Ron Massey Cup

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The Ron Massey Cup (formerly known as the Bundaberg Red Cup and Jim Beam Cup) is a semi-professional development level rugby league competition in New South Wales (NSW), Australia, run jointly by the New South Wales Rugby League (NSWRL) and the Country Rugby League of New South Wales (CRL). The competition is run concurrently with the National Rugby League (NRL). It currently comprises 13 teams drawn from the Sydney metropolitan area. The competition is named after Ron Massey, a former rugby league coach. Ron Massey died 19 September 2016.[1]

Ron Massey Cup
Current season or competition:
2021 Ron Massey Cup
2013 Ron Massey Cup Logo.jpg
SportRugby league
Formerly known asInter-District Competition
Second Division
Metropolitan League
Metropolitan Cup
Jim Beam Cup
Bundaberg Red Cup
Inaugural season1963
Number of teams11
Country Australia
PremiersWestern Suburbs colours.svg Wentworthville Magpies (2019)
Most titlesWestern Suburbs colours.svg Wentworthville Magpies (17 titles)
WebsiteRon Massey Cup
Related competitionCanterbury Cup NSW
Sydney Shield
Presidents Cup
NSW Challenge Cup

The competition is an expanded version of the former Metropolitan Cup and Second Division competitions. The competition was renamed the Bundaberg Red Cup after the 2008 season (the last Jim Beam Cup season), after Bundaberg replaced former sponsor Jim Beam.[2] For the 2013 season, the competition was re-branded as the Ron Massey Cup, when Bundaberg Rum withdrew their sponsorship.


2020 seasonEdit

For 2020 the 11 clubs in the table immediately below were included in the competition. After the first round on 14 & 15 March, the Ron Massey Cup was suspended and subsequently cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic in Australia.[3] In that single, first round the winning teams were the Kaiviti Silktails (40-16 on their debut), Concord-Burwood-Glebe Wolves (12-4), Wentworthville (18-14), St Marys (44-32) and Blacktown Workers (30-4). Guildford had the bye.

The NSWRL subsequently arranged two men's competitions, a President's Cup and a reconfigured Sydney Shield.[4] Hills District Bulls and Wentworthville entered teams in both competitions. Glebe-Burwood Wolves fielded a team in the President's Cup.

The President's Cup comprised four teams from within the Sydney metropolitan area and five teams from other areas of the state. The Sydney teams were Glebe-Burwood Wolves (finished as Runners-Up), North Sydney Bears (Semi-Finalist), Hills District Bulls (Semi-Finalist) and Wentworthville Magpies (8th). The teams from regions were Maitland Pickers (Premiers[5]) from the Hunter Valley; Thirroul Butchers (5th) and Western Suburbs Red Devils (6th) from the Illawarra, Dubbo CYMS (7th) and a Western Rams representative team (9th).[6] The Western Rams played their home games in Forbes, Orange, Mudgee and Bathurst.

On 28 September 2020, the NSWRL announced their intention to expand, from the 2021 season, the Ron Massey Cup to become a statewide competition. The statement also affirmed that Kaiviti Silktails from Fiji would be part of that competition.[7][8]

Colors Club Location Stadium Founded Joined*
  Asquith Magpies Asquith, NSW, Australia Storey Park 1953
  Blacktown Workers Sea Eagles Blacktown, NSW, Australia H.E. Laybutt Fields 1964 2012
  Cabramatta Two Blues Cabramatta, NSW, Australia New Era Stadium 1919 2004
  Glebe-Burwood Wolves Concord, NSW, Australia Goddard Park 2000 2015b
  Guildford Owls Guildford, NSW, Australia McCredie Park 1956 2003c
  Hills District Bulls Baulkham Hills, NSW, Australia Crestwood Oval 1964 2016
  Kaiviti Silktails Lautoka, Viti Levu, Fiji Churchill Park 2019 2020
  Mounties RLFC Mount Pritchard, NSW, Australia Aubrey Keech Reserve 1927 2007
  St Mary's Saints St Marys, NSW, Australia St Marys Leagues Stadium 1908 2016d
  Wentworthville Magpies Wentworthville, NSW, Australia Ringrose Park 1963 2003
  Windsor Wolves Windsor, NSW, Australia Windsor Sporting Complex 1908 2013

*: The season the team joined is in the Jim Beam Cup/Bundaberg Red Cup/Ron Massey Cup, not any other competition before this.
a - Concord Burwood previously competed as a merged entity from 2012 to 2014.
b - Guildford did not compete between 2005 to 2012.
c - St Marys previously competed as a merged entity in 2003.

