5 January 1957 |
Surry Hills, New South Wales, Australia
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Kevin 'Horrie' Hastings (born 5 January 1957 in Surry Hills, New South Wales) is an Australian retired multi-award winning rugby league footballer of the 1970s, and 1980s. He played in Australia's New South Wales Rugby League Football Competition (NSWRL). One of the Eastern Suburbs clubs favourite sons, debuting with the club in 1976 until his final match in 1987. He is the father of current player Jackson Hastings.
Coach Jack Gibson placed Hastings into first grade in 1976 when he was 19. He went on to have a distinguished career with Easts that lasted 12 seasons and he played in the 1980 grand final against the Bulldogs. He held the distinct honour of being the first player to appear in 200 first grade games for the club and held the record for the number of first grade games for Easts at 228 until broken by Luke Ricketson in 2002.
Throughout his first grade career, Hastings received every major individual award of the 1980s, but was constantly overlooked for rep selection, making 1 appearance for New South Wales as a reserve in 1983, despite his impressive performance when brought on to the field, this would remain his only appearance for New South Wales.
Hastings received the name 'Horrie' from Bob O'Reilly who gave players nicknames that started with the same initial as the surname.
The Kevin Hastings Stand, at the Sydney Football Stadium, which is the Homeground for the Sydney Roosters, was named in his honour. He is married to his American wife Lynn and is back living in Australia. Hastings was on hand at the Sydney Football Stadium to see his son Jackson make his first grade debut for the Roosters in 2014.
Hastings continues his passion for sport as a Personal Fitness Trainer. He specializes in Functional Training and motivating individuals with varying fitness levels, from beginners to competitive athletes.
- Rothmans Medal 1981
- Rugby League Week Player of the Year 1980, 1981 and 1982
- Dally M Halfback of the Year 1980, 1981 and 1982
- Amco Cup player of the series: 1979
- Daniel Lane (5 January 2014). "John Lang leads the charge for women coaches". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 5 January 2014.
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