Gary Freeman

Career Stats & Summary

Vital Statistics

Full Name
Gary Ross Freeman
Born
Tuesday, 4th December, 1962
Current Age
58 years and 322 days

Awards & Accolades

Dally M Halfback Of The Year
1992
Dally M Player Of The Year
1992

Biography

Tenacious Kiwi halfback overcame several career hurdles to win the ‘Dally M Player of the Year award in 1992. Freeman was graded by the Northcote Tigers as a nineteen year-old in the local Auckland competition in 1982 and first represented NZ in 1986. Following Australia's shock loss in Brisbane in 1987, in which Freeman was a reserve, he was signed by Balmain. Freeman did not automatically find success in Sydney and had to battle for his first grade place. However, he soon became a focal point of the Balmain attack, playing in the club's grand final loss to C’bury in 1988. Twice voted NZ’s international ‘Player of the Year’ (1986 & 1988) he was handed a hefty, twelve-week suspension in 1989 for an alleged gouging incident but was one of Balmain's best players in the titanic grand final loss to Canberra in extra-time. In 1990 he captained NZ and signed a new, three-year contract with the Tigers but his world appeared to fall apart in 1991. Freeman was relegated to reserve grade by new coach Alan Jones, who preferred RU convert Brian Smith, and could not force his way off the reserve bench at international level. At the end of 1991 he successfully gained a release from Balmain to sign with Easts; 1992 proved to be his finest season since coming to Sydney. Despite reaching the ‘veteran stage’ of his career, Freeman remained one of the most competitive players in the game - captaining NZ in two Tests against the visiting Lions in 1992 and against Papua New Guinea in a World Cup match. His decision to sign with Penrith in 1994, however, created much ill-feeling within the Roosters club. After captaining NZ on their disappointing tour of England and France Freeman gave great service behind an inexperienced Penrith pack and was named the Panthers' ‘Player of the Year’ in 1994. He captained NZ against Australia in 1995 but later lost the captaincy despite being named in the World Cup squad. In 1996 he left the Super League bound Panthers for P’matta but retired after one season to pursue a career as a TV sports commentator. In 2001, the man they called ‘Whiz’, took over as NZ national coach for two seasons. Autobiography, Tiger, Tiger, Kiwi, Rooster (1992)

- 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 %  
New Zealand 1986-95 46 10 -   - 40 22 22 2 47.83% List
Overall 1986-1995 46 10 0   0 40 22 22 2 47.83% List

World Cup Matches - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
New Zealand 1986, 1988-92, 1995 14 3 -   - 12 8 6 0 57.14% List
Overall 1986-1995 14 3 0   0 12 8 6 0 57.14% List


Club Career

Australian League Matches - By Year

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Balmain NSWRL 1988 16 4 -   - 16 12 4 0 75.00% List
Balmain NSWRL 1989 10 5 -   - 20 8 1 1 80.00% List
Balmain NSWRL 1990 18 8 -   - 32 11 7 0 61.11% List
Balmain NSWRL 1991 8 2 -   - 8 0 8 0 0.00% List
Eastern Suburbs NSWRL 1992 19 8 -   - 32 12 7 0 63.16% List
Eastern Suburbs NSWRL 1993 16 3 -   - 12 8 7 1 50.00% List
Penrith NSWRL 1994 22 11 -   - 44 10 10 2 45.45% List
Penrith ARL 1995 22 10 -   - 40 9 13 0 40.91% List
Parramatta ARL 1996 21 2 -   - 8 9 11 1 42.86% List
Overall 1988-1996 152 53 0   0 212 79 68 5 51.97% List

Australian League Matches - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Balmain 1988-91 52 19 -   - 76 31 20 1 59.62% List
Eastern Suburbs 1992-93 35 11 -   - 44 20 14 1 57.14% List
Penrith 1994-95 44 21 -   - 84 19 23 2 43.18% List
Parramatta 1996 21 2 -   - 8 9 11 1 42.86% List
Overall 1988-1996 152 53 0   0 212 79 68 5 51.97% List

Australian Finals Matches - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Balmain 1988-90 8 3 -   - 12 5 3 0 62.50% List
Overall 1988-1990 8 3 0   0 12 5 3 0 62.50% List

English League Career - By Year

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Castleford Championship 1983/84 17 4 -   - 16 9 5 3 52.94% List
Overall 1983-1984 17 4 0   0 16 9 5 3 52.94% List

English League Career - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Castleford 1983 17 4 -   - 16 9 5 3 52.94% List
Overall 1983-1984 17 4 0   0 16 9 5 3 52.94% List

Your Say

Lester Taitoko says: Definately one of NZs finest half backs who brought flair and MANA to the Kiwi side an exciting masterful player with balls of steel and the heart of a lion Kia Ora bro all the best to you and your family. (23/11/2014)

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