New South Wales Rugby League premiership

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NSWRL Premiership
SportRugby league
Inaugural season1908
Ceased1994
Replaced byARL Premiership
HoldersCanberra colours.svg Canberra Raiders (3rd title)
Most titlesSouth Sydney colours.svg South Sydney Rabbitohs (20 titles)
Related competitionWinfield Cup

The New South Wales Rugby League premiership was the first rugby league football club competition established in Australia and contributor to today's National Rugby League. Run by the New South Wales Rugby League (initially named the New South Wales Rugby Football League) from 1908 until 1994, the premiership was the state's elite rugby league competition, parallel to Queensland's first-class league, the Brisbane Rugby League.

For most of the premiership's history it was contested by clubs from the state of New South Wales only, but later attempted to grow into a nationwide competition, eventually leading to the competition being played under the auspices of the Australian Rugby League in 1995. Despite this name, the 1995 and 1996 Australian Rugby League Premierships competitions were still administered by the Board and staff of the New South Wales Rugby League.

History[edit]

1908: Rugby league premiership in Sydney[edit]

The inaugural New South Wales Rugby Football League (NSWRFL) premiership began in 1908, and was made up of eight Sydney-based teams and one team from Newcastle. Cumberland joined the competition after the first round, meaning that they played one game fewer than the rest of the field for the season. Still known as the "foundation clubs" today, these nine teams battled against one another during the 1908 season, with South Sydney taking the first premiership honours after beating Eastern Suburbs in the Final.

Club Years Contested Matches[1] Seasons
Played Won Drew Lost Win/Loss Played Premiers Minor Premiers Runners-Up
Balmain colours.svg Balmain 1908 - 1994 1705 871 68 766 53.08% 92 11 7 9
Cumberland colours.svg Cumberland 1908 8 1 0 7 12.50% 1 0 0 0
Eastern Suburbs colours.svgEastern Suburbs 1908 - 1994 1880 995 67 818 54.71% 92 11 15 11
Glebe colours.svg Glebe 1908 - 1929 297 163 6 128 55.89% 22 0 1 4
Newcastle foundation colours.svg Newcastle 1908 - 1909 20 9 0 11 45.00% 2 0 0 0
Newtown colours.svg Newtown 1908 - 1983 1305 583 59 663 46.93% 76 3 6 7
North Sydney colours.svg North Sydney 1908 - 1994 1665 678 71 916 42.85% 92 2 2 1
South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney 1908 - 1994 1813 940 45 828 53.09% 92 20 17 13
Western Suburbs colours.svg Western Suburbs 1908 - 1994 1691 734 49 908 44.86% 92 4 5 8

1909 - 1994: Expansion of the premiership[edit]

Between 1912 and 1925 the premiers were decided by first past the post. As a result of South Sydney's dominant 1925 season, the NSWRFL introduced a finals system in order to maintain interest in the competition.[2]

Over the decades since the NSWRFL competition started, Sydney suburban teams came and went throughout its history but it was not until 1982 that the competition saw significant expansion outside of the Sydney area. The two new inclusions were from the Australian Capital Territory - the Canberra Raiders - as well as a team from the southern New South Wales region - the Illawarra Steelers. This corresponded with the adoption of commercial sponsorship of the competition for the first time, seeing it become the Winfield Cup (named after the popular cigarette brand).

The NSWRFL had also commenced a very popular and successful mid-week competition in 1973, originally known as the Amco Cup, but also as the Tooth Cup and the National Panasonic Cup. The success of this competition, which included teams from both Brisbane and New Zealand ultimately created pressure for further expansion of the NSWRL competition. In 1984, the New South Wales Rugby Football League changed its name to New South Wales Rugby League.

