29 March 1957 |
|Source: RL Stats RLP|
Steve Gearin (born 29 March 1958) is an Australian former rugby league footballer who represented Canterbury, St George and Manly in the New South Wales Rugby League (NSWRL) during the 1970s and 1980s. A key member of the Bulldogs during the 'entertainers' era, one of his finest moments was kicking six conversions from six attempts in Canterbury's 1980 Grand Final victory. He was the top point scorer in the NSWRL in 1980 and 1984.
Gearin was spotted by Canterbury-Bankstown CEO Peter Moore when he was playing for Christian Brothers Lewisham in the Commonwealth Bank Cup Schoolboys rugby league competition in 1974. He joined Canterbury-Bankstown in 1975. He made his first grade début for the Berries during the 1976 NSWRFL season in Canterbury's 23-20 win against the Newtown Jets at Belmore Sports Ground. At the end of his first year of first grade his stat ended up playing 6 games, scoring 2 tries for 6 points. In 1977 he scored 5 tries in a Pre-Season trial match against the Queanbeyan Blues. His 1977 season was interrupted by injury. He became a regular first grader in 1978. Steve played in Canterbury's Heartbreaking 22-15 loss in the 1978 NSWRFL season's Qualifying Final against the Parramatta Eels. In 1979 he broke George Taylforth's 1967 goal kicking record of 204 points in the process. He played in Canterbury's 17 - 13 1979 NSWRFL season's Grand Final loss to the St. George Dragons where he scored 1 try and booted 2 goals. He scored 7 points on Grand Final day. In 1980 he was the New South Wales Rugby League's top point scorer. He played in Canterbury's 18 - 4 1980 Grand Final victory over the Eastern Suburbs Roosters where he scored one of the greatest ever 1st grade Australian rugby league Grand Final tries in history in which he chased, caught and grounded a classic try off a Greg Brentnall bomb. He also booted 6 goals from 6 attempts. He scored 15 points on Grand Final day a Club Record. His 1980 stat ended up playing 24 games, scoring 14 tries, booting 89 goals for 220 points. His 1981 and 1982 seasons were again interrupted by injury. In the 1981 season Gearin scored a Hat Trick 3 Tries against the Balmain Tigers at Leichhardt Oval.
St. George Dragons
In 1983 Gearin joined St. George Dragons. In the 1983 Qualifying Final he kicked the 2 winning goals for the Saints to beat the Balmain Tigers 17-14. In the 1983 Semi Final he played in the Dragons' 26-24 loss to Canterbury Bankstown. In 1984 he again was the New South Wales Rugby League's top point scorer. His last ever game for the Dragons was in the 1984 Preliminary Final against the Parramatta Eels where they lost 8-7. At the end of his 2-year stint at the Dragons, his stat ended up playing 47 games, scoring 15 tries and booting 161 goals for 382 points.
Gearin returned to Canterbury in 1985. In the 1985 NSWRL season he scored 1 try against the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles and scored 1 try and booted 3 goals against the Eastern Suburbs Roosters. Steve missed out in Canterbury's 7-6 1985 Grand Final win over former club St. George. At the end of the 1985 season he played 13 games, scoring 7 tries and booting 32 goals for 92 points. In 1986 he didn't play any First Grade for the Bulldogs. His last ever game for the Bulldogs was at the Sydney Cricket Ground in Reserve Grade in round 8 in their 26-16 win over the South Sydney Rabbitohs.
After 9 Rounds of the 1986 NSWRL season Gearin was fed up playing in Reserve Grade and left the Bulldogs and decided to join the Manly Warringah Sea Eagles to play more First Grade. He played his first First Grade game of the 1986 season and for the Sea Eagles in Round 18 in their 14-12 win against the Illawarra Steelers at Brookvale Oval. His last ever First Grade game of his career was in Round 23 for Manly in their 14-8 loss to the North Sydney Bears at North Sydney Oval. He only played 3 games for Manly and played the rest of the 1986 season in Reserve Grade. His last ever game of his Career was at the Sydney Cricket Ground in the 1986 Reserve Grade Semi Final for Manly against the North Sydney Bears where Manly lost 36-20. At the end of the 1986 season he decided to Retire. He never played International Rugby League or State Of Origin. He only played for NSW City Seconds in 1981.