Travis Waddell

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Travis Waddell
Travis Waddell.jpg
Waddell playing for the Knights in 2014.
Personal information
Born (1989-07-11) 11 July 1989 (age 29)
Proserpine, Queensland, Australia
Height178 cm (5 ft 10 in)
Weight91 kg (14 st 5 lb)
Playing information
Position Hooker
Club
YearsTeamPldTGFGP
2009–12 Canberra Raiders 5330012
2013–14 Newcastle Knights 201004
2016–17 Brisbane Broncos 50000
Total7840016
Representative
YearsTeamPldTGFGP
2010–13 Indigenous All Stars 40000
As of 11 February 2018
Source: [1]

Travis Waddell (born 11 July 1989) is an Australian professional rugby league footballer who plays for the Souths Logan Magpies in the Intrust Super Cup. He plays as a hooker. He previously played for the Canberra Raiders, Newcastle Knights and most recently the Brisbane Broncos in the National Rugby League.

Rugby league team sport, code of rugby football

Rugby league football is a full-contact sport played by two teams of thirteen players on a rectangular field. One of the two codes of rugby, it originated in Northern England in 1895 as a split from the Rugby Football Union over the issue of payments to players. Its rules progressively changed with the aim of producing a faster, more entertaining game for spectators.

Souths Logan Magpies

The Souths Logan Magpies, more commonly referred to by their former names Southern Suburbs Magpies, or South Brisbane Magpies, or often simply referred to as Souths, are a rugby league football club based in the southern suburbs of Brisbane, Australia. They play in the Intrust Super Cup, and although officially are a newer club, they have roots tracing back to as early as 1910, the second year of rugby league in Queensland.

Queensland Cup

The Queensland Cup is the top level of rugby league football in Queensland, Australia. Run by the QRL, the competition is known as the Intrust Super Cup due to sponsorship from Intrust Super and is contested by fourteen teams, twelve of which are based in Queensland, with one based in New South Wales and one based in Papua New Guinea.

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Background

Born in Proserpine, Queensland, Waddell played his junior football for the Proserpine Brahmans, before being signed by the Souths Logan Magpies. [2]

Proserpine, Queensland Town in Queensland, Australia

Proserpine is a town and a locality in the Whitsunday Region, Queensland, Australia. Founded in the 1890s, it is the administrative/service centre and gateway to the Whitsunday Region by road, rail and air. At the 2016 census, Proserpine had a population of 3,562. Proserpine is expected to grow rapidly due to its ample land for development, investment in infrastructure and its affordability for first home buyers and families. It is also planned to become an export hub for produce from the northern region which will further boost employment. The town has seen significant public and private investment in recent years and is a popular area for new residents to the region with ex residents of places like Sydney finding Proserpine an attractive town to migrate to, the town currently holds the top ranking for suburbs in the Mackay/Whitsunday region on Homely.com.au when ranked by infrastructure, education, sporting facilities. It is also popular among golfers with the only 18 hole course on the mainland.

Playing career

Waddell playing for the Raiders TRAVIS WADDELL.jpg
Waddell playing for the Raiders

Canberra

After a year with the Souths Logan Magpies, Waddell signed a contract with the Canberra Raiders. He played for the Raiders' NYC team in 2008 and 2009, scoring 15 tries in 39 games. [3]

Canberra Raiders rugby league football club

The Canberra Raiders are an Australian professional rugby league football club based in the national capital city of Canberra, Australian Capital Territory. They have competed in Australasia's elite rugby league competition, the National Rugby League (NRL) premiership since 1982. Over this period the club has won 3 premierships,, received 1 wooden spoon and had a total of 15 of its players selected to don the green and gold for Australia national rugby league team. The Raiders' current home ground is Canberra Stadium in Bruce, Australian Capital Territory. Previously, the team played home matches at Seiffert Oval in Queanbeyan, New South Wales, with the move to the AIS Stadium in Bruce taking place in 1990. The official symbol for the Canberra Raiders is the Viking. The Viking, also a mascot at Raiders' games, is known as Victor the Viking.

In Round 3 of the 2009 NRL season, Waddell made his NRL debut for the Raiders against the Parramatta Eels.

