Herb Steinohrt

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Herb Steinohrt
Herb Steinohrt (1925, Brisbane).jpg
Steinohrt in 1925
Personal information
Full name Herb Steinohrt
Born 21 October 1899
Pittsworth, Queensland, Australia
Died 27 December 1985(1985-12-27) (aged 86)
Playing information
Position forward
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1922–33 Valleys (Toowoomba)
Representative
Years Team Pld T G FG P
Toowoomba 59 24
1925–33 Queensland 51 21
1928–32 Australia 9 0 0 0 0

Herb Steinohrt (21 October 1899 – 27 December 1985) was an Australian rugby leaguefootballer of the 1920s and '30s. He was a front row forward for the Australian national team. He played in 9 Tests between 1928 and 1932 as captain on 3 occasions.

Born in Pittsworth, Queensland he moved to Toowoomba in 1921 and forged an identity there in football and later in real estate as a man of honour and discipline.

Club career[edit]

Steinhort's father had emigrated to Australia in the late 19th century.[1] He was graded by the Valleys club of the Toowoomba rugby League in 1922 as a centre but soon moved to the forwards. He was known throughout his career for his uncompromising heavy tackling style. Along with his 1928 Kangaroo captain Tom Gorman, Steinohrt was a member of the 1924-25 world class Toowoomba side that beat all comers including Sydney premiers Souths, Brisbane, Ipswich and representative sides including New South Wales, Victoria, Great Britain and New Zealand.

Queensland representative career[edit]

Herb Steinohrt tackling a Brisbane player in the Bulimba Cup

Although he did not first represent his State till age 26, from 1925 to 1933 he had an uninterrupted run as a Queensland Maroon representative, setting the then record of playing 30 consecutive interstate matches. In 1931 and 1932 he captained Queensland to series victories over NSW. In 1933 he was part of a Queensland squad that included the entire Toowoomba representative team and Steinhort lead a "Clydesdales XIII" against NSW. His brother Arch was also part of this team.

Australian representative career[edit]

Steinohrt (l), Kangaroo captain, 1st Test 6 Jun 1932

Aged 29 in 1928 Herb was selected to play for the Australian team. He played in all 3 games of each of the three consecutive Test series against Great Britain in 1928, 1929–30 and 1932. On the 1929–30 Kangaroo tour of Great Britain he played in 3 Tests and 18 other Tour matches. In 1932 at home against the visiting English he captained the Kangaroos in all three Tests. Steinohrt was the last Queensland based player to captain a Kangaroo Tour until Wally Lewis did so in 1986.

Post playing career[edit]

He retired from representative football in 1932 but continued playing for Valleys and Toowoomba until 1936 including a match for the Clydesdales against the touring 1936 Lions where Toowoomba were narrowly beaten 10-8. He coached Toowoomba and various Queensland representative sides into the 1970s and was a selector for the Australian test team in 1946.

In February 2008, Steinohrt was named in the list of Australia's 100 Greatest Players (1908–2007) which was commissioned by the NRL and ARL to celebrate the code's centenary year in Australia.[2][3] In June 2008, he was chosen in the Queensland Rugby League's Team of the Century on interchange bench.[4] In 2008, rugby league in Australia's centenary year, Steinohrt was named at front row forward in the Toowoomba and South West Team of the Century.[5]

Representative matches played[edit]

Team Matches Years
Queensland v NSW 34 1925–1933
Queensland v Int'ls 9 1925–1932
Australia (Tests) 9 1928–1932

Sources[edit]

  • Whiticker, Alan (2004) Captaining the Kangaroos, New Holland, Sydney
  • Andrews, Malcolm (2006) The ABC of Rugby League Austn Broadcasting Corpn, Sydney

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ Lex Marinos (2008). From a Federation Game to a League of Nations. Australia: Australian Society for Sports History. p. 7. 
  2. ^ Peter Cassidy (2008-02-23). "Controversy reigns as NRL releases top 100 players". Macquarie National News. Retrieved 2008-02-23. 
  3. ^ "Centenary of Rugby League - The Players". NRL & ARL. 2008-02-23. Retrieved 2008-02-23. 
  4. ^ Ricketts, Steve (2008-06-10). "Locky named No.1 but Wal's still King". The Courier-Mail. Archived from the original on 2009-05-20. Retrieved 2009-05-20. 
  5. ^ Leslie, Cameron (21 August 2008). "Rugby League Team of the Century named". The Chronicle. Retrieved 8 January 2012. 

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