Nick Yakich

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Career Stats & Summary

Biography

Flying Manly winger scored tries in each of his three appearances for NSW in 1965 which catapulted him into the squad for the Australian Tour of NZ. Born in Innisfail Queensland (the son of a Croatian immigrant who stowed away on a ship bound for Perth in the 1920s) Yakich moved to Mosman in the late 1940s and attended school at Marist Brothers with budding sprint star Ken Irvine. After attending Newcastle Teachers College with his brother Fred, Nick Yakich was posted to Harbord Primary School. Trialling with Manly at the instigation of Frank Stanton, a cricket team-mate, he was graded as a winger in 1960. Nick Yakich came under the guidance of former beach sprint champion Johnny Bliss, an assistant coach at the club, and went on to win 5 Australian Sprint Championships with the North Narrabeen Surf Club. In 1965 he was chosen for Australian on the tour of NZ and although he did not play in a Test (Ken Irvine and Mike Cleary were the Test wingers), Yakich was the leading try-scorer on tour with six tries in minor matches. Major knee surgery after suffering an injury in a match against Souths ended his Sydney career the following year and he retired from the game when he suffered a shoulder injury as captain-coach of Werris Creek in 1967.

- ALAN WHITICKER

Career Statistics

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Representative

Australia - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
NSW Firsts 1965 4 4 -   - 12 4 0 0 100.00% Match list
Overall 1965 4 4 0   0 12 4 0 0 100.00% Match list


Club Career

Australian League Matches - By Year

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Manly Warringah NSWRFL 1960 ? - -   - -  
Manly Warringah NSWRFL 1961 ? 3 -   - 9  
Manly Warringah NSWRFL 1962 ? 5 -   - 15  
Manly Warringah NSWRFL 1963 ? 14 -   - 42  
Manly Warringah NSWRFL 1964 ? 16 -   - 48  
Manly Warringah NSWRFL 1965 ? 12 -   - 36  
Manly Warringah NSWRFL 1966 ? 2 -   - 6  
Overall 1960-1966 ? 52 0   0 156 ? ? ? ?  

Australian League Matches - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Manly Warringah 1960-66 ? 52 -   - 156 ? ? ? ?  
Overall 1960-1966 ? 52 0   0 156 ? ? ? ?  

Your Say

Steve says: Nick Yakich played 74 games for Manly. He also represented New South Wales on three occasions in 1965 scoring a try on each occasion, he was also called up to the Australian squad to tour New Zealand but was never selected for a match. (28/10/2009)

ROY HORRIGAN says: VERY UNDER RATED WINGER, VERY QUICK. THOSE WERE THE DAYS OF IRVINE & CLEARY SO HE DID NOT GET MUCH OF A RUN IN THE REP GAMES.HOWEVER ALWAYS WENT WELL WHEN HE DID. SEEN HIM PLAY A FEW TIMES OUT AT THE OLD SPORTS GROUND ,USED TO GET QUITE A FEW WOLF WHISTLES FROM THE GIRLS FOR HIS SHORTS WHICH WERE PRETTY BRIEF. GOOD PLAYER. (18/10/2013)

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