1924 NSWRFL season

The 1924 New South Wales Rugby Football League premiership was the seventeenth season of Sydney’s top-level rugby league club competition, Australia’s first. Nine teams from across the city contested during the season which culminated in Balmain’s victory over South Sydney in the premiership final.[1] The 1924 season was the last in the NSWRFL for future Australian Rugby League Hall of Fame inductee, Harold Horder.

1924 New South Wales Rugby Football League
PremiersBalmain colours.svg Balmain (6th title)
Minor premiersBalmain colours.svg Balmain (6th title)
Matches played37
Points scored917
Top points scorer(s)North Sydney colours.svg Jack Courtney (42)
Top try-scorer(s)Balmain colours.svg Tommy Kennedy (10)


17th season
Ground: Birchgrove Oval
Captain-Coach: Charles Fraser
Eastern Suburbs
17th season
Ground: Sydney Sports Ground
Captains: Arthur Oxford, Jack Watkins
17th season
Ground: Birchgrove Oval
Coach: Jack Hickey
Captain: Bill Benson
17th season
Ground: Marrickville Oval
Coach: Bill Farnsworth
Captain: Tom Ellis
North Sydney
17th season
Ground: North Sydney Oval
Coach: Jim Devereux
Captain: Clarrie Ives
South Sydney
17th season
Ground: Sydney Cricket Ground
Coach: Owen McCarthy
Captain: Harold Horder
St. George
4th season
Ground: Earl Park
Coach: Herb Gilbert
Captain: Arnold Traynor, George Carstairs
5th season
Coach: Bill Kelly
Captain: Hubert Finn, Alby Lane
Western Suburbs
17th season
Ground: Pratten Park
Coach: Albert "Ricketty" Johnston
Captains: Tedda Courtney, Clarrie Prentice


Because of the British Lions tour of Australia, and interstate matches, the 1924 season was shortened to a single round of eight matches. No club fixtures were played on the weekends of 31 May, 7 June, 21 June nor 28 June.[2]

The geographical locations of the teams that contested the 1924 premiership across Sydney.
Team Pld W D L B PF PA PD Pts
1   Balmain 8 6 1 1 1 124 53 +71 15
2   South Sydney 8 6 1 1 1 104 60 +44 15
3   Western Suburbs 8 4 0 4 1 130 103 +27 10
4   Glebe 8 4 0 4 1 87 95 -8 10
5   St. George 8 3 2 3 1 94 125 -31 10
6   North Sydney 8 3 0 5 1 107 128 -21 8
7   Eastern Suburbs 8 3 0 5 1 85 106 -21 8
8   Sydney University 8 2 1 5 1 85 115 -30 7
9   Newtown 8 2 1 5 1 98 129 -31 7

Premiership FinalEdit

Balmain Position South Sydney
Des Ponchard FB Howard Hallett
Jim Love WG Benny Wearing
Dud Millard CE Harold Horder
Billy Craig CE Oscar Quinlivan
Tommy Kennedy WG Cec Blinkhorn
Charles Fraser (Ca./Co.) FE Alf Blair
Norman Robinson HB Frank Brogan
Bill Schultz PR David Watson
Horrie Watt HK Ern Wilmot
Alf Fraser PR Jack Lawrence
Roy Liston SR Edward Root
Les Hayes SR Pat Murphy
Reg Latta LK Alby Carr
Coach Owen McCarthy

Balmain and South Sydney finished equal at the top of the ladder, having dropped just one game each. The teams had earlier met in Round 5, with a 10–10 draw being the result at the Sydney Cricket Ground in front of a crowd of around 16,000.

The Final was played before a crowd of around 15,000 at the Sydney Cricket Ground on 29 July 1924 and refereed by former Rabbitoh premiership winner Webby Neill. Balmain led 3–0 at half-time and both sides failed to score in the second half. The Tigers thus claimed their sixth premiership within ten years. At the time it was the lowest-scoring Final since the start of the NSWRFL premiership and the first time a team had been held scoreless in a Final.

The Final was also the first rugby league match broadcast on radio with commentary by Balmain secretary Bob Savage.[3]

Balmain 3 (Try: Latta)


South Sydney 0


  1. ^ Premiership Roll of Honour Archived 2011-05-14 at the Wayback Machine at rl1908.com
  2. ^ Haddan, Steve; History of the NSW Rugby League Finals; pp. 42-43 ISBN 0646050982
  3. ^ "Gerard first to 300; Joey smashes record; Taylor passes Halligan". NRL.

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