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The Newcastle Rugby League is a local rugby league football competition in Newcastle, Australia. It is one of the oldest rugby league competitions in Australia, founded in 1910. A Newcastle representative team was also assembled from players in the League during most of the 20th century.

Newcastle Rugby League
SportRugby league
Instituted1910
Inaugural season1910
Number of teams8
PremiersIpswich Colours.svg Macquarie (2017)
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HistoryEdit

A Newcastle team competed in the inaugural New South Wales Rugby League premiership of 1908 but withdrew after the 1909 season to form the local competition.

The four original teams were Central Newcastle (Blue & White), Northern Suburbs (Light & Dark Blue vertical stripes), South Newcastle (Red & White) and Western Suburbs (Red & Green).[1] The season kicked off 14 May 1910 with South playing West and Central playing Northern Suburbs. South Newcastle finished the season on top of the ladder; the final was played in front of 2500 spectators at Hamilton League Ground, with Central overcoming South 13–4.

The 1911 season saw the previous minor premiers South slump to the bottom of the ladder. The final was played in front of 4000 spectators and saw North victorious over Central 10–2. 1911 saw the Combined Newcastle & Hunter team Tour Queensland, defeating the Queensland State team in all matches played. Newcastle played against the touring New Zealand team in a tight match almost pulling off an upset before going down 21–20.

The 1912 season saw the addition of Eastern Suburbs, playing in Black and White. They were immediately competitive and made the grand final.

The First World War saw a halt to the competition for 1917 and 1918. Although the Newcastle Morning Herald did continue to publish results for competition games for those two years.[2]

1919 saw a split, with two smaller competitions held – the "Lilywhites" or clubs faithful to the NSWRL, composed of Eastern Suburbs and Northern Suburbs, and the "Bolsheviks" or rebels composed of South, North and West.

1920 saw the competition reunited and expanded to six teams as Kurri Kurri competed for the first time.

Current clubsEdit

  •   Central Charlestown Butcher Boys
    • (formerly Central Charlestown & Central Newcastle – moved to Charlestown in the early 1960s)[3]
    • Nickname: Butcher Boys
    • Home Ground: St John Oval, Charlestown (played at Passmore Oval, Wickham in 2008; Central Newcastle played at Learmonth Park, Hamilton, before merging with Charlestown)
    • Joined competition: 1910
    • Premierships: 1910 1921 1928 1930 1937 1939 1949 (7)
  •   Cessnock[4]
    • Nickname: Goannas
    • Home Ground: Cessnock Sportsground, Cessnock (formerly Old Cessnock Sportsground, where Big W currently stands, prior 2004)
    • Joined competition: 1930
    • Premierships: 1941 1950 1954 1955 1960 1972 1977 2003 (8)
  •   Kurri Kurri
    • Nickname: Bulldogs
    • Home Ground: Kurri Sportsground "The Graveyard", Kurri Kurri
    • Joined competition: 1920 (club formed in 1911)
    • Premierships: 1931 1940 1945 1993 1994 1995 (6)
  •   Lakes United
    • Nickname: Seagulls
    • Home Ground: Cahill Oval, Belmont
    • Joined competition: 1947
    • Premierships: 1947 1974 1975 1985 1986 1987 1996 2001 2006 2007 2015 (11)
  •   Macquarie
    • (formerly Macquarie United and Toronto Workers)
    • Nickname: Scorpions
    • Home Ground: Lyall Peacock Field, Toronto
    • Joined competition: 1960
    • Premierships: 1991 2017 (2)
  •   Maitland
    • (originally Maitland United – merged with Morpeth-East Maitland in 1942)
    • Nickname: Pickers (formerly Pumpkin Pickers)
    • Homeground: Maitland Sportsground, Maitland (formerly Coronation Oval, Telarah for 2 years while Maitland Sportsground was rebuilt)
    • Years in competition: 1925–2003; 2005–2007; 2009–
    • Premierships: 1933 1934 1956 1957 1958 1965 1969 1971 1973 1983 2010 2011 (12)
  •   South Newcastle[5]
    • Nickname: Lions
    • Home Ground: Townson Oval, Merewether
    • Joined competition: 1910
    • Premierships: 1919 1927 1943 1946 1963 1964 1968 1976 1988 1989 2016 (11)
  •   Western Suburbs
    • Nickname: Rosellas or the Maggots
    • Home Ground: Harker Oval, New Lambton
    • Joined competition: 1910
    • Premierships: 1912 1915 1916 1922 1961 1966 1970 1978 1980 1981 1982 1984 1992 1997 1998 1999 2002 2004 2008 2012 2013 2014 (22)

