St. George Dragons
As a stand-alone club, they field teams in the NSWRL underage competitions, Harold Matthews Cup and S. G. Ball. Entering the New South Wales Rugby Football League in 1921, the St George club won 15 premierships, the Dragons thus became second to only the South Sydney Rabbitohs in terms of total premierships won in the NSW Rugby Football League. Following the Super League war and formation of the NRL, the club formed a joint venture with the Illawarra Steelers in 1998, to become the St George Illawarra Dragons. NSWRFL president Henry Hoyle gave an address and a St. George club appeared likely to form. Undeterred, the St George Rugby League Football Club took form in 1910 when a team played in the NSWRL 3rd Grade Competition, the clubs first game took place against Newtown at Sans Souci and St George were victorious 36–0. With the demise of Annandale Rugby League Club, St George was successful in November 1920 in petitioning the NSWRL for promotion, in February 1921 at the Kogarah School of Arts, the St George District Rugby League Club came into being.
The first President was Arthur Yager, with Joe McGraw chosen as Secretary, the clubs inaugural captain was Dual-code rugby international, Herb Gilbert who joined the club at aged 33 as captain-coach. The clubs inaugural first grade appearance was on St Georges Day,23 April 1921 against Glebe at the Sydney Sports Ground, St George won only two matches in their first season and finished equal second last in the premiership. Before the start of the 1921 season, trial matches were played at Sans Souci, during the 1921 season games were played at Hurstville Oval. In 1925 the club started using Earl Park at Arncliffe as its headquarters, the club played at Earl Park until the end of the 1939 season. The new club struggled during the 1920s finishing last in 1926, the hiring of another 33-year-old veteran leader in Frank Burge saw a change in the clubs fortunes. In 1927 under Burge, the Dragon Slayers, as they were known, Harry Kadwell, the former South Sydney player and international half-back took over from Burge as captain-coach in 1931 and had four seasons with the club before his retirement.
Justice would play eleven seasons with the club, followed by a long post-playing career with as Football Club secretary, in 1933 St George sneaked into the semi-finals in fourth place and won their way into the final against minor premiers Newtown. That same year won the first night competition conducted by the NSWRL. In 1935 St George, defeated Canterbury-Bankstown 91–6, the biggest win in their history, in 1937 for the fourth time in the clubs short history the Dragon Slayers finished as competition runners-up. Their inaugural premiership had still not been achieved when at the end of the decade, following the 1939 season, former Lord Mayor of Sydney, Jack Mostyn became President of the club in 1937 and retained the role for the next eight years. The long wait finally ended in 1941 when St George defeated Eastern Suburbs 31–14 at the Sydney Cricket Ground to take their inaugural First Grade premiership and they were captain-coached by Neville Smith. Brothers Jack and Herb Gilbert, Jr. the sons of the clubs first captain-coach Herb Gilbert both played in the match, the following year,1942 all three grades reached the Grand final with the 3rd grade side victorious
Queensland Sport and Athletics Centre
The QSAC was formerly known as ANZ Stadium. ANZ now holds the rights for Sydneys Stadium Australia. From 1993 to 2003, QSAC was the home of the Brisbane Broncos, the facility opened in 1975 and was officially named Queen Elizabeth II Jubilee Sports Centre by the Queen in 1977 to mark her Silver Jubilee. It was constructed in close proximity to both the Queen Elizabeth II Jubilee Hospital and Griffith University campus, which provided athlete accommodation, the original roofed stadium was intended to be the only permanent seating facility. The remainder of the seating was built as temporary seating and was intended to be removed after the Commonwealth Games had finished. Public opinion resulted in the temporary seating being retained as permanent. The stadium was named ANZ Stadium from 1993 to 2003 when it was the home of the Brisbane Broncos rugby league football team, the capacity can be increased to 60,000 with the use of extra temporary seating in front of the Eastern and Western grandstands.
