Kevin Smyth

  • Playing Career

Playing Career

Vital Statistics

Born
Monday, 22nd August, 1932
Died
Wednesday, 22nd August, 2007 (Aged 75 years)

Biography

Success came late in the career of former Balmain junior Kevin Smyth. After stints with P’matta and Balmain, the 29-year-old Wests forward was selected for the 1963-64 Kangaroo tour after P’matta lock Ron Lynch was injured in a selection trial. Smyth, who played in two grand final losses to St George (1962-63), starred in two Tests against France on the Ashes-winning tour. A contractual dispute with Wests ended his Sydney career in 1964 and he was later captain-coach of Southern Districts (Liverpool) in Sydney's Second Division competition and I’warra club Collegians.
- ALAN WHITICKER

Playing Career Statistics

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Competitions

Competition   App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
NSWRFL Premiership (NRL) 128 30 -   - 90 78 47 3 60.94% List
NSWRFL Finals 9 2 -   - 6 5 4 0 55.56% List
City Cup 3 1 -   - 3 2 1 0 66.67% List
Preseason Cup 12 2 -   - 6 7 3 2 58.33% List
Tour Matches Australia 2 - -   - - 2 0 0 100.00% List
Test Series 2 - -   - - 2 0 0 100.00% List
Tour Matches Southern Division 1 1 -   - 3 1 0 0 100.00% List


International

Test Matches - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Australia 1963-64 2 - -   - - 2 0 0 100.00% List


Representative

Australia - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Possibles (AU) 1959 1 - -   - - 0 1 0 0.00% List
Metropolis 1960 1 - -   - - 1 0 0 100.00% List
NSW City Seconds 1962 1 - -   - - 1 0 0 100.00% List
Illawarra Firsts 1965 1 - -   - - 0 1 0 0.00% List
Southern Division 1966 1 1 -   - 3 1 0 0 100.00% List
Overall1959-1966 5 1 0   0 3 3 2 0 60.00% List


Club Career

NSWRFL Premiership (NRL) - By Year

Team Season App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Parramatta NSWRFL 1953 7 - -   - - 3 3 1 42.86% List
Balmain NSWRFL 1957 5 - -   - - 3 2 0 60.00% List
Balmain NSWRFL 1958 16 4 -   - 12 10 6 0 62.50% List
Balmain NSWRFL 1959 17 3 -   - 9 5 11 1 29.41% List
Balmain NSWRFL 1960 19 6 -   - 18 11 8 0 57.89% List
Western Suburbs NSWRFL 1961 20 5 -   - 15 16 4 0 80.00% List
Western Suburbs NSWRFL 1962 21 8 -   - 24 14 6 1 66.67% List
Western Suburbs NSWRFL 1963 18 4 -   - 12 13 5 0 72.22% List
Western Suburbs NSWRFL 1964 5 - -   - - 3 2 0 60.00% List

NSWRFL Premiership (NRL) - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Parramatta 1953 7 - -   - - 3 3 1 42.86% List
Balmain 1957-60 57 13 -   - 39 29 27 1 50.88% List
Western Suburbs 1961-64 64 17 -   - 51 46 17 1 71.88% List
Overall1953-1964 128 30 0   0 90 78 47 3 60.94% List

Your Say

  • Anonymous
    09/05/2011

    Kevin Smyth came to the Illawarra District Rugby League in 1965 via Liverpool wher he had spent the 1964 season after leaving Western Suburbs Magpies in the early part of that season. In 3 years at Collegians Illawarra 1965, 1966 & 1967 he finally led the club to their club their initial first grade grand final win in 1967 as captain/coach. The teams had many outstanding players such as Australian representative second row Ron Costello. He was an excetional player and perhaps one of the finest to play in the Illawarra competition.

  • Anonymous
    01/04/2012

    I worked for kevin smyth in the furniture industry he was the company owner and he was a great man, role model and mentor for young men. he taught me a lot of life lessons that have stood me in good stead. I am grateful for the opportunity he gave me as a young man.

  • John Crittenden
    28/04/2012

    Kevin was an inspirational captian coach of the Illawarra Collegians Club from 1965 to 1967.

    I am pleased to say that I was a selector of the club during these years and was pleased to have known and been associated with Kevin.

    He bought many fine players to the club including Rodger Ludkin, Wes Hartley, Geoff Meaney, Jim Gilmour, John Kohen, Ron Costello, Ron Hopper and Malcolm Condon.

    It is my opinion that he was in the best 3 lock forwards to have played in the illawarra Competition.

  • Anonymous
    26/01/2015

    Hi.

    I have followed Illawarra Rugby League as a spectator
    from 1955 till the late seventies when my employment
    took me out of Wollongong. I have seen the greats of
    Illawarra rugby league such as Graeme Langlands, Harry
    Wells, Bob Fulton, Noel Mulligan and many more. Kevin
    Smyth in my opinion was the best lock forward I saw during
    those years. His inspirational captaincy in Collegians first
    premiership win in 1967 grand final was something to behold.
    In his three years as captain coach with Collegians from 1965-
    67 he got the team into a final and two grand finals. He was
    a team leader, a true gentleman and family man.

    Cheers
    Noel

  • Anonymous
    12/08/2017

    A great man. I played with Kevin at Southern Districts.

  • Anonymous
    19/12/2018

    Don colhuan and vince petre were outstanding in their win.

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