1911 Eastern Suburbs season

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Eastern Suburbs District Rugby Football Club (now known as the Sydney Roosters) competed in their fourth New South Wales Rugby League season in 1911, winning their maiden premiership. [1]

1911 playing squad[edit]

No. Position Player
5 Australia WG Dan Frawley
9 Australia PR Larry 'Jersey' O'Malley
10 Australia HK Sid 'Sandy' Pearce
18 Australia CE Herbert Henry 'Dally' Messenger
20 Australia PR George Green
23 Australia PR Percy White
25 Australia PR Mick Frawley
28 Australia HB Tom Bruce
29 Australia PR Eddie Griffiths
43 Australia SR Barney Dalton
45 Australia PR Bob Williams
49 Australia CE John 'Dinny' Campbell
No. Position Player
50 Australia HB Leslie Cody
51 Australia FB Fred Kinghorn
52 Australia PR F. Strickland
53 Australia WG Eddie White
54 Australia PR Charlie Lees
55 Australia PR A. Nicholson
56 Australia SR Harold Corbett
57 Australia PR J. Cunningham
58 Australia PR W. Dalton
59 Australia SR G. Mackay
60 Australia FE Herb Collins

1911 results[edit]

Round Opponent Result Roosters Score Opponent Score Date Venue Crowd
1 Annandale Dales Won 30 (6-6-0) 3 (1-0-0) 29 April 1911 Agricultural 2000
2 North Sydney Bears Won 22 (4-5-0) 9 (1-3-0) 6 May 1911 Sports Ground 5000

Premiership Round 3. 13 May Glebe Dirty Reds 8 ( Muggivan, L. Cubitt tries; A.Burge goal ) defeated Eastern Suburbs 0 at Wentworth park. crowd 4000

"Quite the liveliest, contest of the day waa that at Wentworth Park, where about 4000 locals cheered the Reds to victory over the redoubtable Eastern Suburbs. It was fast and furious at times. Two men were carried off Injured. Two more were ordered off the field-one for indiscriminate kicking, and one for unnecessarily rough play. Now and then the spectators, worked to a pitch of excitement, started melees of their own. The game itaelf was a triumph for the local forwards, who ran over the opponents, and the Glebe backs, taking advantage of the situation, notched 8 points to nil."

4 Newtown Jets Lost 7 (1-2-0) 16 (4-2-0) 20 May 1911 Sports Ground 15000
5 Balmain Tigers Won 16 (4-2-0) 11 (3-1-0) 27 May 1911 Sports Ground 3000
6 Western Suburbs Magpies Won 22 (4-5-0) 15 (3-3-0) 17 June 1911 Sports Ground 3000
7 South Sydney Rabbitohs Lost 8 (0-4-0) 12 (2-3-0) 1 July 1911 Sports Ground 10000
8 Balmain Tigers Won 29 (5-6-1) 7 (1-2-0) 8 July 1911 Birchgrove 4000
9 Western Suburbs Magpies Draw 8 (2-1-0) 8 (2-1-0) 22 July 1911 Agricultural 2000
10 Newtown Jets Draw 13 (3-2-0) 13 (3-2-0) 29 July 1911 Agricultural 1000
11 South Sydney Rabbitohs Won 24 (4-6-0) 14 (4-1-0) 5 August 1911 Sports Ground 15000
12 Glebe Dirty Reds Won 18 (2-5-1) 8 (2-1-0) 12 August 1911 Sports Ground 16000
13 Annandale Dales Won 8 (0-4-0) 5 (1-1-0) 19 August 1911 Agricultural 3000
Round Opponent Result Roosters Score Opponent Score Date Venue Crowd
14 North Sydney Bears Won 3 (1-0-0) 0 (0-0-0) 26 August 1911 North Sydney 2000

1911 NSWRL ladder[edit]

Team Pld W D L PF PA PD Pts
1 Glebe colours.svg Glebe 14 11 0 3 244 88 +156 22
2 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Eastern Suburbs 14 9 2 3 208 129 +79 20
3 South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney 14 9 2 3 188 117 +71 20
4 Newtown colours.svg Newtown 14 6 3 5 154 120 +34 15
5 Annandale colours.svg Annandale 14 5 1 8 113 184 -71 11
6 North Sydney colours.svg North Sydney 14 4 1 9 138 209 -71 9
7 Western Suburbs colours.svg Western Suburbs 14 4 1 9 116 189 -73 9
8 Balmain colours.svg Balmain 14 3 0 11 130 255 -125 6

