Don Parish

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Career Stats & Summary

Vital Statistics

Full Name
Don William Parish
Born
Sunday, 31st October, 1937
Current Age
76 years and 306 days

Biography

Dubbo fullback first came to the Wests Club in 1957 where he began his career with district club Wentworthville before playing several lower grade games with the Magpies. Returning to Dubbo Parish represented Country and NSW in 1959 before being a non-playing reserve in the Test series against NZ. An excellent goal-kicker Parish toured with the 1959-60 Kangaroos and played in 12 matches (no Tests) and scored 55pts (7t, 17g). Returning to Wests he played in the 1961 and 1963 grand final losses to St George but failed to land a goal in either match. Parish made his Test debut on the 1961 NZ tour and was the leading point-scorer with 58pts (4t, 23g). In the 12-10 First Test loss in Auckland he had the distinction of becoming the first Australian fullback to score a try in a Test match. In 1962 he played in Australia's First Test loss to Great Britain, which was his last international match. After a long career Parish left the Magpies and captain-coached Wollongong Wests during 1968-70 (premiers in 1969) before returning to the Magpies as coach from 1972-76. His time with Wests can be viewed as a success (finalists in 1974 with Parish named 'Coach of the Year') but his two years with Penrith (1977-78) were unfulfilling.

- ALAN WHITICKER

Career Statistics

All statistics shown in this section are based only on data available in the RLP database, and are not necessarily a complete and/or 100% accurate representation of a player's career. This information should be used as a guide only. If you see a question mark (?), it denotes that the figure is not available.

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International

Test Matches - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Australia 1961-62 3 1 7   - 17 1 2 0 33.33% Match list
Overall 1961-1962 3 1 7   0 17 1 2 0 33.33% Match list


Representative

Australia - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
NSW Country Firsts 1958-60 3 - 6   - 12 0 3 0 0.00% Match list
NSW Firsts 1959, 1961 5 3 8   - 25 1 4 0 20.00% Match list
NSW City Firsts 1962 1 - -   - - 0 1 0 0.00% Match list
Overall 1958-1962 9 3 14   0 37 1 8 0 11.11% Match list


Club Career

Australian League Matches - By Year

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Western Suburbs NSWRFL 1961 ? 4 35   - 82  
Western Suburbs NSWRFL 1962 ? 9 48   - 123  
Western Suburbs NSWRFL 1963 ? 2 41   - 88  
Western Suburbs NSWRFL 1964 ? - 2   - 4  
Western Suburbs NSWRFL 1965 ? - 4   - 8  
Western Suburbs NSWRFL 1966 ? - 5   - 10  
Western Suburbs NSWRFL 1967 ? 2 44   5 104  
Overall 1961-1967 ? 17 179   5 419 ? ? ? ?  

Australian League Matches - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Western Suburbs 1961-67 ? 17 179   5 419 ? ? ? ?  
Overall 1961-1967 ? 17 179   5 419 ? ? ? ?  

All Australian Club Matches - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Western Suburbs 1961-63 7 17 179   5 419 4 3 0 57.14% Match list
Overall 1961-1967 ? 17 179   5 419 ? ? ? ?  

Your Say

neil says: A very exciting fullback in an era of great fullbacks. Injury plagued but a really classy player (07/08/2011)

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