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1933 NSWRFL season

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The 1933 NSWRFL season was the twenty-sixth season of Sydney’s professional rugby league club competition, Australia’s first. Eight teams from across the city contested the New South Wales Rugby Football League premiership during the season, which lasted from April until September, and culminated in Newtown’s victory over St. George in the final.[1]

1933 New South Wales Rugby Football League
PremiersNewtown colours.svg Newtown (2nd title)
Minor premiersNewtown colours.svg Newtown (2nd title)
Matches played59
Top points scorer(s)Balmain colours.svg Syd Christensen (86)
Top try-scorer(s)University colours.svg Jack Gray-Spence (11)

Season summaryEdit

When the Kangaroos sailed for England in July, the NSWRFL premiership, with a mere five rounds completed, was turned on its head. After losing the opening four matches of the season, last-placed Newtown won eleven of their next twelve matches to take the premiership, whilst Wests, who had won four and drawn one of six games, lost several key players and did not win another match. The Magpies lost virtually their entire backline of McMillan, Pearce, Ridley, Mead and the up-and-coming Vic Hey, and also suffered from their refusal to reappoint coach Jim Craig.[2]


26th season
Ground: Drummoyne Oval
Coach: George Robinson
Captain: Arthur Toby
Eastern Suburbs
26th season
Ground: Sydney Sports Ground
Coach: Arthur Halloway
Captain(s): Sid Pearce, Ernie Norman
26th season
Ground: Marrickville Oval
Coach: Charles "Boxer" Russell
Captain: Keith Ellis
North Sydney
26th season
Ground: North Sydney Oval
Captain-Coach: Arthur Edwards
St. George
13th season
Ground: Earl Park
Coach: Albert Johnston
Captain: Harry Kadwell
South Sydney
26th season
Ground: Sydney Sports Ground
Coach: Charlie Lynch
Captain: George Treweek
14th season
Coach: Gordon Favelle
Captain: Sammy Ogg
Western Suburbs
26th season
Ground: Pratten Park
Captain-Coach: Bill Brogan


The geographical locations of the teams that contested the 1933 premiership across Sydney.
Team Pld W D L PF PA PD Pts
1   Newtown 14 9 0 5 183 125 +58 18
2   Eastern Suburbs 14 8 1 5 224 169 +55 17
3   South Sydney 14 8 1 5 182 177 +5 17
4   St. George 14 8 0 6 165 174 -9 16
5   Balmain 14 5 3 6 187 210 -23 13
6   Sydney University 14 5 1 8 218 216 +2 11
7   North Sydney 14 5 1 8 136 188 -52 11
8   Western Suburbs 14 4 1 9 210 246 -36 9


In the two semi finals, the top two ranked teams Newtown and St. George beat their lower-ranked opponents Eastern Suburbs and South Sydney. In their semi-final Newtown were reduced to twelve men after former representative fullback Alan Righton broke his leg. The two winners then advanced to the final.

26 August 1933 - Sports Ground
  Newtown 17
9 September 1933[3] - Sports Ground
  South Sydney 12
  Newtown 18
2 September 1933 - Sports Ground
  St. George 5
  St. George 13
  Eastern Suburbs 10

Premiership finalEdit

Newtown Position St George
Tom Ellis FB Stan Robinson
Joe Gartner WG Bernie Martin
Alf Griffiths CE Max Hollingsworth
Frank Gilmore CE Norm Tipping
Garnet Braybrook WG Len Brennan
Keith Ellis (c) FE Mick Kadwell (Ca./Co.)
Hans Mork HB Dick Daly
Clarrie Tupper PR Tom Haywood
Clarrie Stevenson HK Percy Fairall
Henry Porter PR Alan Sprouster
Alf Smith SR Allan Woods
Les Bull SR Jim Rutherford
Jack Thornton LK Bill Killiby
Charles Russell Coach

The Sydney Sports Ground attracted a large crowd of 18,080 on 9 September to see Newtown take on St George. Both teams were coached by former internationals. St George captain-coach was former Kangaroo and premiership winner with South Sydney Harry 'Mick' Kadwell. Newtown were coached by former dual-international Charles “Boxer” Russell.

The match, refereed by William Fry, was level 5–all at halftime, before the Bluebags finished the stronger to take the premiership.

Newtown 18 (Tries: Alf Griffiths 2, Joe Gartner, George Braybrook. Goals: Frank Gilmore 3)


St George 5 (Tries: Percy Fairall. Goal: Mick Kadwell )


  1. ^ Premiership Roll of Honour Archived 2007-04-28 at the Wayback Machine at
  2. ^ Lester, Gary; Clouds of Dust, Buckets of Blood: the Story of the Western Suburbs Rugby League Magpies; p. 94. ISBN 0949853526
  3. ^ Newtown def. St George (18-5) - 09-Sep-1933 at

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