Jim Gibbs

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Jimmy Gibbs
Personal information
Full name James Gibbs
Born 9 April 1909
Greymouth, New Zealand
Died September 1996
Newcastle, New South Wales
Playing information
Position Forward
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1927–?? South Newcastle
1940 Canterbury-Bankstown 13 4 5 0 22
19??–46 South Newcastle
Total 13 4 5 0 22
Representative
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1933–39 New South Wales 24 6 0 0 18
1934 Country NSW 2 0 0 0 0
1933–38 Australia 7 0 0 0 0
Source: [1] [2]

Jim Gibbs (1909-1996) is an Australian former rugby league footballer of the 1920s, 30s and 40s. An Australian international and New South Wales interstate representative forward,[1] he played club football in the Newcastle Rugby League for Souths and in Sydney's NSWRFL Premiership for Canterbury-Bankstown.[2]

Gibbs was born in New Zealand and in 1911 at age two his family moved to Australia and settled in Glebe, New South Wales.[3] He began his senior football career in 1927 and was one of five brothers that played for South Newcastle. The others were Jack, Bill, Harry and Alf. Alf would also go on to be an Australian Test front-rower.

Gibbs was first selected to represent New South Wales in 1933 and was then selected to go on the 1933-34 Kangaroo tour of Great Britain. He made his debut in 1933, becoming Kangaroo No. 184[4] and Newcastle's fourth international in the process. He also played in the tour of New Zealand in 1935. He was selected to go on the 1937-38 Kangaroo tour.

Gibbs joined Canterbury-Bankstown for the 1940 NSWRFL season where he was able to secure a first grade position and play in the final against Eastern Suburbs before returning to Newcastle.[5] He played his last game for South Newcastle in 1946.

Gibbs also served overseas in the Royal Australian Air Force in the City of Canberra bomber squadron during World War II.

Such was the influence that Gibbs and his brothers had on the South Newcastle club, a park in Merewether was renamed Gibbs Brothers Oval in 1988. In 2008, Australia's centenary year of rugby league, Gibbs was named at second-row forward in a Newcastle Rugby League team of the century.[6] Gibbs was also named in a South Newcastle team of the century in 2010.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Jim Gibbs". rugbyleagueproject.org. Shawn Dollin, Andrew Ferguson and Bill Bates. 
  2. ^ "Player Profile - Jim Gibbs". Yesterday's Hero. SmartPack International Pty Ltd. 
  3. ^ Goffet, Neil (5 February 2008). "Stars shine bright as local league grows". The Newcastle Herald. Retrieved 30 December 2011. 
  4. ^ "Player Register". Kangaroos. Australian Rugby League. Retrieved 30 December 2011. 
  5. ^ "Jim Gibbs". Bulldogs Rugby League Club Official Website. thebulldogs.com.au. Retrieved 30 December 2011. 
  6. ^ newcastle.com.au (11 February 2008). "Newcastle Rugby League - Team Of The Century". The Newcastle Herald. Retrieved 30 December 2011. 
  7. ^ Leeson, John (14 June 2010). "Souths honour greatest players". The Newcastle Herald. Retrieved 30 December 2011.