Greg Hawick

Career Stats & Summary

Vital Statistics

Full Name
Gregory Rawson Hawick
Born
Tuesday, 3rd May, 1932
Died
Thursday, 6th February, 2020 (Aged 87 years and 278 days)

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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Competitions

Competition   App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
NRL 104 21 78   - 219 69 34 1 66.35% List
NRL Finals 7 1 1   - 5 5 2 0 71.43% List
Tour Matches New South Wales XIII 1 - -   - - 1 0 0 100.00% List
Tour Matches Australian XIII 1 - -   - - 0 1 0 0.00% List
Country Carnival 3 1 6   - 15 2 1 0 66.67% List
Tour Matches Australia 10 2 3   - 12 5 5 0 50.00% List
Test Series 6 1 -   - - 1 5 0 16.67% List
The Ashes 3 1 -   - 6 0 3 0 0.00% List
Interstate Matches 8 3 22   - 53 6 2 0 75.00% List
Tour Matches New South Wales Firsts 3 - 2   - 4 2 1 0 66.67% List
World Cup 3 1 -   - 3 2 1 0 66.67% List
City vs Country Firsts 1 2 5   - 16 1 0 0 100.00% List
Tour Matches Sydney Firsts 1 1 -   - 3 1 0 0 100.00% List
Tour Matches Riverina 1 1 2   - 7 0 1 0 0.00% List
City Cup 4 1 -   - 3 4 0 0 100.00% List


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% List

International Matches - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Australia 1952-1957 3 - -   - - 3 0 0 100.00% 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% List


Representative

Australia - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Australia XIII 1951 1 - -   - - 0 1 0 0.00% List
NSW XII 1951 1 - -   - - 1 0 0 100.00% List
NSW Firsts 1953-55, 1957-58 11 3 24   - 57 8 3 0 72.73% List
Sydney Firsts 1955 1 1 -   - 3 1 0 0 100.00% List
NSW City Firsts 1955 1 2 5   - 16 1 0 0 100.00% List
Riverina 1957-58 2 1 2   - 7 0 2 0 0.00% List
NSW Country Seconds 1957 1 - 3   - 6 0 1 0 0.00% List
Overall 1951-1958 18 7 34   0 89 11 7 0 61.11% List


Club Career

NRL/NSWRL - By Year

Team Season App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Souths NSWRFL 1950 16 1 -   - 3 12 4 0 75.00% List
Souths NSWRFL 1951 15 4 -   - 12 12 2 1 80.00% List
Souths NSWRFL 1952 11 3 -   - 9 8 3 0 72.73% List
Souths NSWRFL 1953 8 4 21   - 54 7 1 0 87.50% List
Souths NSWRFL 1954 10 2 8   - 22 8 2 0 80.00% List
Souths NSWRFL 1955 12 3 18   - 45 6 6 0 50.00% List
Souths NSWRFL 1956 9 2 17   - 40 4 5 0 44.44% List
North Sydney NSWRFL 1959 6 - 11   - 22 5 1 0 83.33% List
North Sydney NSWRFL 1960 17 2 3   - 12 7 10 0 41.18% List
Overall 1950-1960 104 21 78   0 219 69 34 1 66.35% List

NRL/NSWRL - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Souths 1950-56 81 19 64   - 185 57 23 1 70.37% List
North Sydney 1959-60 23 2 14   - 34 12 11 0 52.17% List
Overall 1950-1960 104 21 78   0 219 69 34 1 66.35% List

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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