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Graham Eadie's Rugby League Pathway Profile         

Video Tribute : 
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Sports Program : 
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Achievements and Awards:     
1974 : Graham won the pretigious Rothmans Medal as Sydney rugby league's best-and-fairest player.
           Awarded 'The Golden Boots'.
2006 : Selected in Many's Sea Eagles Team of the Century as the No 1 full back.
2008 : NRL Centenary of Rugby League
Named as 1 of the 100 Greatest Players of the last 100 years.
 
2008 : Rugby League Week
Named as 1 of the Top 30 Greatest Players of the last 30 Years.
2008 :
Tribute NRL Grand Final 
Clive Churchill Medal for Man of the Match 1976 & 1978

Player Pathway Profile
Advice for future players :
Graham is passionate about helping young talented rugby league players find a career within the code. His love of the game and his impressive career stats allow him to pass on to future players many skills and insights that have assisted him in dealing with situations both on and off the field. The importance of playing team sports and the many life skills that can be gained from learning to work with other members of a team are the building blocks of life.
 
Career Snapshot :
Graham Eadie, affectionately known as "Wombat" to his fans, (born November 25, 1953, Woy Woy, New South Wales) was one of the greatest players in rugby league during the 1970s and probably the best fullback to emerge under the six-tackle rule. His 1,917 points in first grade and 2,070 points in all grades were both records at the time of his retirement, and he was a key factor behind Manly-Warringah's dominance of the competition during the 1970s.
Eadie was graded by Manly in 1971 and showed immediate promise in the lower grades that season. The following year with the retirement of Bob Batty, he established himself as the team's first grade fullback and his powerful running style was already a serious danger to all Manly's opponents. Though not excessively tall at just under 180cm, Eadie's solid, almost tank-like build of around 97kg (15 stone) gave him abundant pace and so much strength that once he was on the move, few opposing defenders were ever able to stop him when he ran into the backline. At the same time, Eadie was an accurate line kicker and extremely safe under the high ball in an era when the "bomb" was coming into prominence.
Reference : Whiticker, Alan and Hudson, Glen; The Encyclopedia of Rugby League Players (3rd edition); published 1998 by Gary Allen Pty. Ltd.; 9 Cooper Street, Smithfield, New South Wales, 2164. 
 
Date of Birth : 25 November, 1953
 
Age Now 2010 : 56
 
Primary School  : Ettalong Primary School (Interested in Cricket, Rugby League, Surfing)
 
Secondary School : Woy Woy High School (Interested in Cricket, Rugby League, Surfing)
Made the Woy Woy High School First X111 Rugby League Team.
 
Career Mentors : Brother Keith, My Father Colin and Ron Derley (Under 17's coach Woy Woy)
John Shortland (First Grade Coach Woy Woy), Frank Stanton, Fred Jones, Alec Tennant, Bob Fulton, Ron Willey, Ken Arthurson.
 
Career Interests outside of Rugby League : Hospitality Industry, Tourism and Media.
 
Australian School Boys Rugby League Representative :
Not in place until 1972.
 
 
Junior Rugby League Clubs :
1966 : 7st.7lb weigh division for Woy Woy.  
1967 : Sat on the bench at 13 years for the Under 17 Woy Woy team.
1969 : Graham played in the Under 16's competition in which his club Woy Woy won the Premiership. 
 
Senior Rugby League Clubs :
First Grade for Woy Woy RLFC at 16 years of age . 
 
NRL Clubs :
1971-1983 : Manly 233 games, scored (71 tries, 847 goals, 3 field goals) Total 1,917
Manly Premierships
1972 - First full year of first grade. Played only 12 games due to injury. Played in Manly's first ever grand final win.

1973 - Full year in 1st Grade with another Grand Final win. Plus selected in the Kangaroo Tour. 

1976 - Manly won their third Premiership in 5 years, beating Parramatta Eels who were in their first Grand Final. Kicked 5 goals to help win 13 - 10. 

1978 - Grand Final title no 4 the hard way ! 2 replays, 6 games plus a Kangaroo Tour ... What a great season !
 
Representative Duties :
1972 : Selected in the NSW Colts side. 
1980 : First State of Origin Series - NSW Blues
1973 - 79 : Australian Kangaroo : 12 Tests, (2 tries, 5 goals) Total 16 
 
Overseas Club Duties :
1986-1987 : English club Halifax when he scored sixteen tries (a record for a fullback) and helped Halifax to the 1986-1987 Club Championship and 1987 Challenge Cup.
 
1987 : Lance Todd Trophy Winner "Challenge Cup" Final Wembley Stadium. 
 
Coaching Duties :

1988 : Halifax / Yorshire - England
1989 / 90 : Bilambil - Northern NSW
1991 /92 : Gold Coast Seagulls Reserve Grade
1993 / 94 / 95 / 96 : Seagulls Juniors
1997 / 98 : Gold Coast Chargers
2000 / 01 : South Tweed Seniors
2006 : South Tweed Under 18's NRRRL
2012: Mullumbimby Giants RLFC A Grade Coach

 
Media Duties :

Endorsee :
NSW Origin Legends Community Based Programs

Articles for Rugby League Week
Host of Radio 94.1 Gold Coast Sports Chat Program
Appearances on Radio 2SM Graeme Hughes Talkin Sport Program
Guest Speaker at Rugby League Functions
Host 'The Aussie Gateways' Footy Forum
Host 'The Border Cup Challenge' Event
Host 'Strengthening Local Clubs Program'

Committee Member and Worker :
*Ambassador for NSW Origin Legends 
*Men of League Committee Member
*Ambassador
Operation ‘Grassroots’ of Rugby League Project 

 


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