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|
|Premiers||Canterbury-Bankstown (4th title)|
|Minor premiers||Canterbury-Bankstown (4th title)|
|Top points scorer(s)||Steve Gearin (190)|
|Player of the year||Terry Lamb (Rothmans Medal)|
|Top try-scorer(s)|| Steve Morris (17)|
Terry Lamb (17)
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. This included five Sydney-based foundation teams, another six from Sydney, one from greater New South Wales and one from the Australian Capital Territory.
|Date and Time||Venue||Referee||Crowd|
|South Sydney||23-4||Canberra||28 August 1984||Sydney Cricket Ground||Greg McCallum||10,101|
|Manly-Warringah||18-22||South Sydney||1 September 1984||Sydney Cricket Ground||Chris Ward||15,801|
|St. George||16-22||Parramatta||2 September 1984||Sydney Cricket Ground||Kevin Roberts||25,675|
|St. George||24-6||South Sydney||8 September 1984||Sydney Cricket Ground||B. Barnes||32,162|
|Canterbury-Bankstown||16-8||Parramatta||9 September 1984||Sydney Cricket Ground||Greg McCallum||30,044|
|Parramatta||8-7||St. George||16 September 1984||Sydney Cricket Ground||Kevin Roberts||37,004|
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.
|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|
|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.
Goals: Chris Mortimer