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The Damo Bit - 19th May 2010
Posted by southstander on May 19 2010 - 16:48:19

by DAMO-LEEDS

This week our intrepid columnist remembers one of the unsung Rhinos heroes of the 2000's. This was a player who never asked for recognition but put in the hard work week after week playing wherever the Rhinos management asked him to.

Read more here....

Andrew Dunneman is almost a forgotten man when it comes to rugby league memories, despite 93 eventful appearances for the Rhinos. A sublime player who complemented the half back pairing of Rob Burrow and Danny McGuire many times.

Two of the best moments he provided for the Rhinos were two drop goals in consecutive super league games against close rivals Castleford and Wakefield in 2003. The latter eased the pain of the challenge cup final loss the week between the games, where most will remember Gary Connolly been the person most undeserving to be on a losing team in a cup final ever.

Perhaps the most disheartening moment of Andrews career was missing out on 2004 Grand Final despite having played in many games that season including a 48 - 0 win over Widnes and that 44 - 0 win over Salford. Saints fans ought to thanks their lucky stars that he didn’t star in our other super league nil victory that year because he’d helped Leeds rack up much more than 70!

In 2005 he put behind the disappointment of not starring in the grand final and put in a memorable season that saw him making 34 appearances. One of them appearances included that world club challenge most memorable for Canterbury coach’s Hawaiian shirt.

Overall in 2005 he has to be congratulated for filling in the hooker role left by the injured Matt Diskin that season. It was a role he wasn’t too familiar with thanks to playing at scrum half a majority of his career. However in this role he thrived and his efforts were recognised when he was voted runner up in the Rhinos Player of the Year.

To say it was sad to see him go at the end of 2005 is an understatement. But even more heartbreaking was his man of steel like performances for Salford City Reads whilst the Rhinos had one of the most frustrating seasons in living memory in 2006. A year that saw us not reach a single final, unlike the two previous years. I think a lot of us were keeping one eye on Dunners and wondering why the hell did the Leeds management let him go.

Finally it's not about if’s and buts. Its about acknowledging a great player that doesn’t get as much mention any more. Even greater shame is his Wikipedia page that someone should get sorted.

Thanks for good rugby league Dunners!

DAMO-LEEDS

Andrew Dunemann Wikipedia page

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