1929 NSWRFL season

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1929 New South Wales Rugby Football League
Teams 9
Premiers South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney (9th title)
Minor premiers South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney (8th title)
Matches played 75
Points scored 1942
Top points scorer(s) Western Suburbs colours.svg Jim Craig (86)
Top try-scorer(s) Western Suburbs colours.svg Alan Brady (11)

The 1929 New South Wales Rugby Football League premiership was the 22nd season of Sydney's top-level rugby league football competition, Australia's first. During the season, which lasted from April until September, nine teams from across Sydney contested the premiership, culminating in a South Sydney's win over Newtown in the final.[1]

Season summary[edit]

Half of the 1929 season was played without several of the League’s top players who were selected to embark on the 1929–30 Kangaroo tour of Great Britain. South Sydney won their ninth premiership and fifth in succession, defeating Newtown in the Final.


At the end of 1929 Glebe exited the League[2] because of a lack of a home ground, poor results and primarily because the area they represented was no longer big enough to support a club.

Balmain home jersey 1908.svg
22nd season
Ground: Birchgrove Oval
Captain-Coach: Reg Latta
Eastern Suburbs
22nd season
Ground: RAS Showground
Coach: George Boddington
Captain: Arthur Oxford
22nd season
Ground: Wentworth Park
Coach: Chris McKivat
Captain: Jack McMahon
Newtown Jets home jersey 1908.svg
22nd season
Ground: Marrickville Oval
Coach: Jack Chaseling[3]
Captain(s): Tom Ellis, Fred Lind
North Sydney Bears home jersey 1908.svg
North Sydney
22nd season
Ground: North Sydney Oval
Coach: Leo O'Connor
Captain: Les Carroll
St. George
9th season
Ground: Earl Park
Coach: Frank Burge
Captain: Arthur Justice
South Sydney
22nd season
Ground: Sydney Sports Ground
Coach: Charlie Lynch
Captain: Alf Blair
University home jersey 1925.svg
10th season
Coach:Billy Kelly
Captain: Sammy Ogg
Western Suburbs
22nd season
Ground: Pratten Park
Captain-Coach: Jim Craig


Team Pld W D L B PF PA PD Pts
1 South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney 16 13 1 2 2 296 104 +192 31
2 St. George colours.svg St. George 16 11 1 4 2 180 147 +33 27
3 Western Suburbs colours.svg Western Suburbs 16 10 2 4 2 258 153 +105 26
4 Newtown colours.svg Newtown 16 10 0 6 2 188 169 +19 24
5 North Sydney colours.svg North Sydney 16 6 3 7 2 194 211 -17 19
6 Balmain colours.svg Balmain 16 6 1 9 2 213 259 -46 17
7 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Eastern Suburbs 16 4 2 10 2 203 269 -66 14
8 Glebe colours.svg Glebe 16 3 3 10 2 166 261 -95 13
9 University colours.svg University 16 2 1 13 2 157 282 -125 9


Home Score Away Match Information
Date and Time Venue Referee Crowd
Minor Semi-Final
Newtown colours.svg Newtown 8-7 St. George colours.svg St. George 7 September 1929 Earl Park 7,000
Major Semi-Final
South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney 22-10 Western Suburbs colours.svg Western Suburbs 7 September 1929 Sydney Sports Ground Lal Deane 14,774
South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney 30-10 Newtown colours.svg Newtown 14 September 1929 Sydney Sports Ground Lal Deane 16,360

Premiership final[edit]

South Sydney Position Newtown
Albert Spillane FB Jim Gilmour
Benny Wearing WG George Casey
Oscar Quinlivan CE Carl Mork
Harry Eyres CE Charlie Hill
Reg Williams WG Jack Kessey (c)
Jack Jones FE Vince Hughes
Alf Blair (c) HB Hans Mork
Frank O'Connor PR Charlie Pendergast
Alf O'Connor HK Tom Leamy
Carl Eggen PR Ben Edwards
Alf Binder SR Dave Waters
David Watson SR Jack Davies
Jack Why LK T Walsh
Charlie Lynch Coach

South Sydney took their fifth successive title outgunning Newtown 30-10 after leading 18-2 at half-time.

The Whiticker/Collis reference quotes Sydney's Labor Daily[4] in praise of Souths' win: "Newtown faced inevitable defeat, and while the margin was large, it hardly demonstrated South Sydney's superiority. They were on top from the start and gave a scintillating display both in combination and individual effort. Alf Blair played probably the greatest game in his long career".

Brothers Alf and Frank O'Connor both scored tries for the winning Rabbitohs, the next time two brothers would each score a try in a premiership decider was when Brett and Glenn Stewart scored for the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles in their 2011 NRL Grand Final win over the New Zealand Warriors.

South Sydney 30 (Tries: Blair 3, Williams 3, F. O'Connor, A O'Connor. Goals: Blair 2, Williams)


Newtown 10 (Tries: Edwards 2. Goals: Casey 2)


  1. ^ Premiership Roll of Honour Archived 2010-10-11 at the Wayback Machine. at rl1908.com
  2. ^ "History of the Premiership". centenaryofrugbyleague.com.au. Australian Rugby League. Archived from the original on 9 February 2008. Retrieved 21 October 2013. 
  3. ^ History Of NSW Rugby League Finals. Stephen Hadden (ISBN 978 0 646 05098 0)
  4. ^ "Whiticker & Collis p 35"

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