In 1988, for the very first time, two Queensland teams joined the competition, with the inclusions of the Brisbane Broncos and the Gold Coast-Tweed Giants. This saw the premiership competition move beyond the outer borders of New South Wales. At the same time, as a result of mounting pressure from the central coast of New South Wales, a Newcastle franchise was returned to the competition. Their return saw the end of an 86-year wait in the wilderness and this time around the team was badged the Newcastle Knights.

Club Traditional Colours Years Contested Matches[1] Seasons
Played Won Drew Lost Win/Loss Played Premiers Minor Premiers Runners-Up
Annandale Annandale colours.svg 1910 - 1920 153 25 6 122 18.30% 11 0 0 0
University University colours.svg 1920 - 1937 242 47 5 190 20.45% 18 0 0 1
St. George St. George colours.svg 1921 - 1998 1545 910 56 579 60.71% 78 15 15 12
Canterbury-Bankstown Canterbury colours.svg 1935 - current 1502 778 53 671 53.56% 71 8 6 8
Manly-Warringah Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg 1947 - 1999
2003 - current
1261 719 35 507 58.41% 56 7 9 10
Parramatta Parramatta colours.svg 1947 - current 1321 608 38 675 47.46% 59 4 5 4
Cronulla-Sutherland Cronulla colours.svg 1967 - current 932 456 22 454 50.11% 39 0 2 3
Penrith Penrith Panthers square flag icon with 2017 colours.svg 1967 - current 917 379 26 512 42.75% 39 2 2 1
Illawarra Illawarra colours.svg 1982 - 1998 396 153 13 230 40.28% 17 0 0 0
Canberra Canberra colours.svg 1982 - current 606 323 9 274 54.04% 24 3 1 2
Brisbane Brisbane colours.svg 1988 - current 457 299 11 147 66.63% 18 5 4 0
Newcastle Newcastle colours.svg 1988 - current 446 234 14 198 54.04% 18 2 0 0
Gold Coast Gold Coast Chargers colours.svg 1988 - 1998 246 53 9 184 23.37% 11 0 0 0

After mostly solid results were obtained by the expansion teams in 1988, there was increasing pressure for new inclusions into the competition. Having decided in May 1992 that a team from Auckland would join the premiership in 1995, the League announced in November that three more new clubs — a second team from Brisbane, and also a team each from Perth and Townsville — will also be invited.

In 1995, some seven years later, the competition expanded further into Queensland, with the inception of the South Queensland Crushers and the North Queensland Cowboys. 1995 also saw a new team in Western Australia, the 'Western Reds', later called the Perth Reds, as well as a New Zealand-based team - the Auckland Warriors. The total number of teams in the competition was now twenty - the largest-scale rugby league competition ever in Australia. The premiership's new national outlook was further reflected in the governing body's name, with the New South Wales Rugby League transferring control of the competition to the Australian Rugby League (ARL).

First Grade Premiers[edit]

Between 1912 and 1925 there was no semi-final system and a final was only played if two clubs finished level at the conclusion of the Minor Premiership. Souths won the 1909 premiership when Balmain forfeited in protest against the final being played as a preliminary match before a promotional game between the national Rugby League and Rugby Union sides. The 1937 season also featured no finals as the year was disrupted by the Kangaroos tour. Between 1926 and 1953 first played third and second played fourth and winners played off. If the minor premiers were defeated they had a right of challenge, but if they were not defeated there was no true "grand final."

From 1954 a mandatory grand final was introduced in which there was a knockout minor semi-final between third and fourth and a second-chance major semi between first and second. The winner of the major semi went to the grand final and a preliminary final was played between the winner of the minor semi and the loser of the major semi to decide who would meet the winner of the major semi.

In 1973 a final five was devised with the top team going straight into the major semi, the second and third teams playing a major preliminary semi, and the fourth and fifth playing a sudden-death minor preliminary semi. The top team played the winner of the major preliminary semi-final, whilst the winner of the minor preliminary semi played the loser of the major preliminary semi in the minor semi-final (which was played as before under the final four system.

