Larry Corowa

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Career Stats & Summary

Vital Statistics

Born
Monday, 5th August, 1957
Current Age
57 years and 136 days

Biography

The career of electrifying winger, the ‘Black Flash’, was almost over before it had started. Injuries suffered in a car accident following a game for Tweed Heads/G’Coast in Brisbane kept the 16-year-old out of the game for two years. Corowa linked with close friend Percy Knight with the Queanbeyan Kangaroos in the Canberra competition before coming to prominence when he scored five tries for Monaro against the visiting Great Britain side in 1977. The 19-year-old signed with Balmain the following year and stamped his claim for Kangaroo selection with a series of blistering performances which yielded 24 tries for the season. (Incredibly, Corowa was top-scorer for the Tigers that year with 72 pts from tries alone). In September 1978, he confirmed that he was the fastest man in the game when he defeated Stawell Gift winner Steve Proudlock in a 100m challenge race at Wentworth Park. On tour with the Kangaroos, Corowa played in just 7 matches but made his Test debut against Great Britain the following year, scoring a try in the first match of the 1979 Ashes series. Corowa played in two Tests in 1979 and was awarded the MBE in 1980 for services to the game. A burst appendix in 1981, coupled with further injury problems and the game’s growing emphasis on defense, resulted in the decline of his rep career and he returned home to Tweed Heads at the end of 1984. His career looked to have finished when he led South Tweed to an upset win in the Group 18 competition in 1987 but four years later, while working with Wally Lewis at the G’Coast, he made a comeback to first grade after an absence of seven years!

- 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 1979 2 1 -   - 3 2 0 0 100.00% Match list
Overall 1979 2 1 0   0 3 2 0 0 100.00% Match list


Representative

Australia - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
NSW Country Firsts 1977 1 - -   - - 0 1 0 0.00% Match list
NSW Firsts 1978-79 5 5 -   - 15 5 0 0 100.00% Match list
NSW City Firsts 1978-79 2 4 -   - 12 2 0 0 100.00% Match list
Overall 1977-1979 8 9 0   0 27 7 1 0 87.50% Match list


Club Career

Australian League Matches - By Year

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Balmain NSWRFL 1978 ? 24 -   - 72  
Balmain NSWRFL 1979 ? 14 -   - 42  
Balmain NSWRFL 1980 18 5 -   - 15 7 11 0 38.89% Match list
Balmain NSWRFL 1981 17 9 -   - 27 5 11 1 29.41% Match list
Balmain NSWRFL 1982 12 5 -   - 15 4 7 1 33.33% Match list
Balmain NSWRFL 1983 12 7 -   - 28 10 2 0 83.33% Match list
Gold Coast NSWRL 1991 2 1 -   - 4 0 2 0 0.00% Match list
Overall 1978-1991 ? 65 0   0 203 ? ? ? ?  

Australian League Matches - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Balmain 1978-83 ? 64 -   - 199 ? ? ? ?  
Balmain 1980-83 59 26 -   - 85 26 31 2 44.07% Match list
Gold Coast 1991 2 1 -   - 4 0 2 0 0.00% Match list
Overall 1978-1991 ? 65 0   0 203 ? ? ? ?  

Your Say

brad may says: the black and gold flash. if larry had the slightest gap to run at it was all over because nobody could catch the speed machine larrry corowa (22/05/2011)

Paul Carter says: In 1978 Corowa got a 10 in Rugby League Week.It came after he scored 4 Tries for Balmain in their 39-5 win over Newtown at Henson Park on April 2.Corowa also won the 100 Metre Sprint at the League Olympics at Leichhardt Oval in 1978 after a False Start. (23/06/2011)

Anonymous says: Larry is the reason I became a league fan and a Tigers fan. Wonderfully exciting to watch - a spectacular runner and athlete. (29/08/2011)

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