Premiers 1933-2015

Attempts to create a club competition encompassing all Group 9 teams commenced in the 1920s. Distance, costs and preoccupation with cup football (mainly the Maher Cup) delayed an inter-club competition until 1933.

Prior to then most towns had a ‘sub-league’ where various local teams would compete, and then would draw representatives from these various teams for a combined Cup team.

In 1930 a Southwestern Competition was formed covering towns and some villages from Grenfell to Harden and Cowra to Young. While initially a success with crowds it couldn’t be sustained during the Depression. Similarly the combined Group 9 and Murrumbidgee Irrigation Area competition of 1933, divided into eastern and western divisions, only lasted two years. In 1938 the revived competition excluded the MIA teams.

The finalists of the Group 9 competitions were:

1933: Leeton defeated Cowra 23-7
This was between the top teams from the eastern and western divisions for the Gleeson Shield, and was dubbed the Southern Districts Championship. Played on Sunday 17 September at Temora, the gate was £41. Preview ;  Leeton report

Leeton — Fullback: Jack De Groot , A . ‘Dutchy’ Stokes, Ted Fromholtz, Matt Ryan, S. ‘Snowy ‘ Elliott; halves: Norm Pope (captain coach) and Tom Grahame; forwards: Jack Kingston, Fred Jago, C.’Curly’ Day, Jim Smythe, Clem Nash, Jack Woods.
Cowra — Fullback: A. Murray;  J.D. Shellswell, Sid Moxom, S. Cardwell, A. Mackie; halves, T. Grenfell and P. O ‘Shea; forwards: Bill Maizey (captain), Elwyn Battye, Burke, O’Conor and Murphy.

Leeton: Fromholz 2 tries & 4 goals; Stokes, Jago, and Elliott tries. Cowra: Moxom 2 goals & Maizey a try.

Some notes on Leeton’s team ;

1934: Leeton 14 defeated Tumut 6 at Leeton

Played Sunday 26 August. The venue, whether Tumut or Leeton was decided on the toss of  a coin. Match reports from Leeton and Tumut.

The teams were:
Leeton — Roy Burt, A. ‘Dutchy’ Stokes, Matt Ryan, A. ‘Snowy’ Elliott, Dave Grimmond, H. Rees, J. Morley, Jim Smythe Fred Jago,  Ted Fromholtz,  Algie Faunce, G. Pugh, C. Shepherd
Tumut— Jim Jeffery, Tom Kirk, Norm Hargreaves, Bede Madigan, Bob Silvester, Bob Downing, G. McDonald, Arthur McDonnell, Reg Baker, Fred McDonnell, Jack Cruise, Clare ‘Bill’ Hargreaves and Col Hargreaves.

Leeton: Tries – Stokes(2), Elliott, Fromholtz; Goal – Fromholtz
Tumut: Tries – Baker, Kirk
Gate: £39; rained throughout the match

1938: West Wyalong 34 defeated Temora 14 at West Wyalong

West Wyalong: Mick Curry, Tom Williams, Len Cooper, Stan Templeman, Arthur North, Frank Templeman, Dud Templeman, Max Gray (c), Geoff Farrar, Bob Farrar, Tod Prest, Bob Navin, Baden Broad
Temora: Included Ron Webster, Gordon Lynch, Bourke, Artie McShane, Tom Harmer and Tom Stanford

Played in mud on Sunday 30 July; gate £29/10.  Temora kept four quality players out, reserving them for the expected Maher Cup clash with Young on Wednesday. Although they had lost the Maher Cup to Cowra the previous Wednesday they lodged and won a protest. However it was soon reversed and the gambit was futile.

1939: Cowra 13 defeated Young 7 at Young

Cowra: Murray 3 tries; Lay 2 goals
Young: Benson try; Kearney 2 goals
Gate: £42

1940: Tumut 15 defeated West Wyalong 10 at Junee
Team selections
West Wyalong report
Wagga Daily Advertiser report
Gate: £56.  Tumut won on the bell.

1941: Young 18 defeated Gundagai 12 at Young
Cootamundra Herald report
Gate: £87.

1946: Gundagai 15 defeated West Wyalong 3 at Temora
West Wyalong Advocate report
Cootamundra Herald report
Gate £114

1947: Cootamundra 50 defeated Young 10 at Murrumburrah
Cootamundra Herald report
Coota’s 1947 record
Gate £177

1948: Cootamundra 14 defeated Young 9 at Cootamundra
Cootamundra Herald report
Coota’s 1948 record
Gate £117

1949: Tumut 11 defeated Griffith 10 at Cootamundra
Tumut & Adelong Times report
Wagga Daily Advertiser report
Gate £135.  This was a Groups 9-17 Grand final. In the Group 9 (ie Zone 1 final) Tumut defeated Harden 10-4. Gate £190

1950: Cootamundra 13 defeated Junee 5 at Cootamundra
Cootamundra Herald report
Wagga Daily Advertiser report
Gate £234

1951: Cootamundra 16 defeated West Wyalong 13 at Temora
West Wyalong Advocate report
Cootamundra Herald report
Gate £255

1952: Young 14 defeated Temora 11 at Temora
Gate almost £300

1953: Young 9 defeated Cootamundra 7 at Murrumburrah
Cootamundra Herald Report
Wagga Daily Advertiser report
Gate £365

