1912 NSWRFL season

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1912 New South Wales Rugby Football League
Teams 8
Premiers Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Eastern Suburbs[1] (2nd title)
Minor premiers Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Eastern Suburbs (1st title)
Matches played 56
Points scored 1262 (total)
22.536 (per match)
Top point scorer(s) Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Dally Messenger (80)
Top try scorer(s) Glebe colours.svg Roy Algie (12)

The 1912 New South Wales Rugby Football League premiership was the fifth season of Sydney's rugby league football club competition, Australia's first. Eight teams from across the city contested during the season for the premiership and the Royal Agricultural Society Challenge Shield.

Season summary[edit]

From 1912 to 1925, the minor premiers were deemed to be the premiers automatically as well unless two clubs were on equal points at the end of the season in which case a final was held. This move by the New South Wales Rugby League may well have been in response to Eastern Suburbs' victory in the season before, where they overcame minor premiers Glebe in two successive finals to claim the premiership.

With four rounds remaining in the 1912 season, Eastern Suburbs and Glebe were clearly ahead of the rest of the teams and it looked unlikely that they would be caught. The two clubs were matched up against each other in Round 11 at the Sydney Sports Ground in what would ultimately decide the fate of the premiership, with Glebe just two points behind Eastern Suburbs on the ladder. In front of 25,000 people, the two clubs played out a closely fought match in muddy conditions. Dally Messenger was able to break a 4-4 deadlock late in the match by kicking a field goal after a scrum win close to the sideline and win the game 6-4 for Eastern Suburbs.

With a four point premiership lead and only three rounds to play, Eastern Suburbs, who had only lost one game before in the season to eventual third-placed Newtown, looked uncatchable. That turned out to be the case, with Eastern Suburbs winning their remaining three games to take away the premiership.

Also this season Pratten Park became the Western Suburbs club's homeground.

Teams[edit]

The teams remained unchanged from the previous season.

Annandale
3rd season
Ground: Wentworth Park
Coach:
Captain: Ray Norman
Balmain home jersey 1908.svg
Balmain
5th season
Ground: Birchgrove Oval
Coach: Bob Graves
Captain: Bob Craig
Eastern Suburbs
5th season
Ground: Sydney Sports Ground
Captain-Coach: Dally Messenger
Glebe
5th season
Ground: Wentworth Park
Captain-Coach: Chris McKivat
Newtown Jets home jersey 1908.svg
Newtown
5th season
Ground: Erskineville Oval
Coach:
Captain: Bill Noble
North Sydney Bears home jersey 1908.svg
North Sydney
5th season
Ground: North Sydney Oval
Coach:
Captain: Albert Broomham
South Sydney
5th season
Ground: Sydney Sports Ground
Coach:
Captain: Arthur Butler
Western Suburbs
5th season
Ground: Pratten Park
Captain-Coach: Tedda Courtney

Ladder[edit]

The geographical locations of the teams that contested the 1912 premiership across Sydney.
Team Pld W D L PF PA PD Pts
1 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Eastern Suburbs 14 13 0 1 230 86 +144 26
2 Glebe colours.svg Glebe 14 11 0 3 199 83 +116 22
3 Newtown colours.svg Newtown 14 9 0 5 178 132 +46 18
4 South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney 14 8 0 6 207 137 +70 16
5 Balmain colours.svg Balmain 14 6 0 8 138 168 -30 12
6 North Sydney colours.svg North Sydney 14 6 0 8 124 197 -73 12
7 Annandale colours.svg Annandale 14 2 0 12 86 134 -48 4
8 Western Suburbs colours.svg Western Suburbs 14 1 0 13 100 325 -225 2

Premiers[edit]

Eastern Suburbs won the premiership when they beat Norths at North Sydney Oval 15-10 on August 17. The premiership squad was:[2]

A AllenTom BruceJD CampbellHarold CorbettBarney DaltonW DaltonDan FrawleyMick FrawleyEddie GriffithsArthur HallowayFred KinghornCharlie LeesDally MessengerWally MessengerLarry O'MalleySandy PearceW SmithEddie WhitePercy WhiteBob Williams

References[edit]

  1. ^ Premiership Roll of Honour at rl1908.com
  2. ^ Haddan, Stephen (1991). History of the NSW Rugby League Finals. Australia. p. 22. Retrieved 13 July 2014.