Steve Georgallis

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Steve Georgallis
Personal information
Born (1968-06-17) 17 June 1968 (age 46)
Playing information
Height 180 cm (5 ft 11 in)
Weight 92 kg (14 st 7 lb)
Position Utility
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1989–92 Eastern Suburbs 38 5 0 0 20
1991 Carlisle
1993–99 Western Suburbs 148 20 0 0 80
1995 Wakefield Trinity 17 5 0 0 20
2000 Wests Tigers 20 1 0 0 4
2001 Warrington Wolves 6 2 0 0 8
Total 229 33 0 0 132
Representative
Years Team Pld T G FG P
Greece
Coaching information
Club
Years Team Gms W D L W%
2011 Penrith Panthers 11 7 0 7 64
Source: NRL Stats RLPRLP Coach Stats

Steve Georgallis (born 17 June 1968) is an Australian professional rugby league football coach and former player. Appointed as the Penrith Panthers head coach part-way through the 2011 NRL season, he played during the 1990s in Sydney for the Eastern Suburbs Roosters, Western Suburbs Magpies and Wests Tigers, as well as in England for Carlisle, Wakefield Trinity, and Warrington Wolves. Georgallis played 264 first grade games in total.

Playing career[edit]

Georgallis made his debut with the Roosters in 1989 playing halfback.[1] Over the 4 seasons with the club he had spells playing at five-eighth, fullback and centre without being able to cement a position, making only 38 appearances.

Joining the Magpies in 1993, he proved just as adaptable, and was a cornerstone of the team for 7 seasons, playing in 148 games.[1] During this time he also spent an off-season in England playing for Wakefield Trinity. By 1999, Georgallis had started making appearances at lock, and was captaining the struggling Magpies. He played a season mostly from the bench for the Wests Tigers after the merger with Balmain. He was cheered from the field at the completion of his last Australian game.[2]

In 2001, Georgallis joined the Warrington Wolves for a season. Wolves' coach Darryl Van de Velde said at the time, "He knows what Rugby League's all about. He is very strong, has good hands and is always busy on the field."[2] Unfortunately, Georgallis only lasted 6 games before the end of his professional career, though he did make later appearances as captain of Greece.[3]

Coaching[edit]

In 2008 Georgallis was the coach of the Penrith Panthers' National Youth Competition under-20s team.[4] He has also coached the Greece national rugby league team.[5] Georgallis coached Greece in the 2009 Australian Mediterranean Shield.[6] Greece won the final 34-14 against Italy.[7]

On 20 June 2011, it was announced Georgallis would take over as interim Penrith Panthers coach following the resignation of Matt Elliott. He had success immediately with the Panthers winning 30-20 Against the North Queensland Cowboys. Georgallis had won his first two games as coach when it was announced that Phil Gould had chosen Ivan Cleary to be the Panthers coach from 2012 onwards.[8] The Panthers won just two of the remaining nine games of the season.

Despite seeking other positions as head coach, such as the vacant position at Bulldogs,[9] Georgallis came to be an assistant coach at the Wests Tigers in 2012.[10]

Georgallis coached the Greece national rugby league team to a 90-0 victory over Hungary in Budapest on the 27th of October, 2013.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Steve Georgallis at RLP". Rugby League Project. Retrieved 19 January 2010. 
  2. ^ a b Mike Parsons (20 November 2000). "WOLVES HOOK INTO GEORGALLIS". This is Cheshire. Retrieved 19 January 2010. 
  3. ^ Steven Birchall (27 September 2003). "Kogarah: Italy wins Ionio Cup". League Unlimited. Retrieved 20 January 2010. 
  4. ^ Christian Nicolussi, Dean Ritchie and Josh Massoud (2008-08-27). "Pritchard's threat to quit". The Herald Sun. Retrieved 2008-08-31. 
  5. ^ "Malta and Greece Name Starting 17". Greek City. Retrieved 2008-08-31. 
  6. ^ "Making league a world game". Cumberland Courier. 6 October 2009. Retrieved 23 December 2010. 
  7. ^ "Australian Mediterranean Shield GREECE vs. ITALY". Canterbury-Bankstown Express. 19 October 2009. Retrieved 22 December 2010. 
  8. ^ Josh Massoud (9 July 2011). "The law of the jungle for rejected Panther". Daily Telegraph (Sydney). Retrieved 27 January 2012. 
  9. ^ "Bulldogs job still possible, says Georgallis". Sydney Morning Herald. 3 August 2011. Retrieved 27 January 2012. 
  10. ^ Georgallis jumps ship to take assistant's role with Tigers Sydney Morning Herald, 3 August 2011

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