1984 NSWRL season

The 1984 New South Wales Rugby League season was the 77th season of competition between the top professional rugby league football clubs within New South Wales. With the departure from the first grade competition of Sydney foundation club the Newtown Jets at the close of the previous season, 1984 saw thirteen teams compete for the J J Giltinan Shield and Winfield Cup during the season, which culminated in a grand final between the Canterbury-Bankstown and Parramatta clubs. NSWRL teams also competed for the 1984 National Panasonic Cup.

1984 New South Wales Rugby League
PremiersCanterbury colours.svg Canterbury-Bankstown (4th title)
Minor premiersCanterbury colours.svg Canterbury-Bankstown (4th title)
Matches played163
Points scored5226
Top points scorer(s)St. George colours.svg Steve Gearin (190)
Player of the yearCanterbury colours.svg Terry Lamb (Rothmans Medal)
Top try-scorer(s)St. George colours.svg Steve Morris (17)
Canterbury colours.svg Terry Lamb (17)

Season summaryEdit

The New South Wales Rugby Football League dropped the "football" from its name this year. Twenty-six regular season rounds were played from March till August, resulting in a top five of Canterbury, St. George, Parramatta and Manly, with Souths taking fifth spot after winning a play-off against Canberra

The 1984 season's Rothmans Medallist was Canterbury-Bankstown's five-eighth, Terry Lamb, who was also the season's top try-scorer. The Dally M Award was given to Canterbury's fullback, Michael Potter, while Rugby League Week gave their player of the year award to Parramatta's halfback, Peter Sterling.


At the close of the previous season Newtown became the first club since University in 1937 to exit the League, reducing the number of clubs this season from fourteen to thirteen.[1] This included five Sydney-based foundation teams, another six from Sydney, one from greater New South Wales and one from the Australian Capital Territory.

Balmain Tigers
77th season
Ground: Leichhardt Oval
Coach: Frank Stanton
Captain: Wayne Pearce
Canberra Raiders
3rd season
Ground: Seiffert Oval
Coach: Don Furner
Captain: Ron Giteau
Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs
50th season
Ground: Belmore Oval
Coach: Warren Ryan
Captain: Steve Mortimer
Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks
18th season
Ground: Ronson Field
Coach: Terry Fearnley
Captain: David Hatch
Eastern Suburbs Roosters
77th season
Ground: Sydney Sports Ground
Coach: Laurie Freier
Captain: Ron Gibbs
Illawarra Steelers
3rd season
Ground: Wollongong Showground
Coach: Brian Smith
Captain: Michael Bolt
Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles
38th season
Ground: Brookvale Oval
Coach: Bob Fulton
Captain: Alan Thompson
North Sydney Bears
77th season
Ground: North Sydney Oval
Coach: Greg Hawick
Captain: →Fred Teasdell→Mark Graham
Parramatta Eels
38th season
Ground: Belmore Oval
Coach: John Monie
Captain: Ray Price
Penrith Panthers
18th season
Ground: Penrith Park
Coach: Tim Sheens
Captain: Royce Simmons
South Sydney Rabbitohs
77th season
Ground: Redfern Oval
Coach: Ron Willey
Captain: Ziggy Niszczot
St. George Dragons
64th season
Ground: Kogarah Oval
Coach: Roy Masters
Captain: Craig Young
Western Suburbs Magpies
77th season
Ground: Lidcombe Oval
Coach: Ken Gentle
Captain: Lee Crooks


Team Pld W D L B PF PA PD Pts
1   Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 24 19 0 5 2 435 237 +198 42
2   St. George Dragons 24 17 0 7 2 445 289 +156 38
3   Parramatta Eels 24 17 0 7 2 412 260 +152 38
4   Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles 24 14 0 10 2 512 338 +174 32
5   South Sydney Rabbitohs 24 13 0 11 2 333 307 +26 30
6   Canberra Raiders 24 13 0 11 2 379 394 -15 30
7   Penrith Panthers 24 12 1 11 2 409 401 +8 29
8   Illawarra Steelers 24 12 0 12 2 368 388 -20 28
9   Balmain Tigers 24 12 0 12 2 380 405 -25 28
10   Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks 24 10 1 13 2 446 478 -32 25
11   North Sydney Bears 24 9 1 14 2 371 447 -76 23
12   Eastern Suburbs Roosters 24 5 1 18 2 308 478 -170 15
13   Western Suburbs Magpies 24 1 0 23 2 244 620 -376 6


Home Score Away Match Information
Date and Time Venue Referee Crowd
  South Sydney Rabbitohs 23-4   Canberra Raiders 28 August 1984 Sydney Cricket Ground Greg McCallum 10,101
Qualifying Finals
  Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles 18-22   South Sydney Rabbitohs 1 September 1984 Sydney Cricket Ground Chris Ward 15,801
  St. George Dragons 16-22   Parramatta Eels 2 September 1984 Sydney Cricket Ground Kevin Roberts 25,675
Semi Finals
  St. George Dragons 24-6   South Sydney Rabbitohs 8 September 1984 Sydney Cricket Ground B. Barnes 32,162
  Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 16-8   Parramatta Eels 9 September 1984 Sydney Cricket Ground Greg McCallum 30,044
Preliminary Final
  Parramatta Eels 8-7   St. George Dragons 16 September 1984 Sydney Cricket Ground Kevin Roberts 37,004

Grand FinalEdit

The 1984 grand final was contested by minor premiers Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs and the Parramatta Eels. As competition leaders, the Bulldogs needed to win only one finals game to qualify for the grand final, and did so against the third-placed Eels, who had to play three finals games to qualify. Played at the Sydney Cricket Ground before a crowd of 47,076, the game was refereed by Kevin Roberts.

Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs Position Parramatta Eels
Mick Potter FB Paul Taylor
Steve O'Brien WG Neil Hunt
Andrew Farrar CE Mick Cronin
Chris Mortimer CE Steve Ella
Peter Mortimer WG Eric Grothe
Terry Lamb FE Brett Kenny
Steve Mortimer (c) HB Peter Sterling
Paul Langmack LK Ray Price
Steve Folkes SR John Muggleton
Brian Battese SR Chris Phelan
Peter Kelly PR Paul Mares
Mark Bugden HK Steve Edge (c)
Peter Tunks PR Stan Jurd
Geoff Robinson Res. David Liddiard
Darryl Brohman Res. Steve Sharp
Greg Mullane Res. Ron Quinn
Res. Glen Mansfield
Warren Ryan Coach John Monie

The ruthless game plan of coach Warren Ryan saw Canterbury trump Parramatta in a grueling encounter. The Bulldogs mastered the art of the "gang-tackle" under Ryan and it was executed superbly by Peter Tunks, Peter Kelly, Mark Bugden and Brian Battese. Parramatta had a 4-0 half-time lead after Mick Cronin scored from a neat Peter Sterling pass.

An ingenious moment from Canterbury hooker Bugden won the day - seeing an injured Ray Price on the ground, he ran from dummy-half at the place where Price would have been defending to crash over and score the winning try.

Cronin later missed a close range penalty goal attempt which would have levelled the scores close to full-time.

Canterbury-Bankstown 6
Tries: Bugden
Goals: Chris Mortimer

Parramatta 4
Tries: Cronin

Man-of-the-match: Peter Kelly[2]


  1. ^ "History of the Premiership". centenaryofrugbyleague.com.au. Australian Rugby League. Archived from the original on 21 October 2013. Retrieved 21 October 2013.
  2. ^ D'Souza, Miguel. "Grand Final History". wwos.ninemsn.com.au. AAP. Archived from the original on 19 August 2014. Retrieved 8 September 2013.

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