Greg Hawick

Greg Hawick (3 May 1932 – 6 February 2020) was an Australian rugby league footballer and coach. A fine utility back for the champion South Sydney Rabbitohs teams in the 1950s and a representative player in the Australian national side, he was named at five-eighth in an Australian 1950s rugby league team of the decade.

Greg Hawick
Personal information
Full nameGregory Rawson Hawick
Born(1932-05-03)3 May 1932
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Died6 February 2020(2020-02-06) (aged 87)
Wagga Wagga, New South Wales, Australia
Playing information
PositionCentre, Five-eighth, Halfback, Lock
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1950–56 South Sydney 81 19 63 0 183
1957–58 Wagga
1959–60 North Sydney 23 2 14 0 34
1961–63 Wagga
Total 104 21 77 0 217
Representative
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1953–58 New South Wales 8 0 0 0 0
1952–58 Australia 6 2 0 0 6
Coaching information
Club
Years Team Gms W D L W%
1984–85 North Sydney Bears 33 12 0 21 36
Source: [1][2][3]

Playing careerEdit

ClubEdit

A South Sydney junior Hawick had played with the Alexandria Rovers junior club.[4] Hawick made his first-grade debut with Souths in 1950 as a lock forward but subsequently switched to the backline playing halfback and centre. He won a premiership with Souths in his debut year, but then missed out on a second in season 1951 when his jaw was broken in the semi-final against St George. He eventually gained his second premiership victory in the 1954 NSWRFL season. Hawick's career with South Sydney stretched from 1950 to 1956, during which he played in five premiership winning teams. In all he played 84 first grade games scoring 19 tries and kicking 62 goals for a total of 181 career points.

Hawick played his club football with Wagga in country New South Wales for the 1957 & 58 season. He fought a landmark battle against the NSWRFL in 1958 when after having signed a contract with North Sydney he reneged, chose to stay in Wagga and was disqualified by the League. An equity court ruled that the disqualification was a denial of natural justice and he was able to play the season in Wagga and was still selected in the state and the national team that year.[5]

Hawick was lured to North Sydney for the 1959 & 1960 seasons. He returned to country rugby league with Wagga from 1961 and his playing career ended there in 1963 a result of another broken jaw.[6]

RepresentativeEdit

Hawick made six Test appearances for the Australian national side. He also played eight games for New South Wales including appearances in 1957 & 58 when his club football was played in the country..

Hawick toured with the Kangaroos to Great Britain in 1952–53, playing two tests, another 16 tour matches and scoring eight tries. He also toured to New Zealand with the Kangaroos in 1953 playing two tests, six other tour matches and scoring two tries and kicking three goals. Hawick played in the first World Cup in 1954 and was part of the 1957 World Cup-winning team.

AccoladesEdit

In 2004 he was named by Souths in their South Sydney Dream Team,[7] which consisted of seventeen players and a coach representing the club from 1908 through to 2004.

In 2007 Hawick was selected by a panel of experts at five-eighth in an Australian 'Team of the 50s'.[8]

Coaching careerEdit

Hawick coached Norths from 1983 until his sacking midway through the 1985 NSWRL season.[9]

SourcesEdit

FootnotesEdit

  1. ^ Rugby League Project
  2. ^ Yesterday's Hero
  3. ^ Rugby League Project Coaches
  4. ^ Alexandria Rovers
  5. ^ Whiticker, Alan, Hudson, Glen (2006). The Encyclopedia Of Rugby League Players. Australia: Gary Allen Publishing. p228.
  6. ^ Whiticker, Alan, Hudson, Glen (2006). The Encyclopedia Of Rugby League Players. Australia: Gary Allen Publishing. p228.
  7. ^ South Sydney Dream Team Archived 14 June 2007 at the Wayback Machine from the official South Sydney website.
  8. ^ AAP (1 August 2007). "Team of the 50s named". The Daily Telegraph. Australia: News Limited. Retrieved 6 October 2010.
  9. ^ "History". northsydneybears.com.au. North Sydney Bears. Archived from the original on 17 July 2014. Retrieved 3 July 2014.