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Encyclopedia > New South Wales Rugby League season 1908
1908 New South Wales Rugby League season
Logo of the NSWRL
Logo of the NSWRL
Teams 9
Premiers South Sydney (1st title)
Minor Premiers South Sydney (1st title)
Matches played   43
Points scored 1108  (average 25.767 per match)

The 1908 New South Wales Rugby League premiership was the inaugural season of the rugby league competition based in Sydney. Eight teams contested the first round of the season; seven teams from Sydney and one team from Newcastle, New South Wales. Cumberland later joined the competition in the second round, making it nine teams who contested for the first premiership in total. The New South Wales Rugby League (NSWRL) is the governing body for the sport of rugby league in New South Wales. ... The South Sydney Rabbitohs (commonly nicknamed Souths or the Bunnies) are a team in the National Rugby League (NRL), the premier rugby league competition in Australia. ... The South Sydney Rabbitohs (commonly nicknamed Souths or the Bunnies) are a team in the National Rugby League (NRL), the premier rugby league competition in Australia. ... The New South Wales Rugby League (NSWRL) is the governing body for the sport of rugby league in New South Wales. ... The Sydney Opera House on Sydney Harbour Sydney (pronounced ) is the most populous city in Australia with a metropolitan area population of over 4. ... A view of Newcastle from Stockton Newcastle is Australias sixth largest city and the second largest in the state of New South Wales. ... Cumberland was one the nine original teams in the NSWRL competition in 1908, albeit admitted after the first round of matches had already been played. ...

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History

Early in the 20th century in Sydney, the game of rugby union was contested in competitions that were affiliated with the Rugby Football Union based in England. Only a decade earlier, a breakaway version of rugby began in England, with the Northern Union being formed as a direct consequence. The reasons for this split were ultimately based around the fact that clubs had wanted to compensate their players for time away from work due to injuries and travelling. After the Rugby Football Union denied the clubs' requests for compensation, many northern English clubs split away from the Rugby Football Union and entered a new competition, which implemented gradual rule changes to the rugby game in attempt to make a more attractive game for crowds. When crowd numbers started to rise, clubs were able to afford to pay players benefits as a direct result of increased gate takings. This new game was known as rugby league. (19th century - 20th century - 21st century - more centuries) Decades: 1900s 1910s 1920s 1930s 1940s 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s As a means of recording the passage of time, the 20th century was that century which lasted from 1901–2000 in the sense of the Gregorian calendar (1900–1999 in the... The Sydney Opera House on Sydney Harbour Sydney (pronounced ) is the most populous city in Australia with a metropolitan area population of over 4. ... General phase play in rugby union. ... The Rugby Football Union (RFU) is the rugby union governing body in England. ... Motto: (French for God and my right) Anthem: Multiple unofficial anthems Capital London Largest city London Official language(s) English Government Constitutional monarchy  - Queen Queen Elizabeth II  - Prime Minister Tony Blair MP Unification    - by Athelstan 927  Area    - Total 130,395 km² (1st in UK)   50,346 sq mi   - Water (%) Population... The Rugby Football League (RFL) is the governing body for Rugby League in the United Kingdom. ... Rugby league is a team sport, played by two teams of 13 players. ...


In 1906 in Sydney, crowd numbers for rugby union matches began to increase significantly following the arrival of player Dally Messenger, whose individual skill was considered a pleasure to watch. It was around this time that the discontent of players to their rugby clubs for still failing to shift away from the amateur culture of the Rugby Football Union was starting to show. Even though bigger crowds had brought increased revenue to the game, players ended up failing to see any of the increased revenue going back to them. But in the latter half of 1907 and unknown to the general public, Dally Messenger secretely agreed to sign on to play in a professional rugby league competition that would start the following year, run by the New South Wales Rugby League. It would turn out to be Messenger's popularity that would ensure the success of the new concept. This page is a candidate for speedy deletion. ... The examples and perspective in this article or section may not represent a worldwide view. ... Rugby league is a team sport, played by two teams of 13 players. ... The New South Wales Rugby League (NSWRL) is the governing body for the sport of rugby league in New South Wales. ...


Early in 1908, a number of rugby union clubs held meetings across Sydney and Newcastle to decide whether or not breakaway rugby league clubs should be formed or not in preparation for the new rugby league premiership starting in the following months. The popularity amongst players in support of the new competition was overwhelming, with only some players deciding to continue playing in the traditional amateur rugby union competition. The rugby league clubs that were formed were essentially breakaway clubs, and in most instances, teams continued the use of their team colours into the new competition. A view of Newcastle from Stockton Newcastle is Australias sixth largest city and the second largest in the state of New South Wales. ...


On April 20, 1908, the first premiership was underway, with the first four games all held at the Agricultural Field and at Birchgrove. April 20 is the 110th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (111th in leap years). ... 1908 (MCMVIII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will take you to calendar). ...


