1933 NSWRFL season
|1933 New South Wales Rugby Football League|
|Premiers||Newtown (2nd title)|
|Minor premiers||Newtown (2nd title)|
|Top point scorer(s)||Syd Christensen (86)|
|Top try scorer(s)||Jack Gray-Spence (11)|
The 1933 NSWRFL season was the 26th season of Sydney's professional rugby league football club competition, Australia's first. Eight teams from across the city contested the New South Wales Rugby Football League premiership during the season, which lasted from April until September, and culminated in Newtown's victory over St. George in the final.
When the Kangaroos sailed for England in July, the NSWRL premiership with just five rounds completed, was turned on its head. After losing the opening four matches of the season, last-placed Newtown won 11 of their 12 next matches to win the premiership.
- Balmain, formed on January 23, 1908 at Balmain Town Hall
- Eastern Suburbs, formed on January 24, 1908 at Paddington Town Hall
- Newtown, formed on January 14, 1908
- North Sydney, formed on February 7, 1908
- South Sydney, formed on January 17, 1908 at Redfern Town Hall
- St. George, formed on November 8, 1920 at Kogarah School of Arts
- Western Suburbs, formed on February 4, 1908
- University, formed in 1919 at Sydney University
Coach: Arthur Halloway
Coach: Charles Russell
Coach: Albert Johnston
Captain: Harry Kadwell
In the two semi finals, the top two ranked teams Newtown and St. George beat their lower-ranked opponents Eastern Suburbs and South Sydney. In their semi-final Newtwon were reduced to 12 men after former representative fullback Alan Righton broke his leg. The two winners then advanced to the final.
|26 August 1933 - Sports Ground|
|9 September 1933 - Sports Ground|
|2 September 1933 - Sports Ground|
|Tom Ellis||FB||Stan Robinson|
|Joe Gartner||WG||Bernie Martin|
|Alf Griffiths||CE||Max Hollingsworth|
|Frank Gilmore||CE||Norm Tipping|
|George Braybrook||WG||Len Brennan|
|Keith Ellis (c)||FE||Mick Kadwell (Ca./Co.)|
|Hans Mork||HB||Dick Daley|
|Clarrie Tupper||PR||Tom Haywood|
|Clarrie Stevenson||HK||Percy Fairall|
|Henry Porter||PR||Alan Sprouster|
|Alf Smith||SR||Alan Woods|
|Les Bull||SR||Jim Rutherford|
|Jack Thornton||LK||Bill Killiby|
The Sydney Sports Ground attracted a large crowd of 18,080 on 9 September to see Newtown take on St George. Both teams were coached by former internationals. St George captain-coach was former Kangaroo and premiership winner with South Sydney Harry 'Mick' Kadwell. Newtown were coached by former dual-international Charles "Boxer" Russell.
The match, refereed by William Fry, was level 5-all at halftime, before the Newtown Bluebags finished the stronger to take the premiership.
Newtown 18 (Tries: Alf Griffiths 2, Joe Gartner, George Braybrook. Goals: Frank Gilmore 3)
St George 5 (Tries: Percy Fairall. Goal: Mick Kadwell )
- Rugby League Tables - Notes The World of Rugby League
- Rugby League Tables - Season 1932 The World of Rugby League
- Premiership History and Statistics RL1908
- Collis, Ian; Whiticker, Alan (2007). 100 Years of Rugby League. Chatswood, NSW: New Holland. pp. page 127. ISBN 978-1-74110-463-9.
- Results: 1931-40 at rabbitohs.com.au