Season Grand Finals Minor Premiers
Premiers Score Runners-up
1908 South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney
14-12
Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Eastern Suburbs South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney
1909 South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney forfeit Balmain colours.svg Balmain South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney
1910 Newtown colours.svg Newtown 4-4 South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney Newtown colours.svg Newtown
1911 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Eastern Suburbs 11-8 Glebe colours.svg Glebe Glebe colours.svg Glebe
1912 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Eastern Suburbs
N/A
Glebe colours.svg Glebe
N/A
1913 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Eastern Suburbs Newtown colours.svg Newtown
1914 South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney Newtown colours.svg Newtown
1915 Balmain colours.svg Balmain Glebe colours.svg Glebe
1916 Balmain colours.svg Balmain 5-3 South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney Balmain colours.svg Balmain
1917 Balmain colours.svg Balmain
N/A
South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney
N/A
1918 South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney Western Suburbs colours.svg Western Suburbs
1919 Balmain colours.svg Balmain Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Eastern Suburbs
1920 Balmain colours.svg Balmain South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney
1921 North Sydney colours.svg North Sydney Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Eastern Suburbs
1922 North Sydney colours.svg North Sydney 35-3 Glebe colours.svg Glebe North Sydney colours.svg North Sydney
1923 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Eastern Suburbs 15-12 South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Eastern Suburbs
1924 Balmain colours.svg Balmain 3-0 South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney Balmain colours.svg Balmain
1925 South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney
N/A
Western Suburbs colours.svg Western Suburbs
N/A
1926 South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney 11-5 University colours.svg University South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney
1927 South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney 20-11 St. George colours.svg St. George South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney
1928 South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney 26-5 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Eastern Suburbs St. George colours.svg St. George
1929 South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney 30-10 Newtown colours.svg Newtown South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney
1930 Western Suburbs colours.svg Western Suburbs 27-2 St. George colours.svg St. George Western Suburbs colours.svg Western Suburbs
1931 South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney 12-7 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Eastern Suburbs Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Eastern Suburbs
1932 South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney 19-12 Western Suburbs colours.svg Western Suburbs South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney
1933 Newtown colours.svg Newtown 18-5 St. George colours.svg St. George Newtown colours.svg Newtown
1934 Western Suburbs colours.svg Western Suburbs 15-2 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Eastern Suburbs Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Eastern Suburbs
1935 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Eastern Suburbs 19-3 South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Eastern Suburbs
1936 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Eastern Suburbs 32-12 Balmain colours.svg Balmain Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Eastern Suburbs
1937 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Eastern Suburbs
N/A
South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney
N/A
1938 Canterbury colours.svg Canterbury-Bankstown 19-6 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Eastern Suburbs Canterbury colours.svg Canterbury-Bankstown
1939 Balmain colours.svg Balmain 33-4 South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney Balmain colours.svg Balmain
1940 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Eastern Suburbs 24-14 Canterbury colours.svg Canterbury-Bankstown Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Eastern Suburbs
1941 St. George colours.svg St. George 31-14 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Eastern Suburbs Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Eastern Suburbs
1942 Canterbury colours.svg Canterbury-Bankstown 11-9 St. George colours.svg St. George Canterbury colours.svg Canterbury-Bankstown
1943 Newtown colours.svg Newtown 34-7 North Sydney colours.svg North Sydney Newtown colours.svg Newtown
1944 Balmain colours.svg Balmain 12-8 Newtown colours.svg Newtown Newtown colours.svg Newtown
1945 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Eastern Suburbs 22-18 Balmain colours.svg Balmain Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Eastern Suburbs
1946 Balmain colours.svg Balmain 13-12 St. George colours.svg St. George St. George colours.svg St. George
1947 Balmain colours.svg Balmain 13-9 Canterbury colours.svg Canterbury-Bankstown Canterbury colours.svg Canterbury-Bankstown
1948 Western Suburbs colours.svg Western Suburbs 8-5 Balmain colours.svg Balmain Western Suburbs colours.svg Western Suburbs
1949 St. George colours.svg St. George 19-12 South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney
1950 South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney 21-15 Western Suburbs colours.svg Western Suburbs South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney
1951 South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney 42-14 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly-Warringah South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney
1952 Western Suburbs colours.svg Western Suburbs 22-12 South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney Western Suburbs colours.svg Western Suburbs
1953 South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney 31-12 St. George colours.svg St. George South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney
1954 South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney 23-15 Newtown colours.svg Newtown Newtown colours.svg Newtown
