1960 NSWRFL season

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1960 New South Wales Rugby Football League
Teams 10
Premiers St. George colours.svg St. George (7th title)
Minor premiers St. George colours.svg St. George (7th title)
Matches played 98
Points scored 3084 (total)
31.469 (per match)
Attendance 1,032,655 (total)
10,537 (per match)
Top point scorer(s) St. George colours.svg Brian Graham (193)
Top try scorer(s) St. George colours.svg Reg Gasnier (25)

1960's New South Wales Rugby Football League premiership was the 53rd season of the rugby league competition based in Sydney. Ten teams from across the city competed for the J J Giltinan Shield and WD & HO Wills Cup during the season, which culminated in a grand final between St. George and Eastern Suburbs.

Season summary[edit]

With four teams finishing on equal second place at the end of the regular season, and no weight given to the "for" and "against" points differential, minor premiers St. George watched Western Suburbs, Eastern Suburbs, Balmain and Canterbury-Bankstown go through a four-match series of play offs before the real finals commenced. In a double header at the Sydney Sports Ground, Easts and Wests won the right to play off for second and third spots, while Canterbury and Balmain's losses meant they would play off for the fourth and final place in the finals series.

Also in 1960, NSWRFL president Henry "Jersey" Flegg died and Bill Buckley took up the position.

This season the Western Suburbs Magpies won the NSWRFL Club Championship.

Teams[edit]

Balmain home jersey 1940.svg
Balmain

53rd season
Ground: Leichhardt Oval
Coach: John O'Toole
Captain: Keith Barnes

Canterbury home jersey 1935.svg
Canterbury-Bankstown

26th season
Ground: Belmore Sports Ground
Coach: Eddie Burns
Captain: Brian Davies

Eastern Suburbs
53rd season
Ground: Sydney Sports Ground
Coach: Dick Dunn
Captain: Jack Gibson
Manly-Warringah
14th season
Ground: Brookvale Oval
Coach: Ken Arthurson
Captain: Ron Willey
Newtown Jets home jersey 1908.svg
Newtown
53rd season

Ground: Henson Park
Coach: Charles Cahill
Captain: Bobby Whitton

North Sydney Bears home jersey 1951.svg
North Sydney
53rd season
Ground: North Sydney Oval
Captain-coach: Greg Hawick
Parramatta
14th season
Ground: Cumberland Oval
Coach: Jack Rayner
Captain: Ron Boden
South Sydney
53rd season
Ground: Redfern Oval
Coach: Denis Donoghue
Captain: Bernie Purcell
St. George
40th season
Ground: Kogarah Oval
Captain-coach: Ken Kearney
Western Suburbs
53rd season
Ground: Pratten Park
Coach: Dudley Beger
Captain: Dick Poole

Ladder[edit]

Team Pld W D L PF PA PD Pts
1 St. George colours.svg St. George 18 14 0 4 456 176 +280 28
2 Western Suburbs colours.svg Western Suburbs 18 11 0 7 350 298 +52 22
3 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Eastern Suburbs 18 11 0 7 264 221 +43 22
4 Balmain colours.svg Balmain 18 11 0 7 286 254 +32 22
5 Canterbury colours.svg Canterbury 18 11 0 7 249 285 -36 22
6 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly 18 10 0 8 231 217 +14 20
7 North Sydney colours.svg North Sydney 18 8 0 10 317 357 -40 16
8 South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney 18 6 0 12 211 256 -45 12
9 Newtown colours.svg Newtown 18 6 0 12 251 313 -62 12
10 Parramatta colours.svg Parramatta 18 2 0 16 215 453 -238 4

Finals[edit]

Home Score Away Match Information
Date and Time Venue Referee Crowd
Playoffs
Western Suburbs colours.svg Western Suburbs 28-10 Balmain colours.svg Balmain 9 August 1960 Sydney Sports Ground 21,308
Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Eastern Suburbs 20-11 Canterbury colours.svg Canterbury 9 August 1960 Sydney Sports Ground 21,308
Western Suburbs colours.svg Western Suburbs 18-7 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Eastern Suburbs 13 August 1960 Sydney Cricket Ground 21,855
Balmain colours.svg Balmain 7-18 Canterbury colours.svg Canterbury 14 August 1960 Sydney Sports Ground 16,507
Semi Finals
St. George colours.svg St. George 31-7 Western Suburbs colours.svg Western Suburbs 20 August 1960 Sydney Cricket Ground Col Pearce 38,407
Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Eastern Suburbs 16-9 Canterbury colours.svg Canterbury 21 August 1960 Sydney Sports Ground Darcy Lawler 18,455
Preliminary Final
Western Suburbs colours.svg Western Suburbs 15-20 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Eastern Suburbs 27 August 1960 Sydney Cricket Ground Darcy Lawler 29,393
Grand Final
St. George colours.svg St. George 31-6 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Eastern Suburbs 3 September 1960 Sydney Cricket Ground Darcy Lawler 53,156

Grand Final[edit]

St. George Posit. Eastern Suburbs
Brian Graham FB John Andrew
Johnny King WG Boyce Beeton
John Stathers CE Bill Roney
Reg Gasnier CE Doug Ricketson
Dave Brown WG Bob Landers
Brian Clay FE Billy McNamara
Bob Bugden HB Bruce Rainier
Kevin Ryan PR Bob McDonagh
Ken Kearney (Ca./Co.) HK Ken Ashcroft
Billy Wilson PR Jack Gibson (c)
Monty Porter SR Brian Wright
Norm Provan SR Bob Heffernan
Johnny Raper LK Dick See
Coach Dick Dunn

St. George had lost to Eastern Suburbs late in the regular season and expected them to be a finals force. But due to the playoffs for the minor premiership placements the Roosters were playing their sixth match in four weeks, including an extra-time tussle in the minor semi against Canterbury.

For the first grand final in four the defending premiers left their strongarm tactics in the locker room and let their skilled backline excel. Five minutes into the game Bob Bugden toed a loose ball through and fell on it to open the scoring. At 23 minutes the second try was set up by Brian Clay who beat his opposite Billy McNamara and passed to Reg Gasnier who dazzled the opposition with a change of pace that left them flatfooted.

Prop Kevin Ryan may have been in his rookie St. George season but he had already represented for Australia at rugby union and for Queensland in boxing. He had fit into the tough St. George pack with ease and featured on Grand Final day in setting up firstly fellow newcomer Johnny King for a first half try, then Gasnier after the break for his second before being sent off at the 60 minute mark, along with Easts forward Brian Wright, for fighting.

Norm Provan and Dave Brown also scored in the second half and two minutes before the bell an interplay between Provan and Brian Graham resulted in King getting his second try. Only a few weeks earlier Johnny King had been the third grade fullback, having been declined a contract offer early in the season from South Sydney.

Although they were on the wrong side of a 17-6 penalty caning, St. George scored seven tries to nil, walloping Eastern Suburbs 31-6.

Ken Kearney became the oldest player to appear in a grand final (36 years 123 days) and also equalled Jack Rayner's record of five grand finals won as captain.

St. George 31 (Tries: Gasnier 2, King 2, Bugden, Brown, Provan. Goals: Graham 5.)

Eastern Suburbs 6 (Goals: Landers 3.)

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