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27 February - Jack Gibson, The master wizard of the NRL.

Unread postPosted: Wed Feb 27, 2013 4:54 pm
by Max ADU
Australian Birthday Today - Jack Arthur Gibson OAM, born 27 February 1929, Kiama, New South Wales – died 9 May 2008 was an Australian Rugby League identity – a player, commentator and most notably a coach.

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Gibson's family relocated to Sydney in his youth and He started to play third-grade rugby league at St. George in 1950 before joining a social side in the Eastern Suburbs A-grade competition called Taylor's Celebrity Club.

Gibson worked as a bouncer for Joe Taylor at the sly drinking and gambling outlet and Thommo's Two-Up School as well as other Sydney nightclubs that Taylor owned.

It is not known by many but Jack also fought as an amateur for N.S.W boxing title.

Gibson was graded with Eastern Suburbs “Roosters” in 1953. He debuted in first grade and represented for New South Wales that same year. In 1954

Gibson went on to play 152 first grade games for the club, primarily at prop or second-row and captained the Roosters in the 1960 Grand Final loss to St. George.

In 1962 season Gibson signed with Newtown “Jets” but was snapped by Wests “Magpies” at the end of ‘62 season and played until his retirement at the end of 1964 seasons.

He played and coached in Sydney's top grade competition, the New South Wales Rugby Football League premiership, and earned the tag 'Supercoach' after guiding Eastern Suburbs to premierships in 1974 and 1975 and later the Parramatta Eels to three successive premierships from 1981 to 1983.

Gibson was the first to introduce
• First to use a computer to evaluate player performance including being the first club coach to track and use individual player tackle counts.
• His teams were the first to train with sides from other codes – he trained his team alongside soccer players and used Australian Football specialists as kicking coaches.
• Introduced mascara under the eyes to reduce glare for night games under lights.
• First to use weights-machines such as the Nautilus exercise machines.
• First to use video extensively as a coaching device.
• First to have players' fitness scientifically tested in pre-season with the "pinch test" (skinfold method).
• First to insist upon his own integrated coaching team including co-ordinator (Ron Massey), fitness conditioner (Mick Souter) and injury treatment/rehabilitation (Alf Richards).
• Made the up and under ("bomb") a potent attacking weapon used by both Easts and Parramatta under exponent John Peard.

Watch on

In 1988 Gibson was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia "for service to rugby league as a coach". In 2000 he was awarded the Australian Sports Medal for being a five-time premiership winning coach.

On 17 April 2008, Gibson was selected as Coach of Australian rugby league's Team of the Century. Part of the code's centenary year celebrations in Australia.

Gibson died at 6.32pm (AEST) on 9 May 2008, 90 minutes before rugby league's historic Centenary Test Match, after a two-year battle with Alzheimer's disease and dementia

His death was announced during the Centenary test by Peter Sterling on the Nine Network.

Re: 27 February - Jack Gibson, The master wizard of the NRL.

Unread postPosted: Sat Feb 27, 2016 4:39 pm
by Max ADU