). Retrieved 22 November 2010. 
  3. ^ Mascord, Steve (4 May 2008). "Bowen set for resurrection". The Sunday Telegraph (Australia: News Limited). Retrieved 25 November 2010. 
  4. ^ Morton, Jim (15 February 2008). "Reds start with tough win". Fox Sports (Australia: AAP). Retrieved 25 November 2010. 
  5. ^ Pramberg, Bernie (2 August 2008). "Barry Spring didn't do a Sonny Bill on Mayne". The Courier-Mail (Australia: Queensland Newspapers). Retrieved 25 November 2010. 
  6. ^ Pramberg, Bernie (2008-08-17). "Cameron Smith and Greg Inglis in Norths Devis 'greatest' team". The Courier-Mail. Retrieved 2008-08-17. 

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