Ron Massey Cup

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Ron Massey Cup
Current season or competition::
2017 Ron Massey Cup
2013 Ron Massey Cup Logo.jpg
Sport Rugby league
Formerly known as Inter-District Competition
Second Division
Metropolitan League
Metropolitan Cup
Jim Beam Cup
Bundaberg Red Cup
Instituted 1963
Inaugural season 1963
Number of teams 13
Country  Australia
Premiers Wellington colours.svg Mounties (2016)
Most titles Western Suburbs colours.svg Wentworthville Magpies (14 titles)
Broadcast partner Fox Sports
Related competition Intrust Super Premiership NSW

The Ron Massey Cup (formerly known as the Bundaberg Red Cup and Jim Beam Cup) is a semi-professional development level rugby league competition in New South Wales (NSW), Australia, run jointly by the New South Wales Rugby League (NSWRL) and the Country Rugby League of New South Wales (CRL). The competition is run concurrently with the National Rugby League (NRL). It currently comprises 13 teams drawn from the Sydney metropolitan area. The competition is named after Ron Massey, a former rugby league coach. Ron Massey died 19 September 2016.[1]

The competition is an expanded version of the former Metropolitan Cup and Second Division competitions. The competition was renamed the Bundaberg Red Cup after the 2008 season (the last Jim Beam Cup season), after Bundaberg replaced former sponsor Jim Beam.[2] For the 2013 season, the competition was re-branded as the Ron Massey Cup, when Bundaberg Rum withdrew their sponsorship.


2017 Season[edit]

In 2017, 11 clubs are fielding teams in the Ron Massey Cup.[3]

Colors Club Location Stadium Founded Joined*
Hullcolours.svg Asquith Magpies Asquith, NSW, Australia Storey Park 1953 2005a
Panthers colours.svg Auburn Warriors Auburn, NSW, Australia Lidcombe Oval 1953 2012
Canadacolours.png Blacktown Workers Blacktown, NSW, Australia H.E. Laybutt Fields 1964 2012
New South Wales colours.svg Cabramatta Two Blues Cabramatta, NSW, Australia New Era Stadium 1919 2004
Scorpions.png Concord Burwood United Wolves Concord, NSW, Australia Goddard Park 2000 2015b
Giantscolours.svg Guildford Owls Guildford, NSW, Australia McCredie Park 1956 2003c
Bullscolours.svg Hills District Bulls Baulkham Hills, NSW, Australia Crestwood Oval 1964 2016
Wellington colours.svg Mounties RLFC Mount Pritchard, NSW, Australia Aubrey Keech Reserve 1927 2007
Ireland colours.svg St Mary's Saints St Marys, NSW, Australia St Marys Leagues Stadium 1908 2016d
Hullcolours.svg Wentworthville Magpies Wentworthville, NSW, Australia Ringrose Park 1963 2003
Western Suburbs colours.svg Western Suburbs Magpies Campbelltown, NSW, Australia Campbelltown Stadium 1908 2013

*: The season the team joined is in the Jim Beam Cup/Bundaberg Red Cup/Ron Massey Cup, not any other competition before this.
a - Asquith did not compete between 2008 to 2012.
b - Concord Burwood previously competed as a merged entity from 2012 to 2014.
c - Guildford did not compete between 2005 to 2012.
d - St Marys previously competed as a merged entity in 2003.

Former Teams in the Ron Massey Cup[edit]

1 - Ourimbah withdrew from the competition midway through the 2005 season.
2 - Sydney Bulls withdrew from the competition midway through the 2011 season.
3 - St Johns Eagles joined the competition midway through the 2011 season, replacing the Sydney Bulls.


The Ron Massey Cup is the latest in a succession Sydney-based second tier, semi-professional Rugby League competitions.

Inter-District/Second Division (1963 - 1973)[edit]

The a second tier senior Rugby League competition in Sydney was the Inter-District Competition established in 1963 by the NSWRL. It was renamed the Second Division in 1964. Like succeeding competitions the Second Division had a high turnover of participating clubs. The 'promotion' of two of the two biggest clubs Penrith Panthers (1966 champions) and Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks, at the conclusion of the 1966 season did not help the long-term stability of the competition.

During this period Wentworthville ("The Magpies") was the most successful club, competing in every grand final of the Second Division, winning a total of 8 premierships (including 5 in a row between 1967–1971). Due to their domination of the competition 'Wenty' was widely considered the best candidate for promotion to the NSWRL Premiership when two positions were made available for the 1967 competition. Due to their proximity to Parramatta, where a Premiership club was established in 1947, the Magpies were overlooked.

