Australian rugby league premiers

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The Australian rugby league premiers are the winners of the First Grade competition in Australian rugby league, which is currently the National Rugby League.

History[edit]

The first season of rugby league in New South Wales was held in 1908 and run by the New South Wales Rugby Football League. The premiership was formed as a breakaway competition from the amateur rugby union competition that existed in the Sydney district at the time, with which players had fallen out of heart with due to increased revenue from the game not being reflected in player allowments. At the end of the 1908 season, South Sydney became the first team to win the premiership.

During the 1980s, the competition began to spread out interstate. Starting from 1995, the competition began to be run by the Australian Rugby League. In 1997, a rival competition created by News Limited known as Super League was formed and run alongside the Australian Rugby League premiership, in which a number of teams defected to. Later that year, an agreement was made between the two parties following massive financial losses to merge into a new competition, known as the National Rugby League. Each of these seasons is considered to represent one continuous line of competition dating back from the first season in 1908.

South Sydney, with 20 titles, have been crowned premiers more times than any other team, despite not having won since 1971. They are followed by St. George (15), including a record 11 premierships in a row between 1956 and 1966. The Sydney Roosters, formerly known as Eastern Suburbs, are third with 13 titles. At the opposite end of the spectrum, the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks are yet to win a premiership after 44 seasons - longer than any other club in the history of the game (Parramatta's maiden premiership came in its 35th season in 1981).

List of Premierships[edit]

1908-1994 - New South Wales Rugby League[edit]