Former Teams in the Ron Massey CupEdit

1 - Ourimbah withdrew from the competition midway through the 2005 season.
2 - Sydney Bulls withdrew from the competition midway through the 2011 season.
3 - St Johns Eagles joined the competition midway through the 2011 season, replacing the Sydney Bulls.


The Ron Massey Cup is the latest in a succession of Sydney-based second tier, semi-professional Rugby League competitions.

Inter-District/Second Division (1963 - 1973)Edit

The second tier senior Rugby League competition in Sydney was the Inter-District Competition established in 1963 by the NSWRL. It was renamed the Second Division in 1964. Like succeeding competitions the Second Division had a high turnover of participating clubs. The 'promotion' of two of the two biggest clubs Penrith Panthers (1966 champions) and Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks, at the conclusion of the 1966 season did not help the long-term stability of the competition.

During this period Wentworthville ("The Magpies") was the most successful club, competing in every grand final of the Second Division, winning a total of 8 premierships (including 5 in a row between 1967 and 1971). Due to their domination of the competition 'Wenty' was widely considered the best candidate for promotion to the NSWRL Premiership when two positions were made available for the 1967 competition. Due to their proximity to Parramatta, where a Premiership club was established in 1947, the Magpies were overlooked.

Year Premiers Score Runners-Up Winning Coach Referee
1963   Kingsford 9 – 7   Cronulla-Caringbah Sharks Col Pearce
1964   Wentworthville Magpies 20 – 5   Ryde-Eastwood Hawks Lewis Jones J. Harris
1965   Wentworthville Magpies 31 – 3   Penrith Brothers Lewis Jones K. Holman
1966   Penrith Brothers 9 – 7   Wentworthville Magpies Leo Trevena L. Turner
1967   Wentworthville Magpies 25 – 6   Ryde-Eastwood Hawks J. Farrelly
1968   Wentworthville Magpies 17 – 5   Arncliffe Scots Lewis Jones J. Farrelly
1969   Wentworthville Magpies 20 – 2   Sydney University Lewis Jones L. Samuelson
1970   Wentworthville Magpies 15 – 5   Blacktown Workers Sea Eagles Lewis Jones L. Bruyeres
1971   Wentworthville Magpies 21 – 15   Sydney University Lewis Jones Keith Page
1972   Ryde-Eastwood Hawks 18 – 14   Wentworthville Magpies Laurie Fagan Keith Page
1973   Wentworthville Magpies 12 – 8   Ryde-Eastwood Hawks D. Rayner

The Metropolitan League (1974 - 1976)Edit

The Second Division was reorganised in 1974 and renamed the Metropolitan League. It was dominated by the Ryde-Eastwood club. In the absence of Wentworthville, who competed in the Illawarra Rugby League competition, Ryde-Eastwood won all three Metropolitan League titles. The Metropolitan League was dismantled in 1976 and with it the idea of a second-tier competition.

Year Premiers Score Runners-Up Winning Coach Referee
1974   Ryde-Eastwood Hawks 37 – 9   St Marys Saints Laurie Fagan D. MacDonald
1975   Ryde-Eastwood Hawks 18 – 14   Windsor Wolves Laurie Fagan
1976   Ryde-Eastwood Hawks 10 – 8   University of NSW

The Metropolitan Cup (1990 - 2002)Edit

The concept of the second-tier competition was resurrected in 1990 with the establishment of the Metropolitan Cup. Many teams that were involved in the former Second Division and Metropolitan League were included in the new competition, including Ryde-Eastwood and Wentworthville. Other teams in the new competition included the Guildford Owls, Mount Pritchard, Bankstown Greyhounds, Western Suburbs Magpies and the Hills District Bulls. The Newtown Jets, who had been exiled from the New South Wales Rugby League premiership at the close of the 1983 season, were also granted admission into the competition in 1991 and became a successful club in their second life, winning 4 premierships (including 3 in a row between 1995 and 1997).Other teams who competed in the cup over the years included St. Marys Saints, West Wollongong Red Devils, Moorebank Rams (Bulldogs), UTS Roosters, Windsor Wolves, Cabramatta Blues, Sydney Bulls and the Kellyville Bushrangers

The final Metropolitan Cup was contested in 2002 and was won by a newly formed club, the Sydney Bulls, defeating Ryde-Eastwood in the last grand final of the Metropolitan Cup.

