Joe Jorgenson

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Joe Jorgenson
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Personal information
Full name Cedric Kevin Jorgenson
Nickname Joe
Born 12 September 1921
Berry, New South Wales
Died 7 May 1993
West Ryde, New South Wales
Playing information
Position Centre
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1939–42 Port Kembla
1943 Wollongong
1944–53 Balmain Tigers 98 22 334 734
1947 Junee
1954 Parramatta Eels 5 0 11 0 22
Total 103 22 345 0 756
Representative
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1941–46 New South Wales 11 3 31 0 74
1946 Australia 3 0 4 0 8

Joe Jorgenson (12 September 1921 – 7 May 1993) was an Australian rugby league footballer. He was a three-quarter for the Australian national team. He played in three Tests in 1946, two as captain.

Club career[edit]

Born in Berry, New South Wales of Danish descent, he started playing rugby league after he left school at 16. In 1939 he played with the Port Kembla club in the Wollongong competition. He missed the 1940 season through illness but returned in 1941 in which he year he debuted in country and New South Wales representative sides.

In 1944 he joined the Balmain Tigers in Sydney and scored over 100 points assisting the side to a premiership win. They were runners up to Easts in 1945 and triumphant again in 1946 with Jorgenson scoring two tries in the premiership decider against St George.

In 1947 after having played the regular season in the Maher Cup as captain coach of Junee, Jorgenson returned to Balmain lower grades for the finals and in the Grand Final against Canterbury made his sole first grade appearance for the year. After the regular kicker Pat Devery missed three attempts, Jorgenson took over and scored all of the team's points in the 13-9 victory comeback after trailing 0-9. Victorious he was chaired from the field by his team-mates.

Jorgenson in all had a nine-year career with Balmain playing 98 games and scoring 734 points.

Goal kicking pioneer[edit]

At the time goalkickers tended to stand the ball up in a divot in the ground made with the player's boot heel. Whilst some kickers experimented with laying the ball down, Jorgenson introduced the idea of laying the ball on a mound of dirt and kicking toe first with a straight follow through.

He had enormous success with this new method and some statistics include:

  • 25 goals in the four NSW v Queensland interstate games of 1945-46
  • 8 goals from 9 attempts in the muddy interstate game at the Sydney Cricket Ground May 1945.

Representative career[edit]

In 1945 and 46 he was a regular in state representative sides and captained New South Wales in the fixtures of 1946 against Queensland and against the visiting British Lions.

Jorgenson was then selected for and made captain of the Australian Test side of 1946 for the first post-World War II Ashes series. He was captain for the 1st and 3rd tests of the series with Ron Bailey skipper in the 2nd. The selectors felt that the captaincy pressure affected Jorgenson's kicking style, a possibility supported by the fact that he landed only one goal in the first Test from six attempts. He is listed on the Australian Players Register as Kangaroo No. 225.[1]

He did not represent at state or national level again. He died on 7 May 1993.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ ARL Annual Report 2005, page 53
  2. ^ Sydney Morning Herald- Death Notice - 12/05/1993

Sources[edit]

  • Whiticker, Alan (2004) Captaining the Kangaroos, New Holland, Sydney
Preceded by
Wally Prigg
Australian national rugby league captain
1946
Succeeded by
Ron Bailey