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Seasons 1930 to 1934

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1930

The 1930 season was a better for West. After finishing 4th in Mullally Shield, they were beaten by the 2nd placed team North, 5 - 2,  in the semi final on 13 Sept. The West team was R Gearing, T Charlton, C Sinclair, Jim Williams (goal), J Pringle, B Spruce, J Davies, A Morris, A Sanderson, P Gray, G Kerr, J Collinson and H Walls. South were Minor Premiers, and Central Major Premiers in First Grade. West also qualified for the final series in the Crawford Cup Reserve Grade competition, being defeated 6 to 5 by South in the Final on 27 Sept. The West team on this day was K Burns, W Harman, J Corrigan, H Stewart, J Bell, W Kerr, R Corrigan, D Jones, D Anderson, T Farrell, F Wivell, J Pringle and C Primmer. On the representative scene, New Zealand defeated Newcastle 25 - 22 on 11 August at Newcastle Showground. The West Under 20 team made the Premiership Final, and led South 17 - 0 at halftime. But in something of a boilover, South came from behind to win 18 - 17.    1930 was better year for West - semi finalists in both grades. West would make the semi finals in just one grade in 1931, but which grade? Well, that's next week’s story. 

Round

Opponent

Result

1 - 25 / 26 April

North

Lost 19 -8

2 - 3 May

Waratah

Won 8 - 2

3 - 5 May

South

Lost 13 - 4

4 - 10 May

Central

Lost 20 - 10

5 - 17 May

East

Won 13 - 11

6 - 31 May

Cessnock

Won 13 - 7

7 - 9 June

Kurri

Lost 11 - 5

8 - 14 June

Maitland

Won 13 - 8

9 - 28 June

Morpeth

Won 19 - 0

10 - 30 June

North

Lost 32 - 8

11 - 7 July

Waratah

Won 8 - 6

12 - 12 July

South

Lost 24 - 4

13 - 19 July

Central

Lost 8 - 5

14 - 26 July

East

Won 10 - 5

15 - 2 August

Cessnock

Lost 11 - 5

16 - 16 August

Kurri

Won 28 - 12

17 - 23 August

Maitland

Won 10 - 4

18 - 30 August

Morpeth

Won 14 - 13

     

Grand Final- 4 October

 

Central 17 def South 2

Point Score

South 30    North 27     Central 22     West 20     Maitland 17

Waratah / Mayfield 15     Cessnock 15     Eastern Suburbs 14     Kurri Kurri 12

Morpeth / East Maitland 4

 

1931

The 1931 competition saw 10 teams compete - North, Central, Kurri, South, West, Morpeth, Cessnock, East, Maitland and Waratah. West just finished outside the top 4, and failed to make the semi finals. The First Grade Grand Final played on 26 September, ended in a 7 all draw between Kurri and North, with Kurri winning the competition 9 - 0 in the Grand Final replay on 3 October. North defeated West 24 - 4 in the Reserve Grade Final (there was no Grand Final) to be Major and Minor Premiers in this grade. The West team was M Blundell, C Hamilton, W Williams, Jim Williams (2 goals), H Harding, B Mood, J Bell, R Gearing, F Wivell, J Pringle, A Nesbitt, J White and T Farrell. This game was played on 19 September. After the Grand Final North Reserve Grade issued a challenge to play any team, any grade. The challenge was accepted by the Carrington Rugby Union Club, who were Premiers in 1931. The match was played as the early fixture to the First Grade Grand Final on 26 September. The game was played under Rugby League rules, and North 7 defeated Carrington Rugby Union 5. The West Captain / Coach in 1931 was former Norths centre, Alex Rice, and although West won 6 of their first 8 games they again disappointed. West Under 20's were beaten in the final by North - so there were no major prizes in 1931. West were financially "poor", and at the end of the season, the First Grade playing bonus was set at 3/6d. To avoid a financial loss for the year, West Juniors gave West Seniors 20 pound to balance the books - hard times indeed for West!  1931 saw West qualify for the semi finals in Reserve Grade. What would happen in 1932? Well, that's next week’s story)

