New South Wales Cup

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New South Wales Cup
Current season, competition or edition:
[[2014 New South Wales Cup season]]
NSW Cup Logo.png
NSW Cup Logo
Formerly NSWRL Premier League
Sport Rugby League
Founded 1908
Owner(s) NRL, NSWRL
Commissioner David Trodden
Director Nick Politis, Deborah Healey
President Dr George Peponis OAM
Inaugural season 1908
No. of teams 13
Countries Australia, New Zealand
Most recent champion(s) Cronulla Sharks
Most titles South Sydney Rabbitohs (20)
TV partner(s) Fox Sports
Sponsor(s) VB
Related competitions QLD Cup
Official website [1]

The New South Wales Cup is a rugby league competition for clubs in New South Wales previously known as the NSWRL Premier League. It has a history dating back to the NSWRFL's origins in 1908, starting off as a reserve grade competition. It is now the premier open age competition in the state. The New South Wales Cup, along with the Queensland Cup, acts as a feeder competition to the National Rugby League premiership.

It is contested by reserve squads of NSW-based NRL teams and also includes sides representing teams that once competed at the first grade level in the NSWRL Premiership but do not field teams in the NRL competition. The North Sydney Bears are the only team to have competed in every season of the competition since 1908.

Clubs[edit]

2014 Season[edit]

In 2014, 13 clubs are fielding teams in the New South Wales Cup.

Colors Club Location Stadium Founded Joined* A-Grade Team
Canterbury colours.svg
Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs Belmore, NSW, Australia Belmore Sports Ground, Belmore 1934 2008 Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs
Cronulla colours.svg
Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks Cronulla, NSW, Australia Toyota Park, Woolooware 1963 2008 Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks
Melbourne Storm
Illawarra colours.svg
Illawarra Cutters Illawarra, NSW, Australia WIN Stadium, Wollongong 2012 2012 St. George-Illawarra Dragons
Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg
Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles Manly, NSW, Australia Brookvale Oval, Manly 1946 2008 Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles
Wellington colours.svg
Mount Pritchard Mounties Mount Pritchard, NSW, Australia Mt Pritchard Oval, Mount Pritchard 2012 2012 Canberra Raiders
Newcastle colours.svg
Newcastle Knights Newcastle, NSW, Australia Hunter Stadium, Newcastle 1988 2012 Newcastle Knights
Newtown colours.svg
Newtown Jets Newtown, NSW, Australia Henson Park, Newtown 1908 2008 Sydney Roosters
New Zealand colours.svg
New Zealand Warriors Penrose, Auckland Mt Smart Stadium 2007 2014 New Zealand Warriors
North Sydney colours.svg
North Sydney Bears Sydney, NSW, Australia North Sydney Oval, Sydney 1908 2008 South Sydney Rabbitohs
Hullcolours.svg
Wentworthville Magpies Wentworthville, NSW, Australia Ringrose Park, Wentworthville 1963 2008 Parramatta Eels
Balmain colours.svg
Wests Tigers Campbelltown, NSW, Australia Campbelltown Stadium, Campbelltown
Leichhardt Oval, Leichhardt
1999 2013 Wests Tigers
Blackpoolcolours.svg
Penrith Panthers Penrith, NSW, Australia Sportingbet Stadium, Windsor 2003 2008 Penrith Panthers
Australian colours.svg
Wyong Roos Kanwal, NSW, Australia Morrie Breen Oval, Kanwal 1910 2013 None

*: The season the team joined is in the NSW Cup, not any other competition before this.

Former Teams in the NSW Cup[edit]

† The club also competed in the 1997 Super League (Australia) season reserve-grade competition.

History[edit]

The New South Wales Cup, run by the NSWRL, has been known by a variety of names and operated in several different ways since the inception of the NSWRL Premiership in 1908. Between 1908 and 1996, the competition was known as Reserve Grade and was competed for almost exclusively by reserve squads of each of the NSWRL Premiership Clubs, competing with that Club's name and colours. With the advent of the Super League war, and the resultant split competition in 1997, the NSWRL reconfigured the competition as the Presidents Cup. From 2002 until 2007, the competition was known as the NSWRL Premier League until it was reorganised into its present form.

'Stand-Alone' Clubs[edit]

With the competitions having merged back together, and with six NSWRL Premiership clubs having merged into three new NRL clubs (St. George Dragons and Illawarra Steelers; North Sydney Bears and Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles; Balmain Tigers and Western Suburbs Magpies) the competition became known as the First Division and included these sides competing under their original name and colours.

The inclusion of these non-NRL clubs (along with the return of the Newtown Jets in 2000) in the competition signalled a move away from the 'reserve squad' competition it had become and became increasingly differentiated from the NRL competition with games played at non-NRL venues such as North Sydney Oval, Marrickville's Henson Park and Western Weekender Stadium at St Marys.

Another trend that began during this period was the phenomenon of NRL clubs 'out-sourcing' competing teams, with several NRL clubs choosing not to field sides in this competition and rather field either merged entities (as in the St Marys Penrith Cougars and Balmain Ryde Eastwood Tigers, both formed with NSWRL Jim Beam Cup sides) or form agreements with another club to take their place in the competition, those players being eligible for NRL selection, such as the agreement between Newtown Jets and Sydney Roosters for the 2006 season.