Former clubsEdit

  •   Eastern Suburbs
    • Nickname: Unknown
    • Home Ground: Newcastle No. 1 Sportsground, Newcastle West (also played at Wickham Oval, Wickham & Lynn Oval, Stockton)
    • Years in competition: 1912–1942
    • Premierships: 1913 1923 1924 1932 (4)
  •   Northern
    • (also North-Nelson Bay Marlins, Northern Blues and Nelson Bay Blues – they returned to Northern Blues)
    • Nickname: Blues (mascot is a Marlin)
    • Home Ground: Tomaree Sporting Complex, Nelson Bay
    • Years in competition: 1989–2011
    • Premierships: 2005 (1)
  •   Northern Suburbs
    • Nickname: Bluebags
    • Homeground: Passmore Oval, Wickham
    • Years in competition: 1910–1988 (re-located to Nelson Bay as North-Nelson Bay) (now play in Newcastle & Hunter Rugby League)
    • Premierships: 1911 1914 1920 1925 1926 1929 1935 1938 1948 1951 1953 1959 1962 1967 1979 (15)
  •   Port Stephens
    • Nickname: Sharks
    • Home Ground: Tomaree Sporting Complex, Nelson Bay and Lakeside Oval, Raymond Terrace
    • Years in competition: 2012-2014
    • Premierships:
  •   Waratah Mayfield
    • Nickname: Cheetahs
    • Home Ground: Waratah Oval, Waratah
    • Years in competition: 1927–2001; 2003–2004 (now play in Newcastle & Hunter Rugby League)
    • Premierships: 1936 1942 1944 1952 1990 2000 (6)
  •   Raymond Terrace
    • Nickname: Magpies
    • Home Ground: Lakeside Oval, Raymond Terrace
    • Years in competition: 2001–2008 (now play in Newcastle & Hunter Rugby League)
    • Premierships: nil
  •   Wyong
    • Nickname: Roos (mascot is a Kangaroo)
    • Home Ground: Morrie Breen Oval, Wyong
    • Years in competition: 2003–2012 (now play in NSW Cup)
    • Premierships: 2009 (1)

