1985 NSWRL season
The 1985 New South Wales Rugby League premiership was the seventy-eighth season of professional rugby league football in Australia. Thirteen teams competed for the J J Giltinan Shield and Winfield Cup during the season, which culminated in a grand final between the Canterbury-Bankstown and St. George clubs. This season NSWRL teams also competed for the 1985 National Panasonic Cup.
|1985 New South Wales Rugby League|
|Premiers||Canterbury-Bankstown (5th title)|
|Minor premiers||St. George (15th title)|
|Top points scorer(s)||Mick Cronin (204)|
|Player of the year||Wayne Pearce (Rothmans Medal)|
|Top try-scorer(s)||Steve Linnane (17)|
Twenty-six regular season rounds were played from March till September, resulting in a top five of St. George, Balmain, Canterbury, Parramatta and Penrith battling it out in the finals
The 1985 season's Rothmans Medallist was Balmain's lock, Wayne Pearce. The Dally M Award was given to Penrith's halfback, Greg Alexander, while Rugby League Week gave its player of the year award to Parramatta's lock, Ray Price.
The lineup of clubs remained unchanged from the previous year, with thirteen contesting the 1985 premiership, including five Sydney-based foundation teams, another six from Sydney, one from greater New South Wales and one from the Australian Capital Territory
|1||St. George Dragons||24||18||2||4||2||470||264||+206||42|
|6||Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles||24||13||1||10||2||404||345||+59||31|
|7||Eastern Suburbs Roosters||24||10||3||11||2||374||389||-15||27|
|9||South Sydney Rabbitohs||24||10||0||14||2||373||419||-46||24|
|11||North Sydney Bears||24||6||1||17||2||281||491||-210||17|
|12||Western Suburbs Magpies||24||5||2||17||2||311||661||-350||16|
|Date and Time||Venue||Referee||Crowd|
|Penrith Panthers||10-7||Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles||3 September 1985||Sydney Cricket Ground||Mick Stone||16,428|
|Parramatta Eels||38-6||Penrith Panthers||7 September 1985||Sydney Cricket Ground||Kevin Roberts||18,939|
|Balmain Tigers||8-14||Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs||8 September 1985||Sydney Cricket Ground||Mick Stone||25,194|
|Balmain Tigers||4-32||Parramatta Eels||14 September 1985||Sydney Cricket Ground||Kevin Roberts||25,423|
|St. George Dragons||17-6||Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs||15 September 1985||Sydney Cricket Ground||Mick Stone||39,013|
|Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs||26-0||Parramatta Eels||22 September 1985||Sydney Cricket Ground||Kevin Roberts||34,915|
|St. George Dragons||6-7||Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs||29 September 1985||Sydney Cricket Ground||Kevin Roberts||44,569|
|St. George Dragons||Position||Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs|
|Glenn Burgess||FB||Michael Potter|
|Steve Morris||WG||Matthew Callinan|
|Michael O'Connor||CE||Chris Mortimer|
|Michael Beattie||CE||Andrew Farrar|
|Denis Kinchela||WG||Peter Mortimer|
|Steve Linnane||FE||Michael Hagan|
|Perry Haddock||HB||Steve Mortimer (c)|
|Pat Jarvis||PR||Peter Kelly|
|Phil Ritchie||HK||Billy Johnstone|
|Craig Young (c)||PR||Peter Tunks|
|Graeme Wynn||SR||Brian Battese|
|Billy Noke||SR||Steve Folkes|
|Graeme O'Grady||LK||Paul Langmack|
|Chris Johns||Reserve||David Gillespie|
|Chris Guider||Reserve||Greg Mullane|
|Stephen Funnell||Reserve||Mark Bugden|
|Roy Masters||Coach||Warren Ryan|
The 1985 Grand Final was played at the Sydney Cricket Ground before a crowd of 44,569. Canterbury continually put St George fullback Burgess under the test of the high-ball in his in-goal area, which, under the rules of the time, resulted in a line drop-out with the Bulldogs regaining possession. After felling St George's Peter Wynn as a scrum broke up, Canterbury's prop Peter Kelly was surprising awarded a penalty and shortly thereafter Kelly used the blindside to send winger Peter Mortimer over out wide for a 6-0 half time lead.
Bulldogs half and skipper Steve Mortimer seized control of the match and centre Andrew Farrar clinched it with a field goal in the 72nd minute to take the score to 7-0. A last light of hope appeared for the Dragons when Steve Morris scored and Michael O'Connor converted with five minutes left on the clock. In the end a practised and clinical approach from Canterbury shut out the Dragons who had been the minor premiers.
Tries: P Mortimer. Goal: Farrar. Field Goal: Farrar.
St. George 6
Tries: Morris. Goal: O'Connor.
Man-of-the-match: Steve Mortimer