1955 South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney 12-11 Newtown colours.svg Newtown Newtown colours.svg Newtown
1956 St. George colours.svg St. George 18-12 Balmain colours.svg Balmain St. George colours.svg St. George
1957 St. George colours.svg St. George 31-9 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly-Warringah St. George colours.svg St. George
1958 St. George colours.svg St. George 20-9 Western Suburbs colours.svg Western Suburbs St. George colours.svg St. George
1959 St. George colours.svg St. George 20-0 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly-Warringah St. George colours.svg St. George
1960 St. George colours.svg St. George 31-6 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Eastern Suburbs St. George colours.svg St. George
1961 St. George colours.svg St. George 22-0 Western Suburbs colours.svg Western Suburbs Western Suburbs colours.svg Western Suburbs
1962 St. George colours.svg St. George 9-6 Western Suburbs colours.svg Western Suburbs St. George colours.svg St. George
1963 St. George colours.svg St. George 8-3 Western Suburbs colours.svg Western Suburbs St. George colours.svg St. George
1964 St. George colours.svg St. George 11-6 Balmain colours.svg Balmain Tigers St. George colours.svg St. George
1965 St. George colours.svg St. George 12-8 South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney St. George colours.svg St. George
1966 St. George colours.svg St. George 23-4 Balmain colours.svg Balmain Tigers St. George colours.svg St. George
1967 South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney 12-10 Canterbury colours.svg Canterbury-Bankstown St. George colours.svg St. George
1968 South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney 13-9 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly-Warringah South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney
1969 Balmain colours.svg Balmain Tigers 11-2 South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney
1970 South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney 23-12 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly-Warringah South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney
1971 South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney 16-10 St. George colours.svg St. George Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly Warringah
1972 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly-Warringah 19-14 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Eastern Suburbs Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly-Warringah
1973 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly-Warringah 10-7 Cronulla colours.svg Cronulla-Sutherland Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly-Warringah
1974 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Eastern Suburbs 19-4 Canterbury colours.svg Canterbury-Bankstown Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Eastern Suburbs
1975 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Eastern Suburbs 38-0 St. George colours.svg St. George Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Eastern Suburbs
1976 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly-Warringah 13-10 Parramatta colours.svg Parramatta Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly-Warringah
1977 St. George colours.svg St. George 9-9
22-0
Parramatta colours.svg Parramatta Parramatta colours.svg Parramatta
1978 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly-Warringah 11-11
16-0
Cronulla colours.svg Cronulla-Sutherland Western Suburbs colours.svg Western Suburbs
1979 St. George colours.svg St. George 17-13 Canterbury colours.svg Canterbury-Bankstown St. George colours.svg St. George
1980 Canterbury colours.svg Canterbury-Bankstown 18-4 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Eastern Suburbs Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Eastern Suburbs
1981 Parramatta colours.svg Parramatta 20-11 Newtown colours.svg Newtown Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Eastern Suburbs
1982 Parramatta colours.svg Parramatta 21-8 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly-Warringah Parramatta colours.svg Parramatta
1983 Parramatta colours.svg Parramatta 18-6 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly-Warringah Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly-Warringah
1984 Canterbury colours.svg Canterbury-Bankstown 6-4 Parramatta colours.svg Parramatta Canterbury colours.svg Canterbury-Bankstown
1985 Canterbury colours.svg Canterbury-Bankstown 7-6 St. George colours.svg St George St. George colours.svg St George
1986 Parramatta colours.svg Parramatta 4-2 Canterbury colours.svg Canterbury-Bankstown Parramatta colours.svg Parramatta
1987 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly-Warringah 18-8 Canberra colours.svg Canberra Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly-Warringah
1988 Canterbury colours.svg Canterbury-Bankstown 24-12 Balmain colours.svg Balmain Cronulla colours.svg Cronulla-Sutherland
1989 Canberra colours.svg Canberra 19-14 Balmain colours.svg Balmain South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney
1990 Canberra colours.svg Canberra 18-14 Penrith Panthers square flag icon with 2017 colours.svg Penrith Canberra colours.svg Canberra
1991 Penrith Panthers square flag icon with 2017 colours.svg Penrith 19-12 Canberra colours.svg Canberra Penrith Panthers square flag icon with 2017 colours.svg Penrith
1992 Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane 28-8 St. George colours.svg St George Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane
1993 Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane 14-6 St. George colours.svg St George Canterbury colours.svg Canterbury-Bankstown
1994 Canberra colours.svg Canberra 36-12 Canterbury colours.svg Canterbury-Bankstown Canterbury colours.svg Canterbury-Bankstown
  • 1909: Balmain refused to play the final in protest to the game being held as a curtain-raiser to a Kangaroos v Wallabies match. Souths played, kicked off, scored & were declared premiers. Many contend though that a 'gentlemans agreement' was reached to postpone the game to the following weekend - and the action undertaken by Souths in starting the match sparked a fierce and bitter rivalry between the clubs that continued for many decades.
  • 1910: Top two played off for the title. In the event of a drawn match, the superior record during the season secured the title, Newtown had compiled 23 competition points, Souths 22.
  • 1977-78: Drawn games requiring a replay.
  • 1989: The score was tied 14 all at normal full-time - extra time was played to decide the winner.

