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Travis Norton

Stocky, powerfully built utility player who seems to have settled at lock for the Bulldogs.  Possessing, size, pace and top-class ball skills Norton is set to blossom in '98.  An intelligent player he's also a handy back-up goalkicker and has an impressive long kicking game.  Expected to mature into a key 1st grader in 98.

Date of birth: 12 April 76
Place: Redcliffe
1st season at club: 1997
1st Grade games for Dogs: 57
Total games for 'Dogs: 70
Semi Finals: 5
Grand Finals: 0
Preferred position: Lock or Five-eighth
Has also played: Fullback, Centre, Five-eighth
Height: 180cm Weight: 92kg
PERSONAL DETAILS "Teddy Bear" or "Tex"
Married: no
High School attended: Moranbah State High School
Interests away from football: Golf, waterskiing
1996 1996 South Qld Crushers Fullback, Centre, Five-eighth Bob Lindner
1994 1994 Qld Residents Centre Murray Hurst
1995 1995 Qld U19s Centre R.Strudwick
Position played in very first team: Centre
Top footballing moment: 1998 Grand Final, Touring
Sth Africa with Qld Residents
What I enjoy most in a game: Scoring tries
Favourite past Bulldogs player: Dave (Porky) Moffatt
Fave Oz sports star (besides Greg Norman): Allan Border
Sporting event I would most like to attend: US Masters golf
TV/movie character most like me: Happy Gilmore
If I set myself for the Olympics my sport would be: Pole vault
I have a dog I can be photographed with: no
Favourite toy: anything with batteries
Favourite Spice Girl: none
Person in the world I'd most like to crash tackle: Don King
2 players I'd like to help me do it: Robert Relf & Barry Ward
All-time Aussie sports legend: Allan Border
Best sporting event attended: Aust v Eng cricket test in UK
My favourite way to spend a day off is: Playing golf
The household chore I do most is: washing dishes
The person who makes me laugh most is: Eddie Murphy
If I made a movie with a cartoon character it'd be: Scoobie Doo or Fred Flintstone
The thing I waste most money on is: Playing golf
If I could have a product named after me I'd like it to be: milk
If I could have lessons in anything I'd choose: surfing
The computer game I play best is: Frogger
The last website I looked at was: Anna Kournikova's
My favourite golfer is: Greg Norman
My favourite cricketer is: Allan Border
My favourite basketballer is: Kobe Bryant
Dog? no
Travis Norton - 1997 Portrait
Photo from the Bulldogs Backyard
Travis Norton - 1997 Casual Shot
Photo courtesy of Big League
Travis Norton - 1998 Portrait
Photo from the Bulldogs Backyard
Travis Norton - 1998 Action Shot
Photo by Chris Kapetanellis (Rugby League Week)
Travis Norton - 1998 Action Shot
Photography Action Photographics
Travis Norton - 1998 Action Shot
Photo courtesy of Big League
Travis Norton - 1999 Portrait
Photo from the Bulldogs Backyard
Travis Norton - 1999 Action Shot
Photo courtesy of Big League
Travis Norton - 1999 Casual Shot
Photo courtesy of Daily Telegraph
Travis Norton 2000 Portrait
Photo from the Bulldogs Backyard
from "On the Rise", Rugby League Week, Vol.29, No.19 June 17, 1998
Family: Dad, Larry; mum, Toni; brothers Slade (24), Codi (13)
First team: Moranbah Sharks under-7s
First rep team: Queensland under-12s
Favourite drink: Lemonade
Favourite movies: Braveheart and Happy Gilmore
Favourite band: Cold Chisel
Favourite all-time song: Flame Trees by Cold Chisel
Did you play against anyone as a kid who has since "made it"? I played with Clinton Schifcofske, Shane Marteene and Josh Hannay, and played against Matt Sing
Most vivid memory of your early days in the game: Scoring an intercept try in the under-13s grand final
What is your greatest claim to fame as a youngster? Representing Queensland at hockey
Who was you idol back then? Peter Sterling
Which team did you follow? Parramatta
Do you recall the first grand final you ever saw? The 1986 decider between Parramatta and Canterbury
What past State of Origin match do you best remember? Greg Dowling's try when the ball bounced back of the crossbar (at the SCG in 1984)
Which senior player at your current club has helped you the most? Daryl Halligan.  He always takes time out to talk to me.
Which opposition player has given you the toughest initiation? Jason Croker.  I marked him one day in the centres and he scored two tries by getting on the outside of me.
If you were granted a wish to be one other player in the game, who would that be? Andrew Johns.  He has the perfect all-round game.
What one missing skill do you wish you had? I'd like to be more solid in defence
In which game from the past would you most liked to have played? The 1989 grand final between Canberra and Balmain.
What about another sporting event? Lining up for the 100 metre final at the Olympic Games would be awesome.
What would your team-mates say is your worst trait? I can be too quiet.
At what age did you sign your first senior contract, and how much was it for? I was 17 when I signed for the Crushers and I received $5,000.
If Canterbury became extinct tomorrow, with which club would you like to play? Being from Queensland, I would either play for North Queensland or the Broncos.
If you could have been part of one major sporting event from history, which one would that have been? The US masters golf when Tiger Woods acheived that record score.
If you could swap places with another sportsman for one week, who would you choose? Greg Norman.  He is not only a great golfer, but also a shrewd businessman.
What do you consider to be Australia's greatest sporting achievement in your memory? Our cricket team winning the Ashes under skipper Allan Border in 1989.
What is the most embarrassing nickname you have ever had? "Teddy Bear".  I was out with a few of the boys one night, and a girl said that I looked like a cuddly teddy bear.
If you had to wear one item of clothing from your current wardrobe for the rest of your life, what would you choose? My Massuer sandals.
What would be your ideal holiday? Cruising around the Whitsundays.
Who would you like to sit next to on a plane for 20 hours? Jerry Seinfeld

Dog data (1995-1996 stats with South Queensland Crushers)
App. Int. Tries Goals Fld Gls Points Ave. Hit-Ups Ave. Tackles Ave. Metres Eff. Tackles Line Breaks Offloads
2001 4 0 1 0 0 4 - - - - - -
2000 16 0 5 0 0 20 10.63 24.69 71 87.20% 5 28
1999 15 0 2 0 0 8
1998 29 0 5 0 0 20
1997 12 1 1 0 0 4
Bulldogs (1997-2000) 72 1 12 0 0 52
1996 16 0 2 5 0 18
1995 11 6 5 9 0 38
Career (1995-2000) 99 7 20 14 0 108

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