1967 NSWRFL season


1967 NSWRFL season


1967 NSWRFL season
Teams 12
Premiers South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney (17th title)
Minor premiers St. George colours.svg St. George (13th title)
Matches played 136
Points scored 3827 (total)
28.14 (per match)
Attendance 1,769,881 (total)
13,014 (per match)
Top point scorer(s) South Sydney colours.svg Eric Simms (233)
Top try scorer(s) Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Les Hanigan (16)

The 1967 New South Wales Rugby Football League premiership was the sixtieth season of Sydney's professional rugby league football competition, Australia's first. The introduction of the Cronulla-Sutherland and Penrith clubs saw a total of twelve teams from across the Sydney area compete for the J J Giltinan Shield and WD & HO Wills Cup during the season, which culminated in a grand final between South Sydney and Canterbury-Bankstown. This was also the first live televised broadcast of a football grand final of any code in Australia.[1]

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Season summary

The 1967 season was the first played under the limited tackle rule, replacing the previous era (since the code's 1908 inception) of unlimited tackles.[2] The number of tackles was four and would remain at that number for only four years before being increased to six in 1971.

Also this season Lidcombe Oval became the Western Suburbs club's homeground.

The twelve sides met each other twice in twenty-two regular premiership rounds before the top four teams battled out four finals. For the sixth consecutive season the St. George Dragons finished as minor premiers. The two newcomers to the premiership, Penrith and Cronulla-Sutherland, finished the season second last and last respectively.

In 1967 the Nine Network reached agreement with the NSWRFL for a fee of $5,000 for TV broadcasting rights for the grand final.

The South Sydney Rabbitohs won their seventeenth premiership, defeating Canterbury-Bankstown in their first grand final since 1947. This finally spelled the end for St. George's monopoly on Grand Final wins which lasted over a decade, and commenced a new period of Souths' dominance, in which they would win four premierships in a five-year period.

The 1967 season also saw the retirement from the League of future Australian Rugby League Hall of Fame inductee, Reg Gasnier.

Teams

1967 saw the NSWRFL expand to twelve teams with the introduction of the Penrith and the Cronulla-Sutherland clubs. This was the first time the number of clubs had increased since 1947 and the first time ever the number of clubs competing totalled more than ten.

Balmain home jersey 1963.svg
Balmain
Canterbury home jersey 1966.svg
Canterbury-Bankstown
Cronulla home jersey 1967.svg
Cronulla-Sutherland
Eastern Suburbs home jersey 1953.svg
Eastern Suburbs
Manly Sea Eagles home jersey 1965.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
Penrith Panthers home jersey 1967.svg
Penrith
1st season
South Sydney home jersey 1908.svg
South Sydney
St. George home jersey 1945.svg
St. George
Western Suburbs home jersey 1959.svg
Western Suburbs

Ladder

Team Pld W D L PF PA PD Pts
1 St. George colours.svg St. George 22 16 1 5 437 267 +170 33
2 South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney 22 16 0 6 422 271 +151 32
3 Canterbury colours.svg Canterbury-Bankstown 22 14 1 7 349 269 +80 29
4 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Eastern Suburbs 22 13 2 7 269 219 +50 28
5 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly-Warringah 22 12 2 8 365 271 +94 26
6 Balmain colours.svg Balmain 22 12 2 8 344 258 +86 26
7 Western Suburbs colours.svg Western Suburbs 22 10 2 10 269 255 +14 22
8 North Sydney colours.svg North Sydney 22 8 1 13 297 370 -73 17
9 Parramatta colours.svg Parramatta 22 8 0 14 309 322 -13 16
10 Newtown colours.svg Newtown 22 7 2 13 274 406 -132 16
11 Panthers colours.svg Penrith 22 5 2 15 203 352 -149 12
12 Cronulla colours.svg Cronulla-Sutherland 22 3 1 18 208 486 -278 7

Finals

Home Score Away Match Information
Date and Time Venue Referee Crowd
Semi Finals
Canterbury colours.svg Canterbury-Bankstown 13-2 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Eastern Suburbs 26 August 1967 Sydney Cricket Ground Col Pearce 47,186
St. George colours.svg St. George 8-13 South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney 2 September 1967 Sydney Cricket Ground Col Pearce 51,915
Preliminary Final
St. George colours.svg St. George 11-12 Canterbury colours.svg Canterbury-Bankstown 9 September 1967 Sydney Cricket Ground Col Pearce 49,941
Grand Final
South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney 12-10 Canterbury colours.svg Canterbury-Bankstown 16 September 1967 Sydney Cricket Ground Col Pearce 56,358

Grand Final

Canterbury-Bankstown Position South Sydney
Les Johns FB Kevin Longbottom
Barry Reynolds WG Brian James
Bob Hagan CE Eric Simms
Johnny Greaves CE Bob Moses
Clive Gartner WG Michael Cleary
Bob Doyle FE Jim Lisle
Ross Kidd HB Ivan Jones
Kevin Ryan (Ca./Co.) PR John Sattler (c)
Col Brown HK Elwyn Walters
Merv Hicks PR John O'Neill
Kevin Goldspink SR Bob McCarthy
George Taylforth SR Alan Scott
Ron Raper LK Ron Coote
Coach Clive Churchill

Live television broadcast coverage of grand finals commenced in 1967 with the match being shown on all four Sydney channels. As a result, the crowd of 56,358 was the lowest seen at a grand final since the rainy 1962 St George and Wests decider.[3]

South Sydney, led by new skipper John Sattler, began their period of dominance by downing Canterbury in a torrid 80 minutes played in bleak conditions with a light rain throughout. Taylforth and Eric Simms opened accounts with early goals, before John O'Neill barged over for a close-range try from dummy half. Canterbury's Ron Raper responded with a field-goal kicked from halfway and then Taylforth punished Souths with two successful penalty goals after firstly a clash between Kevin Ryan and O'Neill and then a scrum infringement. Canterbury led 8-5.

A turning point came just before half-time when Rabbitohs second rower Bob McCarthy swooped on a lofted pass from Canterbury's Col Brown intended for Johnny Greaves and ran the length of the field to take Souths into the break with a 10-8 lead.

Taylforth kicked his fourth goal to take the scores level nine minutes into the second-half but from that point on the match became a tight arm wrestle. With five minutes remaining Canterbury's Ross Kidd was penalised for a scrum feed and Simms kicked the Rabbitohs to a two point lead which they held to give them their 17th premiership title.[4]

It marked the beginning of a new golden period for Souths and Ron Coote, Mike Cleary, Bob McCarthy, O'Neill, Sattler and Simms would win four premierships in the next five seasons and figure prominently in representative squads of that period.

South Sydney 12 (Tries: O,Neill, McCarthy. Goals: Simms 3)

Canterbury-Bankstown 10 (Goals: Taylforth 4. Fld Goal: Raper)


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