Team of the Half Century: Andrew Ettingshausen
Rivalled only by Steve Rogers, Andrew Ettingshausen stands as one of the great centres to play for the Sharks and is in turn nominated for Centre in our Team of the Half Century.
‘ET’ as he was affectionately known, debuted for the Sharks at the age of 17 while still at high school, highlighting his immense talent.
Ettingshausen’s speed, evasive skills and strength made him a common feature in both the New South Wales and Australian Kangaroos sides through out the the 1980s and 90s.
After a standout season in 1988 where the Sharks finished Minor Premiers, Ettingshausen debuted for the New South Wales Blues alongside Club teammate Mark McGaw.
The move into the representative arena would be the first of many as the local junior would play for New South Wales on 30 occasions (ARL 27, Super League 3) and the Kangaroos on 29 (RL 25 and Super League 4).
Rep honours made the 90s a busy time for ET, juggling International, State and Club football to keep his beloved Sharks competitive throughout each season.
In 1999, Ettingshausen would become the first player to surpass 300 first grade games with the one Club, making him a true legend not just at the Sharks however across the League.
ET finished his career in 2000 as the Sharks most capped player with 324 games for the Club, the western grandstand in his name and a swag of Club records making him a very worthy nominee for Centre in our Team of the Half Century.
Congratulations on the nomination ET and thanks for the great memories.
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