George Robinson (rugby league)

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George Robinson
Personal information
Full nameGeorge Robinson
BornBalmain, New South Wales, Australia
Playing information
PositionHalfback, Five-eighth
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1915–28 Balmain 85 24 44 0 160
Representative
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1919 New South Wales 1 0 0 0 0
1922 Metropolis 2 1 2 0 7
Coaching information
Club
Years Team Gms W D L W%
1933–35 Balmain 44 17 4 23 39
As of 15 March 2019
Source: [1]

George Robinson nicknamed "Wee George" was an Australian professional rugby league footballer who played in the 1910s and 1920s. He played his entire career for Balmain in the NSWRL competition during the clubs first golden era which won 6 premierships. Robinson later coached the club at various levels.

Background[edit]

Robinson was born in Balmain, New South Wales, Australia. He was the brother of Jack 'Junker' Robinson who played for Balmain between 1912-1925.

Playing career[edit]

Robinson began his first grade career with Balmain in 1915 winning a premiership in his first season at the club. The 1915 premiership was also Balmain's first. Robinson did not play for the club in 1916 or 1917 missing out on those premiership successes but returned to Balmain in 1918.

In 1919, Robinson won his second premiership with Balmain as they finished top of the table without needing to play in a grand final to determine the outright premiership winner. This was followed by his third premiership win with Balmain as they finished first on the table ahead of rivals Glebe. In the same year, Robinson was selected to play for New South Wales.

In 1922, Robinson was selected to play for Metropolis, the earlier version of the NSW City rugby league team.

In 1924, Robinson played 6 games for Balmain but missed out on playing in the clubs grand final victory over South Sydney. Robinson played with Balmain up until the end of 1928 before retiring.[2][3][4]

Coaching career[edit]

Robinson became first grade coach of Balmain in 1933. His time as first grade coach at the club was not as successful as when he was a player and the club missed out on the finals in each of his 3 seasons there.

Robinson then went on to coach the Balmain reserve grade side for 32 consecutive years and was later made a life member of the club.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "George Robinson - Career Stats & Summary - Rugby League Project". Rugbyleagueproject.org.
  2. ^ "Tigers, Souths love a ruckus". Heraldsun.com.au. Retrieved 3 December 2018.
  3. ^ Alan Whiticker/Glen Hudson: The Encyclopedia of Rugby League Players. (1995 edition) ISBN 1875169571
  4. ^ ARL Annual Report 2005., page 52