Greg Hawick

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Career Stats & Summary

Vital Statistics

Born
1932

Biography

Superlative backline player in the great Souths’ team of the 1950s, Hawick started his career as lock but played half, five-eighth and centre with Souths, NSW and Australia. After playing in the club’s 1950 grand final win, he missed out on a second premiership when he broke his jaw in the 1951 semi-final against St George. Hawick's utility value earned him a place on the 1952-53 Kangaroo tour, where he made his Test debut against Great Britain as a five-eighth in the First Test. He played in 16 matches on tour, including two Tests, and toured NZ with the Australian team the following year. In 1954 he played in Souths' grand final win over Newtown as well as in the inaugural World Cup competition in France. Hawick left the club to play for Wagga in 1957 and kicked a record 15 goals for NSW in the fourth interstate match that year. After playing in Australia's victorious World Cup squad in 1957, he signed a contract to play with Norths but changed his mind and stayed in Wagga. The NSWRL disqualified him for the season but in the code's first battle in the equity court, it was ruled that the disqualification was a denial of 'natural justice'. Hawick appeared in his final Test series, against Great Britain, while playing in Wagga in 1958 before being lured back to Sydney to play for Norths in 1959-60. His playing career ended when he broke his jaw playing for Wagga in 1963 but Norths were to provide Hawick with a bitter postscript to his coaching career when he was appointed first grade coach by former team-mate Ken McCaffery in 1985. Hawick was forced to resign midway through the season after facing a player revolt, ending his return to Sydney football. His final legacy to the game was introducing a shy, five-eighth by the name of Cliff Lyons to first grade.

- ALAN WHITICKER

Career Statistics

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International

Test Matches - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Australia 1952-54, 1957-58 9 2 -   - 6 3 6 0 33.33% Match list
Overall 1952-1958 9 2 0   0 6 3 6 0 33.33% Match list

International Matches - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Australia 1952-1957 2 - -   - - 2 0 0 100.00% Match list
Overall 1954-1957 2 0 0   0 2 0 0 100.00% Match list

World Cup Matches - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Australia 1952-1957 3 1 -   - 3 2 1 0 66.67% Match list
Overall 1954-1957 3 1 0   0 3 2 1 0 66.67% Match list


Representative

Australia - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
NSW Firsts 1953, 1957-58 8 3 22   - 53 6 2 0 75.00% Match list
NSW City Firsts 1955 1 2 5   - 16 1 0 0 100.00% Match list
Overall 1953-1958 9 5 27   0 69 7 2 0 77.78% Match list


Club Career

Australian League Matches - By Year

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
South Sydney NSWRFL 1950 ? 1 -   - 3  
South Sydney NSWRFL 1951 ? 4 -   - 12  
South Sydney NSWRFL 1952 ? 3 -   - 9  
South Sydney NSWRFL 1953 ? 4 21   - 54  
South Sydney NSWRFL 1954 ? 2 8   - 22  
South Sydney NSWRFL 1955 ? 3 18   - 45  
South Sydney NSWRFL 1956 ? 2 17   - 40  
North Sydney NSWRFL 1959 ? - 11   - 22  
North Sydney NSWRFL 1960 ? 2 3   - 12  
Overall 1950-1960 ? 21 78   0 219 ? ? ? ?  

Australian League Matches - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
South Sydney 1950-56 ? 19 64   - 185 ? ? ? ?  
North Sydney 1959-60 ? 2 14   - 34 ? ? ? ?  
Overall 1950-1960 ? 21 78   0 219 ? ? ? ?  

All Australian Club Matches - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
South Sydney 1950-51, 1953-54, 1956 8 19 64   - 185 6 2 0 75.00% Match list
North Sydney 1959-60 ? 2 14   - 34 ? ? ? ?  
Overall 1950-1960 ? 21 78   0 219 ? ? ? ?  

Your Say

Anonymous says: Coached the Junee Diesels in 1970. (14/12/2011)

Frank O'Rourke says: Greg is still in Wagga - he was my football hero as a kid growing up in Wagga. He made a playing comeback in 1967 at the age of 33 for Wagga Kangaroos, whom he had captain-coached in earlier years. That comeback was cut short when he was king-hit by a Tumbarumba player which broke his jaw. When he got to his feet to play the ball he was marked by former State rep fullback Barry Goldspink. Greg thought Barry had been the offender and came up with a huge uppercut which broke Barry's jaw - resulting in both of them having to leave the field - my recollection is that Goldspink (or the Tumbarumba RL Club) sued Greg (or the Wagga Kangaroos RL Club) as a result. (15/01/2012)

Frank O'Rourke says: Greg is still in Wagga - he was my football hero as a kid growing up in Wagga. He made a playing comeback in 1967 at the age of 33 for Wagga Kangaroos, whom he had captain-coached in earlier years. That comeback was cut short when he was king-hit by a Tumbarumba player which broke his jaw. When he got to his feet to play the ball he was marked by former State rep fullback Barry Goldspink. Greg thought Barry had been the offender and came up with a huge uppercut which broke Barry's jaw - resulting in both of them having to leave the field - my recollection is that Goldspink (or the Tumbarumba RL Club) sued Greg (or the Wagga Kangaroos RL Club) as a result.

Wagga Kangaroos was coached in 1967 by former NZ RL International - the late Graham Kennedy - a wonderful man and excellent schoolteacher and school principal. (15/01/2012)

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Last modified: Fri, 17 Oct 2014 14:46:56 +1100 (Sydney time)