Year Premiers Score Runners up Winning Coach Referee
1990   Ryde-Eastwood Hawks 19 – 6   Hills District Bulls Ken Wilson Peter Filmer
1991   Guildford Owls 21 – 6   Ryde-Eastwood Hawks Greg Pierce Chris Ward
1992   Newtown Jets 30 – 18   Wentworthville Magpies B Wakefield
1993   St Marys Saints 30 – 10   Ryde-Eastwood Hawks Mark O'Reilly Kelvin Jeffes
1994   St Marys Saints 32 – 14   Hills District Bulls Mark O'Reilly Graeme West
1995   Newtown Jets 26 – 8   Wentworthville Magpies Col Murphy Matt Hewitt
1996   Newtown Jets 28 – 16   Ryde-Eastwood Hawks Col Murphy David Jay
1997   Newtown Jets 18 – 8   Guildford Owls Col Murphy
1998   Wentworthville Magpies 18 – 12   Kellyville Ian McCann
1999   Wentworthville Magpies 30 – 22   Ryde-Eastwood Hawks Ian McCann
2000   Ryde-Eastwood Hawks 24 – 10   St Marys Saints Dave Nugent
2001   St Marys Saints 20 – 16   Sydney Bulls Tim O'Brien Kelvin Jeffes
2002   Sydney Bulls 44 – 10   Ryde-Eastwood Hawks

Jim Beam Cup (2003-2008)Edit

The Jim Beam Cup, 2008

The Jim Beam Cup was established in 2003 as part of another overall restructure of the NSWRL competitions operating in the levels below the NRL. The Jim Beam Cup was intended to lay the foundations of a semi-professional 'State League' competition (similar to the Queensland Cup) and included four non-Sydney teams from the Central Coast (Erina Eagles, The Entrance Tigers, Ourimbah Magpies, and Woy Woy Roosters.) With the inclusion of these clubs (who field teams in the Central Coast Division of the CRL) the Jim Beam Cup became a cooperative effort between the NSWRL and the CRL.

Radio coverage was heard on Hawkesbury Radio 89.9FM with Peter Jolly and Shane Skeen.

Year Premiers Score Runners-Up Winning Coach Referee
2003   The Entrance Tigers 14 – 10   Wentworthville Magpies Matt Parish Jason Robinson
2004   Sydney Bulls 22 – 16   The Entrance Tigers Steve Ghosn Rod Lawrence
2005   Windsor Wolves 23 – 18   Sydney Bulls Steve Ghosn Jared Maxwell
2006   Sydney Bulls 56 – 22   Newtown Jets David Bayssari Allan Shortall
2007   The Entrance Tigers 30 – 20   Sydney Bulls Jamy Forbes Chris James
2008   Windsor Wolves 36 – 16   Sydney Bulls Trent Rosa Adam Gee

Bundaberg Red Cup (2009 - 2012)Edit

The 2009 Grand Final was a closely fought battle between Minor Premiers Wentworthville Magpies and Cabramatta Two Blues, with Wentworthville coming out victorious by 24–20 in the game at Leichhardt Oval.

Year Premiers Score Runners-up Winning Coach Referee
2009   Wentworthville Magpies 24 – 10   Cabramatta Two Blues Brett Cook Chris Sutton
2010   Wentworthville Magpies 38 – 28   Bankstown City Bulls Brett Cook Jon Stone
2011   Cabramatta Two Blues 28 – 20   Mount Pritchard Mounties Corey Ruttle Robert Bowen
2012   Wentworthville Magpies 16 – 14   The Entrance Tigers Alex Chan Phil Henderson

Ron Massey Cup (2013 - )Edit

During the 2012/13 offseason it was announced that Bundaberg Rum had withdrawn their sponsorship, and the competition would be renamed as the Ron Massey Cup, after the great Parramatta assistant coach.

Year Premiers Score Runners-up Minor Premiers Wooden Spoon Winning Coach Referee
2013   Wentworthville Magpies 32 – 18   Mount Pritchard Mounties Alex Chan Adam Cassidy
2014   The Entrance Tigers 22 – 18   Mount Pritchard Mounties   Wentworthville Magpies   Burwood North Ryde United Jamy Forbes Adam Cassidy
2015   Mount Pritchard Mounties 30 – 14   Asquith Magpies   Mount Pritchard Mounties   Kingsgrove Colts Chris Hutchinson Daniel Olford
2016   Mount Pritchard Mounties 36 – 16   St Marys Saints   Mount Pritchard Mounties   Kingsgrove Colts Mark Speechley Ryan Jackson
2017   Wentworthville Magpies 38 – 4   Auburn Warriors   St Marys Saints   Western Suburbs Magpies Chris Yates Ryan Jackson
2018   Wentworthville Magpies 38 – 4   St Marys Saints   Wentworthville Magpies   Penrith Brothers Brett Cook Darian Furner
2019   Wentworthville Magpies 32 – 14   St Marys Saints   Wentworthville Magpies   Penrith Brothers Brett Cook Kieron Irons
2020 Season was suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[9]

