Newcastle Rugby League

Newcastle Rugby League


Newcastle Rugby League
Newcastle Rugby League logo.jpg
Sport Rugby league football
Instituted 1910
Inaugural season 1910
Number of teams 10
Premiers Western Suburbs colours.svg Maitland (2011)
Most titles Wynnum-Manly Colours.svg Western Suburbs (19 titles)
Website @sportingpulse.com

The Newcastle Rugby League is a rugby league competition in Newcastle, Australia. It is one of the oldest rugby league competitions in Australia, founded in 1910. A Newcastle team competed in the inaugural New South Wales Rugby League premiership of 1908 but withdrew after the 1909 season to form the local competition.

The four original teams were Central Newcastle (Blue & White), Northern Suburbs (Light & Dark Blue vertical stripes), South Newcastle (Red & White) and Western Suburbs (Red & Green). [1] The season kicked off 14 May 1910 with South playing West and Central playing Northern Suburbs. South Newcastle finished the season on top of the ladder; the final was played in front of 2500 spectators at Hamilton League Ground, with Central overcoming South 13-4.

The 1911 season saw the previous minor premiers South slump to the bottom of the ladder. The final was played in front of 4000 spectators and saw North victorious over Central 10-2. 1911 saw the Combined Newcastle & Hunter team Tour Queensland, defeating the Queensland State team in all Matches played. Newcastle played against the touring New Zealand team in a tight match almost pulling off an upset before going down 21-20.

The 1912 season saw the addition of Eastern Suburbs, playing in Black and White. They were immediately competitive and made the grand final.

The First World War saw a halt to the competition for 1917 and 1918. Although the Newcastle Morning Herald did continue to publish results for competition games for those two years.[2]

1919 saw a split, with two smaller competitions held - the "Lilywhites" or clubs faithful to the NSWRL, composed of Eastern Suburbs and Northern Suburbs, and the "Bolsheviks" or rebels composed of South, North and West.

1920 saw the competition reunited and expanded to six teams as Kurri Kurri competed for the first time.

Contents

Current Clubs

  • Canterbury colours.svg Central Newcastle
    • (formerly Central Charlestown & Central Newcastle - moved to Charlestown in the early 1960s) [3]
    • Nickname: Butcher Boys
    • Home Ground: St John Oval, Charlestown (played at Passmore Oval, Wickham in 2008; Central Newcastle played at Learmonth Park, Hamilton, before merging with Charlestown)
    • Joined competition: 1910
    • Premierships: 1910 1921 1928 1930 1937 1939 1949 (7)
  • Wellington colours.svg Cessnock [4]
    • Nickname: Goannas
    • Home Ground: Cessnock Sportsground
    • Joined competition: 1930
    • Premierships: 1941 1950 1954 1955 1960 1972 1977 2003 (8)
  • Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Kurri Kurri
    • Nickname: Bulldogs
    • Home Ground: Kurri Sportsground
    • Joined competition: 1920 (club formed in 1911)
    • Premierships: 1931 1940 1945 1993 1994 1995 (6)
  • Parramatta colours.svg Lakes United
    • Nickname: Seagulls
    • Home Ground: Cahill Oval, Belmont
    • Joined competition: 1947
    • Premierships: 1947 1974 1975 1985 1986 1987 1996 2001 2006 2007 (10)
  • Ipswich Colours.svg Macquarie
    • (formerly Macquarie United and Toronto Workers)
    • Nickname: Scorpions
    • Home Ground: Lyle Peacock Field, Toronto
    • Joined competition: 1960
    • Premierships: 1991 (1)
  • Western Suburbs colours.svg Maitland
    • (originally Maitland United - merged with Morpeth-East Maitland in 1942)
    • Nickname: Pickers (formerly Pumpkin Pickers)
    • Homeground: Maitland Showground
    • Years in competition: 1925-2003; 2005-2007; 2009-
    • Premierships: 1933 1934 1956 1957 1958 1965 1969 1971 1973 1983 2010 2011 (12)
  • Norths Devils colours.svg Northern
    • (also North-Nelson Bay Marlins, Northern Blues and Nelson Bay Blues - they returned to Northern Blues)
    • Nickname: Blues (mascot is a Marlin)
    • Home Ground: Tomaree Sporting Complex, Nelson Bay
    • Joined competition: 1988 (as North-Nelson Bay)
    • Premierships: 2005 (1)
  • St. George colours.svg South Newcastle [5]
    • Nickname: Lions
    • Home Ground: Townson Oval, Merewether
    • Joined competition: 1910
    • Premierships: 1919 1927 1943 1946 1963 1964 1968 1976 1988 1989 (10)
  • Wynnum-Manly Colours.svg Western Suburbs
    • Nickname: Rosellas or the Maggots
    • Home Ground: Harker Oval, New Lambton
    • Joined competition: 1910
    • Premierships: 1912 1915 1916 1922 1961 1966 1970 1978 1980 1981 1982 1984 1992 1997 1998 1999 2002 2004 2008 (19)
  • Ipswich Colours.svg Wyong
    • Nickname: Roos (mascot is a Kangaroo)
    • Home Ground: Morrie Breen Oval, Wyong
    • Joined competition: 2003
    • Premierships: 2009