Round

Opponent

Result

1 – 18 April

Morpeth

 Won 20 - 5

2 – 2 May

Central

 Won 15 - 9

3 – 9 May

East

Won 51 - 5 

4 – 16 May

Maitland

Lost 16 - 5 

5 – 23 May

Waratah

Won 22 - 0 

6 – 30 May

South

Won 29 - 10 

7 – 8 June

North

Lost 21 - 8 

8 – 13 June

Cessnock

 Won 15 - 11

9 – 20 June

Kurri

 Lost 8 - 3

10 – 27 June

Morpeth

 Won 8 - 5

 11 – 4 July

Central

Lost 18 - 15

12 – 11 July

East

Won 10 - 7

13 – 18 July

Maitland

 Won 14 - 5

14 – 1 August

Waratah

Lost 21 - 17

15 – 8 August

South

 Won 16 - 2

16 – 15 August

North

 Won 9 - 7

17 – 22 August

Cessnock

 Lost 10 - 4

18 – 29 August

Kurri

Lost 20 - 9

First Semi Final – 5 September

 

 Kurri 8 def Central 6

Second Semi Final – 12 September

 

 Cessnock 20 def North 15

Final – 19 September

 

 Kurri 24 def Cessnock 14

Grand Final – 26 September

 

 Kurri 7 drew with North 7

Grand Final Replay – 3 October

 

 Kurri 9 def North 0

 

1932

The same 10 teams entered the Newcastle Rugby League Competition in 1932. West won 6 games, drew 1 and lost 11 games to again miss out on the semi finals. In Reserve Grade West just missed out on the semi finals as they won 8 games, drew 1 and lost 9. On the Representative scene three Newcastle teams played 3 St George teams on 30 April, with Newcastle winning "3rd" grade 2 - 0, "Reserve Grade" 11 - 7 and the "First Grade" was a 6 all draw. West's Captain / Coach in 1932 was Hans Mork, who came from Newtown and has represented City. Hans boarded at the Marquis of Lorne Hotel at Lambton, looked after by "mine hosts" John and Aida Beisler. Despite the efforts of Hans Mork, West did not make the finals. On 22 May 1932 New Lambton Sports Ground (later named Harker Oval) was opened by the Mayor of New Lambton, Alderman E Dunkley. Hans Mork a "fine footballer and a gentleman) left Lambton in August 1932 - a great loss to West. One good happening for West in 1932 was on the schoolboy front. Keith Froome, Jack Bell and Art Kentish were selected in the NSW Schoolboys team to play Queensland. All these lads played First Grade for West, and Keith Froome went on to play for Australia. West also entered a team in the midweek Chappell Cup (see attached photo)  1932 saw West without any semi final appearances. What would happen in 1933? Well, West would very nearly make the First Grade semi finals, but, that's next week’s story)

Round

Opponent

Result

1 – 9 April

North

Won 14 - 2 

2 – 23 April

South

Won 11 - 7 

3 – 25 April

Waratah

Lost 11 - 3 

4 – 2 May

Central

Won 9 - 5

5 – 7 May

Cessnock

Lost 22 - 12

6 – 14 May

East

Lost 21 - 12 

7 – 21 May

Maitland

Lost 15 - 5 

8 – 28 May

Morpeth

Won 33 - 2 

 9 – 6 June

Kurri

Lost 12 - 5 

10 – 11 June

North

Lost 13 - 5 

11 – 18 June

South

Lost 16 - 12 

12 – 25 June

Waratah

Won 7 - 3 

13 – 2 July

Central

Won 22 - 6 

14 – 16 July

Cessnock

8 all draw 

15 – 23 July

East

Lost 50 - 2 

16 – 30 July

Maitland

Lost 35 - 13 

17 – 6 August

Morpeth

Lost 11 - 10 

18 – 13 August

Kurri

Lost 35 - 15 

First Semi Final – 20 August

 

Maitland 16 def Kurri 12 

Second Semi Final – 27 August

 

Cessnock 18 def East 10 

Final – 3 September

 

Cessnock 17 def Maitland 12 

Grand Final – 17 September

 

East 20 def Cessnock 17 

 

 

 

 

