Sunday, May 27, 2012

Happy Birthday this week to........Ron Giteau

The Western Suburbs Magpies would like to wish Ron a happy birthday.

Ron Giteau (born 31st May) played mostly in the centres and was an accomplished goalkicker who was one of the first players to change from the old toe poker style to the now common round the corner style
and at a time when footballs were still made from leather.

He was graded from the old local junior nursery club of Enfield Federals and made his first grade debut for Wests in 1974 against Manly in their round 15 clash at Lidcombe oval scoring a try on debut with Wests winning 22-17 (our current chairman Mick Liubinskas was also among the tryscorers that day).

In all, Ron played 102 first grade games for Wests between 1974-1980 (184 games in all grades) scoring 41 tries and kicking 154 goals and 1 field goal. He was Wests leading pointscorer in 1976 (161 points from 7 tries and 70 goals) in 1980 (180 points from 8 tries and 78 goals) and leading try scorer in 1977 with 12 tries (remembering tries were worth 3 points up to the end of the 1982 season).

Ron joined Easts in 1981 as was their leading point scorer that year (145 points) and 1982 (174 points) before joning the fledging Canberra Raiders in 1983. He stayed with the Raiders until the end of 1986 and was the leading pointscorer for the Raiders in 1983 (193 points), 1984 (163 points) and 1985 (167 points). He also played in every premiership match for Canberra between 1983-85 which represented 75 matches.
With the arrival of Mal Meninga to Canberra in 1986, Ron only managed 3 games for the Raiders that season and all from the bench.

After leaving the Raiders at the end of 1986, Ron took on captain/coach roles in the Canberra region with Queanbeyan Kangaroos, Queanbeyan United (commonly referred to as Queanbeyan Blues) and Cooma.
Whilst at the kangaroos, he coach a young five-eighth who would go onto be a future Australian test cricketer - Brad Haddin.

Ron is the father of Matt Giteau a former Australian Rugby international, Kristy Giteau a member of the Australian Woman's rugby league and union teams and Justin Giteau who played for Queanbeyan Blues when Ron was coach. Ron's daughter in law, Bianca (Matt's wife) has played netballer for the Adelaide Thunderbirds plus teams from Perth, Melbourne and Canberra and Bianca's brother is Lance "Buddy" Franklin, of AFL fame with Hawthorn.

Ron was selected as one of the centres in the Western Suburbs Team of the 1970's.

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