Frank Sponberg

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Player No. 12
Nickname
Position Lock
Contract 1944
Height
Weight
DOB
Origin
Debut Vs North Sydney - 25th Apr 1935
Dog Years (9) 1935 , 1936 , 1937 , 1938 , 1939 , 1941 , 1942 , 1943 , 1944
Captain Years (3) 1935 , 1938 , 1939
Captain Record 6 games, 3 won(50%), 3 lost(50%), 0 drew(0%)
Rep Caps NSW(2)
Other Clubs Western Suburbs
Junior Club Punchbowl, Lakemba

Biography Frank Sponberg was the club's first great lock forward and was named at lock in the Berries to Bulldogs 70 Year Team of Champions in 2004.

A local junior, Frank joined Western Suburbs and played 36 games between 1932 and 1934 where he played in the 1934 Premiership winning team.

Frank returned to Canterbury for the inaugural season in 1935. He built a reputation as a strong defender and was extremely mobile with his high work rate.

Frank was unlucky not to play for NSW when he was twice selected as a reserve.

A member of the Premiership winning teams in 1938 and 1942, Frank also played in the 1939 City Cup winning team.
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Career Stats
Grade Year Games Tries Goals F Goals Points
1 1935 15 2 0 0 6
1 1936 14 3 0 0 9
1 1937 16 5 2 0 19
1 1938 15 3 0 0 9
1 1939 13 3 0 0 9
1 1941 14 7 0 0 21
1 1942 16 3 0 0 9
1 1943 13 0 0 0 0
1 1944 2 1 0 0 3
Total: 118 27 2 0 85
Average (per year): 13.1 3 0.2 0 9.4
Average (per game): 0.2 0 0 0.7

Total - All Grades
  Years Games Tries Goals F Goals Points
Total: 9 118 27 2 0 85
Average (per year): 13.1 3 0.2 0 9.4
Average (per game): 0.2 0 0 0.7

Data provided by Clint Crofts