1932 NSWRFL season

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1932 New South Wales Rugby Football League
Teams 8
Premiers South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney (11th title)
Minor premiers South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney (9th title)
Matches played 60
Points scored 1810
Top points scorer(s) Western Suburbs colours.svg Les Mead (104 points)
Top try-scorer(s) Western Suburbs colours.svg Alan Ridley (18 tries)

The 1932 New South Wales Rugby Football League premiership was the twenty-fifth season of Sydney’s top-level rugby league competition, Australia’s first. During the season, which lasted from April until September, eight teams from across the city contested the premiership, culminating in South Sydney’s victory over Western Suburbs in the final.[1][2]


Balmain home jersey 1908.svg
25th season
Ground: Birchgrove Oval
Coach: Chook Fraser
Captain: Charlie Roberts
University home jersey 1925.svg
13th season
Captain: Sammy Ogg
Newtown Jets home jersey 1908.svg
25th season
Ground: Marrickville Oval
Captain: Tom Ellis
North Sydney Bears home jersey 1932.svg
North Sydney
25th Season
Ground: North Sydney Oval
Captain: Bill Leckie
St. George
12th season
Ground: Earl Park
Coach: Harry Kadwell
Captain: Harry KadwellArthur Justice

Snowy Justice.jpg
South Sydney
25th season
Ground: Sydney Sports Ground
Coach: Charlie Lynch
Captain: George Treweek

Eastern Suburbs
25th season
Ground: Sydney Sports Ground
Coach: Frank Burge
Captain: Joe Pearce
Western Suburbs
25th season
Ground: Pratten Park
Coach: Jim Craig
Jim Craig (rugby league) 1924.jpg

Captain: Bill Brogan


The geographical locations of the teams that contested the 1932 premiership across Sydney.
Team Pld W D L PF PA PD Pts
1 South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney 14 13 0 1 292 130 +162 26
2 Western Suburbs colours.svg Western Suburbs 14 11 0 3 321 156 +165 22
3 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Eastern Suburbs 14 9 0 5 253 133 +120 18
4 Balmain colours.svg Balmain 14 7 1 6 204 227 -23 15
5 Newtown colours.svg Newtown 14 7 0 7 201 251 -50 14
6 St. George colours.svg St. George 14 4 1 9 140 203 -63 9
7 University colours.svg University 14 2 0 12 134 275 -141 4
8 North Sydney colours.svg North Sydney 14 2 0 12 147 317 -170 4


In the two semi finals, the top two ranked teams South Sydney and Western Suburbs beat their lower-ranked opponents Eastern Suburbs and Balmain, respectively. The two winners then played in a final in which favourites and minor premiers South Sydney were beaten by Western Suburbs. However the finals system set in place then forced the final to be replayed, in what was known as the "Right of Challenge". This system ensured that in the event that the minor premiers lost in either the first or second round of the finals, then they would be given a second chance no matter what in what would later become the final premiership decider.

Semi-finals Final
3 September 1932 - Sports Ground
  South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney 26  
  Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Eastern Suburbs 8  
17 September 1932 - Sports Ground
      South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney 8
    Western Suburbs colours.svg Western Suburbs 23
10 September 1932 - Sports Ground[3]
  Western Suburbs colours.svg Western Suburbs 15
  Balmain colours.svg Balmain 7  

Grand Final[edit]

Western Suburbs Position South Sydney
Frank McMillan FB Albert Spillane
Alan Ridley WG Benny Wearing
Cliff Pearce CE Alby Black
Ray Morris CE Paddy Maher
Harry Rankine WG Jack Why
Les Mead FE Jim Deeley
Jack McGlinn HB Percy Williams
Cecil Rhodes PR Eddie Root
Bob Lindfield HK Jack Peterson
Bill Brogan (c) PR Frank Curran
Charlie Cornwell SR George Treweek (c)
Bill "Bricky" Ryan SR Frank O'Connor
Frank Sponberg LK Eric Lewis
Jim Craig Coach Charlie Lynch

In the replay, South Sydney beat Western Suburbs 19–12 to take away their seventh premiership in eight years.

The match was played Saturday 24 September 1932 at the Sydney Sports Ground and refereed by Lal Deane before a crowd of 16,925. It was a titanic battle in which Souths led 9–2 at half-time before Wests fought back to level at 12–12. Minutes from full-time a towering penalty goal by Benny Wearing edged Souths ahead 14-12 before they closed out the game with a converted try by Eric Lewis.

The Whiticker/Collis reference quotes a rather prosaic Labor Daily [4] in praise of both sides: “The ebb and flow of the grand final thrilled thousands who saw a great battle. A battle of the gladiators, fighting till their lungs seemed only fit to burst, while over 16,000 people hearts beating wildly to the thump of running feet, looked on gasping, cheering and rising from their seats in sheer delight”.

South Sydney 19 (Tries: J Why, A Black, E Lewis. Goals: Benny Wearing 4, Percy Williams)

Western Suburbs 12 (Tries: A Ridley, H Rankine. Goals Les Mead )


  1. ^ Premiership Roll of Honour Archived 2010-10-11 at the Wayback Machine. at rl1908.com
  2. ^ Results: 1931-40 at rabbitohs.com.au
  3. ^ ""Souths" v "Wests" in Final". The Sydney Mail. Australia. 1932-09-14. p. 31. Retrieved 2009-12-04. 
  4. ^ "Whiticker & Collis p 36"

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