Newcastle and Hunter Rugby Union

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Newcastle and Hunter Rugby Union
NHRU
Newcastle and Hunter Rugby Union logo.png
Sport Rugby Union
Jurisdiction Newcastle and Hunter Region
Founded 1888
(as Northern Branch)
Affiliation New South Wales Rugby Union
Regional affiliation New South Wales Country Rugby Union
Official website
www.nhru.com.au
New South Wales

The Newcastle and Hunter Rugby Union is one of Australia's oldest rugby union organisations, with a history dating back to the mid 19th century. The union is based in Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia.

History[edit]

Rugby Union was established in Newcastle on 5 June 1869, when the Volunteer Artillery team (8 players) challenged United Cricket Club (11 Players). The match was played in Centennial Park (currently Lowlands Bowling Club).

On 1 May 1877, a meeting at `Ship Inn` saw the foundation of Newcastle Football Club. 1887 also saw the formation of the Wallsend and Maitland Clubs.

In 1888, a meeting of Newcastle, Advance, West Maitland, Union and Ferndale Clubs saw a branch of the Southern Rugby Football (later NSWRU in 1892) established, this was known as the Northern Branch. This was the formation of the Newcastle Rugby Union.

Early clubs in the competition included Advance (1880); West Maitland (1885); Oriental (1885); Union (1885); Ferndale (1885); Waratah (1885); Raymond Terrace (1886); Carlton (1887); Centennial (1887); Lambton (1888); Wickham Albion (1888) and Greta (1890).

In 1911, the Northern Branch disbanded but was reformed in 1912 to be known as the Newcastle Branch. During 1915 - 1924, little rugby was played due to World War I and its aftermath. After a match between GPS Old Boys (Wanderers) and Novocastrians at Empire Park in 1925 a decision was made to reform the Newcastle Rugby Union; this was beginning of the current First Grade Competition.

During the period, the Hunter Valley Rugby Union was formed which consisted of clubs like Singleton, Muswellbrook and Scone but in 1996, the Hunter Valley Zone amalgamated with Newcastle to form the current Newcastle and Hunter Rugby Union.

Current clubs[edit]

The Newcastle and Hunter Rugby Union now consists of 20 clubs across 3 Divisions plus a women's competition. There is a junior competition (Hunter Junior Rugby Union) accommodating age groups 7 through to 18.

  • Easts
    • Nickname: Easts
    • Colours: White and Navy
    • Home Ground: Dangar Park, Mayfield
    • Joined competition:
    • Premierships:1954, 1987, 1990 (tied), 2000, 2004 (5)
  • Hamilton
    • Nickname: Hawks
    • Colours: Blue and Gold
    • Home Ground: Passmore Oval, Wickham
    • Joined competition: 1968
    • Premierships:1978, 1982, 1990 (tied), 2002, 2008, 2010, 2012 (7)
  • Lake Macquarie
    • (formerly known as Boolaroo)
    • Nickname: Roos
    • Colours: Yellow, Maroon and Dark Blue
    • Home Ground: Walters Park,Boolaroo
    • Joined competition:
    • Premierships: 0
  • Maitland
    • Nickname: Blacks
    • Colours: Black, with white trim
    • Home Ground: Marcellin Park, Lorn
    • Joined competition:
    • Premierships: 1969, 1974(tied), 1976, 1977, 1983, 1991, 1994, 1998, 1999.(9)
  • Merewether Carlton
    • Nickname: Greens
    • Colours: Dark green and white
    • Home Ground: Townson Oval, Merewether
    • Joined competition:
    • Premierships: 1947, 1958, 1973, 1974 (tied), 1979 (tied), 1980, 1989, 2007, 2011 (9)
  • Nelson Bay
    • Nickname: Gropers
    • Colours: Blue,Black and White
    • Home Ground: Strong Oval,Nelson Bay
    • Joined competition:
    • Premierships: 0
  • Singleton
    • *Singleton only compete in the Premier Colts competition (U/20s)
    • Nickname: Bulls
    • Colours: Red and Black
    • Home Ground: Rugby Park,Howe St Singleton.
    • Joined competition: 1990
    • Premierships:1992, 1995, 1996, 1997 (4)
  • Southern Beaches
    • Nickname: Beaches
    • Colours: Blue and Yellow
    • Home Ground: Alan Davis Field, Gateshead
    • Joined competition: 2007
    • Premierships: 0
  • University
    • Nickname: Students
    • Colours: Maroon and White
    • Home Ground: University Oval No 1.
    • Joined competition: 1957 in first grade (1955 in the lower grades)
    • Premierships: 1959, 1961, 1962, 1966, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1988 (8)
  • Wanderers
    • Nickname: Two Blues
    • Colours: Sky blue and Royal blue
    • Home Ground: No. 2 Sports ground, Newcastle West
    • Joined competition:
    • Premierships: 1945, 1949, 1955, 1956, 1960, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1975, 1981, 1993, 2001, 2005, 2009, 2014 (15)
  • The Waratahs
    • Nickname: Waratah
    • Colours: Red, with white trim
    • Home Ground: Waratah Oval
    • Joined competition: 1944
    • Premierships:1946, 1950, 1951, 1952, 1953, 1957, 1967, 1968, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1979 (tied), 2003, 2006, 2013 (15)

Clubs competing in the lower First & Second Division competitions include:

  • Cessnock Coalfields
  • Cooks Hill Brown Snakes
  • East Maitland Eagles
  • Newcastle Griffins
  • Medowie Marauders
  • Muswellbrook Heelers
  • Newcastle Dragons
  • Pokolbin Reds
  • Singleton Army Lions
  • Southern Lakes Hammerheads

Premiers[edit]

First grade premiers (1945 onwards):[1]

Notes: *Tie for Premiership

Results (from 2008-present)[edit]

Year Minor Premiers Final result Final details
Winner Score Runner-up Venue
2008
Hamilton
Hamilton 35 - 20 University #1 Sportsground, Newcastle
2009
Wanderers
Wanderers 21 - 20 Merewether Carlton #1 Sportsground, Newcastle
2010
Merewether Carlton
Hamilton 39 - 34 Maitland #1 Sportsground, Newcastle
2011
Merewether Carlton
Merewether Carlton 20 - 16 Hamilton #1 Sportsground, Newcastle
2012
Hamilton
Hamilton 46 - 0 Merewether Carlton #2 Sportsground, Newcastle
2013
Hamilton
Waratah 17 - 15 Hamilton #2 Sportsground, Newcastle
2014
Wanderers
Wanderers 20 - 17 Southern Beaches #2 Sportsground, Newcastle

Test representatives[edit]

The following players have played a Rugby Union Test for Australia. The first player from the Newcastle region to represent Australia was C.J.B. White from the Maitland Club in 1899.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "1st Grade Premiers". NHRU. Archived from the original on 5 March 2014. Retrieved 1 August 2014. 
  2. ^ "Australian Rwpresentatives". NHRU. Archived from the original on 5 March 2014. Retrieved 1 August 2014. 

Sources[edit]

External links[edit]

Club websites[edit]