Results[edit]

Team Winners Runners-up Years won Years runner-up
South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney Rabbitohs 20 13 1908, 1909, 1914, 1918, 1925, 1926, 1927, 1928, 1929, 1931,

1932, 1950, 1951, 1953, 1954, 1955, 1967, 1968, 1970, 1971,

1910, 1916, 1917, 1920, 1923, 1924, 1935, 1937, 1939, 1949,

1952, 1965, 1969

St. George colours.svg St George Dragons 15 12 1941, 1949, 1956, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963,

1964, 1965, 1966, 1977, 1979

1927, 1930, 1933, 1942, 1946, 1953, 1971, 1975, 1985, 1992,

1993, 1996

Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Sydney Roosters 11 11 1911, 1912, 1913, 1923, 1935, 1936, 1937, 1940, 1945, 1974,

1975

1908, 1919, 1921, 1928, 1931, 1934, 1938, 1941, 1960, 1972,

1980

Balmain colours.svg Balmain Tigers 11 9 1915, 1916, 1917, 1919, 1920, 1924, 1939, 1944, 1946, 1947,

1969

1909, 1936, 1945, 1948, 1956, 1964, 1966, 1988, 1989
Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles 5 7 1972, 1973, 1976, 1978, 1987 1951, 1957, 1959, 1968, 1970, 1982, 1983
Canterbury colours.svg Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 6 7 1938, 1942, 1980, 1984, 1985, 1988 1940, 1947, 1967, 1974, 1979, 1986, 1994
Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane Broncos 2 0 1992, 1993
Western Suburbs colours.svg Western Suburbs Magpies 4 8 1930, 1934, 1948, 1952 1918, 1925, 1932, 1950, 1958, 1961, 1962, 1963
Parramatta colours.svg Parramatta Eels 4 3 1981, 1982, 1983, 1986 1976, 1977, 1984
Newtown colours.svg Newtown Jets 3 7 1910, 1933, 1943 1913, 1914, 1929, 1944, 1954, 1955, 1981
Canberra colours.svg Canberra Raiders 3 2 1989, 1990, 1994 1987, 1991
North Sydney colours.svg North Sydney Bears 2 1 1921, 1922 1943
Penrith Panthers square flag icon with 2017 colours.svg Penrith Panthers 1 1 1991 1990
Cronulla colours.svg Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks 0 2 1973, 1978
Glebe colours.svg Glebe Dirty Reds 0 4 1911, 1912, 1915, 1922
University colours.svg Sydney University 0 1 1926

