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Michael Witt
Personal information
Full name Michael Witt
Date of birth January 1, 1984 (1984-01-01) (age 23)
Place of birth Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia
Height 5 ft 11 ins (1.80 m)
Weight 13 st 7 lb (86 kg)
Nickname(s) Witt Dog
Club information
Position(s) Five-Eighth / Halfback
Current club New Zealand Warriors
Number 6
Youth clubs
Years Club
Newtown Lions, Toowoomba
Senior clubs*
Years Club Apps (points)
2003 - 04
2005 - 06
2007 -
Parramatta
Manly
NZ Warriors
27 (176)
20 (144)
25 (153)
Representative teams**
2006 NSW Residents 1 (8)

* Professional club appearances and points
counted for domestic first grade only and
correct as of 16 September 2007.
** Representative team caps and points correct
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Michael Witt (born in Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia on January 1, 1984) is a rugby league player from the New Zealand Warriors and is one of the rising stars of the National Rugby League competition. One of the sport's most accomplished goalkickers, his position is either halfback or five-eighth and his down-to-earth attitude, dedication, natural talent and ability have won him many fans, as well as his boy next door good looks which have made him one of the NRL's pin-up players, having appeared in various rugby league charity calendars and women's magazines. Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia, is 90 minutes drive west of Queenslands capital city, Brisbane, and two hours from the Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast beaches. ... Slogan or Nickname: Sunshine State, Smart State Motto(s): Audax at Fidelis (Bold but Faithful) Other Australian states and territories Capital Brisbane Government Constitutional monarchy Governor Quentin Bryce Premier Anna Bligh (ALP) Federal representation  - House seats 28  - Senate seats 12 Gross State Product (2004-05)  - Product ($m)  $158,506 (3rd... is the 1st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the year. ... Rugby league football (usually shortened to rugby league, football, league) is a full-contact team sport played with a prolate spheroid-shaped ball by two teams of thirteen on a rectangular grass field. ... The New Zealand Warriors (formerly the Auckland Warriors) are a professional rugby league team based in Auckland, New Zealand. ... The National Rugby League (NRL) is the top league of professional rugby league football clubs in Australasia. ... A typical rugby league team consists of thirteen players on the field plus four substitutes on the bench. ... A typical rugby league team consists of thirteen players on the field plus four substitutes on the bench. ...

Contents

Early career

Growing up in Toowoomba, Michael was a champion junior boxer and played rugby league for the Newtown Lions in the local junior competition, and he later went on to represent Queensland in rugby league at the Under 15 level in 1999 and the Under 16 level in 2000. During 1999 he was spotted by the Parramatta Eels as a player with much potential and he was offered a scholarship by the club, which he accepted, and in the following year he moved to Sydney to join his older brother Steven at Parramatta, where he spent the next three seasons in the lower grades. During the 2002 season, Michael played in the SG Ball Grand Final, where his Parramatta team was unfortunately defeated 18-16 by the Western Suburbs Magpies. When Parramatta's regular halfback Paul Green was injured (causing his retirement from the game), Michael was promoted to the team as Green's replacement to make his National Rugby League debut on May 2, 2003. Despite a very promising debut from Michael, Parramatta were soundly beaten 44-12 by the Sydney Roosters in a Friday night game at Parramatta Stadium. For other senses of these words, see boxing (disambiguation) or boxer (disambiguation). ... The Parramatta Eels is an Australian professional rugby league football club based in the Sydney suburb of Parramatta. ... This article is about scholarship (noun) and scholarship as a form of financial aid. ... This article is about the metropolitan area in Australia. ... The Western Suburbs Magpies are a rugby league football club in Sydney, Australia. ... May 2 is the 122nd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (123rd in leap years). ... Year 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Sydney Roosters are a professional rugby league club based in the Eastern Suburbs of Sydney, Australia. ... Parramatta Stadium is a sports stadium situated in Parramatta, New South Wales, Australia. ...