Teams

The Balmain Tigers is one of the founding clubs of the New South Wales Rugby League (NSWRL). ... January 23 is the 23rd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1908 (MCMVIII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will take you to calendar). ... Cumberland was one the nine original teams in the NSWRL competition in 1908, albeit admitted after the first round of matches had already been played. ... April 20 is the 110th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (111th in leap years). ... 1908 (MCMVIII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will take you to calendar). ... The Sydney Roosters are a team in the National Rugby League (NRL), the premier rugby league football competition in Australia. ... January 24 is the 24th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1908 (MCMVIII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will take you to calendar). ... Glebe were a rugby league team who played in the NSWRL competition from 1908-1929. ... January 9 is the 9th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1908 (MCMVIII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will take you to calendar). ... Newcastle were a Rugby League team who played in the NSWRL competition from 1908-1909, one of the nine foundation clubs. ... February 8 is the 39th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 1908 (MCMVIII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will take you to calendar). ... Newtown was Australias first rugby league club (after Glebe). ... January 14 is the 14th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1908 (MCMVIII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will take you to calendar). ... The North Sydney Bears were the oldest team to affiliate in the National Rugby League (NRL) in 1908, the main competition in Australia  for rugby league  football. ... February 7 is the 38th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 1908 (MCMVIII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will take you to calendar). ... The South Sydney Rabbitohs (commonly nicknamed Souths or the Bunnies) are a team in the National Rugby League (NRL), the premier rugby league competition in Australia. ... January 17 is the 17th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1908 (MCMVIII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will take you to calendar). ... The Western Suburbs Magpies are a Rugby League club in Sydney, Australia. ...

Ladder

The geographical locations of the foundation teams across Sydney.
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The geographical locations of the foundation teams across Sydney.
Team Pld W D L B PF PA PD Pts
South Sydney 9 8 0 1 1 194 53 +141 18
Eastern Suburbs 9 8 0 1 1 183 90 +93 18
Glebe 9 7 0 2 1 106 63 +43 16
North Sydney 9 6 0 3 1 155 66 +89 14
Newcastle 9 4 0 5 1 151 116 +35 10
Balmain 9 3 1 5 1 86 113 -27 9
Newtown 9 1 1 7 1 70 148 -78 5
Western Suburbs 9 1 0 8 1 47 190 -143 4
Cumberland 8 1 0 7 1 38 191 -153 4

The South Sydney Rabbitohs (commonly nicknamed Souths or the Bunnies) are a team in the National Rugby League (NRL), the premier rugby league competition in Australia. ... The Sydney Roosters are a team in the National Rugby League (NRL), the premier rugby league football competition in Australia. ... Glebe were a rugby league team who played in the NSWRL competition from 1908-1929. ... The North Sydney Bears were the oldest team to affiliate in the National Rugby League (NRL) in 1908, the main competition in Australia  for rugby league  football. ... Newcastle were a Rugby League team who played in the NSWRL competition from 1908-1909, one of the nine foundation clubs. ... The Balmain Tigers is one of the founding clubs of the New South Wales Rugby League (NSWRL). ... Newtown was Australias first rugby league club (after Glebe). ... The Western Suburbs Magpies are a Rugby League club in Sydney, Australia. ... Cumberland was one the nine original teams in the NSWRL competition in 1908, albeit admitted after the first round of matches had already been played. ...

Finals

The competition was decided on which side had the most premiership points at the end of the year. After the regular season had completed, the top four teams played an extra round in order break the deadlock between South Sydney and Eastern Suburbs which both ended up on 18 points. After these two teams won their respective semi-finals, a final was played between the two sides. South Sydney overcame a depleted Eastern Suburbs side to take away the inaugural premiership. The South Sydney Rabbitohs (commonly nicknamed Souths or the Bunnies) are a team in the National Rugby League (NRL), the premier rugby league competition in Australia. ... The Sydney Roosters are a team in the National Rugby League (NRL), the premier rugby league football competition in Australia. ... A final may refer to: the last round of a competition or contest, which decides which individual or team will be champion a college or university courses final examination in a given term the tonic of a church mode the name of a norwegian turntablist/producer/dj: see Final...

  Semi finals Finals
             
15 August 1908 - Agricultural
  Eastern Suburbs 23  
  North Sydney 10  
 
29 August 1908 - Agricultural
      South Sydney 14
    Eastern Suburbs 12
15 August 1908 - Wentworth
  South Sydney 16
  Glebe 3  

The Sydney Roosters are a team in the National Rugby League (NRL), the premier rugby league football competition in Australia. ... The North Sydney Bears were the oldest team to affiliate in the National Rugby League (NRL) in 1908, the main competition in Australia  for rugby league  football. ... The South Sydney Rabbitohs (commonly nicknamed Souths or the Bunnies) are a team in the National Rugby League (NRL), the premier rugby league competition in Australia. ... The Sydney Roosters are a team in the National Rugby League (NRL), the premier rugby league football competition in Australia. ... The South Sydney Rabbitohs (commonly nicknamed Souths or the Bunnies) are a team in the National Rugby League (NRL), the premier rugby league competition in Australia. ... Glebe were a rugby league team who played in the NSWRL competition from 1908-1929. ...

