1993 NSWRL season

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1993 New South Wales Rugby League
Teams 16
Premiers Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane (2nd title)
Minor premiers Canterbury colours.svg Canterbury (5th title)
Matches played 182
Points scored 6173 (total)
33.918 (per match)
Attendance 2,625,467 (total)
14,426 (per match)
Top point scorer(s) North Sydney colours.svg Daryl Halligan (180)
Top try scorer(s) Canberra colours.svg Noa Nadruku (22)

The 1993 NSWRL season (known as the 1993 Winfield Cup Premiership for sponsorship reasons) was the eighty-sixth season of professional rugby league football in Australia. The New South Wales Rugby League's sixteen teams competed for the J. J. Giltinan Shield during the season, which culminated in a replay of the previous year's grand final for the Winfield Cup trophy between the Brisbane Broncos and St. George Dragons. As Sydney celebrated winning the 2000 Olympic Games, Brisbane spoiled the party by retaining the NSWRL premiership.[1]

Season summary[edit]

This season the 10-metre rule was introduced, which required the defensive team to retreat 10 metres from where the ball is being played, allowing more room for attacking players.[2]

On 16 June the Gold Coast club was fined $50,000 for exceeding their 1992 salary cap by $150,000.[3]

On 22 August, the Canberra Raiders beat the Parramatta Eels 68-nil. As of 2013 this is still the biggest winning margin where the losing team has been kept scoreless.

The Canberra Raiders' Ricky Stuart won both the Rothmans Medal and Dally M Medal as the best and fairest player in the League in 1993, while Steve Walters, also from the Raiders, was named Rugby League Week's player of the year.

A total of twenty-two regular season rounds were played from March till August, resulting in a top five of Canterbury, St. George, Canberra, Manly and Brisbane who would go on to battle it out in the finals.

Teams[edit]

The lineup of teams remained unchanged from the previous season, with sixteen clubs contesting the premiership, including five Sydney-based foundation teams, another six from Sydney, two from greater New South Wales, two from Queensland, and one from the Australian Capital Territory.

Balmain Tigers
86th season
Ground: Leichhardt Oval
Coach: Alan Jones
Captain: Ben Elias
Brisbane Broncos
6th season
Ground: ANZ Stadium
Coach: Wayne Bennett
Captain: Allan Langer
Canberra Raiders
12th season
Ground: Bruce Stadium
Coach: Tim Sheens
Captain: Mal Meninga
Canterbury home jersey 1966.svg
Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs
59th season
Ground: Belmore Oval
Coach: Chris Anderson
Captain: Terry Lamb
Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks
27th season
Ground: Endeavour Park
Coach: Arthur Beetson
Captain: Dan Stains
Eastern Suburbs Roosters
86th season
Ground: Sydney Football Stadium
Coach: Mark Murray
Captain: Craig Salvatori
Gold Coast Seagulls
6th season
Ground: Seagulls Stadium
Coach: Wally Lewis
Captain: Peter Gill & Brent Todd
Illawarra Steelers
12th season
Ground: Wollongong Stadium
Coach: Graham Murray
Captain: John Cross
Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles
47th season
Ground: Brookvale Oval
Coach: Bob Fulton
Captain: Geoff Toovey
Newcastle Knights home jersey 1988.svg
Newcastle Knights
6th season
Ground: Marathon Stadium
Coach: David Waite
Captain: Michael Hagan
North Sydney Bears
86th season
Ground: North Sydney Oval
Coach: Peter Louis
Captain: Tony Rea
Parramatta Eels
47th season
Ground: Parramatta Stadium
Coach: Mick Cronin
Captain: Brett Kenny
Penrith Panthers
27th season
Ground: Penrith Stadium
Coach: Phil Gould
Captain: John Cartwright
South Sydney Rabbitohs
86th season
Ground: Sydney Football Stadium
Coach: Frank Curry
Captain: Michael Andrews
St. George Dragons
73rd season
Ground: Kogarah Oval
Coach: Brian Smith
Captain: Michael Potter
Western Suburbs Magpies
86th season
Ground: Campbelltown Stadium
Coach: Warren Ryan
Captain: Paul Langmack

Advertising[edit]

For the second year running the NSWRL and its advertising agency Hertz Walpole used the 1992 re-recording of "The Best" by Tina Turner and Jimmy Barnes which had been released as "Simply the Best", the title by which the song was more popularly known in Australia.

