1964 NSWRFL season

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1964 New South Wales Rugby Football League
Teams 10
Premiers St. George colours.svg St. George (11th title)
Minor premiers St. George colours.svg St. George (10th title)
Matches played 94
Points scored 2736 (total)
29.106 (per match)
Attendance 1,197,569 (total)
12,740 (per match)
Top try scorer(s) St. George colours.svg Reg Gasnier (18)

The 1964 NSWRFL season was the fifty-seventh season of Sydney's professional rugby league football competition, the New South Wales Rugby Football League Premiership, Australia's first. Ten clubs from across the city competed for the J J Giltinan Shield and the WD & HO Wills Cup during the season, which culminated in a grand final between St. George and Balmain.

Teams[edit]

Balmain
57th season
Ground: Leichhardt Oval
Coach: Harry Bath
Captain: Keith Barnes
Canterbury home jersey 1935.svg
Canterbury-Bankstown
30th season
Ground: Belmore Oval
Coach: Clive Churchill
Captain: Les Johns
Eastern Suburbs
57th season
Ground: Sydney Sports Ground
Capt./Coach: Nat Silcock, Jr.[1]
Manly-Warringah
18th season
Ground: Brookvale Oval
Coach: Russ Pepperell
Captain: Barry O'Connell
Newtown Jets home jersey 1908.svg
Newtown
57th season
Ground: Henson Park
Coach: Allan Ellis
Captain: Tony Brown
North Sydney Bears home jersey 1951.svg
North Sydney
57th season
Ground: North Sydney Oval
Captain-Coach: Fred Griffiths
Parramatta
18th season
Ground: Cumberland Oval
Coach: Ken Kearney
Captain: Ron Lynch
South Sydney
57th season
Ground: Redfern Oval
Coach: Bernie Purcell
Captain: Jim Lisle
St. George
44th season
Ground: Kogarah Jubilee Oval
Captain-coach: Norm Provan
Western Suburbs
57th season
Ground: Pratten Park
Coach: Jack Fitzgerald
Captain: Noel Kelly

Ladder[edit]

Team Pld W D L PF PA PD Pts
1 St. George colours.svg St. George 18 15 0 3 393 154 +239 30
2 Parramatta colours.svg Parramatta 18 14 0 4 274 188 +86 28
3 Balmain colours.svg Balmain 18 12 0 6 247 192 +55 24
4 North Sydney colours.svg North Sydney 18 11 1 6 334 257 +77 23
5 South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney 18 11 0 7 304 250 +54 22
6 Newtown colours.svg Newtown 18 9 0 9 236 268 -32 18
7 Western Suburbs colours.svg Western Suburbs 18 8 1 9 259 274 -15 17
8 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly 18 5 1 12 229 331 -102 11
9 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Eastern Suburbs 18 2 0 16 190 351 -161 4
10 Canterbury colours.svg Canterbury 18 1 1 16 168 369 -201 3

Finals[edit]

Home Score Away Match Information
Date and Time Venue Referee Crowd
Semi Finals
Balmain colours.svg Balmain 11-9 North Sydney colours.svg North Sydney 29 August 1964 Sydney Cricket Ground Jack Bradley 35,082
St. George colours.svg St. George 42-0 Parramatta colours.svg Parramatta 5 September 1964 Sydney Cricket Ground Col Pearce 33,659
Preliminary Final
Parramatta colours.svg Parramatta 7-16 Balmain colours.svg Balmain 12 September 1964 Sydney Cricket Ground Col Pearce 35,389
Grand Final
St. George colours.svg St. George 11-6 Balmain colours.svg Balmain 19 September 1964 Sydney Cricket Ground Col Pearce 61,369

Grand Final[edit]

St. George Position Balmain
Graeme Langlands FB Keith Barnes (c)
Johnny King WG Dick Quinn
Reg Gasnier CE Brian Dunlop
Billy Smith CE Robert Ridley
Eddie Lumsden WG Bob Mara
Brian Clay FE Jack Danzey
George Evans HB Bill Bischoff
Monty Porter PR Bob Boland
Peter Armstrong HK Dick Wilson
Kevin Ryan PR George Piper
Elton Rasmussen SR Ron Clothier
Norm Provan (Ca./Co.) SR Peter Provan
Johnny Raper LK Dennis Tutty
Coach Harry Bath

St George captain-coach Norm Provan was matching up against his younger brother (& former Dragon) Peter, who had moved to the Tigers in 1961.

The Tigers defence was strong throughout a dour first half and for the first time in nine grand finals the Dragons trailed at half-time (4-2) with Balmain in the lead after penalty goals from Keith "Golden Boots" Barnes.

The turning point of the match came five minutes into the second half. The Tigers were defending their own line with some desperate tackling when they received a relieving penalty from referee Pearce. Balmain's Bob Boland put in a big punt which at first looked like a good touch finder. To Balmain's horror, Graeme Langlands stretched and then caught the ball with his boots only an inch or two from the touchline. The champion fullback then raced cross-field towards the Balmain line and sent a cut-out pass to Billy Smith 25 yards out from the tryline. The centre made further inroads before channeling a pass to Johnny King who sped down the left wing for 20 yards to score a diving try.

Test winger Johnny King thus kept intact his grand final record with this being his fifth successive try in a decider.

Eighteen-year-old Dennis Tutty stood out for the Tigers, providing reliable cover defence that stopped the Dragons on numerous occasions. For St. George, Smith and Langlands had strong games with Langlands tallying 72 points in his last four games of the season. Brian Clay had by now reclaimed his five-eighth position from Bruce Pollard and excelled just as he had in his five previous Grand Final appearances.

St. George 11 (Tries: King. Goals: Langlands 4.)

Balmain 6 (Goals: Barnes 3.)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Nat Silcock". yesterdayshero.com.au. SmartPack International. Retrieved 8 September 2013.