1917 NSWRFL season


1917 NSWRFL season
1917 NSWRFL season
Teams 8
Premiers Balmain colours.svg Balmain (3rd title)
Minor premiers Balmain colours.svg Balmain (3rd title)
Matches played 56
Points scored 1280 (total)
22.857 (per match)
Top point scorer(s) Balmain colours.svg Charles Fraser (67)
Top try scorer(s) South Sydney colours.svg Harold Horder (17)

The 1917 New South Wales Rugby Football League premiership was the tenth season of Sydney's professional rugby league football club competition, Australia's first. Eight teams from across the city contested during the season and Balmain finished on top of the ladder to claim the premiership.[1]

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Season summary

After nine seasons without success, Western Suburbs finally made a significant impact on the league, finishing a respectable third behind the traditionally strong sides of Balmain and South Sydney. Balmain ultimately won their third consecutive premiership finishing eight points ahead of second placed South Sydney. The Balmain side only failed to win one of their games during the season against Newtown in round 8.

Balmain's secure defence only allowed 61 points to be scored against them in 14 games, a statistic indicating their dominance. Annandale managed to avoid bottom spot thanks to Glebe surrendering their two points to them following a 31-5 win for Glebe in round 8. The points were moved over to Annandale due to Glebe fielding Dan "Laddo' Davies an ineligible player under the residential criteria of the time.

As well as losing Davies, fourteen of Glebe's first grade players were suspended for a year after the players boycotted a match against Balmain. The NSWRFL changed the venue of the game from the Sydney Cricket Ground to Birchgrove Oval in Balmain, drastically reducing spectator numbers and, in doing so, cutting Glebe's share of the big gate takings expected at the SCG. A team consisting of lower grade players was fielded and Glebe lost heavily, 40–9. The NSWRFL suspended all the footballers who refused to play, including Frank, Laidley and Albert Burge.

Balmain also won the three round City Cup played in the late season. Members of the Balmain premiership winning side included Bob Craig.

Teams

The teams remained unchanged from the 1916 season.

Annandale home jersey 1910.svg
Annandale
Balmain home jersey 1908.svg
Balmain
Eastern Suburbs home jersey 1914.svg
Eastern Suburbs
Glebe home jersey 1918.svg
Glebe
Newtown Jets home jersey 1908.svg
Newtown
North Sydney Bears home jersey 1908.svg
North Sydney
South Sydney home jersey 1908.svg
South Sydney
Western Suburbs home jersey 1916.svg
Western Suburbs

Ladder

The geographical locations of the teams that contested the 1917 premiership across Sydney.
Team Pld W D L PF PA PD Pts
1 Balmain colours.svg Balmain 14 13 0 1 269 61 +208 26
2 South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney 14 9 0 5 236 143 +93 18
3 Western Suburbs colours.svg Western Suburbs 14 7 1 6 162 160 +2 15
4 Newtown colours.svg Newtown 14 7 1 6 114 123 -9 15
5 Glebe colours.svg Glebe 14 8 0 6 207 165 +42 14
6 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Eastern Suburbs 14 7 0 7 131 145 -14 14
7 Annandale colours.svg Annandale 14 1 2 11 71 214 -143 6
8 North Sydney colours.svg North Sydney 14 2 0 12 90 269 -179 4
  • Glebe were stripped of 2 competition points due to fielding an ineligible player in one game.

References


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