No new Tina footage was available until she came to Australia at the season's end, so further shots were taken from the 1992 Tina and Jimmy black & white film clip that accompanied the song's release and used in amongst the usual previous season action and pre-season training images.

The League and Winfield enjoyed additional advertising exposure late in the season when Tina aligned an Australian leg of her 1993 tour with the NSWRL's final series. She performed on-stage at the Grand Final, presented the victor's trophy and performed the next week in a number of full-scale rock'n'roll shows with her band at the Sydney Entertainment Centre.

Ladder[edit]

Team Pld W D L PF PA PD Pts
1 Canterbury colours.svg Canterbury-Bankstown 22 17 0 5 464 254 +210 34
2 St. George colours.svg St. George 22 17 0 5 418 258 +160 34
3 Canberra colours.svg Canberra 22 16 1 5 587 272 +315 33
4 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly-Warringah 22 16 0 6 442 232 +210 32
5 Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane 22 16 0 6 517 330 +187 32
6 North Sydney colours.svg North Sydney 22 14 1 7 448 325 +123 29
7 Illawarra colours.svg Illawarra 22 12 0 10 373 253 +120 24
8 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Eastern Suburbs 22 11 1 10 343 356 -13 23
9 Newcastle colours.svg Newcastle 22 10 0 12 337 381 -44 20
10 Cronulla colours.svg Cronulla-Sutherland 22 9 0 13 272 399 -127 18
11 Parramatta colours.svg Parramatta 22 9 0 13 237 439 -202 18
12 Penrith colours.svg Penrith 22 7 0 15 314 428 -114 18
13 Western Suburbs colours.svg Western Suburbs 22 7 0 15 319 475 -156 14
14 South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney 22 6 0 16 319 560 -241 12
15 Balmain colours.svg Balmain 22 6 1 15 327 412 -85 11
16 Gold Coast Chargers colours.svg Gold Coast 22 1 0 21 229 572 -343 2
  • Balmain were stripped of 2 competition points due to an illegal replacement in one game.

Finals[edit]

With one round remaining the Canberra Raiders were outright first on the ladder and favoured to participate in their 4th grand final in just 5 years. This was not to be however as a horrific leg injury sidelined Ricky Stuart for the last round of competition and the finals series. The Raiders went on to lose to Canterbury in round 22 of the competition and then to Brisbane and St George in the finals, all of which they had beat easily during the preceding season. By the end of the season there were only two points separating 1st and 5th. Week one of the finals saw St George easily account for the Canberra Raiders whilst Brisbane brushed aside Manly on their march through to week two. Canberra went into this game with their third halves combination in as many weeks and were unable to overcome the eventual premiers, succumbing to Brisbane 30-12. St. George beat Minor Premiers' Canterbury in the Semi Final then had a week off to prepare for a Grand Final rematch with Brisbane who advanced through after beating Canterbury in a close and spiteful Preliminary Final.[4]

Home Score Away Match Information
Date and Time Venue Referee Crowd
Qualifying Finals
St. George colours.svg St. George Dragons 31–10 Canberra colours.svg Canberra Raiders 4 September 1993 Sydney Football Stadium Bill Harrigan 31,429
Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles 10–36 Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane Broncos 5 September 1993 Sydney Football Stadium Greg McCallum 38,432
Semi Finals
Canberra colours.svg Canberra Raiders 12–30 Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane Broncos 11 September 1993 Sydney Football Stadium Bill Harrigan 33,893
Canterbury colours.svg Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 12–27 St. George colours.svg St. George Dragons 12 September 1993 Sydney Football Stadium Greg McCallum 41,384
Preliminary Final
Canterbury colours.svg Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 16–23 Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane Broncos 19 September 1993 Sydney Football Stadium Greg McCallum 34,821
Grand Final
St. George colours.svg St. George Dragons 6–14 Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane Broncos 26 September 1993 Sydney Football Stadium Greg McCallum 42,329

