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Encyclopedia > Mark Geyer

Mark Geyer (also known as MG or the "Rugby League Rebel"; born December 7, 1968), was a rugby league second row forward and one of the most controversial players of the 1990s - during which time he was seemingly more often in the headlines for what he did off the field than for showing the talent he undoubtedly possessed on it. He played for Penrith, Balmain and the Western Reds during his career from 1986 to 2000, the highlight of which was Penrith's maiden premiership win in 1991. December 7 is the 341st day (342nd in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1968 (MCMLXVIII) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full calendar) of the 1968 Gregorian calendar. ... Rugby league football (often shortened to rugby league) is a full-contact team sport played with a prolate spheroid-shaped ball by two teams of thirteen on a rectangular grass field. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... The Balmain Tigers (also known as the Sydney Tigers from 1994-98) were one of the founding clubs of the New South Wales Rugby League premiership and one of the most successful in the history of that competition with eleven premierships. ... The Western Reds were a Perth-based rugby league team, who played in the 1995 and 1996 Australian Rugby League competition, and, as the Perth Reds, in the 1997 Super League // Before the Reds Although touring Great Britain and French Rugby League teams had played tour matches in Perth, it...


Geyer first played for Penrith in 1986 as a seventeen-year-old whose size and ability to run were already noted from his experience in the lower grades. The following year, he established a regular first grade place as was seen as so promising that he was given a place in the City Seconds team after only a handful of top grade appearances. He established himself as one of the most promising young forwards in the game the following year, when his 196-centimetre (6 foot 5 inch) and 108kg (17 stone) body showed itself extremely effective at breaking the defensive line of opposition sides one off the ruck. He was rewarded for his promise with a place in the President's XIII against the touring British Lions that year, and his second row partnership with John Cartwright was established as one of the finest in club rugby league: the size of both men terrorising many opponents. A centimetre (American spelling centimeter, symbol cm) is a unit of length that is equal to one hundredth of a metre, the current SI base unit of length. ... This article is about a foot as a unit of length. ... An inch (plural: inches; symbol or abbreviation: in or, sometimes, ″ - a double prime) is the name of a unit of length in a number of different systems, including English units, Imperial units, and United States customary units. ... The U.S. National Prototype Kilogram, which currently serves as the primary standard for measuring mass in the U.S. It was assigned to the United States in 1889 and is periodically recertified and traceable to the primary international standard, The Kilogram, held at the Bureau International des Poids et... The stone is a unit of mass in the Imperial system of weights and measures used in the United Kingdom, Ireland, and most Commonwealth countries. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...


Geyer's reputation for controversy began that winter when he served a six-match suspension for the first five matches of 1989 with English club Sheffield Eagles, thus giving Penrith his services for four more games than they would have otherwise. Geyer gained a place in New South Wales State of Origin team that year but could do nothing to prevent a whitewash by arguably Queensland's finest-ever side. 1990 was destroyed by a succession of injuries, but Geyer was seen as so good as to be impossible to omit from the Kangaroo Tour. He played his first Test on that tour, and in 1991, despite a controversial five-match suspension for an incident involving Wally Lewis in the second State of Origin game, Geyer was back to his best in the finals despite niggling injuries. In the grand final, he set up all three Penrith tries and was only denied the Clive Churchill Medal by having been sin-binned earlier in the second half. Players are selected to play for the state in which they played their first senior football, hence the name state of origin. Prior to 1980 players were selected for interstate matches on the basis of where they were playing their club football at the time. ... Australia team jersey The Australian national rugby league side represents Australia at rugby league. ... Captain of the Australia national rugby league football team Wally Lewis (born December 1, 1959 in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia) is a former rugby league footballer who was one of the most pre-eminent players of the 1980s. ... This medal is presented to the man-of-the-match in the yearly Rugby League Grand Finals since 1986. ...


However, this is where is best days ended and trouble set in for him - never to go away for the rest of his career. He missed Australian the tour of Papua New Guinea due to injury but failed to play in Penrith's World Club Challenge against Wigan due to passport problems. In 1992, though, a sensation occurred when he tested positive to a random drug test and was suspended for ten matches. The death of team-mate Greg Alexander's brother Ben made Geyer so frustrated that Penrith cancelled his contract. For 1993 he signed with Balmain, but was sacked when he failed to make training in January the following year. Although it was thought Geyer might play for South Sydney (following Balmain coach Alan Jones) he, against the wishes of his manager, spent a season with Umina on the Central Coast. For other types of travel document, see Travel document. ... Greg Alexander Arguably the greatest player to ever play for the Penrith Panthers, a team in Australias National Rugby League football competition. ... The City of Sydney comprises the central business district and surrounding Inner West suburbs of the greater metropolitan area of Sydney, Australia. ...


Moving to Perth with the newly formed Western Reds, Geyer showed excellent form despite one four-match suspension, but the following two years were decimated by suspensions totalling sixteen games due to Geyer's inability to control his feelings - along with several injuries. Late in 1996, Geyer played his best football since the 1991 Grand Final, but a year later News Corporation closed the door on the Western Reds. Geyer spent the last three years of his career back at Penrith but queries concerning his fitness meant he was used mainly from the interchange bench. In the year 2000 Mark Geyer was awarded the Australian Sports Medal for his contribution to Australia's international standing in rugby league. News Corporation (abbreviated to News Corp) (NYSE: NWS, NYSE: NWSa, ASX: NWS, LSE: NCRA) is one of the worlds largest media conglomerates. ... The Australian Sports Medal was an award given during 2000 to recognise achievements in Australian sport. ...


Since his retirement, Geyer has continued to write extensively on how he saw the game during his career. He is probably the first rugby player to maintain his own website. His younger brother Matt Geyer also plays rugby league, for the Melbourne Storm. Geyer was a co-host on Australia's version of the Rugby League television program Boots N' All and is now a regular panelist on Rugby League talk show, The Sunday Roast. A website (alternatively, Web site) is a collection of Web pages, images, videos and other digital assets that is hosted on a Web server, usually accessible via the Internet or a LAN. A Web page is a document, typically written in HTML, that is almost always accessible via HTTP, a... Matt Geyer (born September 5, 1975) is an Australian Rugby League player for the Melbourne Storm in the National Rugby League competition and fromerly for New South Wales. ... The Melbourne Storm are an Australian professional rugby league football team based in Melbourne, Victoria. ...


Sources

  • Whiticker, Alan and Hudson, Glen; The Encyclopaedia of Rugby League Players (3rd edition); published 1998 by Gary Allen Pty. Ltd.; 9 Cooper Street, Smithfield, New South Wales, 2164.

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Mark Geyer - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (678 words)
Geyer first played for Penrith in 1986 as a seventeen-year-old whose size and ability to run were already noted from his experience in the lower grades.
He was rewarded for his promise with a place in the President's XIII against the touring British Lions that year, and his second row partnership with John Cartwright was established as one of the finest in club rugby league: the size of both men terrorising many opponents.
Geyer spent the last three years of his career back at Penrith but queries concerning his fitness meant he was used mainly from the interchange bench.
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