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The 1914 New South Wales Rugby Football League premiership was the seventh season of Sydney’s top-grade rugby league football club competition, Australia’s first. Eight teams from across the city contested during the season. The 1914 season’s gate receipts totalled £24,072, which was £7,038 more than the previous season's.[2]

1914 NSWRFL season
LeagueNew South Wales Rugby Football League
Duration2 May to 22 August
Matches played56
Points scored1202
PremiersSouth Sydney colours.svg South Sydney[1] (3rd title)
Minor PremiersSouth Sydney colours.svg South Sydney (3rd title)
Top point-scorer(s)South Sydney colours.svg Harold Horder (87)
Top try-scorer(s)South Sydney colours.svg Harold Horder (19)
Second Grade
Number of teams14
PremiersSouth Sydney colours.svg South Sydney
Runners-upEastern Suburbs colours.svg Eastern Suburbs
Third Grade
Number of teams16
PremiersEastern Suburbs colours.svg Eastern Suburbs
Runners-upSouth Sydney Kinkora

Season summaryEdit

Following the retirement of Dally Messenger at the end of the 1913 season, Eastern Suburbs’ stranglehold on the premiership came to an end. In their place, previous premiers South Sydney and Newtown took control of the competition. Newtown were in a good position to take out their second premiership midway through the season but a loss to middle-placed Balmain hurt their cause, although Newtown defeated South Sydney the following week. It turned out that the Balmain loss would make the difference, with South Sydney finishing just one point ahead of Newtown at the end of the season to claim their third premiership. No Finals were contested. Members of the South Sydney premiership winning side included Howard Hallett (Player of the Season), Roy Almond, O. Brown, Arthur Butler, Harry Butler, William Cann, Jim Davis, Wally Dymant, E. Hilliard, Owen McCarthy, Arthur McCabe and Harold Horder.[3]

The season was punctuated by matches against the 1914 Great Britain Lions tour of Australia and New Zealand, and was the last for future Australian Rugby League Hall of Fame inductee Chris McKivat who went on to have a prominent coaching career.


The teams remained unchanged from the previous season.

Ground: Wentworth Park
Captain :William Lindsay
Ground: Birchgrove Oval
Coach: Bill Kelly
Captain: Charles Fraser
Eastern Suburbs
7th season
Ground: Sydney Sports Ground
Captain: Dan Frawley
Ground: Wentworth Park
Captain-Coach: Chris McKivat
Co-captain: Alby Burge
Ground: Erskineville Oval
Captain: Paddy McCue
North Sydney
Ground: North Sydney Oval
Captain: Albert Broomham
South Sydney
Ground: Sydney Cricket Ground
Captain: Arthur Butler
Western Suburbs
Ground: Pratten Park
Captain: Tedda Courtney


The geographical locations of the teams that contested the 1914 premiership across Sydney.
Team Pld W D L PF PA PD Pts
1   South Sydney 14 11 1 2 166 79 +87 23
2   Newtown 14 11 0 3 185 111 +74 22
3   Eastern Suburbs 14 8 0 6 164 122 +42 16
4   Balmain 14 6 4 4 132 111 +21 16
5   Glebe 14 7 1 6 187 140 +47 15
6   North Sydney 14 5 1 8 158 165 -7 11
7   Western Suburbs 14 3 0 11 104 231 -127 6
8   Annandale 14 1 1 12 106 243 -137 3


  1. ^ Premiership Roll of Honour Archived 14 May 2011 at the Wayback Machine at
  2. ^ "Rugby League's Gate Receipts". Evening Post, Volume LXXXIX, Issue 64. New Zealand. 5 March 1915. p. 8. Retrieved 3 December 2009.
  3. ^ Haddan, Stephen (1991). History of the NSW Rugby League Finals. Australia. p. 26. Retrieved 13 July 2014.


Collis, Ian; Whiticker, Alan (2007). 100 Years of Rugby League. 1. Chatswood, NSW: New Holland. p. 52. ISBN 978-1-74110-463-9.