Year Premiers
1963 Kingsford
1964 Western Suburbs colours.svg Wentworthville
1965 Western Suburbs colours.svg Wentworthville
1966 Canterbury colours.svg Penrith
1967 Western Suburbs colours.svg Wentworthville
1968 Western Suburbs colours.svg Wentworthville
1969 Western Suburbs colours.svg Wentworthville
1970 Western Suburbs colours.svg Wentworthville
1971 Western Suburbs colours.svg Wentworthville
1972 Illawarra colours.svg Ryde-Eastwood
1973 Western Suburbs colours.svg Wentworthville

The Metropolitan League (1974 - 1976)[edit]

The Second Division was reorganised in 1974 and renamed the Metropolitan League. It was dominated by the Ryde-Eastwood club. In the absence of Wentworthville, who competed in the Illawarra Rugby League competition, Ryde-Eastwood won all three Metropolitan League titles. The Metropolitan League was dismantled in 1976 and with it the idea of a second tier competition.

Year Premiers
1974 Illawarra colours.svg Ryde-Eastwood
1975 Illawarra colours.svg Ryde-Eastwood
1976 Illawarra colours.svg Ryde-Eastwood

The Metropolitan Cup (1990 - 2002)[edit]

The concept of the second tier competition was resurrected in 1990 with the establishment of the Metropolitan Cup. Many teams that were involved in the former Second Division and Metropolitan League were included in the new competition, including Ryde-Eastwood and Wentworthville. Other teams in the new competition included Guildford Owls, Mount Pritchard, Bankstown Greyhounds, Western Suburbs Magpies and the Hills District Bulls. The Newtown Jets, who had been exiled from the New South Wales Rugby League premiership at the close of the 1983 season, were also granted admission into the competition in 1991 and became a successful club in their second life, winning 4 premierships (including 3 in a row between 1995–1997).Other teams who competed in the cup over the years included St. Marys Saints, West Wollongong Red Devils, Moorebank Rams (Bulldogs), UTS Roosters, Windsor Wolves, Cabramatta Blues, Sydney Bulls and the Kellyville Bushrangers

The final Metropolitan Cup was contested in 2002 and was won by a newly formed club, the Sydney Bulls, defeating Ryde-Eastwood in the last grand final of the Metropolitan Cup.

Year Premiers Runners up
1990 Illawarra colours.svg Ryde-Eastwood Hawks Hills District Bulls
1991 Annandale colours.svg Guildford Owls
1992 Newtown colours.svg Newtown Jets
1993 Canberra colours.svg St Mary's Saints
1994 Canberra colours.svg St Mary's Saints
1995 Newtown colours.svg Newtown Jets
1996 Newtown colours.svg Newtown Jets
1997 Newtown colours.svg Newtown Jets
1998 Western Suburbs colours.svg Wentworthville Magpies
1999 Western Suburbs colours.svg Wentworthville Magpies
2000 Illawarra colours.svg Ryde-Eastwood Hawks
2001 Canberra colours.svg St Mary's Saints
2002 South Sydney colours.svg Sydney Bulls

Jim Beam Cup (2003-2008)[edit]

The Jim Beam Cup, 2008

The Jim Beam Cup was established in 2003 as part of another overall restructure of the NSWRL competitions operating in the levels below the NRL. The Jim Beam Cup was intended to lay the foundations of a semi-professional 'State League' competition (similar to the Queensland Cup) and included four non-Sydney teams from the Central Coast (Erina Eagles, The Entrance Tigers, Ourimbah Magpies, and Woy Woy Roosters.) With the inclusion of these clubs (who field teams in the Central Coast Division of the CRL) the Jim Beam Cup became a cooperative effort between the NSWRL and the CRL.

Radio Coverage was heard on Hawkesbury Radio 89.9FM with Peter Jolly and Shane Skeen.

Year Premiers Runners-up
2003 Balmain colours.svg The Entrance Tigers Western Suburbs colours.svg Wentworthville Magpies
2004 South Sydney colours.svg Sydney Bulls Balmain colours.svg The Entrance Tigers
2005 Ipswich Colours.svg Windsor Wolves South Sydney colours.svg Sydney Bulls
2006 South Sydney colours.svg Sydney Bulls Newtown colours.svg Newtown Jets
2007 Balmain colours.svg The Entrance Tigers South Sydney colours.svg Sydney Bulls
2008 Ipswich Colours.svg Windsor Wolves South Sydney colours.svg Sydney Bulls

Bundaberg Red Cup (2009 - 2012)[edit]

The 2009 Grand Final was a closely fought battle between Minor Premiers Wentworthville Magpies and Cabramatta Two Blues, with Wentworthville coming out victorious by 24-20 in the game at Leichhardt Oval.

