George Gatis

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George Gatis
Personal information
Born (1978-03-25) 25 March 1978 (age 39)
Townsville, Queensland, Australia
Height 174 cm (5 ft 9 in)
Weight 89 kg (196 lb)
Playing information
Position Hooker
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2001–03 North Queensland Cowboys 24 4 0 0 16
2006–07 New Zealand Warriors 39 6 0 0 24
2008 Huddersfield Giants 10 1 0 0 4
2008 North Queensland Cowboys 1 0 0 0 0
Total 74 11 0 0 44
Representative
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2005 Greece 2 0 1 0 2
As of 15 August 2009

George Gatis (born 25 March 1978 in Townsville, Queensland, Australia) was a professional rugby league player who played in the National Rugby League and Super League competitions. His position of choice was hooker. After a few overcoming injuries, george quit football and took over management of his family business 'Simply Tops Seafood Bar', a big charming Greek style fish and chip shop that to this day boasts the best Greek style calamari in QLD.

Playing career[edit]

Gatis originally played for the Wests Panthers in the Queensland Cup.[1]

North Queensland[edit]

He made his first grade debut for the North Queensland Cowboys in 2001. Gatis played 24 games for the Cowboys between 2001 and 2003.

A broken arm in 2003 followed by a knee reconstruction kept Gatis out of first-grade for several years.

New Zealand Warriors[edit]

When the New Zealand Warriors visited Townsville in 2005, assistant coach Kevin Campion offered Gatis a chance to come and spend the pre-season with the Warriors.[2]

Gatis accepted the offer and, in 2006, he was signed by the New Zealand Warriors.[3] He played in thirty nine games for the club over two seasons.

Huddersfield[edit]

In August 2007 Gatis signed for the Huddersfield Giants for the 2008 and 2009 seasons. However, just three months into a two-year contract with Huddersfield, George quit the club due to personal reasons.[4]

Retirement[edit]

Gatis returned to Australia and helped his parents fish and chip shop. During the 2008 season he signed with the North Queensland Cowboys and played one NRL match for the club, starting at hooker. For the majority of the season he played with the Northern Pride in the Queensland Cup.[5]

Gatis retired at the end of the season.[6]

Representative career[edit]

Gatis, of Greek heritage, has played for the Greek national team several times. He received Greek citizenship in November, 2007.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Round 22: 15, 16 August Archived 17 May 2008 at the Wayback Machine. queensland.rleague.com
  2. ^ "George Gatis". Television New Zealand. 24 January 2006. Retrieved 1 October 2011. 
  3. ^ "Warriors' Gatis in first NRL match since 2003" (fee required). AAP Sports News (Australia). 2006-03-21. Retrieved 2007-12-10. 
  4. ^ "Hooker Gatis quits Huddersfield". BBC. 2008-04-22. Retrieved 2008-04-22. 
  5. ^ Josh Alston Gatis back in town Townsville Bulletin, 24 May 2008
  6. ^ "By George, Gatis calls it quits". Sunday News. 3 August 2008. Retrieved 1 October 2011. 
  7. ^ "'m happy with all my Giants" (fee required). AAP Sports News (Australia). 2007-12-05. Retrieved 2007-12-10. 

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