These were removed when the track was relaid for the 2001 Goodwill Games. In 1999, ANZ Stadium hosted eventual champions Australia in their Davis Cup Semi-Final win over Russia 4-1, temporary grass courts were erected up one end of the field and temporary stands on 3 sides. The stadium has permitted students of the neighboring Griffith University to use its expansive carpark and this is due to the relatively low availability of parking as well as the cost of parking on the campus. Students who dont mind the ten-minute walk from the stadium take advantage of the large carpark, list of tennis stadiums by capacity QSAC ‘Potato field’ & not court, Kafelnikov Brisbane to host Australia-Russia Davis Cup semi-final
UOW Jubilee Oval, known as Kogarah Oval, is a multipurpose stadium in Carlton, Australia. The stadium is used for rugby league and is the home of National Rugby League team St. George Illawarra Dragons. The oval has hosted matches, including hosting Sydney Olympic FC during the 2003–04 National Soccer League season. The ground hosted its first game of league in March 1936 when the St. George Dragons were defeated by the Newtown Bluebags in an exhibition match. The stadium has undergone several constructions over the years and one is still being planned for the foreseeable future, the first official game was played on 22 April 1950 in which the Dragons lost 17-15 to South Sydney. Jubilee Oval currently stands on part of the grant of 87 acres awarded on 23 December 1853 to Archibald McNab. Edmund English purchased the grant on 23 May 1854 for around 400 pounds and it officially became known as Kogarah Park when it was acquired by the Department of Lands on 1 July 1896 and dedicated as the first public park in Kogarah.
Control of the park was passed to the Council of the Municipality of Kogarah on 29 August 1906. During Kogarah’s Jubilee celebrations in 1935, Jubilee Oval was constructed in Kogarah Park, the ground was closed from 1986 until the end of 1988 because of the construction of the new grandstand being built on the western side of the ground. During this time the Dragons played their games at the Sydney Cricket Ground in 1986 and 1987, while using Belmore Oval. Since 2003, Jubilee has been upgraded in a 3-stage plan, funded by the NSW State Government. Stage 1 consisted of new terraced seating at the end, perimeter seating at the base of the hill. Floodlights for televising night matches were installed, the Dragons returned for 2009 against the Sharks in round 3, and broke the club record for highest Crowd at the ground. In March 2004 a Legends Walk at Kogarah Oval was opened, in 2003, printing and data communications company OKI signed a five-year sponsorship deal for naming rights to the ground with the name becoming OKI Jubilee Stadium.
In October,2008, OKI Printing Solutions decided not to renew the rights of Jubilee Oval. The naming rights ended on 31 October with the park reverting to its former name and it was officially announced on 25 December 2008, that WIN Corporation had bought the naming rights for Jubilee Oval. With this agreement, WIN owned the rights to both of St. George Illawarras home grounds, WIN Jubilee Oval and WIN Stadium. In early 2014, WIN backed out of sponsorship, with the ground once again reverting to its original name
Glenn Patrick Lazarus is a former professional rugby league footballer and a former Australian Senator. He is the player in the history of the game to win grand finals with three separate clubs, with the grand final wins being the first for each club. After his retirement from football he assisted several NRL clubs in a coaching capacity, in the 2013 federal election, Lazarus was elected to the Australian Senate for the state of Queensland as the lead Queensland candidate for the Palmer United Party. He became PUP Senate leader at the commencement of his term on 1 July 2014 and he quit PUP on 13 March 2015 citing issues with its leader Clive Palmer, and established his own political party, the Glenn Lazarus Team. He did not retain his seat in the 2016 federal election, Lazarus was born in Queanbeyan, New South Wales. He attended Queanbeyan South Primary School and Karabar High School and he excelled at swimming and football, both Australian rules and especially rugby league. Lazarus achieved a reputation in prop forward position at club, state.