The 2009 NRL season was the 102nd season of professional rugby league football club competition in Australia, and the twelfth run by the National Rugby League. For the third consecutive year, sixteen teams competed for the 2009 Telstra Premiership title. The season commenced with the first match played on 13 March and ended with the Grand Final, played on 4 October. The Grand Final was won by the Melbourne Storm in their fourth consecutive grand final appearance. However, they were stripped of their Premiership on 22 April 2010 after they were found to be guilty of breaching the league's salary cap.

National Rugby League Australasian rugby league football competition

The National Rugby League (NRL) is a league of professional men's rugby league teams in Australia. Run by the Australian Rugby League Commission, the NRL's main competition is known as the Telstra Premiership due to sponsorship from Telstra Corporation and is contested by sixteen teams, fifteen of which are based in Australia with one based in New Zealand. It is the most viewed and attended rugby league club competition in the world.

Parramatta Eels rugby league football club

The Parramatta Eels are an Australian professional rugby league football club based in the Sydney suburb of Parramatta. The Parramatta District Rugby League Football Club was formed in 1947, and their home ground was Parramatta Stadium until the current season. Owing to the demolition of Pirtek Stadium, Parramatta will play its home games at Stadium Australia, until the completion of the Western Sydney Stadium.

At the end of 2009, Waddell was named at hooker in the NYC Team of the Year.

Hooker (rugby league)

Hooker is one of the positions in a rugby league football team. Usually wearing jersey number 9, the hooker is one of the team's forwards. During scrums the hooker plays in the front row, and the position's name comes from their role of 'hooking' or 'raking' the ball back with the foot. For this reason the hooker is sometimes referred to as the rake.

In 2010, Waddell was selected in the inaugural Indigenous All Stars team to play the NRL All Stars at Skilled Park on the Gold Coast, Queensland. He was again selected in 2011, 2012 and 2013.

Indigenous All Stars (rugby league)

The Indigenous Australian rugby league team is a rugby league football team that represents Aboriginal Australians and Torres Strait Islanders. The team was first formed in 1973 and currently plays in an annual All Stars Match against a National Rugby League NRL All Stars team.

The NRL All Stars team was a rugby league football team made up of professional players in the National Rugby League. These players were selected by fan vote. However, fans were only allowed to select one player from each NRL team to join the Australian rugby league team captain and the New Zealand national rugby league team captain. Two other players were selected by the NRL All Stars coach. This team played in the annual NRL All Stars Game against the Indigenous All Stars. They were replaced in 2016 by a World All Stars.

Gold Coast, Queensland City in Queensland, Australia

The Gold Coast is a coastal city in the Australian state of Queensland, approximately 66 kilometres (41 mi) south-southeast of the state capital Brisbane and immediately north of the border with New South Wales. With a census-estimated 2016 population of 638,090, the Gold Coast is the sixth-largest city in Australia, making it the largest non-capital city, and Queensland's second-largest city.

Waddell was a regular in the Raiders team in 2010, despite being off the field for 10 weeks with a broken jaw. [4]

Waddell started 2011 again as a regular, but was dropped from the first-grade team as the Raiders struggled, and joined feeder club Souths Logan Magpies for the remainder of the year. [5]

Waddell played 21 games for the Raiders in 2012. At the end of the year he was released. [6]

Newcastle

In 2013, Waddell returned to the Souths Logan Magpies in the Queensland Cup. However, in January, Newcastle Knights coach, Wayne Bennett asked Waddell to come and train with the NRL team a week each month while still playing for Souths Logan, [7] with Knights CEO Matthew Gidley revealing that Waddell would train with the team in case he was needed during the season for the Knights. [8] [9] [10]

On 4 March 2013, Waddell signed a 2-year contract with the Newcastle Knights, 3 days before the start of the 2013 NRL season. [11]

In June 2013, the Knights released Waddell back to the Souths Logan Magpies in the Queensland Cup for the remainder of the 2013 season but he returned to the Knights in 2014 on a full-time deal. [12]

Brisbane

In September 2014, Newcastle Knights coach Wayne Bennett revealed that Waddell would be following him to the Brisbane Broncos in 2015 on a 2-year contract. [13] [14] [15]

Personal life

Waddell's mother is from Badu Island in the Torres Strait, his father is Aboriginal and from Darwin, Northern Territory. He is also of Vanuatuan descent. [16]

Waddell is related to Newcastle Knights player Dane Gagai, Gold Coast Titans player Josh Hoffman and AFL players Daniel, Steven, Shannon and Marlon Motlop. [17]

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