1913 NSWRFL season

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1913 NSWRFL season
League New South Wales Rugby Football League
Duration 3 May to 16 August
Teams 8
Matches played 56
Points scored 1344
Premiers Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Eastern Suburbs[1] (3rd title)
Minor Premiers Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Eastern Suburbs (2nd title)
Top point-scorer(s) South Sydney colours.svg Harold Horder (65)
Top try-scorer(s) South Sydney colours.svg Harold Horder (13)
Second Grade
Number of teams 14
Premiers South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney
Runners-up Grosvenor
Third Grade
Number of teams 21 (1 withdrew)
Premiers South Sydney Federals
Runners-up South Sydney Kinkora

The 1913 New South Wales Rugby Football League premiership was the sixth season of Sydney’s top-level rugby league club competition, Australia’s first. Eight teams from across the city contested during the season.

Season summary[edit]

By the start of the 1913 season, the NSWRFL had secured the use of the Sydney Cricket Ground for its games.[2]

As occurred in the 1912 season, the minor premiers were deemed the overall premiers. Eastern Suburbs, who finished top of the table for the second time in as many years, claimed their third straight premiership as a result. The team’s success could be attributed to the talent in the team at the time, with ten players having played for Australia and another three for New South Wales. Of the team’s two losses, one came at the hands of runners-up Newtown midway through the season and the other in the final round to Glebe after the title had already been won.

This Eastern Suburbs side is still considered to be one of the greatest club teams ever assembled, with players including Dally Messenger, Wally Messenger, Sandy Pearce, Larry O'Malley, Les Cubitt, Dan Frawley and Arthur “Pony” Halloway. This season also saw the retirement from the League of future Australian Rugby League Hall of Fame inductee, Dally Messenger.


The geographical locations of the teams that contested the 1913 premiership across Sydney.

The teams remained unchanged from the previous season.

4th season
Ground: Wentworth Park
Captain-Coach: Paddy McCue
Balmain home jersey 1908.svg
6th season
Ground: Birchgrove Oval
Coach: Robert Graves
Captain: Bill Noble
Eastern Suburbs
6th season
Ground: Sydney Sports Ground
Captain-Coach: Dally Messenger
6th season
Ground: Wentworth Park
Captain-Coach: Chris McKivat
Newtown Jets home jersey 1908.svg
6th season
Ground: Erskineville Oval
Captain-Coach: Charles "Boxer" Russell
North Sydney Bears home jersey 1908.svg
North Sydney
6th season
Ground: North Sydney Oval
Captain: Sid Deane & Jim Devereux
South Sydney
6th season
Ground: Sydney Sports Ground
Coach: John Rosewell
Captain: Arthur Butler
Western Suburbs
6th season
Ground: Pratten Park
Captain-Coach: Tedda Courtney , Jim Abercrombie


The 1913 Eastern Suburbs DRLFC's premiership winning team with the Royal Agricultural Society Shield.
Team Pld W D L PF PA PD Pts
1 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Eastern Suburbs 14 12 0 2 227 118 +109 24
2 Newtown colours.svg Newtown 14 10 1 3 203 135 +68 21
3 South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney 14 9 0 5 200 132 +68 18
4 Glebe colours.svg Glebe 14 8 0 6 198 161 +37 16
5 North Sydney colours.svg North Sydney 14 5 2 7 199 193 +6 12
6 Balmain colours.svg Balmain 14 4 1 9 83 135 -52 9
7 Annandale colours.svg Annandale 14 3 0 11 119 219 -100 6
8 Western Suburbs colours.svg Western Suburbs 14 3 0 11 115 251 -136 6

Records set in 1913[edit]

On 19 July, South Sydney’s reserve grade team scored 102 points against Mosman, which remains the greatest number of points scored in any grade of NSWRFL/NSWRL/ARL/NRL rugby league. The Rabbitohs scored 49 points in the first half and 59 in the second, conceding only a solitary penalty goal.[3][4]


  1. ^ Premiership Roll of Honour Archived 14 May 2011 at the Wayback Machine. at rl1908.com
  2. ^ Cunneen, Chris (2001). The best ever Australian Sports Writing. Australia: Black Inc. p. 316. ISBN 1-86395-266-7. Retrieved 19 February 2011.
  3. ^ ‘Rugby League: Second Grade‘; The Sunday Times, 20 July 1913, p. 13
  4. ^ See ‘Records Made: St. George and Griffen’; Sydney Morning Herald, 13 May 1935, p. 17

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