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The 1964 NSWRFL season was the fifty-seventh season of Sydney's professional rugby league football competition, the New South Wales Rugby Football League Premiership, Australia's first. Ten clubs from across the city competed for the J J Giltinan Shield and the WD & HO Wills Cup during the season, which culminated in a grand final between St. George and Balmain.

1964 New South Wales Rugby Football League
Teams10
PremiersSt. George colours.svg St. George (11th title)
Minor premiersSt. George colours.svg St. George (10th title)
Matches played94
Points scored2736
Attendance1197569
Top points scorer(s)North Sydney colours.svg Fred Griffiths (160)
Top try-scorer(s)St. George colours.svg Reg Gasnier (18)

TeamsEdit

LadderEdit

Team Pld W D L PF PA PD Pts
1   St. George 18 15 0 3 393 154 +239 30
2   Parramatta 18 14 0 4 274 188 +86 28
3   Balmain 18 12 0 6 247 192 +55 24
4   North Sydney Bears 18 11 1 6 334 257 +77 23
5   South Sydney Rabbitohs 18 11 0 7 304 250 +54 22
6   Newtown 18 9 0 9 236 268 -32 18
7   Western Suburbs Magpies 18 8 1 9 259 274 -15 17
8   Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles 18 5 1 12 229 331 -102 11
9   Eastern Suburbs 18 2 0 16 190 351 -161 4
10   Canterbury-Bankstown 18 1 1 16 168 369 -201 3

FinalsEdit

Home Score Away Match Information
Date and Time Venue Referee Crowd
Semi Finals
  Balmain 11-9   North Sydney 29 August 1964 Sydney Cricket Ground Jack Bradley 35,082
  St. George 42-0   Parramatta 5 September 1964 Sydney Cricket Ground Col Pearce 33,659
Preliminary Final
  Parramatta 7-16   Balmain 12 September 1964 Sydney Cricket Ground Col Pearce 35,389
Grand Final
  St. George 11-6   Balmain 19 September 1964 Sydney Cricket Ground Col Pearce 61,369

Grand FinalEdit

St George Position Balmain
Graeme Langlands FB Keith Barnes (c)
Johnny King WG Dick Quinn
Reg Gasnier CE Brian Dunlop
Billy Smith CE Robert Ridley
Eddie Lumsden WG Bob Mara
Brian Clay FE Jack Danzey
George Evans HB Billy Bischoff Jr.
Monty Porter PR Bob Boland
Peter Armstrong HK Dick Wilson
Kevin Ryan PR George Piper
Elton Rasmussen SR Ron Clothier
Norm Provan (Ca./Co.) SR Peter Provan
Johnny Raper LK Dennis Tutty
Coach Harry Bath

St George captain-coach Norm Provan was matching up against his younger brother (& former Dragon) Peter, who had moved to the Tigers in 1961.

The Tigers defence was strong throughout a dour first half and for the first time in nine grand finals the Dragons trailed at half-time (4-2) with Balmain in the lead after penalty goals from Keith "Golden Boots" Barnes.

The turning point of the match came five minutes into the second half. The Tigers were defending their own line with some desperate tackling when they received a relieving penalty from referee Pearce. Balmain's Bob Boland put in a big punt which at first looked like a good touch finder. To Balmain's horror, Graeme Langlands stretched and then caught the ball with his boots only an inch or two from the touchline. The champion fullback then raced cross-field towards the Balmain line and sent a cut-out pass to Billy Smith 25 yards out from the tryline. The centre made further inroads before channeling a pass to Johnny King who sped down the left wing for 20 yards to score a diving try.

Test winger Johnny King thus kept intact his grand final record with this being his fifth successive try in a decider.

Eighteen-year-old Dennis Tutty stood out for the Tigers, providing reliable cover defence that stopped the Dragons on numerous occasions. For St. George, Smith and Langlands had strong games with Langlands tallying 72 points in his last four games of the season. Brian Clay had by now reclaimed his five-eighth position from Bruce Pollard and excelled just as he had in his five previous Grand Final appearances.

St. George 11 (Tries: King. Goals: Langlands 4.)

Balmain 6 (Goals: Barnes 3.)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Nat Silcock". yesterdayshero.com.au. SmartPack International. Archived from the original on 8 September 2013. Retrieved 8 September 2013.

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