1937 NSWRFL season

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1937 New South Wales Rugby Football League
PremiersEastern Suburbs colours.svg Eastern Suburbs (7th title)
Minor premiersEastern Suburbs colours.svg Eastern Suburbs (8th title)
Matches played36
Points scored1088
Top points scorer(s)Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Jack Beaton (56)
Top try-scorer(s)Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Fred Tottey (10)

The 1937 New South Wales Rugby Football League premiership was the 30th season of the Sydney, New South Wales-based top-grade rugby league club competition, Australia's first. Nine teams from across the city contested the premiership during the season, which lasted from April until June, with Eastern Suburbs being crowned champions.[1]

Season summary[edit]

The 1937 season only lasted eight rounds due to the Kangaroo tour, and used a “first past the post” system to determine the premiers. There were no Finals. The second half of what would normally have been the NSWRFL season was taken up with a City Cup competition.

Eastern Suburbs won their seventh Premiership going through the season undefeated – a feat achieved by teams in only five other seasons before or since. Having won only two matches in four seasons and only fifteen (plus two draws) in the nine seasons since 1929, the University club withdrew voluntarily from the premiership at the end of the season.


1937 proved University’s final NSWRFL season.[2] After being allowed one more season to prove themselves, the Students did not win a match in any grade, scoring only 41 points in first grade, 39 in reserves, and 21 in third grade – in which University veterans were allowed to play the second half of the last match as a farewell.[3]

Balmain home jersey 1908.svg
30th season
Ground: Leichhardt Oval
Coach: Harold Matthews
Captain(s): Jim Duckworth, Jack Redman
Canterbury home jersey 1935.svg
3rd season
Ground: Belmore Oval
Coach: George Mason
Captain: Alan Brady
Eastern Suburbs
30th season
Ground: Sydney Cricket Ground
Coach: Arthur Halloway
Captain: Viv Thicknesse
Newtown Jets home jersey 1908.svg
30th season
Ground:Henson Park
Coach: Bill Kelly
Captain: Herb Narvo
North Sydney Bears home jersey 1932.svg
North Sydney
30th season
Ground: North Sydney Oval
Captain-Coach: Laurie Ward
South Sydney
30th season
Ground: Sydney Sports Ground
Coach: Charlie Lynch
Captain: Eric Lewis
St. George
17th season
Ground: Earl Park
Coach: Peter Burge / Norm Pope
Captain: Norm Pope & Percy Fairall
University home jersey 1925.svg
18th season
Coach: Bob "Botsy" Williams
Captain: Tom Carey
Western Suburbs
30th season
Ground: Pratten Park
Coach: Jerry Brien
Captain: Cliff Pearce


The geographical locations of the teams that contested the 1937 premiership across Sydney.
Team Pld W D L B PF PA PD Pts
1 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Eastern Suburbs 8 6 2 0 1 187 56 +131 16
2 South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney 8 5 1 2 1 264 58 +106 13
3 St. George colours.svg St. George 8 5 1 2 1 151 92 +59 13
4 Newtown colours.svg Newtown 8 4 0 4 1 144 126 +18 10
5 Canterbury colours.svg Canterbury 8 4 0 4 1 98 91 +7 10
6 Balmain colours.svg Balmain 8 4 0 4 1 115 136 -21 10
7 North Sydney colours.svg North Sydney 8 3 0 5 1 84 94 -10 8
8 Western Suburbs colours.svg Western Suburbs 8 3 0 5 1 104 126 -22 8
9 University colours.svg University 8 0 0 8 1 44 309 -265 2


  1. ^ Premiership Roll of Honour Archived 2007-04-28 at the Wayback Machine at rl1908.com
  2. ^ "History of the Premiership". centenaryofrugbyleague.com.au. Australian Rugby League. Archived from the original on 9 February 2008. Retrieved 21 October 2013.
  3. ^ Lester, Gary; From Berries to Bulldogs: Fifty Years of Canterbury-Bankstown RLFC, p. 25 ISBN 0949853062

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