Premiership TallyEdit

No. Club Premierships
1   Wentworthville Magpies 17 (1964, 1965, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1973, 1998, 1999, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2017, 2018, 2019)
2   Ryde-Eastwood Hawks 6 (1972, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1990, 2000)
3   Newtown Jets 4 (1992, 1995, 1996, 1997)
4   The Entrance Tigers 3 (2003, 2007, 2014)
5   Sydney Bulls 3 (2002, 2004, 2006)
6   St Mary's Saints 3 (1993, 1994, 2001)
7   Mount Pritchard Mounties 2 (2015, 2016)
8   Windsor Wolves 2 (2005, 2008)
9   Cabramatta Two Blues 1 (2011)
10   Guildford Owls 1 (1991)
11   Penrith Brothers 1 (1966)
12   Kingsford 1 (1963)

Bold means the team is still currently playing in the competition.


Since its establishment in 2003 the competition has both expanded and contracted in terms of numbers of sides competing. Aside from the original expansion of the Sydney-based competition into the Central Coast, the Bundaberg Red Cup has continued to expand throughout Sydney, moving away from its Western Sydney base in 2005 with the inclusion of two Northern Sydney sides: the Asquith Magpies and Belrose Eagles.


2003 saw the inauguration of the new Jim Beam Cup. It featured eight teams from Sydney and four from the Central Coast.


The St Mary's-Penrith Cougars left to focus on their NSW Premier League side, and were replaced by the Cabramatta Two-Blues.



The Woy Woy Roosters withdrew.


In 2007, 12 clubs competed for the Jim Beam Cup. New clubs Shellharbour, Chester Hill, Seven Hills and Mount Pritchard competed for the first time. The Newtown Jets dropped out of the competition to concentrate on their club's 2007 NSWRL Premier League campaign.

In terms of geographical spread four clubs were based in the Parramatta District (Wentworthville, Seven Hills, Cabramatta and Mount Pritchard), two on the Central Coast of NSW (Erina and The Entrance) and Canterbury-Bankstown (Chester Hill and Sydney Bulls) and one each in Penrith (Windsor Wolves), Manly-Warringah (Belrose), Illawarra (Shellharbour) and North Sydney (Asquith).


In 2008, for the first time, an interstate team entered the competition, a Western Australia Rugby League representative side known as the WA Reds, with a view to developing the game in the state in order to secure a future NRL franchise in 2011 - 2012.[10] The Cronulla Sutherland Sharks and the Campbelltown Eagles also joined the competition. The Seven Hills Demons announced that they would not field a team in the Jim Beam Cup in Season 2008.[11] The Entrance Tigers, who had claimed the 2007 title, unfortunately pulled out of the Jim Beam Cup due to the restrictions placed on gambling and smoking in clubs and pubs.[12] The Asquith Magpies also withdrew from the competition.




In 2011, the Kingsgrove Colts joined the competition, based in the St George catchment area. As of Round 6, the Sydney Bulls left the competition due to financial difficulties.



The Asquith Magpies returned, replacing the St Johns Eagles. The Guildford Owls made their return, and the Western Suburbs Magpies made their return following the merger of the NSW Cup entities.



The reigning premiers, The Entrance Tigers withdrew. Western Suburbs, Cabramatta and Kingsgrove missed the eight-team finals series.


The Hills District Bulls and St Mary's Saints joined the competition.



Auburn did not field a team in the competition after being liquidated.



Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 Ron Massey Cup was cancelled after one round of matches.



See alsoEdit


  • Big League
  • Daily Telegraph (Australia)
  • E.E. Christensen's Official Rugby League Yearbook
  • History of the Hawks 1963 - 2004 : a history of Ryde-Eastwood Leagues Club and Ryde-Eastwood District Rugby League Football Club Inc. (2004), Chris Karas
  • Never a backward step: the story of St Mary's Rugby League Club (2008), Alan Whiticker.
  • NSWRL Annual Reports
  • Rugby League News (available on Trove)
  • Rugby League Week
  • St George & Sutherland Leader
  • Sydney Morning Herald

All of the above are available at the State Library of NSW, although some collections are incomplete.

  • NSWRL News, 2016 Grand Final edition.


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