Former Clubs

  • Widnes colours.svg Eastern Suburbs
    • Nickname: Unknown
    • Home Ground: Newcastle Sportsground (also played at Wickham Oval & Lynn Oval, Stockton)
    • Years in competition: 1912-1942
    • Premierships: 1913 1923 1924 1932 (4)
  • New South Wales colours.svg Northern Suburbs
    • Nickname: Blues
    • Homeground: Passmore Oval, Wickham
    • Years in competition: 1910-1987 (re-located to Nelson Bay as North-Nelson Bay)
    • Premierships: 1911 1914 1920 1925 1926 1929 1935 1938 1948 1951 1953 1959 1962 1967 1979 (15)
  • Brisbane colours.svg Waratah Mayfield
    • Nickname: Cheetahs
    • Homeground: Waratah Oval, Waratah
    • Years in competition: 1927-2001; 2003-2004
    • Premierships: 1936 1942 1944 1952 1990 2000 (6)
  • Cronulla colours.svg Raymond Terrace
    • Nickname: Magpies
    • Home Ground: Lakeside Oval, Raymond Terrace
    • Years in competition: 2001-2008 (now play in Newcastle & Hunter Rugby League)
    • Premierships: nil

Premiers

Past winners of the Newcastle RL Premiership

Season Grand Final Information Minor Premiers
Premiers Score Runners-Up
1910 Canterbury colours.svg Central Newcastle 13-4 St. George colours.svg South Newcastle St. George colours.svg South Newcastle
1911 New South Wales colours.svg Northern Suburbs 10-2 Canterbury colours.svg Central Newcastle New South Wales colours.svg Northern Suburbs
1912 Wynnum-Manly Colours.svg Western Suburbs 10-7 Widnes colours.svg Eastern Suburbs Wynnum-Manly Colours.svg Western Suburbs
1913 Widnes colours.svg Eastern Suburbs 18-0 Wynnum-Manly Colours.svg Western Suburbs Widnes colours.svg Eastern Suburbs
1914 New South Wales colours.svg Northern Suburbs 5-2 Canterbury colours.svg Central Newcastle New South Wales colours.svg Northern Suburbs
1915 Wynnum-Manly Colours.svg Western Suburbs 16-8 New South Wales colours.svg Northern Suburbs Wynnum-Manly Colours.svg Western Suburbs
1916 Wynnum-Manly Colours.svg Western Suburbs 10-8 New South Wales colours.svg Northern Suburbs New South Wales colours.svg Northern Suburbs
1917 no competition
1918 no competition
1919 St. George colours.svg South Newcastle
1920 New South Wales colours.svg Northern Suburbs St. George colours.svg South Newcastle
1921 Canterbury colours.svg Central Newcastle Wynnum-Manly Colours.svg Western Suburbs
1922 Wynnum-Manly Colours.svg Western Suburbs Canterbury colours.svg Central Newcastle
1923 Widnes colours.svg Eastern Suburbs New South Wales colours.svg Northern Suburbs
1924 Widnes colours.svg Eastern Suburbs New South Wales colours.svg Northern Suburbs
1925 New South Wales colours.svg Northern Suburbs Widnes colours.svg Eastern Suburbs
1926 New South Wales colours.svg Northern Suburbs St. George colours.svg South Newcastle
1927 St. George colours.svg South Newcastle New South Wales colours.svg Northern Suburbs
1928 Canterbury colours.svg Central Newcastle New South Wales colours.svg Northern Suburbs
1929 New South Wales colours.svg Northern Suburbs Brisbane colours.svg Waratah-Mayfield
1930 Canterbury colours.svg Central Newcastle St. George colours.svg South Newcastle
1931 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Kurri Kurri New South Wales colours.svg Northern Suburbs
1932 Widnes colours.svg Eastern Suburbs Jersey Black Yellow Black.svg Cessnock
1933 Western Suburbs colours.svg Maitland United Brisbane colours.svg Waratah-Mayfield
1934 Western Suburbs colours.svg Maitland United Brisbane colours.svg Waratah-Mayfield
1935 New South Wales colours.svg Northern Suburbs Canterbury colours.svg Central Newcastle
1936 Brisbane colours.svg Waratah-Mayfield Jersey Black Yellow Black.svg Cessnock
1937 Canterbury colours.svg Central Newcastle Jersey Black Yellow Black.svg Cessnock
1938 New South Wales colours.svg Northern Suburbs Brisbane colours.svg Waratah-Mayfield
1939 Canterbury colours.svg Central Newcastle Wynnum-Manly Colours.svg Western Suburbs
1940 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Kurri Kurri Jersey Black Yellow Black.svg Cessnock