2007 Expansion[edit]

In 2007, Bartercard Cup club Auckland Lions joined the competition.

2008 Expansion[edit]

In 2008 and 2009, Jersey Flegg Cup club Central Coast Storm fielded a team in the competition. The team was based on the NSW Central Coast but acted as a feeder club to the Melbourne Storm.[1] In addition the Panthers were replaced by the Windsor Wolves and the Sharks were replaced by the Cronulla-Sutherland Cobras. The Canberra Raiders withdrew from the competition on 1 August 2007. The Newcastle Knights also announced a Joint Venture with the Central Charlestown. The team used the original Central Newcastle Rebels Name.[2] The Parramatta Eels also formed a joint-venture with the Wentworthville Magpies to act as their Feeder Club in the competition from 2008 onwards.[3] The Saints decided to no longer run a Reserve Grade Side, but would use the St George District Rugby League & the Illawarra District Rugby League competitions instead as their Feeder Team/s.

2009 NSW Cup Season[edit]

Two new teams have been added to the competition. These two new teams will have both previously played in the Jim Beam Cup. The Shellharbour City Dragons, previously known as the Shellharbour Marlins, will be the St George-Illawarra Dragons feeder side. The Bankstown Bulls, who were known as the Sydney Bulls, will act as the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs feeder side. Bankstown will still field a team in the Jim Beam Cup. The Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles have withdrawn from the competition and will have a feeder team in the Queensland Cup. Newcastle has also withdrawn from the competition, discontinuing the link with the Central Newcastle Rebels.

2012 Expansion[edit]

Season 2012 saw the return of feeder clubs for NRL teams St George Illawarra and Canberra. The Illawarra Steelers, in partnership with Illawarra Coal and the Illawarra Leagues Club re-entered a team into the league, the Illawarra Cutters. They presently act as a feeder club to the Dragons. A Mounties Rugby League Club also entered the NSW Cup this season and is the Raiders' feeder club.

2013 expansion[edit]

The 2013 season will see Wyong Roos entering a team in the NSWCUP for the first time. It will not be a feeder team to any NRL team. 2013 was also the first time in Rugby League history that teams with the names Western Suburbs and Balmain will not field a team in the cup, they played as the Wests Tigers. There is a current state of ambiguity surrounding this joint venture, and it is suggested that both Wests and Balmain will return as two separate clubs once financial requirements are met.

2014 season[edit]

In 2014 the Auckland Vulcans will be replaced by a side from the New Zealand Warriors.[4] The Penrith Panthers will also be returning to the competition in 2014, replacing Windsor, who remain in the Ron Massey Cup.

Radio/TV Coverage[edit]

From 2010 Hawkesbury Radio 89.9 have broadcast every Windsor Wolves game (including games in Melbourne and Auckland). From 2011 2ccrfm will broadcast every Wentworthville Magpies home game.And in 2013 SteeleSports.com.au will be covering Newtown Jets home games as well as other marquee games.

Fox Sports show Live coverage of one game from the round at 1:10pm on Saturdays with David Tapp and special guest commentators calling the action.

The NSWRL website upload highlights of every game of the NSW Cup and has a game cast of the game of the week. It also gives half time and full-time scores of the other games.

There is also additional radio coverage of the finals on 2GB and 702 ABC Sydney.

Participating clubs by season[edit]

NSWRL First Division
1998 Balmain Tigers Canterbury Bulldogs Cronulla Sharks Illawarra Steelers St. George Dragons Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles Newcastle Knights North Sydney Bears Parramatta Eels Penrith Panthers South Sydney Rabbitohs Sydney City Roosters Western Suburbs Magpies Canberra Raiders
1999
2000 Newtown Jets St. George-Illawarra Dragons Sydney Roosters
2001
2002
NSWRL Premier League
2003 Balmain Tigers Canterbury Bulldogs Cronulla Sharks Newtown Jets St. George-Illawarra Dragons Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles Newcastle Knights North Sydney Bears Parramatta Eels St Mary's-Penrith Cougars South Sydney Rabbitohs Sydney Roosters Western Suburbs Magpies Canberra Raiders
2004
2005 Balmain Ryde Eastwood Tigers
2006 Cronulla Sharks
2007 Penrith Pumas Auckland Lions
NSW Cup
2008 Balmain Ryde Eastwood Tigers Canterbury Bulldogs Cronulla-Sutherland Cobras Newtown Jets Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles Central Newcastle Knights North Sydney Bears Wentworthville Magpies Windsor Wolves Auckland Vulcans Western Suburbs Magpies Central Coast Storm
2009 Bankstown City Bulls Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks Shellharbour City Dragons
2010 Central Coast Centurions Melbourne Storm
2011 Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles
2012 Illawarra Cutters Newcastle Knights Mount Pritchard Mounties
2013 Wests Tigers Wyong Roos
2014 New Zealand Warriors