Season Winners Runners-up Score Minor Premiers
1908 South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Eastern Suburbs 14-12 South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney
1909 South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney[1] Balmain colours.svg Balmain Forfeit South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney
1910 Newtown colours.svg Newtown South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney 4-4 Newtown colours.svg Newtown
1911 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Eastern Suburbs Glebe colours.svg Glebe 11-8 Glebe colours.svg Glebe
1912 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Eastern Suburbs Glebe colours.svg Glebe Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Eastern Suburbs
1913 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Eastern Suburbs Newtown colours.svg Newtown Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Eastern Suburbs
1914 South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney Newtown colours.svg Newtown South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney
1915 Balmain colours.svg Balmain Glebe colours.svg Glebe Balmain colours.svg Balmain
1916 Balmain colours.svg Balmain South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney Balmain colours.svg Balmain
1917 Balmain colours.svg Balmain South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney Balmain colours.svg Balmain
1918 South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney Western Suburbs colours.svg Western Suburbs South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney
1919 Balmain colours.svg Balmain Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Eastern Suburbs Balmain colours.svg Balmain
1920 Balmain colours.svg Balmain South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney Balmain colours.svg Balmain
1921 North Sydney colours.svg North Sydney Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Eastern Suburbs North Sydney colours.svg North Sydney
1922 North Sydney colours.svg North Sydney Glebe colours.svg Glebe 35-3 North Sydney colours.svg North Sydney
1923 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Eastern Suburbs South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney 15-12 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Eastern Suburbs
1924 Balmain colours.svg Balmain South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney 3-0 Balmain colours.svg Balmain
1925 South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney Western Suburbs colours.svg Western Suburbs South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney
1926 South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney Cumberland colours.svg University 11-5 South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney
1927 South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney St. George colours.svg St. George 20-11 South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney
1928 South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Eastern Suburbs 26-5 St. George colours.svg St. George
1929 South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney Newtown colours.svg Newtown 30-10 South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney
1930 Western Suburbs colours.svg Western Suburbs St. George colours.svg St. George Western Suburbs colours.svg Western Suburbs
1931 South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Eastern Suburbs 12-7 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Eastern Suburbs
1932 South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney Western Suburbs colours.svg Western Suburbs 23-8 South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney
1933 Newtown colours.svg Newtown St. George colours.svg St. George 18-5 Newtown colours.svg Newtown
1934 Western Suburbs colours.svg Western Suburbs Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Eastern Suburbs 15-12 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Eastern Suburbs
1935 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Eastern Suburbs South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney 19-3 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Eastern Suburbs
1936 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Eastern Suburbs Balmain colours.svg Balmain 32-12 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Eastern Suburbs
1937 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Eastern Suburbs South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Eastern Suburbs
1938 Canterbury colours.svg Canterbury-Bankstown Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Eastern Suburbs 19-6 Canterbury colours.svg Canterbury-Bankstown
1939 Balmain colours.svg Balmain South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney 33-4 Balmain colours.svg Balmain
1940 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Eastern Suburbs Canterbury colours.svg Canterbury-Bankstown 24-14 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Eastern Suburbs
1941 St. George colours.svg St. George Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Eastern Suburbs 31-14 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Eastern Suburbs
1942 Canterbury colours.svg Canterbury-Bankstown St. George colours.svg St. George 11-9 Canterbury colours.svg Canterbury-Bankstown
1943 Newtown colours.svg Newtown North Sydney colours.svg North Sydney 34-7 Newtown colours.svg Newtown
1944 Balmain colours.svg Balmain Newtown colours.svgNewtown 12-8 Newtown colours.svg Newtown
1945 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Eastern Suburbs Balmain colours.svg Balmain 22-18 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Eastern Suburbs
1946 Balmain colours.svg Balmain St. George colours.svg St. George 13-12 St. George colours.svg St. George
1947 Balmain colours.svg Balmain Canterbury colours.svg Canterbury-Bankstown 13-9 Canterbury colours.svg Canterbury-Bankstown
1948 Western Suburbs colours.svg Western Suburbs Balmain colours.svg Balmain 8-5 Western Suburbs colours.svg Western Suburbs
1949 St. George colours.svg St. George South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney 19-12 South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney
1950 South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney Western Suburbs colours.svg Western Suburbs 21-15 South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney
1951 South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly-Warringah 42-14 South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney
1952 Western Suburbs colours.svg Western Suburbs South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney 22-12 Western Suburbs colours.svg Western Suburbs
1953 South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney St. George colours.svg St. George 31-12 South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney
1954 South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney Newtown colours.svg Newtown 23-15 Newtown colours.svg Newtown
1955 South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney Newtown colours.svg Newtown 12-11 Newtown colours.svg Newtown
1956 St. George colours.svg St. George Balmain colours.svg Balmain 18-12 St. George colours.svg St. George
1957 St. George colours.svg St. George Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly-Warringah 31-9 St. George colours.svg St. George
1958 St. George colours.svg St. George Western Suburbs colours.svg Western Suburbs 20-9 St. George colours.svg St. George
1959 St. George colours.svg St. George Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly-Warringah 20-0 St. George colours.svg St. George
1960 St. George colours.svg St. George Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Eastern Suburbs 31-6 St. George colours.svg St. George
1961 St. George colours.svg St. George Western Suburbs colours.svg Western Suburbs 22-0 Western Suburbs colours.svg Western Suburbs
1962 St. George colours.svg St. George Western Suburbs colours.svg Western Suburbs 9-6 St. George colours.svg St. George
1963 St. George colours.svg St. George Western Suburbs colours.svg Western Suburbs 8-3 St. George colours.svg St. George
1964 St. George colours.svg St. George Balmain colours.svg Balmain 11-6 St. George colours.svg St. George
1965 St. George colours.svg St. George South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney 12-8 St. George colours.svg St. George
1966 St. George colours.svg St. George Balmain colours.svg Balmain 23-4 St. George colours.svg St. George
1967 South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney Canterbury colours.svg Canterbury-Bankstown 12-10 St. George colours.svg St. George
1968 South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly-Warringah 13-9 South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney
1969 Balmain colours.svg Balmain South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney 11-2 South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney
1970 South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly-Warringah 23-12 South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney
1971 South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney St. George colours.svg St. George 16-10 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly-Warringah
1972 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly-Warringah Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Eastern Suburbs 19-14 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly-Warringah
1973 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly-Warringah Cronulla colours.svg Cronulla-Sutherland 10-7 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly-Warringah
1974 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Eastern Suburbs Canterbury colours.svg Canterbury-Bankstown 19-4 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Eastern Suburbs
1975 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Eastern Suburbs St. George colours.svg St. George 38-0 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Eastern Suburbs
1976 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly-Warringah Parramatta colours.svg Parramatta 13-10 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly-Warringah
1977 St. George colours.svg St. George[2] Parramatta colours.svg Parramatta 22-0 Parramatta colours.svg Parramatta
1978 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly-Warringah[2] Cronulla colours.svg Cronulla-Sutherland 16-0 Western Suburbs colours.svg Western Suburbs
1979 St. George colours.svg St. George Canterbury colours.svg Canterbury-Bankstown 17-13 St. George colours.svg St. George
1980 Canterbury colours.svg Canterbury-Bankstown Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Eastern Suburbs 18-4 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Eastern Suburbs
1981 Parramatta colours.svg Parramatta Newtown colours.svg Newtown 20-11 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Eastern Suburbs
1982 Parramatta colours.svg Parramatta Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly-Warringah 21-8 Parramatta colours.svg Parramatta
1983 Parramatta colours.svg Parramatta Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly-Warringah 18-6 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly-Warringah
1984 Canterbury colours.svg Canterbury-Bankstown Parramatta colours.svg Parramatta 6-4 Canterbury colours.svg Canterbury-Bankstown
1985 Canterbury colours.svg Canterbury-Bankstown St. George colours.svg St. George 7-6 St. George colours.svg St. George
1986 Parramatta colours.svg Parramatta Canterbury colours.svg Canterbury-Bankstown 4-2 Parramatta colours.svg Parramatta
1987 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly-Warringah Canberra colours.svg Canberra 18-8 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly-Warringah
Season Grand Final Date Winning Team Score Losing Team Location GF Attendance Clive Churchill Medal
1988 11 September 1988 Canterbury colours.svg Canterbury Bulldogs (6) 24-12 Balmain colours.svg Balmain Tigers Sydney Football Stadium, Sydney (1) 40,000 Paul Dunn
1989 24 September 1989 Canberra colours.svg Canberra Raiders (1) 19-14 (aet) Balmain colours.svg Balmain Tigers Sydney Football Stadium, Sydney (2) 40,500 Bradley Clyde
1990 23 September 1990 Canberra colours.svg Canberra Raiders (2) 18-14 Penrith colours.svg Penrith Panthers Sydney Football Stadium, Sydney (3) 41,535 Ricky Stuart
1991 22 September 1991 Penrith colours.svg Penrith Panthers (1) 19-12 Canberra colours.svg Canberra Raiders Sydney Football Stadium, Sydney (4) 41,815 Bradley Clyde
1992 27 September 1992 Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane Broncos (1) 28-8 St. George colours.svg St. George Dragons Sydney Football Stadium, Sydney (5) 41,560 Allan Langer
1993 26 September 1993 Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane Broncos (2) 14-6 St. George colours.svg St. George Dragons Sydney Football Stadium, Sydney (6) 42,329 Brad Mackay
1994 25 September 1994 Canberra colours.svg Canberra Raiders (3) 36-12 Canterbury colours.svg Canterbury Bulldogs Sydney Football Stadium, Sydney (7) 42,234 David Furner