He was the first player in the history of the game to win premierships with three different clubs, Canberra Raiders, Brisbane Broncos and Melbourne Storm, Lazarus was named Players Player for two consecutive Kangaroo Tours,1990 and 1994. In addition, Lazarus scored the first rugby league try at the Melbourne Cricket Ground during a State of Origin game. Lazarus began his career with the Canberra Raiders in 1987. He played a role in the clubs victory over the Balmain Tigers in the 1989 grand final. He travelled with the Raiders to England for the 1989 World Club Challenge, Lazarus played in the Raiders victory over the Penrith Panthers in the 1990 grand final. At the end of the 1990 NSWRL season, he went on the 1990 Kangaroo tour of Great Britain and he played for Canberra in their grand final loss to Penrith in 1991. During the 1992 Great Britain Lions tour of Australia and New Zealand and he played for the Broncos at prop forward in the 1992 grand final victory over the St. He played for Australia at prop forward in the World Cup final victory over Great Britain at Wembley Stadium, Lazarus played for the Broncos at prop forward in the 1993 grand final victory again over the St.
George Dragons. This constituted a feat of playing in five consecutive grand finals. During the 1994 NSWRL season, Lazarus played at forward for defending premiers Brisbane when they hosted British champions Wigan for the 1994 World Club Challenge. In 1996, he captained the Broncos in a game against the Penrith Panthers due to Allan Langer being injured and he was selected to go on the 1994 Kangaroo Tour, where he was voted the Players Player of the tour
Brookvale Oval is a sporting ground located within Brookvale Park at Brookvale, New South Wales, Australia. The ground is owned by Northern Beaches Council and is used by the Manly Warringah Sea Eagles rugby league team. Brookvale Oval has a capacity of 23,000 people. By the end of the 2016 season, Brookvale had played host to 664 first grade premiership games, in the late nineteenth century, the suburb of Brookvale was known as Greendale. The name Brookvale was adopted as that was the name of the built by the original grantee of the land. It was in area that Dan Farrell built his stone house called Inverness which was to become Manly Leagues Club. A block of land called Farrells Paddocks was sometimes used for local community events. This land was granted to William Redman in 1857. The original parcel was subdivided into smaller lots and sold. The area known as Lot 47 A was sold to Jane Malcolm in April 1907, land title records suggest that between 1907 and 1911, Malcolm carried out a subdivision of Lot 47A into four blocks.
In the following year, the State Government reached agreement with Warringah Shire Council to acquire land for a park near the Shire’s Offices, the acquired land plus a smaller parcel of land bought from Miss Jane Malcolm from Brookvale, was officially opened in 1911 as Brookvale Park. In 1921, the Brookvale Show was established with the formation of the Warringah Agricultural, Amateur Sports, between 1919 and 1928 children from Brookvale School planted trees to commemorate Arbor Day and it was the setting for school sports days and Empire Day picnics. During World War II, Brookvale Park was utilised by the Defence Force for training purposes, on 25 April 1951, a new attendance record at Brookvale was set at 9,447, with spectators overflowing onto the field for a match between Manly and South Sydney. Over fifty annual shows were held at Brookvale Park before the show was moved to St Ives Showground and ring events were features of early shows at Brookvale. The trotting track occupied an area of the Park with lighting of the ring for night entertainment.
Substantial improvements were made to form a sporting oval by the addition of stands. Pavilions were constructed along Alfred Road to house show exhibits, outside of the annual show period these pavilions were used for local church services and meeting rooms for the local community. They were used by bands as a place to practice
Parramatta Stadium was a sports stadium in Parramatta, New South Wales, Australia,23 kilometres west of Sydneys central business district. The stadium was the ground of three western Sydney-based sports teams, Parramatta Eels, Western Sydney Wanderers and Greater Sydney Rams. The site had previously occupied by Cumberland Oval. The stadium hosted other sporting and cultural events since its opening in 1986. Michael Jackson performed there during his Bad World Tour on 20–21 November 1987, in 2015, the NSW Government announced that the stadium would be demolished and rebuilt with a 30,000 capacity. The build cost is expected to be in the $300 million range, the new stadium is expected to take three years to construct. Cumberland Oval was the sporting venue for the Parramatta District from the mid 19th Century until 1982. It was initially a venue for horse-racing and athletics for rugby union from 1879, motor cycle racing on a dirt track started in 1930 midget speedcar racing in 1936. The first stand at Cumberland Oval was built in 1850 and others followed at times up to the final stand was built in 1936.