Chart[edit]

  Qualifying/Elimination Final Major/Minor Semi Final Preliminary Final Grand Final
                                     
1  Canterbury colours.svg Canterbury 12  
    2  St. George colours.svg St. George 27         2  St. George colours.svg St. George 6
2  St. George colours.svg St. George 31     1  Canterbury colours.svg Canterbury 16   5  Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane 14
3  Canberra colours.svg Canberra 10       5  Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane 23  
3  Canberra colours.svg Canberra 12
4  Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly 10   5  Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane 30  
5  Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane 36

Grand Final[edit]

Brisbane Broncos Posit. St. George Dragons
Julian O'Neill FB Mick Potter (c)
Michael Hancock WG Ricky Walford
Steve Renouf CE Mark Coyne
Chris Johns CE Graeme Bradley
Willie Carne WG Ian Herron
Kevin Walters FE Tony Smith
Allan Langer (c) HB Noel Goldthorpe
Glenn Lazarus PR Tony Priddle
Kerrod Walters HK Wayne Collins
Mark Hohn PR Jason Stevens
Trevor Gillmeister SR David Barnhill
Alan Cann SR Scott Gourley
Terry Matterson LK Brad Mackay
Gavin Allen Bench Nathan Brown
14. Andrew Gee Bench 40. Phil Blake
John Plath Bench Gorden Tallis
Peter Ryan Bench Jeff Hardy
Wayne Bennett Coach Brian Smith

For the second year running Brisbane and St George played out the decider. The Broncos had momentum coming into the final, with only one loss in their last six matches. Even though that loss was to St. George in the final regular season round, Brisbane remained favourites.[5] The sides for the grand final replay were largely unchanged between the two years. Only one Bronco (Peter Ryan) had not played in the 1992 grand final and four of the Dragons (Jason Stevens, Nathan Brown, Gorden Tallis and Phil Blake). It was also Glenn Lazarus' fifth consecutive Grand Final appearance, having appeared the previous year's for Brisbane and the three years' before that with Canberra. In the pre-match performance, Tina Turner performed "The Best" on stage at the Sydney Football Stadium alongside her saxophonist, US session musician Timmy Cappello.[6] A ground record crowd for the Sydney Football Stadium of 42,239 was on hand for the match.[7]

First half
During the first minute of the game, St. George prop Jason Stevens suffered a badly broken thumb and would take no further part in the match.[8] Later, following a Tony Priddle error, the Broncos opened the scoring in the twenty-first minute after Kevin Walters threw a dummy thirty metres out and sliced through the St. George line then passed back inside to Chris Johns who dived over.[9] Julian ONeill converted the try so Brisbane led 6 - 0.[10] About seven minutes later it was Kevin Walters again who set up Terry Matterson on his inside to cross for a soft try from close range, [11] and ONeill missed his kick so Brisbane led 10 – 0 with seven minutes of the first half remaining. About two minutes away from half-time Andrew Gee gave St. George a penalty in the ruck and they decided to take the two points, meaning the score at the break was 10 - 2 in favour of the Broncos.

Second half
St. George opened the scoring in the second half, again with an Ian Herron kick following a penalty from Andrew Gee, bringing the deficit back to a converted try at 10 - 4. Brisbane withstood further raids from the Dragons and when another penalty was awarded to St. George in front of the posts they again took the two points, with Herron making it three from three so the score was 10 - 6 in favour of the Broncos with just over three quarters of the match gone. However, these would be the last points the Dragons would score with the Broncos getting in close to St. Georges line before passing the ball out to Willie Carne on the right wing to dive over in the corner for the game's third try in the sixty-eighth minute.[12] ONeill missed the sideline conversion attempt so the score was 14 - 6 with under ten minutes of the match remaining. There were no more points before the full-time siren, so this would remain the final score.

