1936 Eastern Suburbs season

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Eastern Suburbs (now known as the Sydney Roosters) competed in their 29th New South Wales Rugby League premiership in the 1936 season.

The Eastern Suburbs line-up for the 1936 season contained:- Wal Bamford, Jack Beaton, John Beckly, Dave Brown(c), John Clarke, Jack Coote, Jack 'Buster' Craigie, Tom Dowling, Albert Horsell, Jack Lynch, H McCallum, Tom McLachlan, Ross McKinnon, Ernie Norman, Andy Norval, Rod O'Loan, Johnny Parker, Sid 'Joe' Pearce Henry 'harry' Pierce, Viv Thicknesse.

Season Results[edit]

  • Premiership Round 1, Eastern Suburbs 26 defeated South Sydney 9(Bernie Martin Try; F. Felsch 2, J. Tait Goals) at Sydney Sports Ground.
  • Premiership Round 2, Eastern Suburbs 18 defeated St George 15(M. Ryan, L. Kelly, Percy Fairall tries; M. Ryan 3 Goals) at Earl Park.
  • Premiership Round 3, Bye.
  • Premiership Round 4, Eastern Suburbs 17 drew with Western Suburbs 17 at Pratten Park.
  • Premiership Round 5, Eastern Suburbs 34 defeated University 8 at Sydney Sports Ground.
  • Premiership Round 6, Eastern Suburbs 23 defeated Newtown 11 at Sydney Cricket Ground.
  • Premiership Round 7, Canterbury Bankstown 18( J. Hartwell 2, A. Brady, R. Mitchel Tries; T. Kirk 3 Goals) drew with Eastern Suburbs 18 at Sydney Cricket Ground.
  • Premiership Round 8, Eastern Suburbs 19 defeated North Sydney 11(R. Thompson Try; R.Thompson 4 Goals) at Sydney Sports Ground.
  • Premiership Round 9, Eastern Suburbs 19 defeated Balmain 15 at Sydney Sports Ground.
  • Premiership Round 10, Eastern Suburbs 23 defeated South Sydney 8(H. Thompson, E. Lewis Tries;F. Felsch Goal) at Sydney Cricket Ground.
  • Premiership Round 11, Eastern Suburbs 23 defeated St George 5 at Sydney Cricket Ground.
  • Premiership Round 12, Bye.
  • Premiership Round 13, Eastern Suburbs 29 defeated Western Suburbs 13 at Sydney Cricket Ground.
  • Premiership Round 14, Eastern Suburbs 50 defeated University 12 at Sydney Sports Ground.
  • Premiership Round 15, Eastern Suburbs 36 defeated Newtown 3 at Sydney Cricket Ground.
  • Eastern Suburbs became only the second team to go through a season undefeated winning their 7th minor premiership.

  • Ladder
Team Pld W D L B PF PA PD Pts
1 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Eastern Suburbs 13 11 2 0 2 335 145 +190 28
2 Balmain colours.svg Balmain 13 9 0 4 2 268 161 +107 22
3 Canterbury colours.svg Canterbury-Bankstown 14 9 2 3 1 345 243 +102 22
4 North Sydney colours.svg North Sydney 13 7 1 5 2 210 161 +49 19
5 Newtown colours.svg Newtown 14 7 0 7 1 320 225 +95 16
6 Western Suburbs colours.svg Western Suburbs 13 5 1 7 2 199 201 +2 15
7 South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney 13 5 0 8 2 185 185 =0 14
8 St. George colours.svg St. George 13 3 0 10 2 141 228 -87 10
9 University colours.svg University 14 1 0 13 1 99 414 -315 4

Final Series[edit]

Semi Final[edit]

  • Premiership Semifinal, Saturday 5 September 1936 - Three second half tries to captain Dave Brown saw Eastern Suburbs advance to the 1936 premiership decider

Eastern Suburbs 25(Dave Brown 3, Viv Thicknesse, Jack Lynch, Rod O'Loan, Fred Tottey tries; Tom Dowling, Jack Lynch goals) defeated Canterbury Bankstown 13 (J Gartner try; T Kirk 5 goals) at Belmore Sports Ground. Half time: 9-11. Crowd: 7201. Referee: Deane.

Premiership Final[edit]

Balmain Tigers Position Eastern Suburbs Roosters
Frank Johnston FB Tom Dowling
Sid Goodwin WG Rod O'Loan
Gus Reeves CE Dave Brown (c)
Eddie Lochart CE Jack Lynch
Jack Redman WG Fred Tottey
Sid Christensen (c) FE Ernie Norman
Tom Grahame HB Viv Thicknesse
Dave Manning PR Jack Coote
Bill Alexander HK Tom McLachlan
Frank Griffiths PR Ray Stehr
Bill Johnson SR Harry Pierce
Edmond Beaver SR Joe Pearce
Roy Palmer LK Andy Norval
Joe Busch Coach Arthur Halloway

In front of a crowd of 14,395 at the Sydney Cricket Ground Easts were vying for back-to-back premierships and took on Balmain.

The match, officiated by referee Lal Deane was tight in the first half with a scoreline favouring Easts 8-6 at the break. In the second half Easts ran away with the game, scoring eight tries all up to Balmain's two.

The game marked the end of sterling career for Tiger's champion and former international Joe "Chimpy" Busch, and was a suitable farewell for the Roosters' captain and star, Dave Brown, who headed to the English club Warrington for the 1937 and 1938 seasons.

Eastern Suburbs 32 (Tries: Fred Tottey 2, Rod O’Loan, Dave Brown, Ray Stehr, Ernie Norman, Jack Lynch, Andy Norval. Goals: Jack Lynch 2, Dave Brown 2 )

defeated

Balmain 12 (Tries: Frank Griffiths, Sid Goodwin. Goals: Sid Christensen 2, Bill Johnson)


Eastern Suburbs season highlights[edit]

  • The club won their 6th Premiership final title.
  • The New South Wales Rugby League (NSWRL)'s top try scorer was Fred Tottey with 25 tries.
  • Eastern Suburbs players to represent Australia were: Dave Brown(c), Jack Beaton, Ernie Norman, Viv Thicknesse, Joe Pearce and Ray Stehr.
  • Dave Brown left East's, signing a 3 year deal with English club the Warrington Wolves, at the end of the season.

References[edit]

Preceded by
1935
Season
1936
Succeeded by
1937