1920 NSWRFL season

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1920 New South Wales Rugby Football League
Teams 9
Premiers Balmain colours.svg Balmain (5th title)
Minor premiers Balmain colours.svg Balmain (5th title)
Matches played 60
Points scored 1981 (total)
33.017 (per match)
Top point scorer(s) Glebe colours.svg Frank Burge (110)
Top try scorer(s) Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Gordon Wright (18)

The 1920 New South Wales Rugby Football League premiership was the thirteenth season of Sydney's professional rugby league football club competition, Australia's first. The introduction of a Sydney University side saw nine teams from across the city contest during he season. Balmain were crowned premiers by virtue of finishing the season on top of the League.[1] 1920 was also the last year of the Annandale club after thirteen seasons.

Season summary[edit]

In a round 7 game between Glebe and University Frank Burge scored eight tries which remains the standing record for the most tries by an individual in a NSWRL/NRL premiership match. Arthur Oxford set the pace in goal kicking, scoring 29 goals in three games. He also took the record of most goals in succession (23) which would stand until 1978.

The NSWRFL ran the City Cup competition for the second half of the season.

The Balmain Tigers again dominated the season, while University's first year was a disappointment. Balmain played consistently and defensively throughout the season except for a slip-up 13-30 loss to Eastern Suburbs in Round 10. Holding a seven point lead on the premiership ladder with three rounds left to play secured their fifth premiershp in six years. The final three rounds were left unplayed and no Finals were contested.

Teams[edit]

With the addition of Sydney University's team, the League was again at nine sides. At the end of the season however, Annandale exited the League.[2]

Annandale
11th season
Ground: Birchgrove Park
Coach:
Captain: Tom McGuiness
Balmain home jersey 1908.svg
Balmain
13th season
Ground: Birchgrove Park
Captain-Coach: Arthur Halloway
Eastern Suburbs
13th season
Ground: Sydney Sports Ground
Coach:
Captain: Ray Norman
Glebe
13th season
Ground: RAS Showground
Coach:
Captain: Frank Burge
Newtown Jets home jersey 1908.svg
Newtown
13th season
Ground: Marrickville Oval
Captain-Coach: Albert Johnston
North Sydney Bears home jersey 1908.svg
North Sydney
13th season
Ground: North Sydney Oval
Coach: Chris McKivat
Captain: Harold Horder
South Sydney
13th season
Ground: RAS Showground
Coach:
Captain: Reg Fusedale
University home jersey 1920.svg
University
1st season
Coach: Paddy McCue
Captain: Alan McLeod
Western Suburbs
13th season
Ground: Pratten Park
Coach:
Captain: Tedda Courtney

Ladder[edit]

The geographical locations of the teams that contested the 1920 premiership across Sydney.
Team Pld W D L B PF PA PD Pts
1 Balmain colours.svg Balmain 13 11 1 1 2 287 114 +173 27
2 South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney 13 8 0 5 2 258 149 +109 20
3 Glebe colours.svg Glebe 13 8 0 5 2 268 166 +102 20
4 Western Suburbs colours.svg Western Suburbs 14 8 1 5 1 309 141 +168 19
5 North Sydney colours.svg North Sydney 13 7 0 6 2 237 151 +86 18
6 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Eastern Suburbs 14 8 0 6 1 254 175 +79 18
7 Newtown colours.svg Newtown 14 8 0 6 1 208 203 +5 18
8 University colours.svg University 13 1 0 12 2 101 498 -397 6
9 Annandale colours.svg Annandale 13 0 0 13 2 59 384 -325 4

References[edit]

  1. ^ Premiership Roll of Honour at rl1908.com
  2. ^ "History of the Premiership". centenaryofrugbyleague.com.au. Australian Rugby League. Retrieved 21 October 2013.