1935 NSWRFL season
|1935 New South Wales Rugby Football League|
|Premiers||Eastern Suburbs (5th title)|
|Minor premiers||Eastern Suburbs (6th title)|
|Top points scorer(s)||Dave Brown (244)|
|Top try-scorer(s)||Dave Brown (38)|
The 1935 New South Wales Rugby Football League premiership was the twenty-eighth season of Sydney’s top-grade rugby league club competition, Australia’s first. The season culminated in Eastern Suburbs’ victory over South Sydney in the final.
The addition of Canterbury-Bankstown meant that the League involved nine clubs for the first time since 1929.
- Balmain, formed on January 23, 1908, at Balmain Town Hall
- Canterbury-Bankstown, formed October 30, 1934.
- Eastern Suburbs, formed on January 24, 1908, at Paddington Town Hall
- Newtown, formed on January 14, 1908
- North Sydney, formed on February 7, 1908
- South Sydney, formed on January 17, 1908, at Redfern Town Hall
- St. George, formed on November 8, 1920, at Kogarah School of Arts
- University, formed in 1919 at Sydney University
- Western Suburbs, formed on February 4, 1908
Records set in 1935
The University club did not win a single match in 1935, continuing a losing streak that started in round 2, 1934 and which would run till round 14, 1936, and which marks the most consecutive losses in NSWRL/NRL premiership history at 42.
On 11 May at Earl Park, St. George defeated newcomers Canterbury 91–6, this remaining the biggest winning margin and most points scored by one team in the history of the NSWRFL/NSWRL/ARL/NRL, beating South Sydney’s 67–nil win over Western Suburbs in 1910. The following weekend on 18 May, Eastern Suburbs defeated the “Cantabs” (as Canterbury were initially known) 87–7, this remaining the second-highest score and winning margin in the history of the competition. The record in any grade occurred on 19 July 1913 when South Sydney reserves defeated Mosman by 102 points to 2.
In the second half of the Earl Park match, St. George scored fourteen tries and sixty-eight points, this being the most scored in one half of any match.
Eastern Suburbs winger Rod O'Loan scored a club record of seven tries in a 61–5 win over University. This tally stands second (behind Frank Burge's eight tries in 1920) on the list of most individual tries in a premiership match. Dave Brown’s six tries in a 1935 game against Canterbury stands in equal third place in that same list, Easts winning the match 65–10.
The standing record for most tries in one season also comes from 1935, being 38 by Brown. Brown’s 45 points in the 87–7 victory against Canterbury also stands as the record for most points in a match and the 15 goals he kicked in that match stands in equal first place as the most goals scored in a match. The other equal place holder is St George’s Les Griffen who kicked 15 goals in the Dragons’ 91–6 victory against Canterbury.
In the two semi-finals played as a double-header at the Sydney Cricket Ground on the same day, the top two ranked teams Eastern Suburbs and South Sydney beat their lower-ranked opponents Western Suburbs and North Sydney. Eastern Suburbs and South Sydney won their respective matches and met each other in the Final.
|7 September 1935 – Sydney Cricket Ground|
|14 September 1935 – Sydney Cricket Ground|
|7 September 1935 – Sydney Cricket Ground|
|South Sydney||Position||Eastern Suburbs|
|Les McDonald||FB||Tom Dowling|
|Harry Thompson||WG||Rod O’Loan|
|Harry Eyers||CE||Ross McKinnon|
|Eddie Finucane||CE||Jack Beaton|
|George Shankland||WG||Fred Tottey|
|"Paddy" Stewart||FE||Ernie Norman|
|Percy Williams(c)||HB||Viv Thicknesse|
|Jack McCormack||PR||Ray Stehr (c)|
|George Kilham||HK||Tom McLachlan|
|Eric Lewis||PR||Max Nixon|
|Frank Curran||SR||Harry Pierce|
|Michael Williams||SR||Joe Pearce|
|Eddie Hinson||LK||Andy Norval|
|Dave Watson||Coach||Arthur Halloway|
- Eastern Suburbs
Tries: Rod O'Loan 2, Harry Pierce, Fred Tottey, Jack Beaton. Goals: Ross McKinnon 2
- South Sydney
Try: George Shankland
- Premiership Roll of Honour at rl1908.com
- "History of the Premiership". centenaryofrugbyleague.com.au. Australian Rugby League. Archived from the original on 9 February 2008. Retrieved 21 October 2013.
- Rugby League Tables – Most Consecutive Games Lost; AFl Tables
- Rugby League Tables – Game Records; AFL Tables
- ‘Rugby League: Second Grade‘; The Sunday Times, 20 July 1913, p. 13
- ‘Records Made: St. George and Griffen’; Sydney Morning Herald, 13 May 1935, p. 17
- See Middleton, David; Rugby League 1996; pp. 123, 125 ISBN 0732256720
- Rugby League Tables – Most Individual Tries in a Game; AFL Tables
- Middleton, David (30 September 2013). "Ten of the most dominant seasons in rugby league history from historian David Middleton". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 6 February 2014.
- "The Rugby Season has ended". The Sydney Mail. Australia. 1935-09-18. p. 33. Retrieved 2009-12-04.[dead link]
- "Finals Scorers,1935". stats.rleague.com. Archived from the original on 19 October 2012. Retrieved 29 October 2013.