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Peter Peters

Prop 1969 - 1974.

Originally named Panoutas Peterides, but affectionally known as "Zorba", Peter Peters was a professional journalist who was also a top grade rugby league player. He went to school with Bob Fulton in the Wollongong area before joining Parramatta from Goulburn in the late 1960s.

He joined Fulton at Manly in 1969 where he played 61 games scoring 14 tries and 19 goals (80 points). Zorba was a fine all round footballer (no pun intended). A tough defender, talented ball player and handy goal kicker. He played in the rugged 1973 Grand Final win over Cronulla in which Zorba and Igor (Terry Randall) "tackled themselves to a frazzle".

Peter retired in 1974 to concentrate on his journalistic career. In the early 1980s he linked with controversial referee Greg Hartley at Radio 2GB. "Zorba and Hollywood" the "Decibel Duo" for some time dominated the airwaves with their distinctive call of the game.

He has maintained his strong links and love for the Manly club in his role of Media Manager and his close relationship and concern for Manly fans has made him a popular figure at the club. He played an instrumental role in Manly's survival in the turbulent year following the demise of the "Northern Eagles joint venture. And for that alone, Manly fans remain forever grateful.








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Sources: Whiticker & Hudson 1993, p. 271; Smith 1991, pp 107, 114.