Rugby League: That’s The Way It Was. The History of Sydney Second Division

Grand Final Day 2019 and we witnessed a classic game of Rugby League between the Newtown Jets and the Burleigh Bears. 

It was a match to decide the Australian State Champions.

But the genesis of this ‘new’ competition had its beginnings back in 1963, when the NSWRL established what was called the Inter District Club. Rob with special guest, Rugby League Historian Terry Williams, takes a look at the History of the Second Division.

Together they look at this important feeder competition from its earliest days in 1963, through the Metro Cup era and finally to today. What happened to a club in Liverpool and what were their colours? How did Cronulla and Penrith get the nod to be promoted to the top tier comp?

It’s all here as Radio League Unlimited presents Rugby League: That’s the Way it Was a series of podcasts that look at different historical aspects of the game of Rugby League, from 1908 to the present day.

Listen to the Podcast here

Lewis Jones played for Wentworthville 1964-1969, then became 1st grade coach
Lewis Jones – The Welsh Wizard Wentworthville 1964-1969 and
First Grade Coach.

GRAND FINAL TEAMS 1966  – SYDNEY 2ND DIVISION 

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 GRAND FINAL RESULTS – SYDNEY 2ND DIVISION   (Bill Buckley Trophy)    

1963*Kingsford14Cronulla-Caringbah2
1964  Wentworthville20Ryde-Eastwood5
1965 Wentworthville31 Penrith3
1966       Penrith 9   Wentworthville  7
1967Wentworthville 25Ryde-Eastwood6
1968Wentworthville 17Arncliffe Scots5
1969Wentworthville 20Sydney University2
1970Wentworthville 15Blacktown5
1971Wentworthville 21Sydney University15
1972Ryde-Eastwood18Wentworthville14
1973Wentworthville12Ryde-Eastwood8
*1963 Competition known as Inter-District competition

GRAND FINAL RESULTS – METRO CUP

1990      Ryde-Eastwood19Hills District  6
1991Guildford21 Ryde-Eastwood6
1992Newtown  30 Wentworthville  18
1993 St.Marys30Ryde-Eastwood  10
1994St.Marys32Hills District  14
1995Newtown26Wentworthville  8
1996 Newtown28Ryde-Eastwood16
1997Newtown18Guildford8
1998Wentworthville18Kellyville 12
1999Wentworthville 30Ryde-Eastwood22
2000Ryde-Eastwood24 St.Marys10
2001St.Marys20Hills District 16
2002Sydney Bulls48Ryde-Eastwood6


Episode Acknowledgements

  • Terry Williams is the author of a number of books including “Out of the Blue” and “Through Blue Eyes”
  • Rugby League News
  • Steve McIlveen, Statistician Metropolitan Cup

Episode Credits

Rugby League: That’s the Way it Was is Presented by Rob Corra and Produced by Tony Peterson. The entire series podcast is available at the following locations.

Radio League Unlimited
Apple iTunes


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