1909 NSWRL Premiership - Semi-Final

(1v4) South Sydney v Newcastle

RAS Showground

Sat Aug 14, 3:15pm

Harry Butler - South Sydney Forward

WIN 20-0

Selected Semi-Final Teams

Tthese teams played on the Agricultural Ground in the presence of about 1200 spectators. South Sydney won by 20 points to nil. Newcastle, fresh from two victories,in succession, one, of which was against the Maoris, were, handicaped in their rearguard by ,the absence of Bailey and Brien, but they had a rattling forward team, onlv fairly heavy, but fast and tireless. For some time after the kick-off neither side had any great advantage, over the-other. The referee had capable charge of the game, and soon cautioned one player, and on, another occasion, spoke generally to the forwards about rough play. Newcastle's tackling was splendid. Once Walsh got Anderson when the latter had bowled over the other defenders like nine-pins, and was going hard for the line. South Sydney attacked well, and several times threatened the Newcastle line. At last one of their passing attacks was successful, Anderson scoring a try, which was not converted by Davis. A beautiful run by Neill, followed by briliant concerted action by Coxon, Green, Davis, and Cann, ended in Davis crossing. The try-getter added the goal points. South Sydney packed the scrums very badly, and penalties against them restored their knowledge of the rules. Newcastle also offended with off-side play occasionally. Fast but not high-class football was witnessed till half-time, Newcastle getting close to the goal-line of their opponents once. At half-time the scores were South Sydney, 8 points; Newcastle, nil.

There was too much finessing amongst the forwards after the spell, and Newcastle being the offenders in running from their positions were penalised H.Butler got hold after a scramble in Newcastle territory and ran to near the line before transferring to Hallett, who registered a try. Davis failed to add. Murray for Newcastle was particularly sound in defence for the northerners, as was Walsh, but the latter's fielding was not so good. Murray after a severe tackle had to go off. More ragged scrummaging and an interchange of discourtesies between forwards was followed by a passing rush by South Sydney. During its progress the ball travelled right across the field, till Anderson received it and crossed the line. ' No goal was kicked by Green. Leveson was the next to score a try for South Sydney, but the goal-kick was, like nearly all the, others, conspicuously misdirected by Green. Storie then scored a try after good work by Davis and Fry. Cann ' had the easiest of kicks at goal, but failed. A Newcastle man was sent off for hitting, but it was not a vicious business. The offender had put one hand on Cann and then administered an open smack to the back of that hand. Weakened by the departure of two men, Newcastle had little chance of wiping off the score against them. It was not a clean game by any means, ' the players showing too much personal animosity. Newcastle finishing the game with only 10 men. South Sydney won by 20 points to nil. Mr. Ballerum was the referee.

On Saturday Mr.Ballerum had the devil's own job. A notorious feature of the game was the burlesqued scrummaging of the forwards. Throughout the game there was hardly one proper scrummage. Both sides were eagar to get the ball and neither would give an inch, and away they went across field, and the poor referee was powerless to penalise except when a foot was lifted. Souths played cunning and never said a word, but fought for the position. Newcastle, on the other hand, sqeaked at the referee, and also fought. Then they got penalised. The whole trouble came through the one cause, and Mr. Ballerum had no power to stop it. If he could hve remediated the scrum formation everthing would have gone smoothly. Either a rule allowing the defending side the loose head or a rule for a fixed scrum of 3-2-1 or 4-2 is needed. Some of the Souths scoring rushes beat Newcastle to a standstill, and it was comical to see the fullback trying to save a try with three or four men to stop. There is no doubt about Souths, they back up and pass better than any team. Their forwards, Cann and Davis drop mechanically into the passing rushes the moment the ball leaves the scrum.

Billy Cann's attempt from in front of goal was a beauty, he never got within twenty yards of the posts and the ball rolled out in the corner.

South Sydney and Balmain will meet in the final, South sydney are two points ahead of Balmain. Should Balmain win, it will necessetate another match, as the clubs will then be on equal points.