PremiersEdit

Past winners of the Newcastle RL Premiership

Season Grand Final Information Minor Premiers
Premiers Score Runners-Up
1910   Central Newcastle 13–4   South Newcastle   South Newcastle
1911   Northern Suburbs 10–2   Central Newcastle   Northern Suburbs
1912   Western Suburbs 10–7   Eastern Suburbs   Western Suburbs
1913   Eastern Suburbs 18–0   Western Suburbs   Eastern Suburbs
1914   Northern Suburbs 5–2   Central Newcastle   Northern Suburbs
1915   Western Suburbs 16–8   Northern Suburbs   Western Suburbs
1916   Western Suburbs 10–8   Northern Suburbs   Northern Suburbs
1917 no competition
1918 no competition
1919   South Newcastle 7–2   Western Suburbs
1920   Northern Suburbs   South Newcastle
1921   Central Newcastle   Western Suburbs
1922   Western Suburbs   Central Newcastle
1923   Eastern Suburbs   Northern Suburbs
1924   Eastern Suburbs   Northern Suburbs
1925   Northern Suburbs   Eastern Suburbs
1926   Northern Suburbs   South Newcastle
1927   South Newcastle   Northern Suburbs
1928   Central Newcastle   Northern Suburbs
1929   Northern Suburbs   Waratah-Mayfield
1930   Central Newcastle   South Newcastle
1931   Kurri Kurri   Northern Suburbs
1932   Eastern Suburbs   Cessnock
1933   Maitland United 20–0   Waratah-Mayfield
1934   Maitland United 4–2   Waratah-Mayfield
1935   Northern Suburbs   Central Newcastle
1936   Waratah-Mayfield   Cessnock
1937   Central Newcastle   Cessnock
1938   Northern Suburbs   Waratah-Mayfield
1939   Central Newcastle   Western Suburbs
1940   Kurri Kurri   Cessnock
1941   Cessnock 18–3[6]   South Newcastle
1942   Waratah-Mayfield   South Newcastle
1943   South Newcastle   Waratah-Mayfield
1944   Waratah-Mayfield   Western Suburbs
1945   Kurri Kurri   South Newcastle
1946   South Newcastle 11–3   Western Suburbs
1947   Lakes United   Northern Suburbs
1948   Northern Suburbs 5–4   Kurri Kurri
1949   Central Newcastle 28–15   Kurri Kurri
1950   Cessnock 19–12[6]   Central Newcastle
1951   Northern Suburbs 12–8   Maitland   Northern Suburbs
1952   Waratah-Mayfield 5–4   Lakes United   Waratah-Mayfield
1953   Northern Suburbs 16–11   Cessnock
1954   Cessnock 15–3[6]   Maitland   Cessnock
1955   Cessnock 9–7[6]   Maitland   Cessnock
1956   Maitland 16–9   Cessnock   Maitland
1957   Maitland 17–12   Kurri Kurri   Maitland
1958   Maitland 22–7   Cessnock   Maitland
1959   Northern Suburbs 13–12   Maitland   Northern Suburbs
1960   Cessnock 33–5[6]   Maitland   Cessnock
1961   Western Suburbs 10–9   Waratah-Mayfield   Western Suburbs
1962   Northern Suburbs 18–6   South Newcastle   Northern Suburbs
1963   South Newcastle 12–7   Central Newcastle   South Newcastle
1964   South Newcastle 17–12   Western Suburbs   Western Suburbs
1965   Maitland 22–3   South Newcastle   South Newcastle
1966   Western Suburbs 31–9   Cessnock   Western Suburbs
1967   Northern Suburbs 13–11   Western Suburbs   Western Suburbs
1968   South Newcastle 9–6   Lakes United   Western Suburbs   Lakes United (tied)
1969   Maitland 19–9   Lakes United   Maitland
1970   Western Suburbs 21–14   Maitland   Maitland
1971   Maitland 30–19   Lakes United   Maitland
1972   Cessnock 18–10[6]   Maitland   Maitland
1973   Maitland 27–18   Western Suburbs   Western Suburbs
1974   Lakes United 7–2   Western Suburbs   Western Suburbs
1975   Lakes United 30–17   Western Suburbs   Maitland
1976   South Newcastle 22–15   Western Suburbs   Lakes United
1977   Cessnock 21–17[6]   Maitland   Cessnock
1978   Western Suburbs 23–16   South Newcastle   Western Suburbs
1979   North Newcastle 20–8   Cessnock   North Newcastle
1980   Western Suburbs 17–13   Cessnock   Kurri Kurri
1981   Western Suburbs 13–2   Cessnock   Western Suburbs
1982   Western Suburbs 21–14   Kurri Kurri   Western Suburbs
1983   Maitland 20–12   Cessnock   Maitland
1984   Western Suburbs 10–2   Lakes United   Lakes United
1985   Lakes United 12–6   Cessnock   Cessnock
1986   Lakes United 4–0   South Newcastle   Lakes United
1987   Lakes United 24–16   South Newcastle   South Newcastle
1988   South Newcastle 29–18   Lakes United   South Newcastle
1989   South Newcastle 20–12   Western Suburbs   South Newcastle
1990   Waratah-Mayfield 17–14   Lakes United   Lakes United
1991   Toronto Workers 21–10   Western Suburbs   South Newcastle
1992   Western Suburbs 33–0   Lakes United   Western Suburbs
1993   Kurri Kurri 20–18   Western Suburbs   Western Suburbs
1994   Kurri Kurri 20–16   Toronto Workers   Western Suburbs
1995   Kurri Kurri 24–4   Western Suburbs   Western Suburbs
1996   Lakes United 16–6   Western Suburbs   Western Suburbs
1997   Western Suburbs 26–16   Lakes United   Lakes United
1998   Western Suburbs 51–14   South Newcastle   Western Suburbs
1999   Western Suburbs 22–18   Cessnock   Western Suburbs
2000   Waratah-Mayfield 20–14   Lakes United   Waratah-Mayfield
2001   Lakes United 18–10   Western Suburbs   Lakes United
2002   Western Suburbs 27–16   Lakes United   Lakes United
2003   Cessnock 22–20[6]   Raymond Terrace   Western Suburbs
2004   Western Suburbs 32–28   Northern Blues   Western Suburbs
2005   Northern Blues 30–12   Western Suburbs   Western Suburbs
2006   Lakes United 40–24   Nelson Bay   Lakes United
2007   Lakes United 32–12   Wyong   Lakes United
2008   Western Suburbs 12–10   Cessnock   Western Suburbs
2009   Wyong 36–4   Cessnock   Cessnock
2010   Maitland 24–8   Cessnock   Maitland
2011   Maitland 19–18   Western Suburbs   Maitland
2012   Western Suburbs 16–14   Cessnock   Cessnock
2013   Western Suburbs 21–8   Kurri Kurri   Western Suburbs
2014   Western Suburbs 22–8   Cessnock   Western Suburbs
2015   Lakes United 24–18   Macquarie   Western Suburbs
2016   South Newcastle 21-12   Macquarie   Macquarie
2017   Macquarie 24-6   Western Suburbs   Western Suburbs
2018   South Newcastle 30-18   Lakes United   Lakes United