Eastern Suburbs first premiership[edit]

  • Finals campaign
23 Eastern Suburbs
Tries Messenger 2, White
Goals Messenger 7
10 South Sydney
Tries Hilliard, McCabe
Goals Dymant 2
Fullback
Fred Kinghorn
Three-Quarters
Barney Dalton
H. H. Messenger(c)
John 'Dinny' Campbell
Eddie White
Halves
Herb Collins
Leslie Cody
Forwards
W. Dalton
Charlie Lees
Sid 'Sandy' Pearce
Eddie Griffiths
Larry O'Malley
Mick Frawley

The meeting of Eastern Suburbs and Glebe at the Agricultural Ground is being awaited with interest by the football lovers of Sydney. With the Union final disposed of there should be a record attendance. On the last occasion on which the teams met there were 16,000 present, and £417 17s 3d was taken at the gates. The first round match was won by the Reds by 8 to nil. At the second time of meeting on August 5 the tricolour was in the ascendant by l8 to 8. However, since this defeat, Glebe have played much improved football, and Saturday's game bears an extremely open aspect. If Messenger plays below form Glebe should secure the premiership for the first time since tho League came into existence. On the other hand, should Messenger give of his best, Eastern Suburbs have the greater chance of securing the honour, which they have not carried off before.

  • premiership Final, 9 September 1911, at the Agricultural Ground.
===22=== Eastern Suburbs
Tries White 2, Griffiths, Cody
Goals Messenger 5
===9=== Glebe
Tries R. Burge
Goals A. B. Burge, Algie
Field Goal Algie
Fullback
Fred Kinghorn
Three-Quarters
Barney Dalton
H. H. Messenger(c)
John 'Dinny' Campbell
Eddie White
Halves
Herb Collins
Leslie Cody
Forwards
W. Dalton
Charlie Lees
Eddie Griffiths
Sid 'Sandy' Pearce
Larry O'Malley
Mick Frawley
===11=== Eastern Suburbs
Try Lees
Goals Messenger 3
Field Goal Messenger 1
===8=== Glebe
Tries C. R. Cubitt 2
Field Goal L. Cubitt
Fullback
Fred Kinghorn
Three-Quarters
Barney Dalton
John 'Dinny' Campbell
H. H. Messenger(c)
Eddie White
Halves
Herb Collins
Leslie Cody
Forwards
W. Dalton
Charlie Lees
Eddie Griffiths
Mick Frawley
Sid 'Sandy' Pearce
Larry O'Malley

Offence[edit]

The lowdown:

Eastern Suburbs completed the following score options in the 1911 season:

  • 45 tries
  • 64 goals
  • 2 field goals

Defence[edit]

The lowdown:

Eastern Suburbs conceded the following score options in the 1911 season:

  • 34 tries
  • 26 goals
  • 1 field goals

The result:

Eastern Suburbs conceded a total of 129 points in the 1911 season.

The verdict:

  • Eastern Suburbs try scoring defence dropped by 35.2% on their previous season.
  • Eastern Suburbs goal kicking defence dropped by 7.6% on their previous season.
  • Eastern Suburbs field goal defence was maintained on their previous season.
  • Eastern Suburbs total points against defensive effort improved by 17.7% on their previous season.

1911 season highlights[edit]

  • Won the 1911 reserve grade competition for the fourth year in a row.

Notes[edit]

  1. No Semi-final would normally be required under the rules of the day. However because Eastern Suburbs and South Sydney finished level on points, They played off to see who met the minor premiers Glebe, in the final.
  2. As minor premiers Glebe had the right of challenge, if beaten. A second final was played one week later.
  3. While representing NSW in an interstate match against Queensland, Dally Messenger scored a record 32 points, coming from four tries and ten goals. In the 3 match series, Messenger scored a total of 72 points.
  4. Dan Frawley, while playing in a representative match, became the first rugby league player to score a try on the Sydney Cricket Ground.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Rugby League Final". The Sydney Morning Herald (Australia). 1911-09-18. p. 4. Retrieved 2009-12-13. 

Rugby League Tables and Statistics

  • Ian Heads, True Blue - the true story of the NSW Rugby League, ISBN#1 875471 138,
Preceded by
1910
Season
1911
Succeeded by
1912