1947 NSWRFL season
|1947 New South Wales Rugby Football League|
|Premiers||Balmain (10th title)|
|Minor premiers||Canterbury (3rd title)|
|Points scored||3238 (total)
34.084 (per match)
|Top point scorer(s)||Pat Devery (142)|
|Top try scorer(s)||Bob Lulham (28)|
The 1947 New South Wales Rugby Football League premiership was the 40th season of Sydney's top-level rugby league football competition, Australia's first. The addition of two teams, Manly-Warringah and Parramatta, saw ten teams from across the city contest during the 1947 premiership, the first expansion of the League since Canterbury's introduction in 1935. The season culminated in a grand final between the Balmain and Canterbury-Bankstown clubs.
Mid way through the season the Balmain club looked out of touch winning only 6 of their first 12 games. Five consecutive wins to end the regular season left them in position to make a finals assault. Balmain's Bob Lulham's set a new record for the highest number of tries by a player in a debut season with a tally of 28 tries in 18 matches. This remains that club's standing record for tries in a season.
- Balmain, formed on January 23, 1908 at Balmain Town Hall
- Eastern Suburbs, formed on January 24, 1908 at Paddington Town Hall
- Manly-Warringah admitted in 1947
- Newtown, formed on January 14, 1908
- North Sydney, formed on February 7, 1908
- Parramatta, formed in November 1946
- 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
|Date and Time||Venue||Referee||Crowd|
|St. George||5 - 10||Western Suburbs||27 August 1947||Sydney Sports Ground||13,552|
|Canterbury||25 - 15||Newtown||30 August 1947||Sydney Cricket Ground||George Bishop||36,303|
|Balmain||27 - 16||Western Suburbs||6 September 1947||Sydney Sports Ground||Tom McMahon||29,375|
|Canterbury||19 - 25||Balmain||13 September 1947||Sydney Sports Ground||Jack O'Brien||34,994|
|Canterbury||9 - 13||Balmain||20 September 1947||Sydney Sports Ground||Jack O'Brien||29,292|
The Tigers had strung together seven consecutive wins including a preliminary final victory over minor premiers Canterbury in their attempt at a second straight premiership. Canterbury exercised their "right of challenge" after losing the final and called for a Grand Final decider.
The formidable Canterbury front row of Eddie Burns, Roy Kirkaldy and Henry Porter were combining in their tenth season for close to 100 appearances as a scrum front trio. They led a punishing Berries defence and gave their side a better-than-even chance of possession in the scrum contests.
Balmain's international star centre and Kangaroo captain Joe Jorgenson had played and coached on a country contract in Junee in 1947 but returned to the Tigers reserve-grade in time for the semi-finals. The Grand Final marked his sole first-grade appearance of the season. Balmain's Test five-eighth Pat Devery was the nominated match kicker but after several misses he passed over to Jorgenson who kicked three penalties to keep Balmain in the game and trailing 9-6 with ten minutes to go.
Then Jorgenson crashed over for a try under the posts and after receiving medical attention he converted his own goal to give the Tigers an 11-9 lead. A final 45-yard penalty goal then sealed the match for the Tigers at 13-9 with Jorgenson scoring all of Balmain's points and being chaired victorious from the field.
Balmain 13 (Tries: Jorgenson. Goals: Jorgenson 5 )
Canterbury-Bankstown 9 (Tries: Hasson. Goals: Johnson 2, Hasson)
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- 1947 Labor Daily Cup at rleague.com
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