George Peponis OAM
George Peponis OAM joined Canterbury in 1972 as a hooker.
In 1973, George became a regular member of the Under 23s team and played in the Preliminary Final against Balmain.
In 1974, George started the season in reserve grade and received the opportunity to play first grade against South Sydney when Barry Phillis was injured.
George was promoted to first grade in time for the finals and played in the Grand Final against Easts (Roosters).
George started the 1975 season in first grade before a long stint on the sidelines with a broken leg. He returned before the finals and played in the reserve grade Preliminary Semi-Final against Cronulla.
In 1976, George was the regular hooker in first grade which he was to hold for the next five seasons and played his initial game for NSW. He played in the Preliminary Final against Manly.
George played seven games for NSW from 1976 to 1980 and played for Australia in eight Tests from 1978 to 1980. Five of these Tests were as Captain. George played in the 1978 Kangaroo tour and the 1980 New Zealand tour.
In 1977, George was injured mid-season and missed a significant amount of games.
In 1978, George was appointed first grade captain and played in the Preliminary Semi-Final against Parramatta. He captained Canterbury on 71 occasions between 1978 and 1982.
In 1979, George led Canterbury to the Grand Final against St George and in 1980, George led the Premiership winning team against Easts (Roosters).
In 1981, George's season was ruined by injury and a recurrence of a neck injury in 1982 forced George into retirement.
George was named at hooker in the Berries to Bulldogs 70 Year Team of Champions in 2004 and is currently chairman of the Football Club board. He is a Life Member of the Football Club.
On April 1 2007, he was inducted into the Bulldogs Ring of Champions.