Sparking the Parramatta Eels

Before Michael's debut, Parramatta had won just two games from seven in 2003, and were looking very likely to be out of the semi finals race very early on in the season. But Michael sparked the disappointing Eels to life, and the team won ten from their last fourteen games of the season to narrowly miss qualifying for the semi finals. In one of his early games in the NRL he encountered extreme disappointment in missing two crucial, but easy (by his standards) goals which saw Parramatta lose narrowly 18-16 to the New Zealand Warriors. On The Michael Witt Story that aired on The Footy Show later that year, Michael admitted that he felt like he had let the whole Parramatta organisation down with those missed attempts at goal, but he soon quickly overcame this early setback to become one of the form players in the NRL with many commentators impressed with his maturity and the sharpness of his skills. Some of the highlights of his first season included the sideline conversion to seal Parramatta's come-from-behind victory over the North Queensland Cowboys at Parramatta Stadium, and his first half effort against the South Sydney Rabbitohs at Aussie Stadium, where his two classy tries set up Parramatta's easy 34-20 win. Michael scored a haul of 18 points in that match, and was Parramatta's leading pointscorer in 2003 with 104 points from three tries, 45 goals and two field goals. His great first season in the NRL saw him win Parramatta's Rookie of the Year award as well as being selected in the New South Wales Under 19 team to play Queensland in an interstate representative match. Unfortunately though for Michael, a shoulder injury prevented him from playing. He was also among the main contenders for the prestigious Dally M Rookie Of The Year award, which was won by the Melbourne Storm's Billy Slater. Michael was rewarded for his great form with a new, lucrative four year contract to stay with Parramatta. This article does not cite any references or sources. ... The North Queensland Cowboys are an Australian professional rugby league football team based in Townsville, Queensland, and compete in Australasian premier rugby league competition, the National Rugby League premiership. ... The South Sydney Rabbitohs, also known as Souths, SSFC or The Rabbits, are an Australian professional rugby league team based in Sydney, New South Wales. ... Aussie Stadium (Formerly known as the Sydney Football Stadium, or SFS) ( ) was built in 1988 to be the premium rectangular field in Sydney, Australia. ... Look up tries in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... A field goal (formerly goal from the field) in American football and Canadian football (collectively called gridiron football) is a goal that may be scored during general play (from the field). Execution of a field goal A field goal may be scored by a placekick or the very rare drop... NSW redirects here. ... This article is about the body part. ... Injury is damage or harm caused to the structure or function of the body caused by an outside agent or force, which may be physical or chemical. ... The Melbourne Storm are a professional rugby league football club based in the city of Melbourne, Australia. ... Billy Slater (born June 18, 1983 in Nambour, Queensland) is an Australian rugby league player for the Melbourne Storm in the National Rugby League (NRL) competition. ...


A frustrating season

2004 started promisingly with Michael being named in the emerging Queensland State of Origin squad in the early part of the season. However, he was very surprisingly not selected in first grade until Round 12, despite Parramatta's very poor form until that time and calls from many fans for him to be selected, wondering why Parramatta's Rookie of the Year just twelve months previously now seemed to be out of favour with Parramatta coach Brian Smith. Michael's return sparked a limited recovery for Parramatta, which included an upset 26-12 victory over eventual Grand Finalists the Sydney Roosters, with Michael's pinpoint accurate bombs resulting in three tries for winger Luke Burt. But the Eels finished well down the ladder with just nine wins to finish 12th. Adding to the disappointment was Michael receiving a two week suspension for a dangerous throw in a game against the Newcastle Knights in June. But the most disappointing occurrence of 2004 happened post season, when Parramatta announced that Michael was "not in their first grade plans" for 2005, despite him having another three years to go on his contract. This came just weeks after he turned in a supreme effort against the New Zealand Warriors where he scored 24 points from two tries and eight goals in a 48-18 win at Parramatta Stadium, and had scored 72 points from three tries and 30 goals in his limited appearances during the course of the season. However, upon his release by Parramatta, Michael was very quickly signed by the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles as part of their impressive build-up for the 2005 season and during the 2004-05 off season, Michael employed the tutoring of Australian soccer great Graham Arnold to further finesse his goalkicking talents. Slogan or Nickname: Sunshine State, Smart State Motto(s): Audax at Fidelis (Bold but Faithful) Other Australian states and territories Capital Brisbane Government Constitutional monarchy Governor Quentin Bryce Premier Anna Bligh (ALP) Federal representation  - House seats 28  - Senate seats 12 Gross State Product (2004-05)  - Product ($m)  $158,506 (3rd... 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. ... Luke Kevin Burt (born June 6, 1981 in Sydney, Australia) is an Australian rugby league player for the Parramatta Eels in the National Rugby League. ... The Newcastle Knights are an Australian professional rugby league football team based in Newcastle, New South Wales. ... The Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles are an Australian professional rugby League club based on the Northern Beaches of Sydney. ... Soccer redirects here. ... Graham James Arnold (born August 3, 1963 in Sydney, New South Wales) is the current coach of the Australian national football (soccer) team. ...


