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1914 NSWRFL season

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Duration  May 2 to August 22
Top point-scorer(s)  Harold Horder (87)
Number of teams  8
People also search for  1925 NSWRFL season
Points scored  1202
Start date  1914
Matches played  56
1914 NSWRFL season
League  New South Wales Rugby Football League
Premiers  South Sydney (3rd title)
Minor Premiers  South Sydney (3rd title)

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.


Season summary

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.

  • Annandale
  • 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
  • References

    1914 NSWRFL season Wikipedia

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