Lakes United

Lakes United is a rugby league club based in the Newcastle, New South Wales region of Australia.

Lakes United
Club information
Full nameLakes United Rugby League Football Club
Colours  Blue
Founded1947; 74 years ago (1947)
Current details
CompetitionNewcastle Rugby League
Premierships11 (1947, 1974, 1975, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1996, 2001, 2006, 2007, 2015)

Known as The Seagulls and wearing Royal blue and Gold, they have been a member of the Newcastle Rugby League since 1947.


Lakes United were successful in their first year in the Newcastle competition winning the competition in 1947. It had players selected to represent Newcastle and the Country Rugby League. The Central Coast Division of Country Rugby League was part of Lake United's junior division in 1947 and subsequent years before expanding.

Allan Thomson was selected to play for the Australian national rugby league team while playing for the club in tests against New Zealand during 1967 and France in 1968. Thomson was also selected for a Kangaroo tour in 1968 where tour manager Ken Arthurson signed him to play for the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles in the New South Wales Rugby League competition.[1]

Thomson returned to play for Lakes United in 1973. The club then won two premierships in the Newcastle competition in 1974 and 1975. The club won three premierships in a row in the mid-1980s when a young Paul Harragon played for the club. Harragon joined the Newcastle Knights in their first year in the NSW Rugby League competition and went on to represent Australia.[2] Brett Kimmorley was a Lakes United junior and made the Australian schoolboys side before going on a successful career in the National Rugby League including playing for Australia. Lakes United won the Newcastle premiership in 1996 and 2001. In 2006, they won another Newcastle premiership with four players being selected in a Newcastle team to play Great Britain in a practice match for the 2006 Rugby League Tri-Nations.[3][4]

Premiership titlesEdit

Years Won
1947 1974 1975 1985 1986 1987 1996 2001 2006 2007 2015

Notable JuniorsEdit

Simon Booth (1977-1980 Manly Warringah Sea Eagles) Michael Pitman (1980-1981) Newtown Jets (1982-1983 Canterbury Bulldogs ) Trevor Tuckwell South Sydney Rabbitohs (1986-1989) Rick Stone South Sydney Rabbitohs (1988-1989) Steve Stone South Sydney Rabbitohs (1988-1989) Canberra Raiders (1990-1996) Steve Walters Newcastle Knights (1988-1990)


  1. ^ Newcastle Herald, "Thomson took on all comers in legendary league career" 28 September 2006 accessed through EBBSCO's Australia New Zealand database
  2. ^ , "Who should be on the Hunter' hall of fame", ABC Newcastle
  3. ^ AAP Factbox on Test halfback Brett Kimmorley 4 July 2000 accessed through
  4. ^ Newcastle Herald "Grand finalists get rep rewards" 5 September 2006 retrieved through EBBSCO's Australia New Zealand database