Reserve Grade/Presidents Cup/First Division Premiers (1908 - 2002)[edit]

Year Premiers
1908 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Eastern Suburbs
1909 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Eastern Suburbs
1910 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Eastern Suburbs
1911 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Eastern Suburbs
1912 Glebe colours.svg Glebe
1913 South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney
1914 South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney
1915 Balmain colours.svg Balmain
1916 Balmain colours.svg Balmain
1917 South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney
1918 Glebe colours.svg Glebe
1919 Glebe colours.svg Glebe
1920 Glebe colours.svg Glebe
1921 Glebe colours.svg Glebe
1922 Newtown colours.svg Newtown
1923 South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney
1924 South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney
1925 South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney
1926 South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney
1927 South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney
1928 Balmain colours.svg Balmain
1929 South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney
1930 Balmain colours.svg Balmain
1931 South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney
1932 South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney
1933 Balmain colours.svg Balmain
1934 South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney
1935 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Eastern Suburbs
1936 Western Suburbs colours.svg Western Suburbs
1937 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Eastern Suburbs
1938 St. George colours.svg St. George
1939 Canterbury colours.svg Canterbury-Bankstown
1940 North Sydney colours.svg North Sydney
1941 Balmain colours.svg Balmain
1942 North Sydney colours.svg North Sydney
1943 South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney
1944 Balmain colours.svg Balmain
1945 South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney
1946 Balmain colours.svg Balmain
1947 Newtown colours.svg Newtown
1948 Newtown colours.svg Newtown
1949 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Eastern Suburbs
1950 Balmain colours.svg Balmain
1951 Newtown colours.svg Newtown
1952 South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney
1953 South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney
1954 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly-Warringah
1955 North Sydney colours.svg North Sydney
1956 South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney
1957 Balmain colours.svg Balmain
1958 Balmain colours.svg Balmain
1959 North Sydney colours.svg North Sydney
1960 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly-Warringah
1961 Western Suburbs colours.svg Western Suburbs
1962 St. George colours.svg St. George
1963 St. George colours.svg St. George
1964 St. George colours.svg St. George
1965 Balmain colours.svg Balmain
1966 South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney
1967 Balmain colours.svg Balmain
1968 South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney
1969 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly-Warringah
1970 Newtown colours.svg Newtown
1971 Canterbury colours.svg Canterbury-Bankstown
1972 Canterbury colours.svg Canterbury-Bankstown
1973 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly-Warringah
1974 Newtown colours.svg Newtown
1975 Parramatta colours.svg Parramatta
1976 St. George colours.svg St. George
1977 Parramatta colours.svg Parramatta
1978 Balmain colours.svg Balmain
1979 Parramatta colours.svg Parramatta
1980 Canterbury colours.svg Canterbury-Bankstown
1981 Western Suburbs colours.svg Western Suburbs
1982 Balmain colours.svg Balmain
1983 South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney
1984 Balmain colours.svg Balmain
1985 St. George colours.svg St. George
1986 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Eastern Suburbs
1987 Penrith colours.svg Penrith
1988 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly-Warringah
1989 North Sydney colours.svg North Sydney
1990 Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane Broncos
1991 North Sydney colours.svg North Sydney
1992 North Sydney colours.svg North Sydney
1993 North Sydney colours.svg North Sydney
1994 Cronulla colours.svg Cronulla-Sutherland
1995 Newcastle colours.svg Newcastle Knights
1996 Cronulla colours.svg Cronulla-Sutherland
1997 Parramatta colours.svg Parramatta1
1998 Canterbury colours.svg Bulldogs
1999 Parramatta colours.svg Parramatta
2000 Canterbury colours.svg Bulldogs
2001 St. George colours.svg St George Illawarra Dragons
2002 Canterbury colours.svg Bulldogs

NSWRL Premier League Premiers (2003 - 2007)[edit]

Year Premiers
2003 Canberra colours.svg Canberra Raiders
2004 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Sydney Roosters
2005 Parramatta colours.svg Parramatta
2006 Parramatta colours.svg Parramatta
2007 Parramatta colours.svg Parramatta

New South Wales Cup (2008-)[edit]

Year Premiers
2008 Western Suburbs colours.svg Wentworthville
2009 Canterbury colours.svg Bankstown
2010 Canterbury colours.svg Canterbury
2011 Canterbury colours.svg Canterbury
2012 Newtown colours.svg Newtown
2013 Cronulla colours.svg Cronulla-Sutherland

Notes[edit]

  1. This was the year of the split competitions. This competition was known as Presidents Cup for this season, while the Super League competition was known as Reserve Grade (won by Canterbury Bulldogs).

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ NSWRL news Retrieved on 27 December 2006
  2. ^ League Loaded Central Newcastle enter Premier League retrieved 19 Nov 2007
  3. ^ Parramatta Sun Magpies in Deal with Eels retrieved 28 Jan 2008
  4. ^ Three Vodafone Warriors teams in 2014 thewarriors.com.au, 16 October 2013

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