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1910 NSWRFL season

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Points scored  1576
Minor Premiers  Newtown
Start date  1910
Matches played  57
Premiers  Newtown (1st title)
Top point-scorer(s)  Arthur McCabe (71)
Number of teams  8
People also search for  1932 NSWRFL season
1910 NSWRFL season
League  New South Wales Rugby Football League
Duration  April 30 to September 17

The 1910 NSWRFL season was the third season of the New South Wales Rugby Football League premiership, Sydney’s top-level rugby league club competition, Australia’s first. Eight teams from across the city contested during the season for the premiership and the Royal Agricultural Society Challenge Shield. During the season, many of the league’s top players took part in matches of the 1910 Great Britain Lions tour of Australia.


Season summary

On 23 July 1910 at the Sydney Showground the South Sydney club defeated Western Suburbs 67–0. This would stand as Souths’ highest ever score and biggest winning margin in a premiership game for over one hundred years. It was not beaten in the NSWRFL until St. George defeated Canterbury-Bankstown 91–6 on 11 May 1935 – this remains the record score and margin as of 2016.

During the season Annandale’s Ray, Roy, Rex and Bernard Norman became the first set of four brothers to play in the same NSWRFL side.

The League's takings for all matches this year amounted to £13,512, an increase of over £6,000 on the previous season.


With the loss of Cumberland at the end of the 1908 season, the league remained with eight teams; a preferable outcome since no byes would be needed. However by the end of the 1909 season, interest for a local Newcastle competition as well as the difficulties of longer travel for the Newcastle side saw it pull out of the premiership. As a result, a team from Annandale joined the premiership to leave the competition with eight teams. Also this season St. Luke's Park became the Western Suburbs club's homeground.


Newtown finished on top of the League's ladder at the end of the regular season.

Ladder progression

  • Numbers highlighted in green indicate that the team finished the round inside the top 2.
  • Numbers highlighted in blue indicates the team finished first on the ladder in that round.
  • Numbers highlighted in red indicates the team finished in last place on the ladder in that round
  • Final

    Unlike the previous two seasons where a play-off system was used to decide the premier, there was only one game played in 1910. The top two teams, Newtown and South Sydney, played off in a memorable match in front of fifteen or sixteen thousand people at the Sydney Showground on 17 September 1910. Leading 4-2 with reportedly only seconds to go, South Sydney seemed set to take out their third straight premiership. However, after Souths player Howard Hallett was forced to kick the ball clear from his own line, Newtown centre Albert Hawkes caught the ball on the full just metres away from halfway and the touch line. The rules at the time allowed Hawkes to claim a "fair mark" and Newtown to have a shot at goal. Newtown captain Charles "Boxer" Russell was successful in kicking the goal from a difficult position, allowing Newtown to tie the game and win the competition as they had been minor premiers.

    Newtown 4 (Goals: Charles Russell 2)

    drew with

    South Sydney Rabbitohs 4 (Goals: Jim Davis 2)


    1910 NSWRFL season Wikipedia