Have you ever run out onto the footy field, looked at the size of the opposition players grinning at you from the other side of the half way line, and wondered whether your hamstring strain was still troublesome enough to rule you out of today’s game?
It happens, believe me. I once ran out onto the field as a 16 year old in Year 11 in a game against a well-known boarding school, all 60kgs of me, only to be confronted by an opposing centre all the way from Australia’s top end who would have easily been 20 years of age, and tipped the scales at nothing less than 90kgs. Things started well as we won the toss and kicked off, but it all went downhill from there.
So for a bit of fun on a Monday I’ve put together two teams who definitely look mismatched from a height perspective. The Lanky Gang are made up of the tallest players in the NRL in each position, with the bench comprising the next tallest hooker plus the three next tallest forwards. Not one player is shorter than 185 cm tall.
The Stubby Squad are made up of the shortest players playing in the NRL in each position, with the bench comprising the next tallest hooker plus the three next tallest forwards. Not one player is taller than 182 cm tall.
The Lanky Gang
1. Tom Trbojevic (194cm, Manly)
2. Jason Saab (199cm, Manly)
3. Campbell Graham (197cm, Souths)
4. Reimis Smith (196cm, Melbourne)
5. Dominic Young (200cm, Newcastle)
6. Adam Douhi (191cm, Wests Tigers)
7. Tyson Gamble (198cm, Brisbane)
8. David Klemmer (198, Newcastle)
9. Jeremy Marshall-King (186cm, Canterbury-Bankstown)
10. Tino Fa’asuamaleaui (197cm, Gold Coast)
11. Shaun Lane (198cm, Parramatta)
12. Matt Eisenhuth (197cm, Penrith)
13. Nelson Asofa-Solomona (200cm, Melbourne)
14. Wayde Egan (185cm, Warriors)
15. Josh Kerr (197cm, St George-Illawarra)
16. Taniella Paseka (197cm, Manly)
17. Rhys Kennedy (197cm, Brisbane)
The Stubby Squad
1. Reece Walsh (177cm, Warriors)
2. Greg Marzhew (177cm, Gold Coast)
3. Tesi Niu (177cm, Brisbane)
4. Justin Olam (178cm, Melbourne)
5. Corey Thompson (178cm, Gold Coast)
6. Jayden Sullivan (173cm, St George-Illawarra)
7. Adam Clune (172cm, Newcastle)
8. Josh McGuire (180cm, St George-Illawarra)
9. Jake Granville (172cm, North QLD)
10. Moses Leota (182cm, Penrith)
11. Siosifa Talaki (178cm, Cronulla Sutherland)
12. Josh Jackson (180cm, Canterbury-Bankstown)
13. Cameron McInnes (177cm, Cronulla Sutherland)
14. Tom Starling (172cm, Canberra)
15. Jazz Tevaga (178cm, Warriors)
16. Ray Stone (180cm, Parramatta)
17. Brandon Smith (180cm, Melbourne)
How do you think this match would pan out? Surely all that the Tall Timbers’ halves would need to do is come up with a few well-placed high kicks near the try line and they run away with the game? Or would the Leprechauns be able to avoid run the clutches of the opposition and make them look clumsy?
Can you think of any players from days gone by who wouldn’t look out of place in one of these teams?