1941 Jersey Black Yellow Black.svg Cessnock St. George colours.svg South Newcastle
1942 Brisbane colours.svg Waratah-Mayfield St. George colours.svg South Newcastle
1943 St. George colours.svg South Newcastle Brisbane colours.svg Waratah-Mayfield
1944 Brisbane colours.svg Waratah-Mayfield Wynnum-Manly Colours.svg Western Suburbs
1945 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Kurri Kurri St. George colours.svg South Newcastle
1946 St. George colours.svg South Newcastle Wynnum-Manly Colours.svg Western Suburbs
1947 Parramatta colours.svg Lakes United New South Wales colours.svg Northern Suburbs
1948 New South Wales colours.svg Northern Suburbs Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Kurri Kurri
1949 Canterbury colours.svg Central Newcastle Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Kurri Kurri
1950 Jersey Black Yellow Black.svg Cessnock Canterbury colours.svg Central Newcastle
1951 New South Wales colours.svg Northern Suburbs Western Suburbs colours.svg Maitland
1952 Brisbane colours.svg Waratah-Mayfield Parramatta colours.svg Lakes United
1953 New South Wales colours.svg Northern Suburbs Jersey Black Yellow Black.svg Cessnock
1954 Jersey Black Yellow Black.svg Cessnock Western Suburbs colours.svg Maitland
1955 Jersey Black Yellow Black.svg Cessnock Western Suburbs colours.svg Maitland
1956 Western Suburbs colours.svg Maitland Jersey Black Yellow Black.svg Cessnock Western Suburbs colours.svg Maitland
1957 Western Suburbs colours.svg Maitland Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Kurri Kurri Western Suburbs colours.svg Maitland
1958 Western Suburbs colours.svg Maitland Jersey Black Yellow Black.svg Cessnock Western Suburbs colours.svg Maitland
1959 New South Wales colours.svg Northern Suburbs Western Suburbs colours.svg Maitland New South Wales colours.svg Northern Suburbs
1960 Jersey Black Yellow Black.svg Cessnock Western Suburbs colours.svg Maitland Jersey Black Yellow Black.svg Cessnock
1961 Wynnum-Manly Colours.svg Western Suburbs Brisbane colours.svg Waratah-Mayfield Wynnum-Manly Colours.svg Western Suburbs
1962 New South Wales colours.svg Northern Suburbs St. George colours.svg South Newcastle New South Wales colours.svg Northern Suburbs
1963 St. George colours.svg South Newcastle Canterbury colours.svg Central Newcastle
1964 St. George colours.svg South Newcastle Wynnum-Manly Colours.svg Western Suburbs
1965 Western Suburbs colours.svg Maitland St. George colours.svg South Newcastle
1966 Wynnum-Manly Colours.svg Western Suburbs Jersey Black Yellow Black.svg Cessnock
1967 New South Wales colours.svg Northern Suburbs Wynnum-Manly Colours.svg Western Suburbs
1968 St. George colours.svg South Newcastle Parramatta colours.svg Lakes United
1969 Western Suburbs colours.svg Maitland Parramatta colours.svg Lakes United Western Suburbs colours.svg Maitland
1970 Wynnum-Manly Colours.svg Western Suburbs Western Suburbs colours.svg Maitland Western Suburbs colours.svg Maitland
1971 Western Suburbs colours.svg Maitland Parramatta colours.svg Lakes United Western Suburbs colours.svg Maitland
1972 Jersey Black Yellow Black.svg Cessnock Western Suburbs colours.svg Maitland Western Suburbs colours.svg Maitland
1973 Western Suburbs colours.svg Maitland Wynnum-Manly Colours.svg Western Suburbs Wynnum-Manly Colours.svg Western Suburbs
1974 Parramatta colours.svg Lakes United Wynnum-Manly Colours.svg Western Suburbs Wynnum-Manly Colours.svg Western Suburbs
1975 Parramatta colours.svg Lakes United Wynnum-Manly Colours.svg Western Suburbs Western Suburbs colours.svg Maitland
1976 St. George colours.svg South Newcastle Wynnum-Manly Colours.svg Western Suburbs Parramatta colours.svg Lakes United
1977 Jersey Black Yellow Black.svg Cessnock Western Suburbs colours.svg Maitland Jersey Black Yellow Black.svg Cessnock
1978 Wynnum-Manly Colours.svg Western Suburbs St. George colours.svg South Newcastle Wynnum-Manly Colours.svg Western Suburbs
