Dale Finucane

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Dale Finucane
Dale Finucane Country.jpg
Personal information
Born (1991-09-07) 7 September 1991 (age 27)
Bega, New South Wales, Australia
Height188 cm (6 ft 2 in)
Weight106 kg (16 st 10 lb)
Playing information
PositionLock, Prop
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2012–14 Canterbury Bulldogs 66 2 0 0 8
2015– Melbourne Storm 105 11 1 0 46
Total 171 13 1 0 54
Representative
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2014–17 NSW Country 4 0 0 0 0
As of 17 May 2019
Source: [1][2]

Dale Finucane (born 7 September 1987) is an Australian professional rugby league footballer who plays as a lock and prop for the Melbourne Storm in the NRL. Finucane is a Country Origin representative player. Finucane previously played for the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs. Finucane won the 2017 NRL Grand Final with the Storm.

Early life[edit]

Born in Bega, New South Wales, Finucane played his junior football for the Bega Roosters and studied at Bega High School.

In 2009, he signed with the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs. When signed at the Bulldogs, he was educated at Bass High School.

Playing career[edit]

Finucane playing for the Bulldogs in 2012

Early career[edit]

In 2009, Finucane played for the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs' S. G. Ball Cup team, winning the S. G. Ball Cup Player of the Year award[3] and playing for the New South Wales Under 18s team.[4] Later that same year, he moved straight into the Bulldogs' NYC team. He played in the NYC for the Bulldogs from 2009 to 2011, playing over 60 games.[5] On 31 August 2010, Finucane was named on the interchange bench in the 2010 NYC Team of the Year.[6] On 30 August 2011, Finucane was named at prop in the 2011 NYC Team of the Year.[7] On 16 October 2011, Finucane played for the Junior Kangaroos against the Junior Kiwis, where he played at lock in the 28-16 loss.[8][9] In 2012, Finucane moved on to the Bulldogs' New South Wales Cup team.

2012[edit]

In Round 13 of the 2012 NRL season, Finucane made his NRL debut for the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs against the South Sydney Rabbitohs, playing off the interchange bench in the 23-18 win at ANZ Stadium.[10][11] On 30 September 2017, in the Bulldogs 2012 NRL Grand Final match against the Melbourne Storm, Finucane played off the interchange bench in the 14-4 defeat.[12][13] Finucane finished his debut NRL year with him playing in 14 matches for the Bulldogs in the 2012 NRL season.

2013[edit]

In Round 20 against the Parramatta Eels, Finucane scored his first NRL career try in the Bulldogs 40-12 win at ANZ Stadium.[14] On 11 August 2013, Finucane extended his contract with the Bulldogs from the end of 2014 to the end of 2016.[15] Finucane finished the 2013 NRL season with him playing all of the Bulldogs 25 matches and scoring 1 try.

2014[edit]

In February 2014, Finucane was selected in the Bulldogs 2014 NRL Auckland Nines squad.[16] On 4 May 2014, Finucane played for Country Origin against City Origin where he played off the interchange bench in the 26-26 all draw in Dubbo.[17] On 5 October 2017, in the Bulldogs 2014 NRL Grand Final match against the South Sydney Rabbitohs, Finucane played off the interchange bench in the 32-6 defeat.[18][19] Finucane finished the 2014 NRL season with him playing in 27 matches and scored 1 try for the Bulldogs. On 18 December 2014, after gaining a release from his Bulldogs contract, Finucane signed a 3-year contract with the Melbourne Storm starting in 2015.[20]

2015[edit]

In Round 1 of the 2015 NRL season, Finucane made his club debut for the Melbourne Storm against the St George Illawarra Dragons, starting at lock in the 12-4 win at Jubilee Oval.[21] On 3 May 2017, Finucane played for Country Origin against City Origin where he started at prop in the 34-22 win in Wagga Wagga.[22] In Round 9 against the Parramatta Eels, Finucane scored his first club try for the Storm in the 28-10 win at Parramatta Stadium.[23] Finucane finished the 2015 NRL season with playing in 23 matches and scoring 2 tries in his first year with the Melbourne Storm.

2016[edit]

In February 2016, Finucane was selected in the Storm’s 2016 NRL Auckland Nines squad.[24] On 8 May 2017, Finucane played for Country Origin against City Origin where he started at lock in the 44-30 loss in Tamworth.[25] On 2 October 2016, in the Storm’s 2016 NRL Grand Final match against the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks, Finucane played in his third grand final match, starting at lock and sadly losing another premiership in the 14-12 defeat.[26][27][28] Finucane finished the 2016 NRL season with him playing in all the Storm’s 27 matches and scoring 2 tries.