  • Brisbane Broncos 14
    Tries: Johns, Matterson, Carne
    Goals: Matterson 1/3
  • St. George Dragons 6
    Goals: Herron 3/3

Clive Churchill Medal: Brad Mackay (St. George)[13]

After the match Tina Turner presented the trophy to Allan Langer and joined in Brisbane's post-game victory song.[14] Despite being on the losing side, Dragons lock Brad Mackay was chosen by NSWRL General Manager John Quayle, Don Furner and two St. George legends, John Raper and Reg Gasnier to be awarded the Clive Churchill Medal as man-of-the-match, with Queensland premier Wayne Goss questioning the decision.[15] By retaining their title Brisbane had also became the first team in history to win a premiership from fifth spot. The match also drew remarkably strong ratings nationwide.[16]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Huxley, John (26 September 1993). "Buckin' Broncos rain on our games parade". The Sydney Morning Herald (Australia: Fairfax Media). p. 1. Retrieved 12 February 2011. 
  2. ^ Middleton, David (2008). League of Legends: 100 Years of Rugby League in Australia. National Museum of Australia. p. 31. ISBN 978-1-876944-64-3. 
  3. ^ AAP (2010-04-22). "Melbourne Storm salary cap quotes". The Roar (Australia: The Roar Sports Opinion). Retrieved 2010-04-22. 
  4. ^ "NRL Finals in the 1990s". sportal.com.au. Retrieved 30 June 2012. 
  5. ^ Lingard, John (25 September 1993). "LANGER INJURY SHOCK". The Sun-Herald (Australia: Fairfax Media). p. 69. Retrieved 12 February 2011. 
  6. ^ Harms, John (2005). The Pearl: Steve Renouf's Story. Australia: University of Queensland Press. p. 149. ISBN 978-0-7022-3536-8. 
  7. ^ AAP (27 September 1993). "COACHES PINPOINT SAINTS' MISTAKES". The Sydney Morning Herald (Australia: Fairfax Media). p. 46. Retrieved 12 February 2011. 
  8. ^ Ian Heads (1993-09-26). "Broncos snuff out the Party Candles". The Sydney Morning Herald (Australia: Fairfax Media). p. 42. Retrieved 13 February 2011. 
  9. ^ John MacDonald (26 September 1993). "Broncos make it two-time Champs". The Sydney Morning Herald (Australia: Fairfax Media). p. 44. Retrieved 12 February 2011. 
  10. ^ Casimir, Jon (1993-09-26). "No Place to hide for Fans in Despair". The Sydney Morning Herald (Australia: Fairfax). p. 41. Retrieved 13 February 2011. 
  11. ^ Ryan, Warren (26 September 1993). "Dragons saved worst for the last". The Sydney Morning Herald (Australia: Fairfax Media). p. 42. Retrieved 12 February 2011. 
  12. ^ "Brisbane slays the Dragons". The Age (Australia: Fairfax Media). 26 September 1993. p. 29. Retrieved 13 February 2011. 
  13. ^ D'Souza, Miguel. "Grand Final History". wwos.ninemsn.com.au. AAP. Retrieved 8 September 2013. 
  14. ^ Pramberg, Bernie (2006-09-26). "Broncos beat critics". The Courier-Mail (Australia: Queensland Newspapers). Retrieved 2009-12-12. 
  15. ^ Masters, Roy (26 September 1993). "Tapping into a Sound of Silence". The Sydney Morning Herald (Australia: Fairfax Media). p. 44. Retrieved 13 February 2011. 
  16. ^ Oliver, Robin (27 September 1993). "Grand Final Ratings Light up League". The Sydney Morning Herald (Australia: Fairfax Media). p. 45. Retrieved 6 February 2011.