1924 NSWRFL season

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1924 New South Wales Rugby Football League
Teams 9
Premiers Balmain colours.svg Balmain (6th title)
Minor premiers Balmain colours.svg Balmain (6th title)
Matches played 37
Points scored 917 (total)
24.784 (per match)
Top point scorer(s) North Sydney colours.svg Jack Courtney (42)
Top try scorer(s) Balmain colours.svg Tommy Kennedy (10)

The 1924 New South Wales Rugby Football League premiership was the seventeenth season of Sydney's top-level rugby league football club competition, Australia's first. Nine teams from across the city contested during the season which culminated in Balmain's victory over South Sydney in the premiership final.[1]

The 1924 season was also the last in the NSWRFL for future Australian Rugby League Hall of Fame inductee, Harold Horder.

Teams[edit]

Balmain home jersey 1908.svg
Balmain
17th season
Ground: Birchgrove Oval
Captain-Coach: Charles Fraser
Eastern Suburbs
17th season
Ground: Sydney Sports Ground
Coach:
Captains: Arthur Oxford, Jack Watkins
Glebe
17th season
Ground: Birchgrove Oval
Coach: Jack Hickey
Captain: Bill Benson
Newtown Jets home jersey 1908.svg
Newtown
17th season
Ground: Marrickville Oval
Coach: Bill Farnsworth
Captain: Tom Ellis
North Sydney Bears home jersey 1908.svg
North Sydney
17th season
Ground: North Sydney Oval
Coach: Jim Devereux
Captain: Clarrie Ives
South Sydney
17th season
Ground: Sydney Cricket Ground
Coach: Owen McCarthy
Captain: Harold Horder
St. George
4th season
Ground: Earl Park
Coach: Herb Gilbert
Captain: Arnold Traynor, George Carstairs
University home jersey 1920.svg
University
5th season
Coach: Bill Kelly
Captain: Hubert "Butt" Finn, Alby S. Lane
Western Suburbs
17th season
Ground: Pratten Park
Coach: Albert "Ricketty" Johnston
Captains: Tedda Courtney, Clarrie Prentice

Ladder[edit]

The geographical locations of the teams that contested the 1924 premiership across Sydney.
Team Pld W D L B PF PA PD Pts
1 Balmain colours.svg Balmain 8 6 1 1 1 124 53 +71 15
2 South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney 8 6 1 1 1 104 60 +44 15
3 Western Suburbs colours.svg Western Suburbs 8 4 0 4 1 130 103 +27 10
4 Glebe colours.svg Glebe 8 4 0 4 1 87 95 -8 10
5 St. George colours.svg St. George 8 3 2 3 1 94 125 -31 10
6 North Sydney colours.svg North Sydney 8 3 0 5 1 107 128 -21 8
7 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Eastern Suburbs 8 3 0 5 1 168 106 -21 8
8 University colours.svg University 8 2 1 5 1 85 115 -30 7
9 Newtown colours.svg Newtown 8 2 1 5 1 98 129 -31 7

Premiership Final[edit]

Balmain Posit. South Sydney
Des Ponchard FB Howard Hallett
Jim Love WG Benny Wearing
Dud Millard CE Harold Horder
Billy Craig CE Oscar Quinlivan
Tommy Kennedy WG Cec Blinkhorn
Charles Fraser (Ca./Co.) FE Alf Blair
Norman Robinson HB Frank Brogan
Bill Schulz PR David Watson
Horrie Watt HK Ern Wilmot
Andrew Fraser PR Jack Lawrence
Roy Liston SR Edward Root
Les Hayes SR Pat Murphy
Reg Latta LK Abby Carr
Coach

Balmain and South Sydney finished equal at the top of the ladder, having dropped just one game each. The teams had earlier met in Round 5, with a 10-10 draw being the result at the Sydney Cricket Ground in front of a crowd of around 16,000.

The Final was played before a crowd of around 15,000 at the Sydney Cricket Ground on 29 July 1924 and refereed by former Rabbitoh premiership winner Webby Neill. Balmain led 3-0 at half-time and both sides failed to score in the second half. The Tigers thus claimed their sixth premiership within ten years. At the time it was the lowest-scoring Final since the start of the NSWRFL premiership and the first time a team had been held scoreless in a Final.

The Final was also the first rugby league match broadcast on radio with the commentary by Balmain secretary Bob Savage.

Balmain 3 (Try: Latta)

defeated

South Sydney 0

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