1979 New South Wales colours.svg North Newcastle Jersey Black Yellow Black.svg Cessnock New South Wales colours.svg North Newcastle
1980 Wynnum-Manly Colours.svg Western Suburbs Jersey Black Yellow Black.svg Cessnock Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Kurri Kurri
1981 Wynnum-Manly Colours.svg Western Suburbs Jersey Black Yellow Black.svg Cessnock Wynnum-Manly Colours.svg Western Suburbs
1982 Wynnum-Manly Colours.svg Western Suburbs Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Kurri Kurri Wynnum-Manly Colours.svg Western Suburbs
1983 Western Suburbs colours.svg Maitland Jersey Black Yellow Black.svg Cessnock Western Suburbs colours.svg Maitland
1984 Wynnum-Manly Colours.svg Western Suburbs Parramatta colours.svg Lakes United Parramatta colours.svg Lakes United
1985 Parramatta colours.svg Lakes United Jersey Black Yellow Black.svg Cessnock Jersey Black Yellow Black.svg Cessnock
1986 Parramatta colours.svg Lakes United St. George colours.svg South Newcastle Parramatta colours.svg Lakes United
1987 Parramatta colours.svg Lakes United St. George colours.svg South Newcastle St. George colours.svg South Newcastle
1988 St. George colours.svg South Newcastle 29-18 Parramatta colours.svg Lakes United St. George colours.svg South Newcastle
1989 St. George colours.svg South Newcastle 20-12 Wynnum-Manly Colours.svg Western Suburbs St. George colours.svg South Newcastle
1990 Brisbane colours.svg Waratah-Mayfield 17-14 Parramatta colours.svg Lakes United Parramatta colours.svg Lakes United
1991 Ipswich Colours.svg Toronto Workers 21-10 Wynnum-Manly Colours.svg Western Suburbs St. George colours.svg South Newcastle
1992 Wynnum-Manly Colours.svg Western Suburbs 33-0 Parramatta colours.svg Lakes United Wynnum-Manly Colours.svg Western Suburbs
1993 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Kurri Kurri 20-18 Wynnum-Manly Colours.svg Western Suburbs Wynnum-Manly Colours.svg Western Suburbs
1994 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Kurri Kurri 20-16 Ipswich Colours.svg Toronto Workers Wynnum-Manly Colours.svg Western Suburbs
1995 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Kurri Kurri 24-4 Wynnum-Manly Colours.svg Western Suburbs Wynnum-Manly Colours.svg Western Suburbs
1996 Parramatta colours.svg Lakes United 16-6 Wynnum-Manly Colours.svg Western Suburbs Wynnum-Manly Colours.svg Western Suburbs
1997 Wynnum-Manly Colours.svg Western Suburbs 26-16 Parramatta colours.svg Lakes United Parramatta colours.svg Lakes United
1998 Wynnum-Manly Colours.svg Western Suburbs 51-14 St. George colours.svg South Newcastle Wynnum-Manly Colours.svg Western Suburbs
1999 Wynnum-Manly Colours.svg Western Suburbs 22-18 Jersey Black Yellow Black.svg Cessnock
2000 Brisbane colours.svg Waratah-Mayfield 20-14 Parramatta colours.svg Lakes United Brisbane colours.svg Waratah-Mayfield
2001 Parramatta colours.svg Lakes United 18-10 Wynnum-Manly Colours.svg Western Suburbs
2002 Wynnum-Manly Colours.svg Western Suburbs 27-16 Parramatta colours.svg Lakes United
2003 Jersey Black Yellow Black.svg Cessnock 22-20 Cronulla colours.svg Raymond Terrace
2004 Wynnum-Manly Colours.svg Western Suburbs 32-28 Norths Devils colours.svg Northern Blues
2005 Norths Devils colours.svg Northern Blues 30-12 Wynnum-Manly Colours.svg Western Suburbs
2006 Parramatta colours.svg Lakes United 40-24 Norths Devils colours.svg Nelson Bay Parramatta colours.svg Lakes United
2007 Parramatta colours.svg Lakes United 32-12 Ipswich Colours.svg Wyong Parramatta colours.svg Lakes United
2008 Wynnum-Manly Colours.svg Western Suburbs 12-10 Jersey Black Yellow Black.svg Cessnock Wynnum-Manly Colours.svg Western Suburbs
2009 Ipswich Colours.svg Wyong 36-4 Jersey Black Yellow Black.svg Cessnock Jersey Black Yellow Black.svg Cessnock
2010 Western Suburbs colours.svg Maitland 24-8 Jersey Black Yellow Black.svg Cessnock Western Suburbs colours.svg Maitland
2011 Western Suburbs colours.svg Maitland 19-18 Wynnum-Manly Colours.svg Western Suburbs Western Suburbs colours.svg Maitland

