1925 NSWRFL season

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1925 New South Wales Rugby Football League
PremiersSouth Sydney colours.svg South Sydney (5th title)
Minor premiersSouth Sydney colours.svg South Sydney (5th title)
Matches played52
Points scored1197
Top points scorer(s)South Sydney colours.svg Benny Wearing (80)
Top try-scorer(s)South Sydney colours.svg Benny Wearing (12)

The 1925 New South Wales Rugby Football League premiership was the eighteenth season of Sydney’s top-level rugby league club competition, Australia’s first. Nine teams from across the city contested during the season, with South Sydney being crowned premiers by finishing on top of the League.[1]

Season summary[edit]

For this season the St George Dragons found a permanent homeground at Earl Park, Arncliffe. The NSWRFL introduced reserve footballs, so that a game could continue even if the ball had been booted out of the stadium.

South Sydney won all their twelve matches during the season, and remain the only club to achieve this in the history of the competition and just one of five to go through a season undefeated. The Rabbitohs made a clean sweep of all three grades.

It was the first of seven premierships South Sydney would win in eight years through to 1932. There were no finals played. By Round 13 South Sydney was in such a dominant position (10 points ahead with five rounds to play) that the NSWRFL curtailed the competition and proceeded to the City Cup knockout tournament, which Souths also won.


Balmain home jersey 1908.svg
18th season
Ground: Birchgrove Oval
Coach: Alf Fraser
Captain: Charles Fraser
Eastern Suburbs
18th season
Ground: Sydney Sports Ground
Captain: Bill Ives
18th season
Ground: Wentworth Oval
Captain: Bert Gray
Newtown Jets home jersey 1908.svg
18th season
Ground: Marrickville Oval
Coach: Albert Johnston
Captain: Perce Horne
North Sydney Bears home jersey 1908.svg
North Sydney
18th season
Ground: North Sydney Oval
Coach: Jim Devereux
Captain: Herman Peters
St. George
5th season
Ground: Earl Park
Coach: Herb Gilbert
Captain: Arnold Traynor
South Sydney
18th season
Ground: Royal Agricultural Society Ground & Sydney Sports Ground
Coach: Howard Hallett
Captain: Alf Blair , Jack Lawrence
University home jersey 1925.svg
6th season
Captains: Hubert Finn, Frank O'Rourke
Western Suburbs
18th season
Ground: Pratten Park
Captain: Gordon Stettler


The geographical locations of the teams that contested the 1925 premiership across Sydney.
Team Pld W D L B PF PA PD Pts
1 South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney 12 12 0 0 1 190 87 +103 26
2 Western Suburbs colours.svg Western Suburbs 11 6 0 5 2 166 150 +16 16
3 Balmain colours.svg Balmain 12 6 1 5 1 130 112 +21 15
4 North Sydney colours.svg North Sydney 12 6 1 5 1 157 138 +19 15
5 St. George colours.svg St. George 11 5 1 5 2 132 141 -9 15
6 Glebe colours.svg Glebe 12 5 0 7 1 107 171 -53 12
7 University colours.svg Sydney University 11 3 1 7 2 168 142 -24 11
8 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Eastern Suburbs 12 4 0 8 1 161 120 -31 10
9 Newtown colours.svg Newtown 11 3 0 8 2 120 136 -42 10

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Premiership Roll of Honour Archived May 11, 2006, at the Wayback Machine at rl1908.com

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