1974 NSWRFL season


1974 NSWRFL season
1974 NSWRFL season
Teams 12
Premiers Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Eastern Suburbs (10th title)
Minor premiers Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Eastern Suburbs (13th title)
Matches played 138
Points scored 4382 (total)
31.754 (per match)
Attendance 1,278,823 (total)
9,267 (per match)
Top point scorer(s) Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Graham Eadie (216)
Top try scorer(s) Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Kevin Junee (23)
Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Bill Mullins (23)

The 1974 New South Wales Rugby Football League premiership was the sixty-seventh season of Sydney's professional rugby league football competition, Australia's first. Twelve teams, including six of 1908's foundation clubs and another six from across Sydney, competed for the J. J. Giltinan Shield during the season, which culminated in a grand final match for the WD & HO Wills Cup between the Eastern Suburbs and Canterbury-Bankstown clubs. This season NSWRFL teams also competed for the inaugural Amco Cup.

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Season summary

This season the NSWRFL made the financial commitment to bring suburban football grounds up to a higher standard in order to take more games to the fans on a home-and-away basis.[1]

Twenty-two regular season rounds were played from March until August, resulting in a top five of Eastern Suburbs, Manly-Warringah, Canterbury-Bankstown, Western Suburbs and Souths who battled it out in the finals.

The 1974 Rothmans Medal was awarded to Manly-Warringah's fullback Graham Eadie. Rugby League Week awarded their player of the year award to Eastern Suburbs' forward Arthur Beetson.

Teams

Balmain home jersey 1963.svg
Balmain
Canterbury home jersey 1969.svg
Canterbury-Bankstown
Cronulla home jersey 1970.svg
Cronulla-Sutherland
Eastern Suburbs home jersey 1953.svg
Eastern Suburbs
Manly Sea Eagles home jersey 1965.svg
Manly-Warringah
Newtown Jets home jersey 1972.svg
Newtown Jets
North Sydney Bears home jersey 1951.svg
North Sydney
Parramatta Eels home jersey 1957.svg
Parramatta
Penrith Panthers home jersey 1973.svg
Penrith
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 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Eastern Suburbs 22 19 0 3 513 198 +315 38
2 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly-Warringah 22 15 0 7 526 316 +210 30
3 Canterbury colours.svg Canterbury-Bankstown 22 13 0 9 364 308 +56 26
4 Western Suburbs colours.svg Western Suburbs 22 12 1 9 402 305 +97 25
5 South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney 22 12 1 9 317 327 -10 25
6 North Sydney colours.svg North Sydney 22 11 2 9 297 272 +25 24
7 Newtown colours.svg Newtown Jets 22 9 2 11 278 261 +17 20
8 St. George colours.svg St. George 22 10 0 12 331 363 -32 20
9 Panthers colours.svg Penrith 22 9 0 13 353 465 -112 18
10 Cronulla colours.svg Cronulla-Sutherland 22 9 0 13 314 437 -123 18
11 Parramatta colours.svg Parramatta 22 5 0 17 237 454 -217 10
12 Balmain colours.svg Balmain 22 4 2 16 255 481 -226 10

Finals

Home Score Away Match Information
Date and Time Venue Referee Crowd
Qualifying Finals
Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly-Warringah 14 - 20 Canterbury colours.svg Canterbury-Bankstown 31 August 1974 Sydney Cricket Ground Keith Page 23,600
Western Suburbs colours.svg Western Suburbs 24 - 8 South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney 1 September 1974 Sydney Cricket Ground Laurie Bruyeres 26,276
Semi Finals
Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Eastern Suburbs 17 - 19 Canterbury colours.svg Canterbury-Bankstown 7 September 1974 Sydney Cricket Ground Keith Page 31,432
Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly-Warringah 20 - 23 Western Suburbs colours.svg Western Suburbs 8 September 1974 Sydney Cricket Ground Laurie Bruyeres 40,050
Preliminary Final
Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Eastern Suburbs 25 - 2 Western Suburbs colours.svg Western Suburbs 14 September 1974 Sydney Cricket Ground Laurie Bruyeres 43,072
Grand Final
Canterbury colours.svg Canterbury-Bankstown 4 - 19 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Eastern Suburbs 21 September 1974 Sydney Cricket Ground Laurie Bruyeres 57,214

Grand Final

Canterbury-Bankstown Position Eastern Suburbs
Gary Dowling FB Russell Fairfax
Chris Anderson WG Jim Porter
Stan Cutler CE John Brass
Peter Winchester CE Mark Harris
Terry Murphy WG Bill Mullins
Mark Hughes FE John Peard
Don Moseley HB Johnny Mayes
Brian Lockwood PR Ian McKay
George Peponis HK Elwyn Walters
Bill Noonan PR Ken Jones
Geoff Connell SR Arthur Beetson (c)
John McDonell (c) SR Barry "Bunny" Reilly
John Peek LK Ron Coote
Henry Tatana Reserve Harry Cameron
Reserve Greg Bandiera
Malcolm Clift Coach Jack Gibson

Master coach Jack Gibson's first title - and the Roosters' first for twenty-nine years - was won by one of the most talented club teams in the Australian game's history. In rugby union convert Russell Fairfax and giant wingers Mark Harris and Bill Mullins, Easts had three attacking players who dominated Canterbury with their brilliance.

Eastern Suburbs 19 (Tries: Beetson. Mullins, Harris. Goals: Peard 3, Brass 2.)

defeated

Canterbury-Bankstown 4 (Goals: Cutler 2.)


References


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