Team of the Century

In 2008, rugby league football's centenary year in Australia, the Newcastle Rugby League named it's 'Team of the Century':[6]

  1. Clive Churchill (Central)
  2. Eddie Lumsden (Kurri Kurri)
  3. Ron Bailey (Waratah-Mayfield)
  4. Brian Carlson (North)
  5. Johnny Graves (Maitland)
  6. Bob Banks (Central)
  7. Andrew Johns (Cessnock)
  8. Wally Prigg (West)
  9. Herb Narvo (North)
  10. Don Schofield (Cessnock)
  11. Jim Gibbs (South)
  12. Allan Buman (West)
  13. Paul Harragon (Lakes United)
  14. John Sattler (Kurri Kurri)
  15. Albert Paul (Lakes United)
  16. Matthew Gidley (West)
  17. Les Johns (South)

References

  • Power, Bob (1992). The Rebels of Rugby: The Story of Newcastle Rugby League Pioneers "The Bolsheviks vs. The Lilywhites" 1907-1920. Newcastle, New South Wales: self. ISBN. 
  • Ryan, Graham & Betty et al., Newcastle Knights 1988: Collectors Edition, Macquarie Publications, Dubbo, 1988.
  • Pat 'Nimmo' Walsh Family archive Newspaper Match Reports.

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