John Simon (rugby league)

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John Simon
Personal information
Nickname Jack
Born (1972-05-29) 29 May 1972 (age 42)
Australia
Playing information
Height 177 cm (5 ft 10 in)
Position Halfback
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1990–1995 Illawarra Steelers 120 27 30 9 177
1996 Sydney City 15 5 0 0 20
1997–1999 Parramatta Eels 45 12 26 13 113
1999–2000 Auckland Warriors 32 2 51 0 110
2001 Wests Tigers 18 4 11 1 39
Total 230 50 118 23 459
Representative
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1992–1997 NSW Country 5 0 2 1 5
1992–1997 New South Wales 4 0 2 1 5
1997 Australia 1 0 1 0 2
Source: RLP

John "Jack"[1] Simon (born 29 May 1972) is an Australian former rugby league footballer of the 1990s and 2000s. His club career was spent with the Illawarra Steelers, Easts, Parramatta, Auckland and Wests Tigers. Simon also represented for Australia and for New South Wales in Origin. He is of Indigenous Australian descent.

Playing career[edit]

A Port Kembla local and Dapto junior, Simon made his first grade debut with the Steelers aged 17 and went on to make 120 appearances for the club between 1990 and 1995. He received the BHP Medal as the Illawarra Steelers' player of the year in 1994. In 1996 Simon moved to the Sydney Roosters but was unable to dislodge Adrian Lam from the first grade half spot and he moved to Parramatta for three seasons from 1997 to 1999. His apparent lack of fitness found him out of favour with coach Brian Smith and midway through 1999 he gained another release to play for Auckland (he was named captain in his second match with the club).

After two seasons with the Warriors, Simon moved to the Wests Tigers where, despite some good performances for the club, he announced his retirement before the end of the 2001 season citing a lack of enthusiasm. The Tigers had been beaten 64-0 by Melbourne that weekend.[2]

In 2003 Simon was named in the commemorative Illawarra "Team of Steel" celebrating players from 25 years of the club's history.[citation needed]

Representative career[edit]

He was selected at half-back for City Firsts in 1991 and 1992 and in game I of the 1992 State of Origin was picked in the run-on side when Ricky Stuart was unavailable due to injury. The Blues won the match but Stuart regained his spot for game II.

It would be another five years before Simon would again wear the Blues' jumper. During the 1997 season, split at both club and representative level due to the Super League war, Simon appeared in all three games, once at half and twice off the interchange bench. Simon was the Blues' hero in game II, landing a 26 metre field goal in the 67th minute that clinched New South Wales' 1 point win.

In 1997 Simon made his sole national representative appearance, selected for Australia in the one-off Test against a Rest-of-the-World side at Suncorp Stadium.

Post-career[edit]

After retiring, Simon worked in Aboriginal Education, before buying a Subway in Kiama in 1997. He coached at a local level, including the Illawarra Titans in a Koori knockout competition.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Richard Becht Backs To The Future, 16 March 2000
  2. ^ "Custom Match List". Rugby League Project. Retrieved 11 April 2011. 
  3. ^ "look who we bumped into". League Central (Sydney, NSW: News Limited) (18 April 2011): 3. 

Sources[edit]

  • Andrews, Malcolm (2006) The ABC of Rugby League Austn Broadcasting Corpn, Sydney
  • Whiticker, Alan & Collis, Ian (2006) The History of Rugby League Clubs, New Holland, Sydney
  • Big League's 25 Years of Origin Collectors' Edition, News Magazines, Surry Hills, Sydney