Team of the CenturyEdit

In 2008, rugby league football's centennial year in Australia, the Newcastle Rugby League named its 'Team of the Century':[7]

  1. Clive Churchill (Central)
  2. Eddie Lumsden (Kurri Kurri)
  3. Ron Bailey (Waratah-Mayfield)
  4. Brian Carlson (North)
  5. Johnny Graves (Maitland)
  6. Bob Banks (Central)
  7. Andrew Johns (Cessnock)
  8. Paul Harragon (Lakes United)
  9. Allan Buman (West)
  10. Jim Gibbs (South)
  11. Don Schofield (Cessnock)
  12. Herb Narvo (North)
  13. (c) Wally Prigg (West)
  14. John Sattler (Kurri Kurri)
  15. Albert Paul (Lakes United)
  16. Matthew Gidley (West)
  17. Les Johns (South)

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ http://users.hunterlink.net.au/~maajjs/aus/nsw/ncl/nclcomps.htm
  2. ^ Newcastle Morning Herald Microfiche archive, held at Newcastle University
  3. ^ http://www.leagueunlimited.com/article.php?newsid=15210
  4. ^ http://www.cessnockrugbyleague.com.au/
  5. ^ http://www.southleagues.com.au/
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h "Club History". cessnockrugbyleague.net.au. Cessnock Rugby League Football Club. Retrieved 21 March 2014.
  7. ^ "Newcastle Rugby League – Team Of The Century". Newcastle Herald. Archived from the original on 22 March 2012. Retrieved 19 November 2011.

External linksEdit

  • Power, Bob (1992). The Rebels of Rugby: The Story of Newcastle Rugby League Pioneers "The Bolsheviks vs. The Lilywhites" 1907–1920. Newcastle, New South Wales: self.
  • Ryan, Graham & Betty et al., Newcastle Knights 1988: Collectors Edition, Macquarie Publications, Dubbo, 1988.
  • Pat "Nimmo" Walsh Family archive Newspaper Match Reports.