Beach Bound

Michael, along with fellow blue chip signings Ben Kennedy and Brent Kite, added much needed player strength at Manly in 2005 and the club qualified for its first semi finals series since 1998 and finished in eighth position. For the first half of the season Manly was among the dominant teams of the NRL, and Michael's form correspondingly at five-eighth was some of the best of his career to date, prompting Manly officials to publicly thank Parramatta for releasing him. Among the highlights were excellent performances in the victories over eventual Premiers Wests Tigers and in the amazing come-from-behind win against the Penrith Panthers. Penrith led 26-6 early in the second half, before a Witt-inspired Manly team powered home to win 36-26 at Brookvale Oval. Also during this period, Michael kicked 20 successive goals without a miss. However, Manly found wins hard to come by in the second half of the season, and Michael experienced the same frustrations that plagued his 2004. In a match in July against the Wests Tigers, he received a one week suspension for striking Liam Fulton. And after a disappointing 36-10 loss to the St George Illawarra Dragons a few weeks later, Michael was dropped from the first grade squad after being targeted by the big Dragons forwards due to his perceived defensive deficiencies. Manly coach Des Hasler used a number of forwards at five-eighth in subsequent games, but with very little success, and Michael was drafted back into the side for the semi final against Parramatta. Despite Manly being hopelessly outclassed 46-22 to be eliminated, Michael sent the crowd alight by scoring one of the best tries of 2005, as he weaved through the Parramatta defence and sprinted fifty metres to score under the posts. However, this great moment was marred by yet another two week suspension, this time for a high tackle on Eels hooker Mark Riddell. Michael was among the leading pointscorers in the NRL for 2005, scoring 140 points from five tries and 60 goals from 19 appearances. A blue chip stock is the stock of a well-established company having stable earnings and no extensive liabilities. ... Ben Kennedy (born March 14, 1974), also known as BK, is a professional rugby league player who currently captains the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles in the National Rugby League in Australia. ... Brent Kite (born 7 March 1981 in Queanbeyan, New South Wales) is a rugby league player currently playing in the NRL with Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles. ... Wests Tigers is a rugby league football club in the National Rugby League (NRL), the premier rugby league competition in Australasia. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Brookvale Oval is a sporting ground located at Brookvale, New South Wales, Australia. ... Liam Fulton (born August 8, 1984 in Westmead, New South Wales) is an Australian Rugby League player for the Wests Tigers in the National Rugby League competition. ... The St. ... A typical rugby league team consists of thirteen players on the field plus four substitutes on the bench. ... This article, image, template or category should belong in one or more categories. ... A typical rugby league team consists of thirteen players on the field plus four substitutes on the bench. ... Mark Robert Riddell (born December 9, 1981 in Sydney, New South Wales) is an Australian Rugby League player for the Parramatta Eels in the National Rugby League competition, he also previously played for the St George-Illawarra Dragons. ...