1933

After defeating West in the playoff for 4th place, Waratah made it through to the First Grade Grand Final, only to be defeated by Minor Premiers in the Grand Final (20 -0). A sad event occurred on 16 September on the day in which Waratah played North in the Semi Final. The Reserve Grade semi final was between Maitland and North. At full time it was 11 all, after 20 minutes of extra time it was 16 all. Two North players, George Huff and J Passmore were taken from the field on stretchers towards the end of the extra time, and because of the injuries, a second period of extra time was called off. George Huff was taken to hospital by ambulance, but collapsed and died shortly before half time in First Grade. Newcastle League Officials then called off the First Grade semi final at half time, with Waratah leading 5 - 4. In the replay on the following week, Waratah won 10 points to 4. Maitland were also Minor and Major Premiers in Reserve Grade, defeating Cessnock 5 -4 in the Grand Final. For West the season started out well - winning 6 out of the first 7 games. However, things went downhill from there, as many players left the club to travel away to obtain employment during the depression years (some players went to Bega to obtain work on road building projects). The players were paid one pound a game, not a fortune, but one pound a game more than they were to be paid in 1934. How would West fare in 1934? Would they be again in the doldrums? Well, that's next week’s story.For a year by year history of the club from 1910, click on "News" on the top menu bar, then click on "From the Beginning"  

Round

Opponent

Result

1 - 22 April

North

Won 19 - 16

2 - 25 April

Morpeth

Won 11 -0

3 - 29 April

South

Won 15 - 9

4 - 6 May

Kurri

Lost 15 -7

5 - 13 May

Central

Won 14 - 12

6 - 20 May

Maitland

Won 8 - 7

7 - 27 May

Waratah

Won 15 - 7

8 - 10 June

Cessnock

Lost 28 -6

9 - 17 June

East

Won 17 - 10

10 - 24 June

North

Lost 29 - 3

11 - 1 July

Morpeth

Won 16 - 13

12 - 8 July

South

Lost 5 - 2

13 - 15 July

Kurri

Won 19 -16

14 - 22 July

Central

Won 18 -5

15 - 29 July

Maitland

Lost 13 - 11

16 - 5 August

Waratah

Lost 24 - 10

17 - 12 August

Cessnock

Lost 17 - 2

18 - 19 August

East

Lost 18 - 7

2 September - Play off for fourth

Waratah

Lost 14 - 5

30 September - First Grade Final

Maitland 20 def Waratah 0

 

Maitland -Minor and Major Premiers

 

 

1934

West again struggled during the 1934 season. During the year they won 6 games from 18, to again miss a place in the semi finals. However, they did win the Len Morris Cup, a cup for those that did not qualify for the semi finals. This meant it was a cup for the 5th and 6th placed teams. On 15 September West defeated North 13 - 3 to win the Len Morris Cup. The West team was C Hincks, R Gray, W Hawke, E Rutherford, G Brown, J Wilson, V Lewis, A Price, G Cameron, B Austin, G Hamilton, W Breeze and R Johnson. In the First Grade final Maitland defeated Waratah 4 - 2. In Reserve Grade West won 9 games to just finish outside the semi finalists. In 1934 all home games were played at Hobart Park, because New Lambton Oval was being top dressed and grassed. One success for West in 1934 was the Under 18's who defeated South 8 -5 in the final. West Under 18's included the following players - Tom Richardson, F England, G Johnstone, R McGaw, G McIntosh, C Kentish, R Notley, G Watt, R Sheldon, A Payne, J Ernest, J Mowbray, C Jukes and Spec Pears. West also won the Under 15's Presidents Cup. In the outlying districts West Wallsend won the A Grade Premiership.What would 1935 bring? Semi Finals - well, no, but it was an interesting year. However, that's next week’s story.

Round

Opponent

Result

Round 1 - 14 April

East

Lost 8 -7

Round 2 - 21 April

Morpeth

Lost 29 -9

Round 3 - 25 April

Central

Won 10 - 0

Round 4 - 28 April

Waratah

Lost 11 - 7

Round 5 - 5 May

Kurri

5 all draw

Round 6 - 12 May

North

Won 16 - 9

Round 7 - 19 May

Maitland

Lost 9 - 5

Round 8 - 26 May

Cessnock

9 all draw

Round 9 - 2 June

South

Lost 16 - 3

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