1914 NSWRFL season
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.
|1914 NSWRFL season|
|League||New South Wales Rugby Football League|
|Duration||2 May to 22 August|
|Premiers||South Sydney (3rd title)|
|Minor Premiers||South Sydney (3rd title)|
|Top point-scorer(s)||Harold Horder (87)|
|Top try-scorer(s)||Harold Horder (19)|
|Number of teams||14|
|Number of teams||16|
|Runners-up||South Sydney Kinkora|
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.
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.
- Balmain, formed on 23 January 1908 at Balmain Town Hall
- Eastern Suburbs, formed on 24 January 1908 at Paddington Town Hall
- Glebe, formed on 9 January 1908
- Newtown, formed on 14 January 1908
- North Sydney, formed on 7 February 1908
- South Sydney, formed on 17 January 1908 at Redfern Town Hall
- Western Suburbs, formed on 4 February 1908
Ground: Wentworth Park
Captain :William Lindsay
Ground: Birchgrove Oval
Coach: Bill Kelly
Captain: Charles Fraser
Ground: Sydney Sports Ground
Captain: Dan Frawley
Ground: Wentworth Park
Captain-Coach: Chris McKivat
Co-captain: Alby Burge
Ground: Erskineville Oval
Captain: Paddy McCue
Ground: North Sydney Oval
Captain: Albert Broomham
Ground: Sydney Cricket Ground
Captain: Arthur Butler
Ground: Pratten Park
Captain: Tedda Courtney
- Premiership Roll of Honour Archived 14 May 2011 at the Wayback Machine at rl1908.com
- "Rugby League's Gate Receipts". Evening Post, Volume LXXXIX, Issue 64. New Zealand. 5 March 1915. p. 8. Retrieved 3 December 2009.
- Haddan, Stephen (1991). History of the NSW Rugby League Finals. Australia. p. 26. Retrieved 13 July 2014.
- Rugby League Tables - Notes AFL Tables
- Rugby League Tables - Season 1914 AFL Tables
- Premiership History and Statistics RL1908
- 1914 - South Sydney Edge Out Newtown RL1908
- Results: 1911-20 at rabbitohs.com.au