In late 2005, Michael was one of 12 of the hottest players in the NRL that posed for the League Of Their Own 2006 calendar that was produced in the style of the famous Dieux du Stade calendars to raise money for the Koori Kids foundation. League Of Their Own 2006 is a black-and-white nude calendar featuring 12 of the sexiest Australian rugby league players from the National Rugby League competition. ... Cover of Dieux du Stade 2007 calendar, featuring Julien Arias. ... Koori (also spelled Koorie) is a word which some Indigenous Australians in New South Wales and Victoria use to identify themselves, and has become a well established term to mean Indigenous Australians from south eastern Australia. Many Indigenous Australians dislike the terms Aborigine and Aboriginal because these terms have been...


On the outer

With Michael's two match suspension ruling him ineligible in Manly's two NRL-sanctioned pre-season trial matches for 2006, unproven rookie Travis Burns was able to take advantage of his absence and was preferred by coach Des Hasler as Manly's regular five-eighth for the season (despite Michael being the incumbent in that position at the end of 2005), and Michael was given only one start in first grade for the year against Newcastle in Round 17 (following Burns' suspension for one week). Michael performed very credibly in his only appearance, despite Manly's 26-12 loss at Brookvale Oval. Starting the year in the NSWRL Premier League, Michael's class shone even further in lesser company, playing at both five-eighth and halfback and helping Manly to a number of large victories, with the team finishing fourth and just missed qualifying for the Grand Final. This strong form throughout 2006 led to Michael's selection at five-eighth for the NSW Residents team to play Queensland Residents in a representative match played prior to the third State Of Origin match at the Telstra Dome in Melbourne, where Michael steered NSW Residents to a comfortable 28-20 win. He was also the first player in the Premier League competition to score 100 points for the season, a mark he reached in early May, and finished the year with 256 points from 17 tries and 94 goals. The Rookie: Norman Rockwells cover for The Saturday Evening Post Rookie is a term for a person who is in their first year of play of their sport and has little or no professional experience. ... Open seat redirects here. ... The NSWRL Premier League is a second-tier rugby league competition played in New South Wales, administered by the NSWRL and run concurrently with the National Rugby League (NRL). ... This page is for Telstra Dome, Melbourne. ... This article is about the Australian city; the name may also refer to City of Melbourne or Melbourne city centre. ...


Off the field, Michael was included in Cosmopolitan magazine's Boys With Balls '06 feature which profiled 20 of the sexiest footballers of the year from both the NRL and AFL competitions. He was also the male centrefold for the November 2006 issue of Cleo magazine, and was featured on the front cover of the Naked Rugby League 2007-08 charity calendar (as well as inside for the month of February 2007) with proceeds from its sales going to the National Breast Cancer Foundation of Australia. June 1936 issue Cosmopolitan is a magazine for women, sometimes referred to as Cosmo, which has been published for more than a century. ... This article is about the national league in Australian rules football. ... Standard Lenna image famously used in many image processing experiments, taken from the (non-revealing) top third of a November 1972 Playboy centerfold. ... February 2003 Singapore edition of Cleo magazine. ... Breast cancer is cancer of breast tissue. ...


As opportunities at Manly became increasingly limited, Michael signed with the New Zealand Warriors for the 2007 season on a one year contract.


