1939 NSWRFL season
|1939 New South Wales Rugby Football League|
|Premiers||Balmain (7th title)|
|Minor premiers||Balmain (7th title)|
|Points scored||1555 (total)
26.356 (per match)
|Top point scorer(s)||Neville Smith (97)|
|Top try scorer(s)||Sid Goodwin (18)|
The 1939 New South Wales Rugby Football League premiership was the 32nd season of Sydney's top-level rugby league football club competition, Australia's first. Eight teams from across the city contested the premiership during the season, which lasted from April until September and culminated in Balmain's victory over South Sydney in the final.
- Balmain, formed on January 23, 1908 at Balmain Town Hall
- Eastern Suburbs, formed on January 24, 1908 at Paddington Town Hall
- Newtown, formed on January 14, 1908
- North Sydney, formed on February 7, 1908
- South Sydney, formed on January 17, 1908 at Redfern Town Hall
- St. George, formed on November 8, 1920 at Kogarah School of Arts
- Western Suburbs, formed on February 4, 1908
Ground: Leichhardt Oval
Coach: Bill Kelly
Captain: Sid Goodwin
Coach: Jerry Brien
Captain: Alan Brady
Captain-coach: Ray Stehr
Captain: ?→Fred Felsch
Ground: Earl Park
Captain-coach: Neville Smith
|Date and Time||Venue||Referee||Crowd|
|Balmain||13 - 9||Canterbury||19 August 1939||Sydney Cricket Ground||George Bishop||23,774|
|St. George||10 - 23||South Sydney||26 August 1939||Sydney Cricket Ground||Tom McMahon||21,722|
|Balmain||33 - 4||South Sydney||2 September 1939||Sydney Cricket Ground||George Bishop||26,972|
The decider was played on the weekend when the world's future altered dramatically with the invasion of Poland by Germany leading to England, Australia and the world going to war.
The match was played at the Sydney Cricket Ground and refereed by George Bishop in front of 26,972. The game was tight in the first half with the Tiger's scoring one try to lead 7-2 at the break.
In the second-half Balmain ran away with it, scoring six further tries to South Sydney's nil for a crushing seventh premiership title and the Tigers' first back-to-back season victories since 1924.
Star Balmain players of the time included Sid Goodwin, Frank Hyde, Tom Bourke, Athol Smith, Billy Bischoff, George Watt and Jim Quealey.
Balmain 33 (Tries: Tom Bourke 2, Frank Hyde, J Redman, Jim Quealey, D Buckley, A Smith. Goals: H Day 5, W Johnson )
South Sydney 4 (Fred Felsch 2 goals)
- Premiership Roll of Honour at rl1908.com
- Rugby League Tables - Notes The World of Rugby League
- Rugby League Tables - Season 1939 The World of Rugby League
- Premiership History and Statistics RL1908
- Collis, Ian; Whiticker, Alan (2007). 100 Years of Rugby League. Chatswood, NSW: New Holland. pp. page 154. ISBN 978-1-74110-463-9.
- Results: 1931-40 at rabbitohs.com.au