1922 NSWRFL season

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1922 New South Wales Rugby Football League
PremiersNorth Sydney colours.svg North Sydney (2nd title)
Minor premiersNorth Sydney colours.svg North Sydney (2nd title)
Matches played72
Points scored1841
Top points scorer(s)North Sydney colours.svg Harold Horder (151)
Top try-scorer(s)North Sydney colours.svg Cecil Blinkhorn (20)

The 1922 New South Wales Rugby Football League premiership was the fifteenth season of Sydney’s top-grade rugby league club competition, Australia’s first. Nine teams from across the city contested the season which culminated in North Sydney’s victory over Glebe in the premiership final.[1]

Season summary[edit]

After the clubs had played each other twice, Norths and Glebe were tied atop the points table. Instead of the points differential rule being implemented a Grand Final was held to determine the premier.

St George had another disappointing season, winning only two games against University and conceding 316 points averaging 19.75 per game.


Balmain home jersey 1908.svg
15th season
Ground: Birchgrove Oval
Captain/Coach: Charles Fraser
Eastern Suburbs
15th season
Ground: Sydney Sports Ground
Coach:Ray Norman
Captain: Harry Caples
15th season
Ground: Wentworth Oval
Captain(s): Frank Burge, Bill Benson
Newtown Jets home jersey 1908.svg
15th season
Ground: Sydney Sports Ground
Coach: Bill Farnsworth
Captain: Felix Ryan
North Sydney Bears home jersey 1908.svg
North Sydney
15th season
Ground: North Sydney Oval
Coach: Chris McKivat
Captain: Duncan Thompson
St. George
2nd season
Ground: Hurstville Oval
Captain: Albert Johnston
Coach: Herb Gilbert
South Sydney
15th season
Ground: Sydney Cricket Ground
Coach: Howard Hallett
Captain: Alf Blair
University home jersey 1920.svg

3rd season
Coach: Sandy Pearce[2]
Captain: Jim Craig, Paddy Conaghan
Western Suburbs
15th season
Ground: Pratten Park
Captain-Coach: Ted Brooks
Co Captain: Dick Vest


The geographical locations of the teams that contested the 1922 premiership across Sydney.
Team Pld W D L B PF PA PD Pts
1 North Sydney colours.svg North Sydney 16 12 0 4 2 306 136 +170 28
2 Glebe colours.svg Glebe 16 12 0 4 2 284 154 +130 28
3 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Eastern Suburbs 16 9 2 5 2 217 177 +40 24
4 South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney 15 9 1 5 2 207 187 +20 23
5 Balmain colours.svg Balmain 16 8 2 6 2 168 145 +23 22
6 Western Suburbs colours.svg Western Suburbs 16 6 0 10 2 164 201 -37 16
7 Newtown colours.svg Newtown 16 5 1 10 2 169 200 -31 15
8 University colours.svg University 15 5 0 10 2 148 287 -139 14
9 St. George colours.svg St George 16 2 0 14 2 140 316 -176 8


Glebe Position North Sydney
Ron Stapleton FB Norm Proctor
Charlie Ogle WG Harold Horder
Ed Summers CE Frank Rule
Tommy James CE Herman Peters
Jack Toohey WG Cec Blinkhorn
William Stirton FE Dallas Hodgins
Bill Benson HB Duncan Thompson (c)
Frank Burge (c) PR Reg Farnell
Bert Gray HK Clarrie Ives
Laidley Burge PR Jim Pye
Tony Redmond SR Jack Baker
Walter Haddock SR George Green
Tom McGrath LK Wally Hancock
Coach Chris McKivat

As North Sydney and Glebe were tied on competition points a final was played at the Sydney Cricket Ground on 6 September, before a crowd of around 15,000. The match was officiated by Tom McMahon, the elder of the two pre-war referees of that name.

The game was not as even as the ladder at the end of regular season would have suggested. Norths completely got away to a 10-0 lead at half-time and went on to demolish Glebe 35-3, taking their second consecutive premiership crown. The legendary Harold Horder scored twenty individual points in the match.

North Sydney 35 (Tries: Rule 2, Blinkhorn 2, Horder 2, Peters. Goals: Horder 7 )


Glebe 3 (Try: E Summers)


  1. ^ Premiership Roll of Honour Archived 2011-05-14 at the Wayback Machine at rl1908.com
  2. ^ Sunday Times (Sydney)2 April 1922, page 3,'Sid Pearce to coach University'

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