1974 NSWRFL season

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1974 New South Wales Rugby Football League
Teams 12
Premiers Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Eastern Suburbs (10th title)
Minor premiers Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Eastern Suburbs (13th title)
Matches played 138
Points scored 4382 (total)
31.754 (per match)
Attendance 1,278,823 (total)
9,267 (per match)
Top point scorer(s) Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Graham Eadie (216)
Top try scorer(s) Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Kevin Junee (23)
Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Bill Mullins (23)

The 1974 New South Wales Rugby Football League premiership was the 67th season of Sydney's professional rugby league football competition, Australia's first. Twelve teams, including six of 1908's foundation clubs and another six from across Sydney, competed for the J. J. Giltinan Shield during the season, which culminated in a grand final match for the WD & HO Wills Cup between the Eastern Suburbs and Canterbury-Bankstown clubs. This season NSWRFL teams also competed for the inaugural Amco Cup.

Season summary[edit]

This season the NSWRFL made the financial commitment to bring suburban football grounds up to a higher standard in order to take more games to the fans on a home-and-away basis.[1]

Twenty-two regular season rounds were played from March until August, resulting in a top five of Eastern Suburbs, Manly-Warringah, Canterbury-Bankstown, Western Suburbs and Souths who battled it out in the finals.

The 1974 Rothmans Medal was awarded to Manly-Warringah's fullback Graham Eadie. Rugby League Week awarded their player of the year award to Eastern Suburbs' forward Arthur Beetson.

Teams[edit]

Balmain Tigers
67th season
Ground(s): Leichhardt Oval &
Lidcombe Oval
Coach: Alan Mason
Captain: John Spencer
Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs
Canterbury home jersey 1969.svg
44th season
Ground: Belmore Sports Ground
Coach: Malcolm Clift
Captain: Barry Phillis
Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks
8th season
Ground: Endeavour Field
Coach: Noel Thornton
Captain: Greg Pierce
Eastern Suburbs Roosters
67th season
Ground: Sydney Sports Ground
Coach: Jack Gibson
Captain: Arthur Beetson
Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles
28th season
Ground: Brookvale Oval
Coach: Ron Willey
Captain: Fred Jones
Newtown Jets
Newtown Jets home jersey 1972.svg
67th season
Ground: Henson Park
Coach: Clarrie Jeffries
Captain: Lionel Williamson
North Sydney Bears
North Sydney Bears home jersey 1951.svg
67th season
Ground: North Sydney Oval
Coach: Noel Kelly
Captain: Tim Pickup
Parramatta Eels
28th season
Ground: Cumberland Oval
Coach: Dave Bolton
Captain: Denis Pittard
Penrith Panthers
8th season
Ground: Penrith Football Stadium
Coach: Jack Clare
Captain: Mike Stephenson
South Sydney Rabbitohs
67th season
Ground: Redfern Oval
Coach: Clive Churchill
Captain: Bob McCarthy
St. George Dragons
54th season
Ground: Kogarah Oval
Captain-coach: Graeme Langlands
Western Suburbs Magpies
67th season
Ground(s): Lidcombe Oval &
Sydney Sports Ground
Coach: Don Parish
Captain: Tommy Raudonikis

Ladder[edit]

Team Pld W D L PF PA PD Pts
1 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Eastern Suburbs 22 19 0 3 513 198 +315 38
2 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly-Warringah 22 15 0 7 526 316 +210 30
3 Canterbury colours.svg Canterbury-Bankstown 22 13 0 9 364 308 +56 26
4 Western Suburbs colours.svg Western Suburbs 22 12 1 9 402 305 +97 25
5 South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney 22 12 1 9 317 327 -10 25
6 North Sydney colours.svg North Sydney 22 11 2 9 297 272 +25 24
7 Newtown colours.svg Newtown Jets 22 9 2 11 278 261 +17 20
8 St. George colours.svg St. George 22 10 0 12 331 363 -32 20
9 Panthers colours.svg Penrith 22 9 0 13 353 465 -112 18
10 Cronulla colours.svg Cronulla-Sutherland 22 9 0 13 314 437 -123 18
11 Parramatta colours.svg Parramatta 22 5 0 17 237 454 -217 10
12 Balmain colours.svg Balmain 22 4 2 16 255 481 -226 10

Finals[edit]

Home Score Away Match Information
Date and Time Venue Referee Crowd
Qualifying Finals
Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly-Warringah 14 - 20 Canterbury colours.svg Canterbury-Bankstown 31 August 1974 Sydney Cricket Ground Keith Page 23,600
Western Suburbs colours.svg Western Suburbs 24 - 8 South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney 1 September 1974 Sydney Sports Ground Laurie Bruyeres 26,276
Semi Finals
Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Eastern Suburbs 17 - 19 Canterbury colours.svg Canterbury-Bankstown 7 September 1974 Sydney Cricket Ground Keith Page 31,432
Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly-Warringah 20 - 23 Western Suburbs colours.svg Western Suburbs 8 September 1974 Sydney Cricket Ground Laurie Bruyeres 40,050
Preliminary Final
Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Eastern Suburbs 25 - 2 Western Suburbs colours.svg Western Suburbs 14 September 1974 Sydney Cricket Ground Laurie Bruyeres 43,072
Grand Final
Canterbury colours.svg Canterbury-Bankstown 4 - 19 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Eastern Suburbs 21 September 1974 Sydney Cricket Ground Laurie Bruyeres 57,214

Grand Final[edit]

Canterbury-Bankstown Posit. Eastern Suburbs
Gary Dowling FB Russell Fairfax
Chris Anderson WG Jim Porter
Stan Cutler CE John Brass
Peter Winchester CE Mark Harris
Terry Murphy WG Bill Mullins
Mark Hughes FE John Peard
Don Moseley HB Johnny Mayes
Brian Lockwood PR Ian McKay
George Peponis HK Elwyn Walters
Bill Noonan PR Ken Jones
Geoff Connell SR Arthur Beetson (c)
John McDonell (c) SR Barry "Bunny" Reilly
John Peek LK Ron Coote
Henry Tatana Res. Harry Cameron
Res. Greg Bandiera
Malcolm Clift Coach Jack Gibson

Master coach Jack Gibson's first title - and the Roosters' first for twenty-nine years - was won by one of the most talented club teams in the Australian game's history. In rugby union convert Russell Fairfax and giant wingers Mark Harris and Bill Mullins, Easts had three attacking players who dominated Canterbury with their brilliance.

Eastern Suburbs 19 (Tries: Beetson. Mullins, Harris. Goals: Peard 3, Brass 2.)

defeated

Canterbury-Bankstown 4 (Goals: Cutler 2.)


References[edit]

  1. ^ "Form over five years". The Sun-Herald. 19 March 1978. Retrieved 19 June 2011.