The Land Of The Long White Cloud

Michael arrived at his new club in November 2006 determined to re-establish himself as a regular NRL player after the lean season he'd just had at Manly, and strong performances in the three trial matches at five-eighth saw Michael earn a spot for the opening round game for 2007 against Parramatta, where the Warriors eased to a resounding 34-18 win. In the following weeks, the Warriors continued their year in impressive fashion, winning five of their first seven games with the fifth win coming in the final seconds against South Sydney courtesy of a radar-like controlled kick from Michael that set up a try for winger Todd Byrne. Michael settled in well within the team and his good early season form impressed club officials enough to quickly extend his contract from the original one-year deal to the end of 2009. Following this win against the Rabbitohs though the Warriors fell into a slump, losing their next five games with Michael being briefly shifted to halfback after the regular no.7 Grant Rovelli was dropped for poor form. Also during this losing streak Michael received a one week suspension for a dangerous throw on Misi Taulapapa in the Warriors' narrow loss to Cronulla at Mount Smart Stadium. But the return match against the Sharks at Toyota Park in which the Warriors won 12-2 was the turning point in the Warriors' season, and they only lost two more games in the run home to the semi finals. With the Warriors' designated kicker Tony Martin being left out of the team that round, Michael assumed the kicking duties, and his second goal, kicked from the sideline and to the left of the posts into a gale force wind, is regarded as one of the greatest goals seen in the history of rugby league. While Tony Martin was back the following week against Penrith, he was injured early in the game, and Michael again assumed the role of goalkicker (and as it turned out for rest of the season) and finished the game with 20 points from two tries and six goals (his biggest haul in a game since 2005). After landing eight goals from eight attempts and thrilling the home crowd with his goalkicking abilities a few weeks later against St. George-Illawarra, his unbroken run of successful goals in the NRL competition grew to 25 (stretching back to his only first grade appearance in 2006), and was only 10 short of the record set by Bulldogs winger Hazem El Masri. However Michael's remarkable run ended just a week later against the Wests Tigers at 28, after just missing a tough conversion from out wide. By this time, the Warriors were well ensconsced in the top eight, and they qualified for the finals well placed in fourth position. However successive losses in the finals to Parramatta and North Queensland ended the Warriors' hopes for 2007. Todd Byrne (born July 16, 1978 in Sydney, New South Wales) is an Australian Rugby League player for the New Zealand Warriors in the National Rugby League competition. ... Grant Rovelli (born September 3, 1983 in Mackay, Queensland, Australia) is an Australian rugby league player for the New Zealand Warriors club in the National Rugby League competition. ... Misi Taulapapa (born January 25, 1982 in Auckland, New Zealand) is a New Zealand rugby league player. ... Tony Martin (born 10 July 1978, Gladstone, Queensland) is an Australian professional rugby league player and plays for the New Zealand Warriors. ... HAZEM EL MASRI CANNOT BENCHPRESS THE MOST IN THE BULLDOGS NRL TEAM Hazem El Masri (Arabic: حازم المصري) (born April 1, 1976 in Tripoli, Lebanon) is a Lebanese-Australian professional rugby league football player, widely known for his goal-kicking feats with his National Rugby League side, the Canterbury Bulldogs. ...


At the end of the 2007 season, Michael's NRL career tally after 72 games stood at 473 points from 18 tries, 199 goals (from 246 attempts at a success rate of 80.89%) and three field goals. Also during 2007, Michael broke Daryl Halligan's record for the best success rate in a season, with his kicking percentage for the year being 92.5% (62 goals from 67 attempts). The previous record set by Halligan was 87.1% in 2000.


Michael was a finalist in the 2007 Adidas Action 3 Sexiest Man in League competition, which was won by Manly fullback Brett Stewart. Brett Stewart (born 27 February 1985) is an Australian rugby league footballer who plays for the Manly Sea Eagles. ...


Trivia

  • The Newcastle Knights were the team Michael supported as a youngster and his older brother, Steven, and younger brother, Robbie, have both played for the Knights.
  • Michael attended the same high school (Harristown State High School in Toowoomba) as current Warriors captain Steve Price. They also attended the same primary school (Harristown State Primary School).

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External links

  • Michael Witt's NRL Player Profile and Statistics
  • Michael Witt's Official Player Profile
  • Announcement of the signing of Michael Witt by the New Zealand Warriors
  • Price Right For Witt - from the Toowoomba Chronicle
  • Witt ready to make an impact in 2007 - from NRL.com
  • Warrior recruit hopes for good year to show career not gone - from The New Zealand Herald
  • Witt aiming for NRL revival - from The New Zealand Herald
  • Witt not just a pretty face - from the New Zealand Herald
  • Witt a Warrior to 2009 - from the Daily Telegraph
  • Sharp Witt - from the Sunday News
  • Naked Rugby League calendar website
  • Article on the Naked Rugby League 2007-08 Calendar

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