Two-Clubman Peter Wallace
A 2 Clubman is a player that is associated fairly equally with 2 different clubs where an argument can be made for the player to be remembered as being from either of the teams. The first player discussed for this was Matt Sing, which you can read about here.
I have had some solid response to the article on Matt Sing being a 2 clubman, and a vote that I put up online finished at exactly 50% for the Cowboys and Roosters, meaning that Sing is officially patient zero for this concept now.
I have also received a whole bunch of suggestions of 2 clubmen to look at, so I have decided to make this a series.
Earlier this year, Peter Wallace announced his sudden retirement after a shoulder injury proved to be one too many setbacks for a player that has been plagued by them since turning 30.
A ball player since day one, Wallace has played his whole career at either the 6, 7 or 9 and he will be remembered as a steady and smart if unspectacular player. But the question remains, which team is he remembered for?
I feel like this is a tough one to judge given we are so close to his retirement, but I will attempt to give some context here to help you make a decision.
Wallace is one of the few Melbourne born players that has made it in the league, and he started with a one off match for Penrith in 2005 before starting the 2007 season as the first choice five eighth for the Panthers. Based on this, he was picked up by Brisbane to be their halfback for the following season where he spent 6 years guiding the Broncos around the park. In 2014 he returned to the Panthers where he eventually moved to Hooker and as previously mentioned had his career cut a little short by one too many injuries.
So the cases for either team…
At Penrith he played 101 games over 7 seasons, only playing 20+ games in one season (2016) and he lost more games than he won (49W – 52L). Due to injury and team performance, he only played in 4 finals matches for the Panthers, with the only “silverware” being a wooden spoon. He was never selected for any representative football during his time at the Panthers however he was a major part of their leadership group and captained the team on and off for the last 5 years.
At Brisbane he played 139 games over 6 seasons, playing 20+ games every season that he was there with a solid winning ratio (81W – 57L). He played in 8 finals matches at Brisbane including being one game from a Grand Final berth in 2011. He played State of Origin for NSW in ‘08 and ‘09 during his first 2 seasons at the Broncos, and played 4 matches for Scotland in 2013 in his final season at the Broncos, however he was never a major part of their team identity – partly due to the cavalcade of stars that Brisbane had (and have always had) at their disposal. During his time in Brisbane he played with the likes of Darren Lockyer, Darius Boyd, Justin Hodges, Sam Thaiday, Tonie Carroll, Ben Hannant, Israel Folau, Michael De Vere, Corey Parker and Petero Civoniceva. It isn’t a knock on him that he didn’t stand out in that crowd.
So this is a weird one. Almost ALL of the evidence points to him being a Bronco. All of his personal success came in Brisbane, most of his team success was for the Broncos and he played more games there. This should be a no brainer. But he was a captain in Penrith and just another player in Brisbane.
I’m trying to take the recency bias out of it but I think he is going to be remembered as a Panther.
Tell me what you think?