2017[edit]

On 22 March 2017, Finucane extended his contract with the Storm to the end of the 2021 season.[29] On 7 May 2017, Finucane played for Country Origin against City Origin where he started at prop in the 20-10 loss in Mudgee.[30] On 1 October 2017, in the Storm’s 2017 NRL Grand Final match against the North Queensland Cowboys, Finucane appeared in his 4th grand final, starting at lock and scoring a try in the breaking of the hoodoo match with a 34-6 victory.[31][32] Finucane finished the 2017 NRL season on a high with him playing in 26 matches, scoring 4 tries and kicking 1 goal for the Storm.

2018[edit]

To start the season, Dale was part of the successful 2018 World Club Challenge team. In round 12 of the 2018 NRL season against the North Queensland Cowboys, Finucane play his 150th NRL games in the Storms' 7-6 win at 1300SMILES Stadium. September, Finucane played in his fifth grand final and took part in the 2018 NRL Grand Final.

Honours[edit]

Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs[edit]

Melbourne Storm[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Dale Finucane rugbyleagueproject.org
  2. ^ loverugbyleague
  3. ^ "THE GRAND FINAL TEAMS". Ourfootyteamcom. Retrieved 18 December 2014.
  4. ^ "2014 Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs profile". Bulldogs.com.au. Retrieved 18 December 2014.
  5. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20120617180846/http://www.rleague.com//db/player/f/finucane_dale/index.php. Archived from the original on 17 June 2012. Retrieved 8 July 2012. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  6. ^ "Toyota Cup Team of the Year". 31 August 2010. Retrieved 13 November 2017.
  7. ^ "Toyota Cup Team of the Year". Nrl.com. Retrieved 18 December 2014.
  8. ^ "Junior Kiwis dominate second half". Retrieved 13 November 2017.
  9. ^ "ARL Junior Kangaroos squad is named". Ozzienews.com. Retrieved 18 December 2014.
  10. ^ "Krisnan faith is answer for Dogs". Retrieved 13 November 2017.
  11. ^ Bartlett, Josh (4 June 2012). "Dale breaks through for Dogs debut". Retrieved 13 November 2017.
  12. ^ "Storm sink biting Bulldogs". Retrieved 13 November 2017.
  13. ^ "NRL grand final player ratings". Retrieved 13 November 2017.
  14. ^ http://www.smh.com.au/rugby-league/league-match-report/barba-to-miss-five-weeks-with-ankle-injury-20130726-2qqbz.html
  15. ^ "Finucane & Jackson extend with the Bulldogs". NRL - Zero Tackle. Retrieved 18 December 2014.
  16. ^ "Squads named for Auckland Nines". Retrieved 13 November 2017.
  17. ^ "Jamal's journey no Country stroll". Retrieved 13 November 2017.
  18. ^ "Bunnies bury the 43-year curse". Retrieved 13 November 2017.
  19. ^ "Bulldogs Grand Final Player Ratings". Retrieved 13 November 2017.
  20. ^ "Storm sign released Dogs star Finucane". Retrieved 13 November 2017.
  21. ^ "Dragons v Storm: Five key points". Retrieved 13 November 2017.
  22. ^ "Country overcome City in seesawing affair". Retrieved 13 November 2017.
  23. ^ "NRL round 9 - Parramatta Eels v Melbourne Storm". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 13 November 2017.
  24. ^ "2016 Downer NRL Auckland Nines Official Squads". Retrieved 13 November 2017.
  25. ^ "Young City side stun Country". Retrieved 13 November 2017.
  26. ^ "NRL 2016 grand final: Melbourne Storm v Cronulla Sharks player ratings". 2 October 2016. Retrieved 13 November 2017.
  27. ^ "Cronulla beat Storm 14-12 in thrilling 2016 NRL Grand Final". Retrieved 13 November 2017.
  28. ^ "Third grand final loss not a curse: Finucane". Retrieved 13 November 2017.
  29. ^ "Storm reward Finucane with long-term deal". Retrieved 13 November 2017.
  30. ^ "City edge past Country for final time". Retrieved 13 November 2017.
  31. ^ "Unsung Storm star finally gets a win". Retrieved 13 November 2017.
  32. ^ Bungard, Matt (1 October 2017). "NRL grand final 2017: How the Melbourne Storm players rated". Retrieved 13 November 2017 – via The Sydney Morning Herald.

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