1950 NSWRFL season

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1950 New South Wales Rugby Football League
PremiersSouth Sydney colours.svg South Sydney (12th title)
Minor premiersSouth Sydney colours.svg South Sydney (11th title)
Matches played93
Points scored2901
Top points scorer(s)Western Suburbs colours.svg Bill Keato (180)
Top try-scorer(s)Newtown colours.svg Jack Troy (16)

The 1950 New South Wales Rugby Football League premiership was the forty-third season of Sydney’s top-level rugby league competition, Australia’s first. Ten teams from across the city contested the premiership during the season which culminated in a grand final between South Sydney and Western Suburbs.


Balmain home jersey 1940.svg
43rd season
Ground: Leichhardt Oval
Coach: Athol Smith
Captain: Fred de Belin
Canterbury home jersey 1935.svg
16th season
Ground: Belmore Sports Ground
Coach: Alby Why
Captain: Eddie Burns
Eastern Suburbs
43rd season
Ground: Sports Ground
Coach: Ernie Norman
Captain: Ferris Ashton
4th season
Ground: Brookvale Oval
Coach: Wally O'Connell
Captain: Perce Pritchard
Newtown Jets home jersey 1908.svg
43rd season
Ground: Erskineville Oval
Captain - Coach: Frank Farrell
North Sydney Bears home jersey 1932.svg
North Sydney
43rd season
Ground: North Sydney Oval
Coach: Frank Hyde
Captain: Martin Gallagher
4th season
Ground: Cumberland Oval
Coach: Vic Hey
Captain: Bob Hobbs
South Sydney
43rd season
Ground: Redfern Oval
Captain-Coach: Jack Rayner
St. George
30th season
Ground: Jubilee Oval
Coach: Jim Duckworth
Captain: Johnny Hawke
Western Suburbs
43rd season
Ground: Pratten Park
Coach: Jeff Smith
Captain: Frank Stanmore


Team Pld W D L PF PA PD Pts
1 South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney 18 14 0 4 323 228 +95 28
2 Balmain colours.svg Balmain 18 12 2 4 255 208 +47 26
3 Newtown colours.svg Newtown 18 11 2 5 347 269 +78 24
4 Western Suburbs colours.svg Western Suburbs 18 10 2 6 307 259 +48 22
5 St. George colours.svg St. George 18 9 3 6 336 261 +75 21
6 Canterbury colours.svg Canterbury-Bankstown 18 9 0 9 296 277 +19 18
7 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Eastern Suburbs 18 7 0 11 237 345 -108 14
8 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly-Warringah 18 6 0 12 231 293 -62 12
9 Parramatta colours.svg Parramatta 18 3 3 12 203 296 -93 9
10 North Sydney colours.svg North Sydney 18 3 0 15 258 357 -99 6


Home Score Away Match Information
Date and Time Venue Referee Crowd
Semi Finals
South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney 30-4 Newtown colours.svg Newtown 2 September 1950 Sydney Cricket Ground George Bishop 33,514
Balmain colours.svg Balmain 10-28 Western Suburbs colours.svg Western Suburbs 9 September 1950 Sydney Sports Ground Tom McMahon 33,542
South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney 21-15 Western Suburbs colours.svg Western Suburbs 16 September 1950 Sydney Sports Ground Tom McMahon 32,373


South Sydney Position Western Suburbs
Clive Churchill FB William Keato
John Graves WG Jack Wall
Kevin Woolfe CE Dev Dines
Milton Atkinson CE Jack Woods
Cliff Smailes WG John Lackey
Greg Hawick FE Frank Stanmore (c)
Bill Stewart HB Keith Holman
Denis Donoghue PR Don Stait
Ernie Hammerton HK Alan Hornery
Ken Macreadie PR Bill Horder
Bernie Purcell SR Kevin Hansen
Jack Rayner (Ca./Co.) SR Don Milton
Les Cowie LK Peter McLean

In a close and physical encounter South Sydney held a 17–11 six point lead at half time. The second half was tryless, but South Sydney kept ahead on penalty goals throughout.

Souths’ captain Jack Rayner led the team in fine style to their first title in eighteen years while the club’s internationals all stood up and were counted. Forward Bernie Purcell kicked five long-range penalty goals in succession; fullback Clive Churchill ran Wests’ heavyweight forwards off their legs and winger Johnny Graves scored two great tries.

South Sydney Rabbitohs 21 (Tries: Graves 2, Smailes. Goals: Purcell 5, Graves 1.)

Western Suburbs Magpies 15 (Tries: Holman. Goals: Keato 6.)


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