Players from the cricket club erected a two-rail fence around the oval during the 1860s. The dirt track was originally 18 feet in width until expanded to 30 feet for the speedcars, the boundary fence and track remained in place after all speedway racing ended in 1959. Crashes resulted in three deaths and the curator at the time suffered a broken leg from being hit during a race. Some of the early touring English cricket teams played at Cumberland Oval at a time when Parramatta was way out in the country, the cricket club evolved as Central Cumberland for the initial Sydney Grade Competition in 1893/94. The club now known as the Parramatta District Cricket Club still has Old Kings Oval as its main ground, the Parramatta Rugby Union club now plays at Granville Rugby Park. Cumberland Oval was originally is use for rugby league by the Parramatta Iona and Endeavours clubs, when the Parramatta District Rugby League Club was admitted into the NSWRL Premiership in 1947 Cumberland Oval became the clubs home ground.
The first match was played against Newtown on 12 April 1947, the largest crowd to watch a rugby league match at Cumberland Oval was 22,470 when the Eels took on the South Sydney Rabbitohs on 26 April 1971. After losing the 1976 Grand Final 13-10 to Manly, and the 1977 Grand Final replay 22-0 to St George,1981 was the first premiership success for the Eels, for a while some junior rugby league matches were played on the unfenced oval before the site was eventually redeveloped. In November 1984 the construction company Civil & Civic won the contract to design, in November 1985 the stadium was complete, with a rectangular playing area several meters below the Cumberland Oval surface
Gold Coast Chargers
They first played under the name Gold Coast-Tweed Giants, Gold Coast Seagulls, and finally Gold Coast Chargers. The Gold Coast-Tweed Giants were admitted to the New South Wales Rugby League premiership for the 1988 season, along with the Brisbane Broncos, due to a clause in Brisbanes licence, only one team could play in South-East Queensland. As a result, the Giants played out of the now demolished Seagulls Stadium in Tweed Heads, New South Wales, just over the border, Gold Coast and Group 18 provided a nursery of young players in which the club was able to draw on for recruitment. They were joined by veterans Bob McCarthy as coach, Graeme Langlands as team manager, the Giants were a team that spanned both New South Wales and Queensland but struggled for acceptance in either state. A key signing for the club was Ron Gibbs, Second-row forward who had won the 1987 Grand Final while playing for the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles, other major recruits were, Chris Close, Neil Hunt and Mike Eden, Tony Rampling and Billy Johnstone.
The Giants only won 4 matches during the 1988 NSWRL season and their first victory was by 25–22 against the Brisbane Broncos in front of 13,423 at Seagulls Stadium, Ron Gibbs appeared in just 14 games during the season. Another major signing Tony Rampling only made one appearance, the Giants played their first premiership match at Seagulls Stadium on Saturday 5 March, against the Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs in which they were defeated 21 points to 10. The team was, The Giants avoided coming last in their first season in the premiership, lack of playing depth and financial concerns hung over the club for the season. The Giants showcased some of the emerging young talent halfback Geoffrey Geoff Bagnall. Bagnall the former Brisbane Norths showed class in attack and handled the transition to big time football with distinction, Bagnall was the architect of a Giants victory over fellow newcomers the Newcastle Knights with a scoreline of 9–0. This win was the Gold Coasts first win away from Seagulls Stadium, rampaging young forward Keith Neller, who was once touted as a potential State of Origin player, produced strong performances during the season.
Most notably his round 17 performance in a 25–10 victory against the Illawarra Steelers, during the 1988 season Billy Johnstone and Ben Gonzales both appeared in 21 games. Mike Eden scored 79 points and Scott Mieni scored 8 tries to lead the team in try scoring, in February 1989 the Giants were taken over by the Seagulls Leagues Club. This assured the clubs financial future, two and a half months and eight losses after entering the NSWRL the Gold Coast Giants scored their historic victory over their rivals the Brisbane Broncos. In front of their biggest crowd and against competition heavyweights the Giants scored a famous 25–22 victory and it was a grand final for the Giants, pumped up as never before – and they showed remarkable resilience and determination to defy a late Broncos challenge. The match was close and thoroughly exciting throughout with the lead changing five times during the game, the giants were deserving winners, and ended nine weeks of frustration and misery where they had come so close to winning but had only a draw to show for their toil.
