1929 NSWRFL season

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1929 New South Wales Rugby Football League
Teams 9
Premiers South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney (9th title)
Minor premiers South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney (8th title)
Matches played 75
Points scored 1942 (total)
25.893 (per match)
Top point scorer(s) Western Suburbs colours.svg Jim Craig (86)
Top try scorer(s) Western Suburbs colours.svg Alan Brady (11)

The 1929 New South Wales Rugby Football League premiership was the 22nd season of Sydney's top-level rugby league football competition, Australia's first. During the season, which lasted from April until September, nine teams from across Sydney contested the premiership, culminating in a South Sydney's win over Newtown in the final.[1]

Season summary[edit]

Half of the 1929 season was played without several of the League's top players who were selected to embark on the 1929–30 Kangaroo tour of Great Britain. South Sydney winning their ninth premiership, over Newtown in the Final.

Teams[edit]

At the end of 1929 Glebe exited the League[2] because of a lack of a home ground, poor results and primarily because the area they represented was no longer big enough to support a club.

Balmain home jersey 1908.svg
Balmain
22nd season
Eastern Suburbs
22nd season
Glebe
22nd season
Newtown Jets home jersey 1908.svg
Newtown
22nd season
North Sydney Bears home jersey 1908.svg
North Sydney
22nd season
St. George
9th season
Ground: Earl Park
South Sydney
22nd season
University home jersey 1925.svg
University
Western Suburbs
22nd season

Ladder[edit]

Team Pld W D L B PF PA PD Pts
1 South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney 16 13 1 2 2 296 104 +192 31
2 St. George colours.svg St. George 16 11 1 4 2 180 147 +33 27
3 Western Suburbs colours.svg Western Suburbs 16 10 2 4 2 258 153 +105 26
4 Newtown colours.svg Newtown 16 10 0 6 2 188 169 +19 24
5 North Sydney colours.svg North Sydney 16 6 3 7 2 194 211 -17 19
6 Balmain colours.svg Balmain 16 6 1 9 2 213 259 -46 17
7 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Eastern Suburbs 16 4 2 10 2 203 269 -66 14
8 Glebe colours.svg Glebe 16 3 3 10 2 166 261 -95 13
9 University colours.svg University 16 2 1 13 2 157 282 -125 9

Finals[edit]

Home Score Away Match Information
Date and Time Venue Referee Crowd
Minor Semi-Final
Newtown colours.svg Newtown 8-7 St. George colours.svg St. George 7 September 1929 Earl Park 7,000
Major Semi-Final
South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney 22-10 Western Suburbs colours.svg Western Suburbs 7 September 1929 Sydney Sports Ground Lal Deane 14,774
Final
South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney 30-10 Newtown colours.svg Newtown 14 September 1929 Sydney Sports Ground Lal Deane 16,360

Premiership final[edit]

South Sydney Posit. Newtown
Albert Spillane FB Jim Gilmour
Benny Wearing WG George Casey
Oscar Quinlivan CE Charlie Mork
Harry Eyres CE Charlie Hill
Reg Williams WG Jack Kessey (c)
Jack Jones FE Vince Hughes
Alf Blair (c) HB Hans Mork
Frank O'Connor PR Charlie Pendergast
Alf O'Connor HK Tom Leamey
Carl Eggen PR Ben Edwards
Alf Binder SR Dave Waters
David Watson SR Jack Davies
Jack Why LK T Walsh
Charlie Lynch Coach

South Sydney took their fifth successive title outgunning Newtown 30-10 after leading 18-2 at half-time.

The Whiticker/Collis reference quotes Sydney's Labor Daily[3] in praise of Souths' win: "Newtown faced inevitable defeat, and while the margin was large, it hardly demonstrated South Sydney's superiority. They were on top from the start and gave a scintillating display both in combination and individual effort. Alf Blair played probably the greatest game in his long career".

South Sydney 30 (Tries: Blair 3, Williams 3, F. O'Connor, A O'Connor. Goals: Blair 2, Williams)

defeated

Newtown 10 (Tries: Edwards 2. Goals: Casey 2)


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. 
  3. ^ "Whiticker & Collis p 35"