        3-0
40 min  8-0
       11-0
       14-0
       17-0
       20-0

Anderson 2, Davis, Hallett, Leveson, Storie tries
Davis goals

Crowd      1,200
Referee    A.Ballerum

Final Line Up
                              T  G/A  FG

Flbk - Neill, William         -  -     -
Wing - Storie, Frank          1  -     -
Cntr - Hallett, Howard        1  -     -
Cntr - Fry, William           -  -     -
Wing - Anderson, Tommy        2  -     -
5/8  - Leveson, Jack          1  -     -
Half - Butler, Arthur         -  -     -
Lock - Cann, Bill             -  -/1   -
SRow - Davis, Jim             1  1/3   -
SRow - Coxon, Maxwell         -  -     -
Prop - Green, Dick            -  -/2   - (c)
Hook - Butler, Harry          -  -     -
Prop - Rosewell, Johnny       -  -     -

                              6  1/6   -

Other FG Matches

15-8  Went (2v3) Balmain    b Easts

               W D  L Diff PT
SOUTHS        10 -  1 +189 20
BALMAIN        9 -  2  +75 18
Newcastle      5 -  6  +35 10
Easts          5 -  6  +29 10
--
Glebe          4 -  6  -97  8
Newtown        3 1  6  -34  7
Norths         2 2  6  -53  6
Wests          2 1  7 -130  5

Judiciary News

No one was sent off.

Second Grade Semi-Finals

14-0  Brch (1v4) Easts      b Norths
15-6  Went (2v3) Glebe      b Sydney

               W D  L Diff PT
GLEBE         10 -  1 +198 20
EASTS         10 -  1 +107 20
--
Sydney         8 -  3  +84 16
Norths         5 -  6  -35 10
Balmain        4 -  6  -18  8
Wests          2 -  8  -31  4
Souths         2 -  8 -111  4
Newtown        1 -  9 -177  2

Third Grade Semi-Finals

16-0  RASG (1v4) SS Federals b Drummoyne
 8-2  Brch (2v3) Rozelle     b Easts

               W D  L B Diff PT
SS FEDERALS    8 -  1 1 +228 18
ROZELLE        8 -  1 1  +83 18
--
Drummoyne      5 -  4 1   -7 12
Easts          3 -  5 1  -43  8 **
Sydney         3 -  4 1  -13  8 **
Glebe          3 -  3 1 -100  8 **/**
Balmain        2 -  4 1  -35  6 **/**
Souths         2 -  5 1 -107  6 **
Newtown        - -  7 1   -6  2 **


MidWeek August 18

Third Grade Match

v Eastern Suburbs, RAS Showground, 2:00pm

Postponed

This was a exhibition match to be played before the NSW v Maori's representative match. However the match was postponed till Wednesday next week as the Maoris had a lot of hard travelling back from Queensland, on top of their hard 7 matches.


 tries
 goals

Weekend August 21

Third Grade Final

The final match in the Third Grade competition was played on the Agricultural Ground this afternoon between South Sydney Federal and Rozelle. A good game ended in a win for the South Sydney team by 2 points to nil. Turnbull kicked a penalty goal. As the points indicate the tussle was a close one all through.


 2-0  RASG (1v2) SS Federals b Rozelle

               W D  L B Diff PT
SS FEDERALS    9 -  1 1 +230 20
--
Rozelle        8 -  2 1  +81 18
Drummoyne      5 -  4 1   -7 12
Easts          3 -  5 1  -43  8 **
Sydney         3 -  4 1  -13  8 **
Glebe          3 -  3 1 -100  8 **/**
Balmain        2 -  4 1  -35  6 **/**
Souths         2 -  5 1 -107  6 **
Newtown        - -  7 1   -6  2 **
      

Weekend August 28

First Grade Trial


 8-5  RASG Annandale   b Easts
      

Second Grade Final

At the Agricultural Ground on Saturday Eastern Suburbs. for the second year in succession won the second grade competition, defeating Glebe by 11 to 7. For the winners Dalton secured three tries, Norton converting one. Wright for Glebe scored a try, which Splatt converted, and the latter also kicked a penalty goal.


11-7  RASG (1v2) Easts       b Glebe 

               W D  L Diff PT
EASTS         11 -  1 +111 22
--
Glebe         10 -  2 +194 20
Sydney         8 -  3  +84 16
Norths         5 -  6  -35 10
Balmain        4 -  6  -18  8
Wests          2 -  8  -31  4
Souths         2 -  8 -111  4
Newtown        1 -  9 -177  2
      

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