Billy Johnstone outplayed State of Origin hooker Greg Conescu in a personal duel, while Peter Smith, Chris Close. Match score, Gold Coast 25 defeated Brisbane 22 The 1989 season saw the much heralded arrival of Bob Lindner
The Penrith Panthers are an Australian professional rugby league football team based in the western Sydney suburb of Penrith. The team is based 55 km west of the centre of Sydney, the Panthers were admitted to the New South Wales Rugby League competition in 1967. Penrith struggled for almost twenty years before reaching their first finals series. The club achieved its first Grand Final appearance in 1990 but were beaten by the Canberra Raiders 18–14, the following year the Panthers met the Raiders again in the 1991 Grand Final, this time winning the game 19–12. Penriths most recent premiership achievement was over the Sydney Roosters in the 2003 Grand Final where Penrith were considered underdogs, anthony Griffin was appointed head coach in October 2015. For the 2016 NRL season, Matt Moylan was appointed captain, sports media personality Phil Gould is the clubs manager of football operations. OAK Milk has been their sponsor since 2012. Varied Penrith teams had played for years between 1912 and 1966 in the Western Districts League under the control of the Western Suburbs RLFC.
In the Parramatta competition after Parramatta was admitted to the NSWRL in 1947, by this time a single top level rugby league team had emerged in the Penrith area and in 1964 they became known as the Penrith Panthers. The Panther had been chosen as the Penrith emblem after a competition won by a graphic artist from Emu Plains named Deidre Copeland. In 1966 word was out that the New South Wales Rugby League in 1967 would introduce two new teams to the Sydney premiership, there were three teams vying for the two proposed slots, Cronulla-Sutherland, and the Wentworthville Magpies. Cronulla-Sutherland had been assured of one place, leaving Penrith and Wentworthville to fight it out for the other place, the NSWRL eventually settled on Penrith due to their location and a win in the 1966 Second Division title. After admission to the competition in 1967, they came second last on the competition ladder. Hopes were raised in 1968 under new Captain-Coach Bob Boland when they won the competition and finished 8th.
Penrith needed to wait until they could develop their own stars and they consequently struggled for almost 20 years before finally reaching their first finals series in 1985 with a team boasting new local star Greg Alexander and captained by Royce Simmons. Penrith developed a team in the late 80s and started to build momentum. The next year the Panthers met the Raiders again in the Grand Final and they went on to play Wigan in England for the 1991 World Club Challenge but were beaten by the British champions 21–4. Their reign was short lived as in 1992 tragedy struck the club when the brother of Captain Greg Alexander, Ben
Leichhardt Oval is a football stadium in Leichhardt, New South Wales, Australia. It is currently one of two grounds for the Wests Tigers National Rugby League team, and is the former longtime home of the Balmain Tigers. The ground is considered by some to be antiquated but home supporters, the grounds roots lie with the Balmain Tigers who were in the national competition from 1908 to 1999. The Balmain Tigers merged with the Western Suburbs Magpies for the start of season 2000 to become the Wests Tigers, balmains first win at the ground came in the very next game of the 1934 season with a 27-13 win over University. Leichhardt Oval was first used as a Rugby League football ground in 1934, the ground underwent a major overhaul during the 1970s when the configuration of the ground was changed and lighting installed. The game, which attracted only 6,268 fans, saw the Steve Rogers captain NSW, with Qld Origin players John Ribot, Paul McCabe and Rod Morris in the side, win a surprisingly competitive game 22-9.
