St. George Dragons 11 Consecutive Rugby League Grand Final Wins

St. George Dragons 11 Consecutive Rugby League Grand Final Wins

Unlimited Tackle Rule Change Finally Ended St. George’s Run Of 11 Successive Premierships

Victor P Taffa

St. George Dragons Rugby League won 11 successive Premierships between 1956 and 1966.

Rugby League will never see a team dominate the competition and win as many successive Premierships as St. George did ever again.

At the time St. George held the world record for most consecutive Premiership wins.

St. George went through the 1959 season undefeated with just 1 drawn match.

St. George were founded on 13 October 1920 and entered the New South Wales Rugby Football League in 1921.

National Rugby League (NRL) competition began in 1908 as the New South Wales Rugby Football League (NSWRFL) competition which also was known as The Australian Rugby League (ARL) competition. Grand Finals became mandatory from 1954.

 

After 1966

At the end of the 1966 Season the unlimited tackle rule was changed to 4 tackles made before a scrum had to pack down. Unlimited rule change also ended St. George’s run of 11 successive Premierships. South Sydney defeated Canterbury 12-10 in the 1967 Grand Final.

More recently Queensland went close to breaking St. George’s record. New South Wales and Queensland plays a 3 match Rugby League State of Origin series each year. Between 2006 and 2013 Queensland defeated New South Wales in 8 successive series.

 

11 Successive St. George Dragons Grand Final Victories

All Grand Finals were played at the Sydney Cricket Ground

Season Premiers        Runners-Up     Score              Attendance     Coach                   Captain

1966    St. George       Balmain                       23-4                 61,129             Ian Walsh                    Ian Walsh

1965    St. George       South Sydney              12-8                 78,056             Norm Provan               Norm Provan

1964    St. George       Balmain                       11-6                 61,369               Norm Provan               Norm Provan

1963    St. George       Western Suburbs         8-3                   69,860           Norm Provan               Norm Provan

1962    St. George       Western Suburbs         9-6                   41,184             Norm Provan               Norm Provan

1961    St. George       Western Suburbs         22-0                 61,196             Ken Kearney               Billy Wilson

1960    St. George       Eastern Suburbs          31-6                 53,156             Ken Kearney               Ken Kearney

1959    St. George       Manly                          20-0                 49,457              Ken Kearney               Ken Kearney

1958    St. George       Western Suburbs         20-9                 62,283           Ken Kearney               Ken Kearney

1957    St. George       Manly                            31-9                 54,399             Ken Kearney               Ken Kearney

1956    St. George       Balmain                       18-12               61,987             Norm Tipping              Ken Kearney

 

Prior to 1956

Prior to 1956 South Sydney had 2 periods of successive Premierships that were interrupted by a loss to the Premiers.

In 7 seasons between 1949 and 1955 South Sydney were Premiers in 5 seasons and Runners-Up in 2 seasons being 1949 and 1952.

Season        Premiers                  Runners-Up         Score

1955                South Sydney              Newtown                    12-11

1954                South Sydney              Newtown                    23-15

1953                South Sydney              St. George                   31-12

1952                Western Suburbs         South Sydney              22-12

1951                South Sydney                 Manly                          42-14

1950                South Sydney              Western Suburbs         21-15

1949                St. George                   South Sydney              19-12

 

In 10 seasons between 1923 and 1932 South Sydney were Premiers in 7 seasons and Runners-up in 3 seasons being 1923, 1924 and 1930.

Season       Premiers                     Runners-Up               Score

1932                South Sydney              Western Suburbs         23-8

1931                South Sydney              Eastern Suburbs          12-7

1930                Western Suburbs         St. George                   27-2

1929                South Sydney              Newtown                    30-10

1928                South Sydney              Eastern Suburbs          26-5

1927                South Sydney              St. George                   20-11

1926                South Sydney              University                   11-5

1925                South Sydney              Western Suburbs        

1924                Balmain                       South Sydney              3-0

1923                Eastern Suburbs          South Sydney              15-12

 

St. George Home And Away Series Record For Seasons 1956-1966

1966 Season

13 Wins, 4 Losses, 1 Draw

1965 Season

15 Wins, 3 Losses

1964 Season

15 Wins, 3 Losses

1963 Season

15 Wins, 2 Losses, 1 Draw

1962 Season

13 Wins, 4 Losses, 1 Draw

1961 Season

15 Wins, 3 Losses

1960 Season

14 Wins, 4 Losses

1959 Season

17 Wins, 0 Losses, 1 Draw

1958 Season

16 Wins, 2 Losses.

1957 Season

15 Wins, 3 Losses.

1956 Season

13 Wins, 4 Losses, 1 Draw

 

1965 Grand Final

In 1965 the Sydney Cricket Ground could accommodate 70,000. Capacity was reached 2 hours before kick-off so the SCG staff closed the gates. Attendance was posted at 78,056 however many more people watched the game from the rooftop of the Grandstand in next door Sydney Showgrounds.

1963 Grand Final

1963 Grand Final will always be remembered as the match that is celebrated in Australian rugby league history as a result of Journalist John O’Gready’s enduring photo of rival captains St. George’s Norm Provan and Western Suburbs Arthur Summons in a congratulatory mud-caked embrace at game’s end.

 

St. George Dragons

Year Entered Competition: 1921

Year Left Competition: 1998 (Formed Joint Venture Merged Club)

Home Ground: Kogarah Jubilee Oval

1st Grade Premierships: (15) 1941, 1949, 1956, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1977, 1979,

Runners-Up: (12) 1927, 1930, 1933, 1942, 1946, 1953, 1971, 1975, 1985, 1992, 1993, 1996,

St. George/Illawarra (Joint Venture Merged Club)

Year Entered Competition: 1999

Year Left Competition:

Home Ground: Kogarah Jubilee Oval

1st Grade Premierships: (1) 2010,

Runners-Up: (1) 1999,

Caption:

1965 Grand Final between St. George and South Sydney in front of an official crowd of 78,056 people. Many people watched the game on tops of Grand Stands around the SCG and in the neighbouring Sydney Showgrounds.

 

Abbreviations:

SCG                Sydney Cricket Ground