Graeme Atkins (rugby league)

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Graeme Atkins
Personal information
Full nameGraeme Atkins
Born (1956-06-09) 9 June 1956 (age 63)
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Playing information
PositionWing, Fullback
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1975–82 Parramatta Eels 79 32 0 0 99
1983–84 Eastern Suburbs 26 5 0 1 21
1985–87 Parramatta Eels 44 10 22 0 84
Total 149 47 22 1 204
Source: [1]

Graeme Atkins (born 9 June 1956) is an Australian former professional rugby league footballer who played in the 1970s and 1980s.

Playing career[edit]

Atkins made his first grade debut for Parramatta in the 1975 season against Western Suburbs. Atkins was a replacement in the 1976 grand final against Manly-Warringah but was in the starting side for the 1977 grand final and the subsequent replay against St George. In 1981, Atkins scored a try in Parramatta's maiden premiership victory over Newtown. In 1982, Atkins played in the preliminary final victory over Eastern Suburbs but did not feature in the grand final victory of that season.

In 1983, Atkins made the move to Easts but only spent two seasons there before returning to Parramatta. In 1986, Atkins played in 16 games for Parramatta but was not included in the victorious grand final side over Canterbury. Atkins played one more season for Parramatta before retiring at the end of 1987.[2][3] In 2000, Atkins was made a life member of the Parramatta rugby league club.[4][5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ferguson, Shawn Dollin and Andrew. "Graeme Atkins - Career Stats & Summary - Rugby League Project". www.rugbyleagueproject.org.
  2. ^ Kent, Paul (27 September 2011). "Parramatta's Zip Zip man Steve Ella remembers the 1981 grand final". www.adelaidenow.com.au.
  3. ^ "School is in with NRL ref". 12 July 2013.
  4. ^ "Parramatta National Rugby League Life Members". Parramatta Eels.
  5. ^ "Official Player Numbers". Parramatta Eels.