1942 NSWRFL season
|1942 New South Wales Rugby Football League|
|Premiers||Canterbury-Bankstown (2nd title)|
|Minor premiers||Canterbury-Bankstown (2nd title)|
|Top points scorer(s)||Ray Lindwall (143)|
|Top try-scorer(s)||Jack Lindwall (16)|
The 1942 New South Wales Rugby Football League premiership was the thirty-fifth season of Sydney’s top-level rugby league football competition, Australia’s first. Eight teams from across the city contested the premiership during the season, which lasted from May until September, culminating in the Canterbury-Bankstown club’s grand final victory over St. George.
- Balmain, formed on 23 January 1908 at Balmain Town Hall
- Eastern Suburbs, formed on 24 January 1908 at Paddington Town Hall
- Newtown, formed on 14 January 1908
- North Sydney, formed on 7 February 1908
- South Sydney, formed on 17 January 1908 at Redfern Town Hall
- St. George, formed on 8 November 1920 at Kogarah School of Arts
- Western Suburbs, formed on 4 February 1908
Ground: Birchgrove Oval
Coach: Bill Kelly
Captain: Dawson Buckley
Ground: Belmore Sports Ground
Coach: Jerry Brien
Captain: Ron Bailey
Ground: Sydney Sports Ground
Captain-Coaches: Ray Stehr & Joe Pearce
Ground: Henson Park
Coach: Arthur Folwell
Captain: Tom Kirk
Ground: North Sydney Oval
Coach: Jim O'Reilly
Captain: Rex Harrison
Ground: Sydney Sports Ground
Coach: Jim Tait
Captain: Fred Felsch
Ground: Hurstville Oval
Captain-coach: Len Kelly
Ground: St Lukes Oval
Coach: Albert McGuiness
In the semi finals, Canterbury-Bankstown lost their match to St. George whilst Eastern Suburbs, who only just made the finals after South Sydney had drawn their match in the final round of the season, defeated Balmain. The result of the first semi final meant that St. George and Eastern Suburbs played a Preliminary Final which would decide who met minor premiers Canterbury-Bankstown in the Grand Final. St. George won the match, as they had done four weeks earlier over Easts in the final round of the season proper.
St. George had won two matches in the semis while Canterbury had just one victory, but the Berries were guaranteed a Grand Final berth under a call back of the old rules giving the minor premiers a right of challenge. In the Grand Final, Canterbury-Bankstown narrowly defeated St. George to collect their second premiership victory.
|Date and Time||Venue||Referee||Crowd|
|Canterbury||26 - 20||Balmain||15 August 1942||Sydney Cricket Ground||17,300|
|Canterbury||10 - 25||St. George||22 August 1942||Sydney Cricket Ground||Jack O'Brien||26,467|
|Balmain||14 - 20||Eastern Suburbs||29 August 1942||Sydney Cricket Ground||Jack O'Brien||19,782|
|St. George||18 - 5||Eastern Suburbs||5 September 1942||Sydney Cricket Ground||Jack O'Brien||30,858|
|Canterbury||11 - 9||St. George||12 September 1942||Sydney Cricket Ground||Jack O'Brien||26,171|
|Ray Lindwall||FB||Lindsay Johnson|
|Doug McRitchie||WG||Edgar Newham|
|Ted McHugh||CE||Ron Bailey (c)|
|Noel Jones||CE||Ron Knight|
|Jack Lindwall||WG||Bob Jackson|
|Cedric Turvey||FE||Tom Ezart|
|Eric Laurence||HB||Jack Bonnyman|
|Charlie Montgomery||PR||Henry Porter|
|Herb Gilbert Jnr||HK||Roy Kirkaldy|
|Bill McRitchie||PR||Eddie Burns|
|Alister Clarke||SR||George Elley|
|Len Kelly (c)||SR||Bob Farrar|
|Bill Collier||LK||Frank Sponberg|
The Sydney Cricket Ground was a muddy quagmire with a treacherous patch in the centre which kept the teams evenly matched and the crowd in a fever of excitement until the final whistle. The “Gregory’s” reference records that 7,000 of the crowd on the hill had jumped the fence during the reserve grade final and invaded the half-empty new member's stand. Towards the end of the first grade match 5,000 people crowded onto the touchline and referee O'Brien had to hold up play until officials were able to get them back twenty yards.
Canterbury’s defence was tested during a torrid ten-minute period when St George hurled themselves at the line from never more than eight yards away. The Berries defence held and the Dragons could not break through.
The Canterbury-Bankstown tactics were to keep the game with the forwards and away from the St George backs. Canterbury hooker Kirkaldy won the vital scrums. Bob Farrar, Frank Sponberg and Henry Porter were tireless with Porter's handling and kicking skills on display.
Saints were leading 9–6 late in the match after a try to their record-breaking winger Jack Lindwall was converted by his brother Ray Lindwall. Berries winger Bob Jackson then scored a magnificent try made possible by a resolute and tricky run from skipper Ron Bailey which locked up the scores at 9–all.
Canterbury’s Lindsay Johnson managed a late conversion to secure the win. Johnson’s goal just scraped over the cross bar to give his team the premiership.
Canterbury-Bankstown 11 (Tries: Jackson. Goals: Johnson 4)
St George 9 (Tries: J Lindwall. Goals: R Lindwall 3)