Year Premiers Runners-up
2009 Western Suburbs colours.svg Wentworthville Magpies New South Wales colours.svg Cabramatta Two Blues
2010 Western Suburbs colours.svg Wentworthville Magpies South Sydney colours.svg Sydney Bulls
2011 New South Wales colours.svg Cabramatta Two Blues Wellington colours.svg Mount Pritchard Mounties
2012 Western Suburbs colours.svg Wentworthville Magpies Balmain colours.svg The Entrance Tigers

Ron Massey Cup (2013 - )[edit]

During the 2012/13 offseason it was announced that Bundaberg Rum had withdrawn their sponsorship, and the competition would be renamed as the Ron Massey Cup, after the great Parramatta assistant coach.

Year Premiers Runners-up
2013 Western Suburbs colours.svg Wentworthville Magpies Wellington colours.svg Mount Pritchard Mounties
2014 Balmain colours.svg The Entrance Tigers Wellington colours.svg Mount Pritchard Mounties
2015 Wellington colours.svg Mount Pritchard Mounties Hullcolours.svg Asquith Magpies
2016 Wellington colours.svg Mount Pritchard Mounties Ireland colours.svg St Mary's Saints


Since its establishment in 2003 the competition has both expanded and contracted in terms of numbers of side competing. Aside from the original expansion of the Sydney-based competition into the Central Coast, the Bundaberg Red Cup has continued to expand throughout Sydney, moving away from its Western Sydney base in 2005 with the inclusion of two Northern Sydney sides: the Asquith Magpies and Belrose Eagles.


2003 saw the inauguration of the new Jim Beam Cup. It featured eight teams from Sydney and four from the Central Coast.


The St Mary's-Penrith Cougars left to focus on their NSW Premier League side, and were replaced by the Cabramatta Two-Blues.



The Woy Woy Roosters withdrew.


In 2007, 12 clubs competed for the Jim Beam Cup. New clubs Shellharbour, Chester Hill, Seven Hills and Mount Pritchard competed for the first time. Newtown Jets dropped out of the competition to concentrate on their clubs 2007 NSWRL Premier League campaign.

In terms of geographical spread four clubs were based in the Parramatta District (Wentworthville, Seven Hills, Cabramatta and Mount Pritchard), two on the Central Coast of NSW (Erina and The Entrance) and Canterbury-Bankstown (Chester Hill and Sydney Bulls) and one each in Penrith (Windsor Wolves), Manly-Warringah (Belrose), Illawarra (Shellharbour) and North Sydney (Asquith).


In 2008, for the first time, an interstate team entered the competition, a Western Australia Rugby League representative side known as the WA Reds, with a view to developing the game in the state in order to secure a future NRL franchise in 2011 - 2012.[4] The Cronulla Sutherland Sharks and the Campbelltown Eagles also joined the competition. Seven Hills Demons announced that they would not field a team in the Jim Beam Cup in Season. 2008.[5] The Entrance Tigers, who had claimed the 2007 Title, unfortunately pulled of the Jim Beam Cup due to the restrictions placed on gambling and smoking in clubs and pubs.[6] The Asquith Magpies also withdrew from the competition.




In 2011, the Kingsgrove Colts joined the competition, based in the St George catchment area. As of Round 6, the Sydney Bulls left the competition to due financial difficulties.



The Asquith Magpies returned, replacing the St Johns Eagles. The Guildford Owls made their return, and the Western Suburbs Magpies made their return following the merger of the NSW Cup entities.



The reigning premiers, The Entrance Tigers withdrew. Western Suburbs, Cabramatta and Kingsgrove missed the eight-team finals series.


The Hills District Bulls and St Mary's Saints joined the competition.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Pengilly, Adam (19 September 2016). "Rugby league tactician Ron Massey dies, aged 86". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 19 September 2016. 
  2. ^ Massoud, Josh (14 November 2008). "Row over Jim Beam, Bundaberg Rum sponsorship". The Herald Sun. Melbourne: News Limited. 
  3. ^ "2017 Draw Ron Massey Cup". NSWRL. Sydney. 24 January 2017. 
  4. ^ Read, Brent (22 May 2008). "WA eyes return as Sydney clubs battle". The Australian. Sydney: News Limited. Retrieved 22 May 2008. 
  5. ^ "WA Wins Bid for National Team: The Journey to the NRL Begins". WA Rugby League. Archived from the original on 22 February 2007. Retrieved 15 December 2006. 
  6. ^ "The Entrance Withdraw from the 2008 Jim Beam Cup". [dead link]

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