1909 Eastern Suburbs season
The 1909 season was the second in which the Eastern Suburbs DRLFC competed in the New South Wales Rugby Football League competition. They finished the regular season in 4th (of 8) position, before being knocked out in the semi-final by Balmain.
|Premiership 1||Glebe Dirty Reds||Won||38 - 5||24 April||Wentworth||-|
|Premiership 2||Western Suburbs Magpies||Won||10 - 2||1 May||Agricultural||400|
|Premiership 3||North Sydney Bears||Won||26 - 16||15 May||Agricultural|
|Premiership 4||South Sydney Rabbitohs||Lost||10 - 22||22 May||Agricultural||1500|
- Premiership round 5, Saturday 29 May 1909.
Eastern Suburbs 18 defeated Newcastle Rebels 16 at the Newcastle Sports Ground.
Described this way "As an exhibition the game was all that could have been desired It was fast, open, exciting and even."
|Premiership 6||Newtown Jets||Won||28-5||19 June||Agricultural||800|
|Premiership 7||Balmain Tigers||Lost||3 - 11||26 June||Birchgrove||1500|
|Premiership 8||South Sydney Rabbitohs||Lost||5 - 16||10 July||Wentworth||2500|
- Premiership round 9, Saturday 17 July 1909.
Balmain 24 (Apploney 2, Moore 2, Halloway, Regent Tries; Fitzpatrick 3 Goals) defeated Eastern Suburbs 15 (M. Frawley, Kelley, Webb Tries; Surridge 2, King Goals) at the Agricultural Society's Ground.
This was reported to be a particularly rough affair, Easts lost a player early in the match through injury, and two more players were severely concussed, Four were sent off for fighting, and a fifth, Easts captain Larry O'Malley was sent off for kicking.
|Pemiership 10||North Sydney Bears||Lost||14 - 24||7 August||Agricultural||3000|
- Premiership Semi Final, Saturday 14 August 1909.
Balmain were never in any danger of defeat, both Easts tries came late in the match with Balmain already leading by 15 points.
The lineups were-
Eastern Suburbs: Bill King • William Lenton • Sid Kaufman • Percy McNamara • Les Abott • Harry Flegg • Tom Bruce • Mick Frawley • F. Denholm • Arthur Surridge • Arthur Hennessy(c) • Harold Kelley • Sid Pearce.
The lowdown: Eastern Suburbs completed the following score options in the 1908 season:
- 37 tries
- 32 goals
- 0 field goals
Eastern Suburbs scored a total of 167 points in 1909.
- Eastern Suburbs try scoring ability dropped by 26% on their previous season.
- Eastern Suburbs goal scoring ability dropped by 3% on their previous season.
- Eastern Suburbs field goal kicking ability dropped by 100% on their previous season.
- Eastern Suburbs overall point scoring ability dropped by 16.8% on their previous season.
- Eastern Suburbs total point score dropped by 8.74% on their previous season.
Eastern Suburbs conceded the following score options in the 1909 season:
- 38 tries
- 21 goals
- 0 field goals
Eastern Suburbs conceded a total of 141 points in 1909.
- Eastern Suburbs try scoring defence dropped by 26.3% on their previous season.
- Eastern Suburbs goal kicking defence dropped by 28.5% on their previous season.
- Eastern Suburbs field goal defence was maintained on their previous season.
- Eastern Suburbs overall defense dropped by 27.1% on their previous season.
- Eastern Suburbs total points against defensive effort dropped by 34% on their previous season.
- Eastern Suburbs made the semi-finals.
- Eastern Suburbs again won the reserve grade competition.
- Australian representatives:- Dave Brown, Dan Frawley, Mick Frawley, Larry O'Malley, Sandy Pearce and Johnno Stuntz.
- Larry O'Malley became the second Australian captain to come from the Eastern Suburbs club.
- Many of Eastern Suburbs leading players (particularly those who had gone away on the previous year's Kangaroo tour) had taken up contracts with English rugby league clubs . Missing much of the backend of the season. Excepts from English rugby league club Warrington Wolves's 1909/10 yearbook show that Dan Frawley, Johno Stuntz and Larry O'Malley all played with that club in the 1909/10 English season. It also reveals that they had telegramed Dally Messenger attempting to sign both he and Sid Pearce. Another Eastern Suburbs player, Albert Rosenfeld, signed with Huddlesfied where he became one of English rugby league greatest try scorers.
- Dally Messenger took no part in 1909 Eastern Suburbs season.
- Rugby League Tables and Statistics
- Ian Heads, True Blue - the true story of the NSW Rugby League, ISBN 1 875471 138,