1940 NSWRFL season

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1940 New South Wales Rugby Football League
PremiersEastern Suburbs colours.svg Eastern Suburbs (8th title)
Minor premiersEastern Suburbs colours.svg Eastern Suburbs (9th title)
Matches played59
Points scored1738
Top points scorer(s)Newtown colours.svg Tom Kirk (99)
Top try-scorer(s)St. George colours.svg Jack Lindwall (19)

The 1940 New South Wales Rugby Football League premiership was the thirty-third season of Sydney’s top-level rugby league club competition, Australia’s first. Eight teams from across the city contested the premiership during the season, which lasted from April until August, culminating in Eastern Suburbs’ victory over Canterbury-Bankstown in the final.[1]

Season summary[edit]

For this season St. George returned to Hurstville Oval as their home ground.


Balmain home jersey 1940.svg
33rd season
Ground: Leichhardt Oval
Coach: Bill Kelly
Captain: Sid Goodwin
Canterbury home jersey 1935.svg
6th season
Ground: Belmore Oval
Coach: Alan Brady
Captain: Alan BradyJack Bonnyman
Eastern Suburbs
33rd season
Ground: Sydney Sports Ground
Coach: Dave Brown
Captain: Ray Stehr
Newtown Jets home jersey 1908.svg
33rd season
Ground: Henson Park
Coach: Frank Burge
Captain: Percy Williams
North Sydney Bears home jersey 1932.svg
North Sydney
33rd season
Ground: North Sydney Oval
Coach: Arthur Halloway
Captain: Roy Thompson
South Sydney
33rd season
Ground: Sydney Sports Ground
Coach: Charlie Lynch
Captain: Fred Felsch
St. George
20th season
Ground: Hurstville Oval
Captain-coach: Neville Smith
Western Suburbs
33rd season
Ground: Pratten Park
Captain-Coach: Max Gray


The geographical locations of the teams that contested the 1940 premiership across Sydney.
Team Pld W D L PF PA PD Pts
1 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Eastern Suburbs 14 9 1 4 250 136 +114 19
2 Newtown colours.svg Newtown 14 9 0 5 261 200 +61 18
3 St. George colours.svg St. George 14 7 2 5 263 203 +60 16
4 Canterbury colours.svg Canterbury-Bankstown 14 8 0 6 204 195 +9 16
5 Balmain colours.svg Balmain 14 7 1 6 199 162 +37 15
6 South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney 14 7 0 7 165 259 -94 14
7 North Sydney colours.svg North Sydney 14 4 0 10 156 243 -87 8
8 Western Suburbs colours.svg Western Suburbs 14 3 0 11 159 259 -100 6


In the two semi finals, minor premiers Eastern Suburbs defeated St. George whilst fourth-placed Canterbury-Bankstown beat second-placed Newtown. Eastern Suburbs then beat Canterbury-Bankstown in the Final to collect their eighth premiership.

Home Score Away Match Information
Date and Time Venue Referee Crowd
Semi Finals
Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Eastern Suburbs 10 - 3 St. George colours.svg St. George 17 August 1940 Sydney Cricket Ground Jack O'Brien 17,473
Newtown colours.svg Newtown 11 - 19 Canterbury colours.svg Canterbury-Bankstown 24 August 1940 Sydney Cricket Ground Jack O'Brien 22,061
Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Eastern Suburbs 24 - 14 Canterbury colours.svg Canterbury-Bankstown 31 August 1940 Sydney Cricket Ground Jack O'Brien 24,167

Premiership Final[edit]

Eastern Suburbs Position Canterbury-Bankstown
Doug Bartlett FB Lindsay Johnson
Rod O'Loan WG Edgar Newham
Stan Callaghan CE Merv Denton
Dick Dunn CE Bob Russell
Bill Brew WG Jack Bonnyman (c)
Fred May FE Ted Anderson
Sel Lisle HB Roy McCarter
Ray Stehr (c) PR Jim Gibbs
Noel Hollingdale HK Roy Kirkaldy
John Clarke PR Jack Reilly
Harry Pierce SR Bob Allison
Sid Pearce SR Bob Farrar
Andrew Norval LK Gordon Clunas
Dave Brown Coach Alan Brady

Led by their standard-setting captain-coach Dave Brown, the Tricolours continued their strong season performance with a semi-final victory over St George to gain a Final berth.

Although Brown was ruled out on the morning of the decider with a leg injury, replacement Bill Brew slotted into the side and scored a try after backing up second rower Sid “Joe” Pearce who also scored the next try. The young Easts team, who averaged twenty years of age, overcame Canterbury by six tries to two.

Eastern Suburbs 24 (Tries: Pierce 2, O'Loan, Brew, Pearce, Clarke. Goals: Dunn 2 )


Canterbury-Bankstown 14 (Tries: Bonnyman, Denton. Goals: Johnson 4)


  1. ^ Premiership Roll of Honour Archived 2007-04-28 at the Wayback Machine at rl1908.com

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