1957 NSWRFL season


1957 NSWRFL season
1957 NSWRFL season
Teams 10
Premiers St. George colours.svg St. George (4th title)
Minor premiers St. George colours.svg St. George (4th title)
Matches played 94
Points scored 3103 (total)
33.011 (per match)
Attendance 1,089,273 (total)
11,588 (per match)
Top try scorer(s) St. George colours.svg Tommy Ryan (26)

1957's New South Wales Rugby Football League premiership was the fiftieth season of the rugby league competition based in Sydney. Ten teams from across the city competed for the J. J. Giltinan Shield during the season, which culminated in a grand final between St. George and Manly-Warringah.

Contents

Season summary

Teams

Balmain home jersey 1940.svg
Balmain
Canterbury home jersey 1935.svg
Canterbury-Bankstown
Eastern Suburbs home jersey 1953.svg
Eastern Suburbs
Manly Sea Eagles home jersey 1957.svg
Manly-Warringah
Newtown Jets home jersey 1908.svg
Newtown
North Sydney Bears home jersey 1951.svg
North Sydney
Parramatta Eels home jersey 1957.svg
Parramatta
South Sydney home jersey 1908.svg
South Sydney
St. George home jersey 1945.svg
St. George
Western Suburbs home jersey 1950.svg
Western Suburbs

Ladder

Team Pld W D L PF PA PD Pts
1 St. George colours.svg St. George 18 15 0 3 417 232 +185 30
2 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly 18 11 1 6 282 209 +73 23
3 South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney 18 11 0 7 354 314 +40 22
4 Western Suburbs colours.svg Western Suburbs 18 10 1 7 358 251 +107 21
5 North Sydney colours.svg North Sydney 18 9 1 8 292 278 +14 19
6 Balmain colours.svg Balmain 18 9 0 9 352 281 +71 18
7 Newtown colours.svg Newtown 18 9 0 9 267 228 +39 18
8 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Eastern Suburbs 18 9 0 9 277 347 -70 18
9 Canterbury colours.svg Canterbury 18 3 1 14 182 339 -157 7
10 Parramatta colours.svg Parramatta 18 2 0 16 189 491 -302 4

Finals

Home Score Away Match Information
Date and Time Venue Referee Crowd
Semi Finals
South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney 26-13 Western Suburbs colours.svg Western Suburbs 31 August 1957 Sydney Cricket Ground Darcy Lawler 46,957
St. George colours.svg St. George 21-7 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly-Warringah 7 September 1957 Sydney Cricket Ground Darcy Lawler 39,845
Preliminary Final
Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly-Warringah 15-11 South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney 14 September 1957 Sydney Cricket Ground Darcy Lawler 39,065
Grand Final
St. George colours.svg St. George 31-9 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly-Warringah 21 September 1957 Sydney Cricket Ground Darcy Lawler 54,399

Grand Final

St. George Position Manly-Warringah
Brian Graham FB Ron Willey
Tommy Ryan WG Ray Ritchie
Ray Smith CE Ray Quinnell
Jack Fifield CE Bill Lloyd
Eddie Lumsden WG George Hugo
Peter Carroll FE Kevin Diett
Bob Bugden HB Peter Burke
Kevin Brown PR Roy Bull
Ken Kearney (Ca./Co.) HK George Lenon
Bryan Orrock PR Denis Meaney
Harry Bath SR Doug Daley
Norm Provan SR Rex Mossop
Brian Clay LK George Hunter (c)
Coach Ken Arthurson

Under 27 year-old coach Ken Arthurson, Manly were playing in their second grand final. The match began with Saints pounding the (then called) 'Seagulls' with some heavy tackling. Brian Clay in particular targeted Manly's Rex Mossop, often trapping the dual international forward with the ball. 'Poppa' Clay had a fearsome reputation in defence and at one point in the he knocked the Manly captain George Hunter senseless.

Manly were up to the task in the first half with the score locked at 4-all for 30 minutes. Straight after half time, the flood gates opened following a magnificent run up the centre by second rower Norm Provan. He palmed off Manly defenders, ran deep into their territory, high stepped past fullback Ron Willey and slipped the ball to Poppa Clay who scored under the posts.

A second Dragons try followed within three minutes and the game began to slip away from the Manly side. The Larry Writer reference quotes Manly coach Arthurson: "The sheer physical strength of the St. George team is in itself a formidable thing to overcome. Our fellows tried everything, but St. George had so much more to give. Those big fellows are so clever.".[1]

Harry Bath kicked eight goals from eight attempts establishing a standing record for the most goals in a grand final and the most number of points scored in a grand final (16). His fellow ball playing forward and tactician Ken Kearney had returned for this, the first of five successful seasons as coach (four as captain-coach).

St. George 31 (Tries: Clay 2, Ryan, Fifield, Lumsden. Goals: Bath 8.)

Manly 9 (Tries: Burke. Goals: Willey 3.)

References

Sources and footnotes

  1. ^ Never Before, Never Again p 39

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