1930 -1939

The thirties decade saw the emergence of the coalfield teams.

Football games were first broadcast on the radio, but only after considerable debate by the Newcastle Rugby League.

In 1939 the Central Club was well represented in NSW state sides – Wally Prigg, Jack Bonnyman and Merv Denton played together in one team. The record score in a Newcastle competition game was established in this decade on the 27thJuly 1939 when Northern Suburbs defeated Morpeth-East Maitland 127 – 16. North winger Alf Fairhall scored 11 tries and kicked 14 goals. The game was called off 20 minutes early.

The Country Rugby League of New South Wales (CRL) formed in 1934 and became the governing body for the sport of rugby league in areas of New South Wales outside the Sydney Metropolitan area.


Andy Norval (South Newcastle, Sydney Eastern Suburbs) played five games for N.S.W. and three tests for Australia.
Herb Narvo (North Suburbs, Newtown, St George) played eleven games for N.S.W. and four tests for Australia
Wally Prigg was one of the greatest forwards in the history of rugby league. He spent his whole career in Newcastle with the Western Suburbs and Central Charlestown clubs. He played 19 tests for Australia and more than 100 games for the Kangaroos between 1929 and 1938. He was the first man to be picked for three Kangaroo tours.
Rees Duncan (Snr) played 452 games with Kurri Kurri over 23 seasons. He also represented Newcastle on many occassions and 6 games for NSW.


Central Newcastle won three premierships 1930, 1937, 1939
Northern Suburbs won two premierships 1935, 1938
Maitland won back to back premierships in 1933, 1934
Kurri Kurri won a premiership in 1931, Eastern Suburbs in 1932 and Waratah in 1936.


Cessnock entered the competition in 1930 and played their first game against their neighbour, Kurri Kurri at Cessnock Showground.

Representative games

1932      England defeated Newcastle 22-15
1936       Newcastle defeated England 21-16
1938       New Zealand deafted Newcastle 30-19