Final

The following is a report from Sydney newspaper The Sydney Morning Herald on the final between South Sydney and Eastern Suburbs. This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...

   
New South Wales Rugby League season 1908
The final match to determine the premiership in the first grade of the Rugby League was played on the Agricultural Society's Ground on Saturday in perfect weather. The match was shorn of much interest on account of prominent members of both teams being absent, on their way to England. In accordance with the League rules, one-third of the profits of the match will be devoted to charity. The game, which was brilliant, and at times rather rough, resulted in a victory for South Sydney by 14 points to 12. The winners deserved their victory.

South Sydney lost the toss, and kicked off from the southern end, an easterly wind blowing across the ground, and the sun shining strongly against them. Play hummed from the beginning. South Sydney having the better of matters, the forwards putting in splendid work. Getting the ball from the scrum repeatedly, South Sydney's backs executed several brilliant bursts, but the tackling of their opponents was very safe. However, they broke through once, Conlin making a beautiful feinting run, and then passing to Senior, on the wing, the latter scoring a pretty try. Image File history File links Cquote1. ...


Immediately afterwards Brackenrigg kicked a penalty goal for Eastern Suburbs. South Sydney now attacked strongly, and appeared likely to score, but Miller, intercepting a yard or so from his own line, raced the whole length of the ground and scored a beautiful try behind the posts. Brackenrigg converted, making the scores 7 points to 6 in favour of Eastern Suburbs.


On resuming South Sydney obtained the upper hand, forwards and backs playing brilliantly. They made repeated dashes, but could not break through for a long time. Once Storie got across, but was tackled. Then the three-quarters made fine dashes on either wing. From the last of these, which ended on the line, Golding scored a try, which Green failed to convert. Just before half time, Fry marked at Eastern Suburb’s 25, and Conlin kicked a fine goal, South Sydney leading by 8 points to 7.


The second half proved exciting from start to finish, Eastern Suburbs at first attacked and South Sydney got out of the difficulty by forcing. South Sydney now became aggressive, the three-quarters combining very neatly. They repeatedly penetrated the defence, but could not put the finishing touch to the movements for some time. At length Levison obtained a scrum and passed to Conlin, on the wing. The latter dashed for the line, and scored. The kick at goal failed. South Sydney 11 points to 7.


Eastern Suburbs put in fine work. Frawley and Brackenrigg dribbling almost to the line. Then McNamara dropped a field goal from centre, which reduced South Sydney's lead to 2 points. McNamara almost repeated the performance a few minutes later, South Sydney rallied, and Levison getting from a scrum at the 25 passed in to Butler, who scored. The kick at goal failed.


Play now became very rough, several players being knocked out temporarily, and the referee had to administer cautions. Near time, Eastern Suburbs came with a rush, and Miller scored a good try, which Brackenrigg failed to convert.


There was no further scoring, South Sydney winning by 14 points to 12.

   
New South Wales Rugby League season 1908

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References

National Rugby League, 2006

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1990 | 1991 | 1992 | 1993 | 1994 | 1995 | 1996 | 1997 (ARL) | 1997 (SL) | 1998 | 1999
2000 | 2001 | 2002 | 2003 | 2004 | 2005 | 2006 NSW Rugby League (1908-1994) Logo The New South Wales Rugby League premiership was a rugby league competition run between 1908 and 1994. ... The Australian Rugby League (ARL) is the governing body for the sport of Rugby League in Australia. ... The logo of the National Rugby League. ... The inaugural season of the National Rugby League saw the Brisbane Broncos claim their fourth premiership in seven seasons, defeating the Canterbury Bulldogs 38-12 in the last grand final played at the Sydney Football Stadium. ... The second season of the National Rugby League saw the Melbourne Storm claim their maiden premiership in just their second season, defeating the St George Illawarra Dragons 20-18 in the first grand final played at Stadium Australia. ... The third season of the National Rugby League saw the Brisbane Broncos claim their fifth premiership in nine seasons, defeating the Sydney Roosters in the last grand final played during the afternoon. ... The fourth season of the National Rugby League saw the Newcastle Knights claim their second premiership in five seasons, defeating the Parramatta Eels in the first night grand final. ... 15 clubs contested in the 5th NRL season, with foundation club the Sydney Roosters collecting their first premiership in 27 years. ... 15 clubs contested in the 6th NRL season, with the Penrith Panthers defeating reigning champions Sydney Roosters in the grand final and claiming their first premiership since 1991. ... 15 clubs contested the 7th NRL season, with the Canterbury Bulldogs defeating the Sydney Roosters in the grand final and claiming their seventh premiership in club history. ... 15 clubs contested the eighth NRL season, with the Wests Tigers winning their historic first premiership against the North Queensland Cowboys. ... The National Rugby League season 2006 is the ninth NRL season, which involves 15 clubs. ...

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