The last Mid-week Final held at Leichhardt was the 1986 National Panasonic Cup Final, with the Parramatta Eels defeating Balmain 32-16. On 4 August 1985 a crowd of 21,707 set a Balmain Tigers ground attendance record for a Round 22 clash in the 1985 Winfield Cup against the St. George Dragons, won 17-15 by St. George. This remained the Tigers attendance record for four years until beaten by the 22,750 who attended the Round 22 match against Penrith in 1989. Balmain left the ground in 1994 when they moved to Parramatta Stadium as part of an identity change to the Sydney Tigers, the move was not popular with supporters and the club returned to Leichhardt for the 1997 season. Balmain played their game as a stand-alone team in 1999 when they defeated Parramatta 20-10 in appalling conditions. The ground became one of the grounds of the new Wests Tigers team. The ground remains a venue for high level league in Australia although it currently holds only four NRL games a year. This decision to reduce the amount of games is mainly financial and related to such as ground capacity, corporate facilities.
Ironically for a ground once prized for its lighting, the cost of playing games is another factor as the current lighting is not considered acceptable. In spite of its facilities, Leichhardt Oval is beloved by Tigers fans especially those who formerly supported Balmain. Match attendances are usually close to or at capacity, attempts to improve facilities are underway with the goal to return Leichhardt to its place as a top level rugby league venue. In 2007 the New South Wales Government announced it would provide finance to help in the redevelopment of the ground, previously it had provided a loan to match grants made from Leichhardt Council and the Balmain Football Club
State of Origin series
The State of Origin series is the annual best-of-three Australian rugby league football match series between two state representative sides, the New South Wales Blues and the Queensland Maroons. Despite the existence of international tournaments and State of Origin being a domestic competition, players are selected to represent the Australian state in which they played their first senior rugby league game, hence the name state of origin. Prior to 1980 players were selected for interstate matches on the basis of where they were playing their club football at the time. In both 1980 and 1981 there were two matches under the old selection rules and one experimental State of Origin match. From 1982 onwards a best-of-three match series has played around the middle of the rugby league season for the State of Origin shield. Since its inception, total victories for each side were once extraordinarily even, the two states teams are frequently referred to as the Blues and Maroons, reflecting the respective colours of their jerseys.
These were the colours of the Australia national rugby league teams jersey until the adoption of the green, the Blues team is administered by the New South Wales Rugby League and the Maroons by the Queensland Rugby League. Whilst other Australian states have representative rugby teams, they have not competed in State of Origin. The first calls for a state of origin selection policy in interstate rugby football came before the schism between the union and league codes eventuated in Australia. In 1900 a journalist known as The Cynic wrote in The Referee that star rugby player and recent immigrant to Queensland, Stephen Spragg, since the beginning of Australian rugby league in 1908, an interstate competition between New South Wales and Queensland has been conducted from time to time. Until 1982 each team drew its players from the clubs based in that state, no consideration was given to the origins of the players themselves. The first of these games was played at Sydneys Agricultural Ground on 11 July 1908.
New South Wales easily accounted for Queensland in a 43–0 victory, There can be no doubt the NSW men are improving a good deal. They cannot be blamed for the farce, for it was nothing else, if the Australian team depends on Queenslanders to strengthen it, one is afraid it will be found wanting. They are quite the weakest lot of footballers I have even come down from Queensland. The play needs no detailed description as it was simply a match for NSW. -The Sydney Morning Herald,13 July 1908 The interstate series was dominated by New South Wales, from 1922 to 1925 Queensland defeated New South Wales 11 times in 12 matches. At the end of the 1925 season a Kangaroo team was to be picked for touring Great Britain, the period spanning 1922 to 1929 saw no Australian team play in Great Britain, the only such hiatus outside the two World Wars
The Sydney Roosters are an Australian professional rugby league football club based in the Eastern Suburbs of Sydney. Only the South Sydney Rabbitohs and the St. George Dragons have won more premierships, the club holds the record for having the most wins and the second greatest margin of victory in a match in Australian rugby league history. The Eastern Suburbs DRLFC is the club to have played in each and every season at the elite level. Coached by Trent Robinson along with captains Boyd Cordner and Jake Friend, as such, much of the clubs merchandise and paraphernalia, especially those marketed directly to long-serving and dedicated members, includes the insignia ESDRLFC. Indeed, the suburb of Sydney, postcode 2000, falls entirely within the boundaries of the ESDRLFC. Unofficially nicknamed the Tricolours due to their red and blue playing strip, Eastern Suburbs won its first match, the club rapidly declined and failed to win the premiership for the next nine seasons. Eastern Suburbs missed the finals once from 1926 to 1942, and in time won four titles.