Reserve Grade Premiers[edit]

Year Premiers Score Runners-Up Decider Report Winning Captain(s) Winning Coach Referee
1908 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Eastern Suburbs South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney No
1909 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Eastern Suburbs 11-7 Glebe colours.svg Glebe Final TSS[3] W.P. Finegan
1910 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Eastern Suburbs 5-2 Newtown colours.svg Newtown Final EN[4] L. Kearney
1911 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Eastern Suburbs 12-0 Glebe colours.svg Glebe Final ST[5] A. Ballerum
1912 Glebe colours.svg Glebe 30-0 Redfern United Final SMH[6] A. Finegan
1913 South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney 10-3 Grosvenor Final Sun[7] T. McMahon
1914 South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney 6-5 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Eastern Suburbs Final Sun[8] J. Buchanan
1915 Balmain colours.svg Balmain 9-3 Glebe colours.svg Glebe Final Sun[9]
1916 Balmain colours.svg Balmain 6-4 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Eastern Suburbs Final Sun[10]
1917 South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney Balmain colours.svg Balmain No
1918 Glebe colours.svg Glebe South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney No
1919 Glebe colours.svg Glebe Western Suburbs colours.svg Western Suburbs No
1920 Glebe colours.svg Glebe South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney No SMH[11]
1921 Glebe colours.svg Glebe North Sydney colours.svg North Sydney No
1922 Newtown colours.svg Newtown 10-2 Glebe colours.svg Glebe Final Sun[12] E. Gallagher W. Neill
1923 South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney 13-6 Balmain colours.svg Balmain Final SMH[13] A. Thornton
1924 South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney Western Suburbs colours.svg Western Suburbs No
1925 South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney 14-2 Balmain colours.svg Balmain Final TR[14] E. Kerr
1926 South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney 25-13 North Sydney colours.svg North Sydney Final Sun[15] L. Dolan
1927 South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney 16-5 St. George colours.svg St. George Final SGC[16] James Breen Lal Deane
1928 Balmain colours.svg Balmain 7-5 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Eastern Suburbs Final Sun[17] Arthur Tennant B. Wales
1929 South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney 26-3 Western Suburbs colours.svg Western Suburbs Final Sun[18] Tom Craigie W. Fry
1930 Balmain colours.svg Balmain 5-0 South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney GF Truth[19] S. Lever W. Fry
1931 South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney 24-5 St. George colours.svg St. George Final Sun[20] W. Neill
1932 South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney 5-2 Newtown colours.svg Newtown GF Sun[21] Jackie Jones W. Fry
1933 Balmain colours.svg Balmain 15-12 South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney GF Sun[22] George Frankland W. Fry
1934 South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney 13-10 Balmain colours.svg Balmain GF Sun[23] Jim Tait J. Murphy
1935 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Eastern Suburbs 16-2 Balmain colours.svg Balmain GF Sun[24] T. McMahon
1936 Western Suburbs colours.svg Western Suburbs 15-5 North Sydney colours.svg North Sydney Final Truth[25] Jim Parsons Jerry Brien T. McMahon
1937 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Eastern Suburbs Newtown colours.svg Newtown No
1938 St. George colours.svg St. George 9-4 Balmain colours.svg Balmain GF Sun[26] Jack Kenyon A. Davis