1995-1997 - Australian Rugby League[edit]

Season Grand Final Date Winning Team Score Losing Team Location GF Attendance Clive Churchill Medal
1995 24 September 1995 Canterbury colours.svg Canterbury Bulldogs (7) 17-4 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles Sydney Football Stadium, Sydney (8) 41,127 Jim Dymock
1996 29 September 1996 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles (6) 20-8 St. George colours.svg St. George Dragons Sydney Football Stadium, Sydney (9) 40,985 Geoff Toovey
1997 28 September 1997 Newcastle colours.svg Newcastle Knights (1) 22-16 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles Sydney Football Stadium, Sydney (10) 42,482 Robbie O'Davis

1997 - Super League[edit]

Season Grand Final Date Winning Team Score Losing Team Location GF Attendance Clive Churchill Medal
1997 20 September 1997 Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane Broncos (3) 26-8 Cronulla colours.svg Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks ANZ Stadium, Brisbane (1) 58,912 -

1998-present - National Rugby League[edit]

Season Grand Final Date Winning Team Score Losing Team Location GF Attendance Clive Churchill Medal
1998 27 September 1998 Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane Broncos (4) 38-12 Canterbury colours.svg Canterbury Bulldogs Sydney Football Stadium, Sydney (11) 40,857 Gorden Tallis
1999 26 September 1999 Melbourne colours.svg Melbourne Storm (1) 20-18 St. George colours.svg St. George-Illawarra Dragons Stadium Australia, Sydney (1) 107,999 Brett Kimmorley
2000 27 August 2000 Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane Broncos (5) 14-6 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Sydney Roosters Stadium Australia, Sydney (2) 94,277 Darren Lockyer
2001 30 September 2001 Newcastle colours.svg Newcastle Knights (2) 30-24 Parramatta colours.svg Parramatta Eels Stadium Australia, Sydney (3) 90,414 Andrew Johns
2002 6 October 2002 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Sydney Roosters (12) 30-8 New Zealand colours.svg New Zealand Warriors Stadium Australia, Sydney (4) 80,130 Craig Fitzgibbon
2003 5 October 2003 Penrith colours.svg Penrith Panthers (2) 18-6 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Sydney Roosters Stadium Australia, Sydney (5) 81,166 Luke Priddis
2004 3 October 2004 Canterbury colours.svg Canterbury Bulldogs (8) 16-13 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Sydney Roosters Stadium Australia, Sydney (6) 82,127 Willie Mason
2005 2 October 2005 Wests Tigers colours.svg Wests Tigers (1) 30-16 North Queensland colours.svg North Queensland Cowboys Stadium Australia, Sydney (7) 82,453 Scott Prince
2006 1 October 2006 Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane Broncos (6) 15-8 Melbourne colours.svg Melbourne Storm Stadium Australia, Sydney (8) 79,609 Shaun Berrigan
2007 30 September 2007 Melbourne colours.svg Melbourne Storm (2) 1 34-8 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles Stadium Australia, Sydney (9) 81,392 Greg Inglis
2008 5 October 2008 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles (7) 40-0 Melbourne colours.svg Melbourne Storm Stadium Australia, Sydney (10) 80,388 Brent Kite
2009 4 October 2009 Melbourne colours.svg Melbourne Storm (3) 1 23-16 Parramatta colours.svg Parramatta Eels Stadium Australia, Sydney (11) 82,538 Billy Slater
2010 3 October 2010 St. George colours.svg St. George-Illawarra Dragons (1) 32-8 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Sydney Roosters Stadium Australia, Sydney (12) 82,334 Darius Boyd
2011 2 October 2011 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles (8) 24-10 New Zealand colours.svg New Zealand Warriors Stadium Australia, Sydney (13) 81,988 Glenn Stewart
2012 30 September 2012 Melbourne colours.svg Melbourne Storm (2) 14-4 Canterbury colours.svg Canterbury Bulldogs Stadium Australia, Sydney (14) 82,976 Cooper Cronk
2013 6 October 2013 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Sydney Roosters (13) 26-18 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles Stadium Australia, Sydney (15) 81,491 Daly Cherry-Evans

The numbers in parentheses indicate the number of premierships won by a team, or the number of Grand Finals held at that venue.

1 The Melbourne Storm were stripped of these titles due to gross long-term salary cap breaches.

Premiership Tally[edit]

Titles Club Seasons
20 South Sydney Rabbitohs 1908, 1909, 1914, 1918, 1925, 1926, 1927, 1928, 1929, 1931, 1932, 1950, 1951, 1953, 1954, 1955, 1967, 1968, 1970, 1971
15 St. George Dragons 1941, 1949, 1956, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1977, 1979
13 Eastern Suburbs / Sydney Roosters 1911, 1912, 1913, 1923, 1935, 1936, 1937, 1940, 1945, 1974, 1975, 2002, 2013
11 Balmain Tigers 1915, 1916, 1917, 1919, 1920, 1924, 1939, 1944, 1946, 1947, 1969
8 Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 1938, 1942, 1980, 1984, 1985, 1988, 1995, 2004
8 Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles 1972, 1973, 1976, 1978, 1987, 1996, 2008, 2011
6 Brisbane Broncos 1992, 1993,1997(SL), 1998, 2000, 2006
4 Parramatta Eels 1981, 1982, 1983, 1986
4 Western Suburbs Magpies 1930, 1934, 1948, 1952
3 Canberra Raiders 1989, 1990, 1994
3 Newtown Jets 1910, 1933, 1943
2 Newcastle Knights 1997(ARL),2001
2 North Sydney Bears 1921, 1922
2 Penrith Panthers 1991, 2003
2 Melbourne Storm 1999, 2007, 2009, 2012
1 Wests Tigers 2005
1 St George-Illawarra Dragons 2010

Notes[edit]

  1. a Balmain failed to turn up for the Final and hence they were declared to have forfeited the match to South Sydney.
  2. a b The Premiers were decided in a Grand Final replay after the first match was tied.
  3. a b Bulldogs were known as Canterbury-Bankstown until 1994 and from 1996–1999, and as Sydney Bulldogs in 1995.
  4. a Sydney Roosters were known as Eastern Suburbs until 1994 and as Sydney City Roosters from 1995-1999.

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