During this period, Dave Brown set several point-scoring records that still stand, in 1935, the team lost just one game, and recorded the highest winning margin in their history, an 87–7 victory over Canterbury. In 1936, Eastern Suburbs became one of five teams in history to remain undefeated for an entire season. They are the club to remain unbeaten for two consecutive seasons. Despite claiming the premiership in 1945, Eastern Suburbs failed to make the finals for the seven seasons. A runners-up finish in 1960 was the closest the club came to claiming the premiership during this era, Eastern Suburbs were soundly defeated 31–6 in the grand final that year, by the famous record-beating St George outfit. In 1966, the fell to new depths and was winless for the first time in its history. It was the last occasion in which the Roosters won the wooden spoon until claiming it again in the 2009 season. It ended a run for Eastern Suburbs, from 1963 to 1966, they won 8 of 72 matches, finishing second to last in 1964.
The club underwent a renaissance in 1967 after appointing Jack Gibson as coach, and introducing a new emblem on the playing jerseys, from 1972 to 1982, the Roosters won four minor premierships and played in four grand finals, winning two consecutively. Gibson, now dubbed as Super Coach, returned to lead the team from 1974 to 1976, in 1974 and 1975, the team won 39 of 44 matches, both minor premierships, and both grand finals and set a premiership record of 19 consecutive wins. Between 1984 and 1995, the Roosters reached the semi-finals once, the club came close to reaching the premiership in 1987 under coach and favourite son Arthur Beetson, being defeated by eventual premiers Manly in a bruising major semi-final, 10–6
Wendell Jermaine Sailor is an Australian former professional rugby football player who represented his country in both rugby league and rugby union – a dual code international. He is an indigenous Australian Torres Strait Islander, Sailors large frame and bullocking style changed the way wingers played rugby league in the late nineties. His big-money move from the Brisbane Broncos to the Queensland Reds in 2001 created many headlines and this put an end to his rugby union career as he received a two-year suspension from all forms of rugby. In 2010, Sailor was a competitor in the season of the Channel Seven series Australias Greatest Athlete. In 2011, Sailor co-hosted the third season alongside Mark Beretta, Sailor grew up with his adoptive parents in Sarina, Queensland. He never knew his father and knew nothing of him apart from his West Indian heritage, after his impressive debut season, he won the Rookie of the Year award at the Broncos club. The following season Sailor took part in games, scoring 14 tries.
Such a rapid improvement over the course of two seasons saw Sailor become a regular in the Broncos ranks and he quickly became a home crowd favourite in Brisbane because of his speed and power and would soon become a household name in the rugby league world. During the 1994 NSWRL season, Sailor played on the wing for the defending premiers Brisbane when they hosted British champions Wigan for the 1994 World Club Challenge, at the end of the 1994 season he was selected for the 1994 Kangaroo Tour of Europe. He played in the fixture against a Cumbrian side where he scored two tries. He started off the bench in a warm up match against Leeds, before earning a starting wing spot in the match against Wigan. Sailor was again promoted to a starting wing position for the match against Halifax and he earned his first Test cap against Great Britain, as a starting wing in their loss at Wembley Stadium in late October. The following year, when all players were allowed to be selected for representative football.
In Game II he played at fullback, following the 1997 defection Super League and all its clubs, Wendell had a stellar year in the rebel competition. In the 1997 post season, Sailor was selected to play for Australia on the wing in all three matches of the Super League Test series against Great Britain. He spent the Australian summer in England, playing rugby union for Leeds Tykes, Sailor appeared in two of the Leeds Rhinos trial games, including the Festive Challenge on Boxing Day in 1998. Playing Halifax, he had had a time until the closing stages of the game when he inspired Leeds to grab a draw. Englands Wigan club had tried to sign Sailor for a large amount, in 1999 Sailor put in a man-of-the-match performance in the deciding match of the 1999 State of Origin series which saw Queensland retain the shield