1939 Canterbury colours.svg Canterbury 13-0 North Sydney colours.svg North Sydney GF Sun[27] Jim Duncombe J. McGaulay
1940 North Sydney colours.svg North Sydney 10-5 St. George colours.svg St. George GF SGC[28] Jack O'Brien
1941 Balmain colours.svg Balmain 13-4 St. George colours.svg St. George GF Sun[29] John Rees P. Lee
1942 North Sydney colours.svg North Sydney 15-5 St. George colours.svg St. George GF Sun[30] Aub Oxford
1943 South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney 15-9 Balmain colours.svg Balmain GF Sun[31] George Kilham G. Bishop
1944 Balmain colours.svg Balmain 11-9 North Sydney colours.svg North Sydney Final Sun[32] (Jack Danzey Snr) Jack O'Brien
1945 South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney 11-7 Canterbury colours.svg Canterbury GF Sun[33] Ken Brogan Aub Oxford
1946 Balmain colours.svg Balmain 8-5 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Eastern Suburbs GF Sun[34] Gil Bo XJack O'Brien
1947 Newtown colours.svg Newtown 6-2 Balmain colours.svg Balmain GF Sun[35] Fred Fayers Keith Ellis L. Williams
1948 Newtown colours.svg Newtown 7-4 Western Suburbs colours.svg Western Suburbs GF Sun[36] Keith Ellis Col Pearce
1949 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Eastern Suburbs 30-7 Newtown colours.svg Newtown GF DT[37] Jim Hunt Aub Oxford
1950 Balmain colours.svg Balmain 10-6 St. George colours.svg St. George Final DT[38] George Williams G. Bishop
1951 Newtown colours.svg Newtown 10-6 St. George colours.svg St. George GF SMH[39] George Debnam Aub Oxford
1952 South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney 19-0 Canterbury colours.svg Canterbury GF Sun[40] Ray Mason Jack O'Brien
1953 South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney 17-11 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly GF Sun[41] Norm Nilson Aub Oxford
1954 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly 9-4 South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney GF SH[42] Darcy Lawler
1955 North Sydney colours.svg North Sydney 9-2 St. George colours.svg St. George GF Robert Gorman Jack O'Brien
1956 South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney 10-6 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly GF Ray Mason Col Pearce
1957 Balmain colours.svg Balmain 16-7 North Sydney colours.svg North Sydney GF Ron Clifford Col Pearce
1958 Balmain colours.svg Balmain 20-10 St. George colours.svg St. George GF RLN[43] Ron Proudfoot Col Pearce
1959 North Sydney colours.svg North Sydney 19-10 St. George colours.svg St. George GF RLN[44] Robert Sullivan Robert Sullivan Col Pearce
1960 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly 17-6 Balmain colours.svg Balmain GF RLN[45] Robert Lenon Neville Pierce Col Pearce
1961 Western Suburbs colours.svg Western Suburbs 9-3 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly GF RLN[46] Roger Buttenshaw Dudley Beger Darcy Lawler
1962 St. George colours.svg St. George 19-0 Western Suburbs colours.svg Western Suburbs GF RLN[47] Peter Armstrong Sid Ryan Arthur Neville
1963 St. George colours.svg St. George 5-4 South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney GF Peter Armstrong Sid Ryan Col Pearce
1964 St. George colours.svg St. George 7-2 South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney GF RLN[48] Johnny Riley Sid Ryan F. Erickson
1965 Balmain colours.svg Balmain 9-7 St. George colours.svg St. George GF RLN[49] Jack Danzey Leo Nosworthy J. Harris
1966 South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney 12-4 Balmain colours.svg Balmain GF RLN[50] Colin Dunn "Chick" Cowie J. Bradley
1967 Balmain colours.svg Balmain 11-7 South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney GF Robert Boland Leo Nosworthy Laurie Bruyeres
