1945 NSWRFL season
|1945 New South Wales Rugby Football League|
|Premiers||Eastern Suburbs (9th title)|
|Minor premiers||Eastern Suburbs (11th title)|
|Points scored||1941 (total)
32.35 (per match)
|Top point scorer(s)||Dick Dunn (150)|
|Top try scorer(s)|| Chicka Cahill (13)
Jack Snare (13)
The 1945 NSWRFL season was the 38th New South Wales Rugby Football League premiership season, Sydney's top-level rugby league club competition, and Australia's first. Eight teams from across the city contested during the season which culminated in Eastern Suburbs' victory over Balmain in the grand 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
Captain: Tom Bourke
Coach: Norm Robinson
Ground: Belmore Sports Ground
Coach: Bill Kelly
Captain: George Kilham
Ground: Sydney Sports Ground
Coach: Arthur Halloway
Captain: Ray Stehr
Ground: Henson Park
Coach: Arthur Folwell, Frank Farrell and Len Smith
Captain: Frank Farrell
Ground: North Sydney Oval
Coach: Frank Burge
Captain: Rex Harrison
Ground: Sydney Sports Ground
Coach: Eric Lewis
Ground: Hurstville Oval
Coach: Percy Williams & Harry Kadwell
Captain: Jim Hale
Ground: Pratten Park
Coach: Frank McMillan
Captain: Jack Walsh
|Date and Time||Venue||Referee||Crowd|
|Balmain||9 - 5||North Sydney||16 August 1945||Sydney Cricket Ground||17,207|
|Eastern Suburbs||28 - 13||Western Suburbs||18 August 1945||Sydney Cricket Ground||Tom McMahon||34,916|
|Newtown||9 - 13||Balmain||25 August 1945||Sydney Cricket Ground||George Bishop||35,151|
|Eastern Suburbs||22 - 18||Balmain||1 September 1945||Sydney Cricket Ground||Jack O'Brien||44,585|
Balmain led by 10-5 at half time and the match was evenly balanced throughout the second half. With three minutes to go Roosters trailed 17-18. The Roosters were awarded a penalty on half way and Dick Dunn convinced his reluctant captain Ray Stehr that he could make the distance. Dunn successfully kicked the goal from the then unorthodox upright position.
Dunn received Joe Jorgenson's kick from the restart and booted the ball into touch five metres from the Balmain line. Roosters' hooker George Watt won the scrum against the feed and Easts' classy halves pairing of Sel Lisle and Wally O'Connell put on a move that saw Dunn score in the corner.
Eastern Suburbs 22 (Tries: Dunn 3, J Arnold. Goals: Dunn 5)
Balmain 18 (Tries: Ponchard 2, Dawes, Nielsen. Goals: Jorgenson 3)
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