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1929 NSWRFL season

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Top points scorer(s)  Jim Craig (86)
Start date  1929
Points scored  1,942
People also search for  1925 NSWRFL season
Top try-scorer(s)  Alan Brady (11)
Teams  9
Matches played  75
1929 NSWRFL season
Premiers  South Sydney (9th title)
Minor premiers  South Sydney (8th title)

The 1929 New South Wales Rugby Football League premiership was the 22nd season of Sydney's top-level rugby league football competition, Australia's first. During the season, which lasted from April until September, nine teams from across Sydney contested the premiership, culminating in a South Sydney's win over Newtown in the final.


Season summary

Half of the 1929 season was played without several of the League’s top players who were selected to embark on the 1929–30 Kangaroo tour of Great Britain. South Sydney won their ninth premiership and fifth in succession, defeating Newtown in the Final.


At the end of 1929 Glebe exited the League because of a lack of a home ground, poor results and primarily because the area they represented was no longer big enough to support a club.

  • Balmain, formed on January 23, 1908, at Balmain Town Hall
  • Eastern Suburbs, formed on January 24, 1908, at Paddington Town Hall
  • Glebe, formed on January 9, 1908
  • Newtown, formed on January 8, 1908
  • North Sydney, formed on February 7, 1908
  • South Sydney, formed on January 17, 1908, at Redfern Town Hall
  • St. George, formed on November 8, 1920, at Kogarah School of Arts
  • Western Suburbs, formed on February 4, 1908
  • University, formed in 1919 at Sydney University
  • Premiership final

    South Sydney took their fifth successive title outgunning Newtown 30-10 after leading 18-2 at half-time.

    The Whiticker/Collis reference quotes Sydney's Labor Daily in praise of Souths' win: "Newtown faced inevitable defeat, and while the margin was large, it hardly demonstrated South Sydney's superiority. They were on top from the start and gave a scintillating display both in combination and individual effort. Alf Blair played probably the greatest game in his long career".

    Brothers Alf and Frank O'Connor both scored tries for the winning Rabbitohs. The next time two brothers would each score a try in a premiership decider was when Brett and Glenn Stewart scored for the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles in their 2011 NRL Grand Final win over the New Zealand Warriors.

    South Sydney 30 (Tries: Blair 3, Williams 3, F. O'Connor, A O'Connor. Goals: Blair 2, Williams)


    Newtown 10 (Tries: Edwards 2. Goals: Casey 2)


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