1968 South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney 17-7 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly GF Dennis Lee Fred Nelson Les Samuelson
1969 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly 10-6 Balmain colours.svg Balmain GF George McTaggart Ron Willey Keith Holman
1970 Newtown colours.svg Newtown 6-0 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Eastern Suburbs GF Robert Green Clarrie Jeffreys Keith Holman
1971 Canterbury colours.svg Canterbury 11-5 St. George colours.svg St. George GF Barry Phillis Malcolm Clift Keith Page
1972 Canterbury colours.svg Canterbury 14-3 St. George colours.svg St. George GF Barry Phillis Malcolm Clift Laurie Bruyeres
1973 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly 22-14 St. George colours.svg St. George GF Max Krilich Frank Stanton Laurie Bruyeres
1974 Newtown colours.svg Newtown 6-5 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Eastern Suburbs GF Des O'Connor Charlie Renilson Keith Page
1975 Parramatta colours.svg Parramatta 21-13 Cronulla colours.svg Cronulla GF John Baker Terry Fearnley Keith Page
1976 St. George colours.svg St. George 17-12 Cronulla colours.svg Cronulla GF Billy Smith Peter Dickerson Greg Hartley
1977 Parramatta colours.svg Parramatta 11-9 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly GF Graham Murray Len Stacker Jack Danzey
1978 Balmain colours.svg Balmain 10-5 St. George colours.svg St. George GF William Hillard Dennis Tutty Jack Danzey
1979 Parramatta colours.svg Parramatta 22-2 Canterbury colours.svg Canterbury GF John Kolc Mick Alchin Jack Danzey
1980 Canterbury colours.svg Canterbury 18-16 Parramatta colours.svg Parramatta GF Mal Creavey Geoff Connell Jack Danzey
1981 Western Suburbs colours.svg Western Suburbs 19-2 Parramatta colours.svg Parramatta GF CT[51] Ian Schubert Laurie Freier
1982 Balmain colours.svg Balmain 17-12 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Eastern Suburbs GF CT[52] Bill Hilliard Laurie Freier
1983 South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney 12-6 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly GF CT[53] Nathan Gibbs Wally Watsford B. Barnes
1984 Balmain colours.svg Balmain 10-8 St. George colours.svg St. George GF Mike Marketo Peter Duffy C. Ward
1985 St. George colours.svg St. George 22-16 Canberra colours.svg Canberra GF CT[54] George Moroko John Bailey Mick Stone
1986 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Eastern Suburbs 10-2 Parramatta colours.svg Parramatta GF Dave Brown Jim Morgan Kevin Roberts
1987 Penrith Panthers square flag icon with 2017 colours.svg Penrith 11-0 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly GF Craig Izzard Graham Murray Greg McCallum
1988 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly 22-2 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Eastern Suburbs GF Peter Cullum Alan Thompson Graham Annesley
1989 North Sydney colours.svg North Sydney 11-6 Parramatta colours.svg Parramatta GF CT[55] Gary Maguire Steve Martin Mick Stone
1990 Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane 14-6 Canberra colours.svg Canberra GF CT[56]
VH[57]
Ray Herring Bill Gardner Greg McCallum
1991 North Sydney colours.svg North Sydney 12-6 Canberra colours.svg Canberra GF CT[58] Gary Smith Peter Louis Eddie Ward
1992 North Sydney colours.svg North Sydney 28-14 Balmain colours.svg Balmain GF CT[59] Gary Smith Peter Louis Graham Annesley
1993 North Sydney colours.svg North Sydney 5-4 Newcastle colours.svg Newcastle GF CT[60] Alan Wilson Peter Mulholland Bill Harrigan
1994 Cronulla colours.svg Cronulla 14-4 Newcastle colours.svg Newcastle GF Alan Wilson John Dykes Bill Harrigan


Past winners of the NSWRL Premiership

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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