1954: Cootamundra 21 defeated Temora 7 at Cootamundra
Cootamundra Herald report
Wagga Daily Advertiser report
Gate £507

1955: Young 35 defeated West Wyalong 5 at Cootamundra

1956: Young 52 defeated Tumbarumba 2 at Gundagai

1957: Temora 13 defeated Gundagai 7 at Cootamundra

1958: Temora 46 defeated Harden-Murrumburrah 9 at Cootamundra

1959: Temora 25 defeated  Harden-Murrumburrah 8 at Cootamundra

1960: West Wyalong 18 defeated Harden-Murrumburrah 7 at Harden

1961:  Temora 19 defeated Junee 4 at Cootamundra

1962: Harden-Murrumburrah 18 defeated West Wyalong 10 at Temora

1963: Gundagai 18 defeated Tumut 5 at Cootamundra

1964: Junee 17 defeated Harden-Murrumburrah 7 at Gundagai

1965: West Wyalong 17 defeated Tumut 12 at Cootamundra

1966: West Wyalong 23 defeated Temora 2 at Barmedman

1966 (Murrumbidgee Rugby League): Wagga Magpies 20 defeated Tumbarumba 0 at Wagga

1967 (Groups 9/20): Griffith Waratahs 32 defeated Leeton 2 at Griffith

1967 (MRL): Wagga Magpies 12 defeated Tumut 10 at Cootamundra

1967 (Groups 8/9): Queanbeyan 14 United defeated Goulburn United at Queanbeyan

1968 (Groups 9/20): West Wyalong 15 defeated Griffith Waratahs 4 at Grifith

1968 (MRL): Wagga Kangaroos 17 defeated Wagga Magpies 11 at Wagga

1968 (Groups 8/9): Young 9 defeated Queanbeyan United 8 at Queanbeyan

1969 (Groups 9/20): Griffith Waratahs 18 defeated Griffith Black & Whites 9 at Leeton

1969 (Zone 3): Wagga Kangaroos 10 defeated Wagga Magpies 5 at Wagga

1969 (Groups 8/9): Queanbeyan Kangaroos 18 defeated Queanbeyan United 2 at Queanbeyan

1970 (Groups 9/20): West Wyalong 19 defeated Temora 18 at Griffith

1970 (Zone 3): Tumut 7 defeated Wagga Kangaroos 4 at Cootamundra

1970: (Groups 8/9): Queanbeyan Kangaroos 12 defeated Queanbeyan United 0 at Queanbeyan

1971: Wagga Kangaroos  26  defeated Tumut 8 at Wagga

1972: Turvey Park 19 defeated Tumut 5 at Wagga

1973: Tumut 24 defeated Wagga Kangaroos 4 at Wagga

1974: Young  30 defeated  Cootamundra 5 at Wagga

1975: Turvey Park 26  defeated  Harden-Murrumburrah 6 at Wagga

1976: Turvey Park 13 defeated Temora 8 at Wagga

1977: Temora 18 defeated Cootamundra 5 at Wagga

1978: Wagga Kangaroos 26 defeated Tumut 7 at Wagga

1979: Wagga Kangaroos 20  defeated Harden-Murrumburrah 7 at Cootamundra

1980: Wagga Magpies 37 defeated Young 19 at Wagga

1981: Harden-Murrumburrah 18 defeated Wagga Kangeroos 15 at Cootamundra

1982: Cootamundra 14 defeated Tumut 8 at Wagga

1983: Gundagai  40 defeated Young 14 at Cootamundra

1984: Young 32 defeated Gundagai 12 at Wagga

1985: Wagga Kangaroos 28 defeated Wagga Magpies 12 at Wagga

1986: Junee 10 defeated Young  6 at Cootamundra

1987: Wagga Kangaroos 37 defeated Temora 8 at Wagga

1988: Cootamundra 22 defeated Temora 16 at Young (after 16-16 at full-time)

1989: Wagga Magpies   24  defeated Temora 23 At Wagga (after 18-18) at full-time)

1990: Cootamundra 16 defeated Temora  8 at Wagga

1991: Young 16 defeated Wagga Magpies   6 at Wagga

1992: Wagga Magpies 16 defeated Tumut 4 at Wagga

1993: Turvey Park 24 defeated Gundagai 10 at Wagga

1994: Wagga Kangaroos 24 defeated Gundagai 20 at Wagga

1995: Wagga Brothers 42  defeated Wagga Magpies 16 at Wagga

1996: Adelong/Batlow 20 defeated Harden-Murrumburrah 10 at Wagga

1997: Tumbarumba 28 defeated Harden-Murrumburrah 22 at Wagga

1998: Temora  38 defeated Young 22 at Wagga

1999: Wagga Kangaroos 40  defeated Harden-Murrumburrah 16 at Wagga

2000: Wagga Kangaroos 32 defeated Tumbarumba 20 at Wagga

2001:  Wagga Kangaroos 22 defeated Temora 20 at Wagga

2002: Temora 56 defeated Turvey Park 16 at Wagga

2003: Tumut 31 defeated Gundagai 10 at Wagga

2004: Temora 28 defeated Gundagai 24 at Wagga (22-22 at full-time)

2005: Cootamundra 19 defeated Tumut 12 at Wagga

2006: Temora 40 defeated Gundagai 16 at Wagga

2007: Tumut 28 defeated Wagga Brothers 10 at Wagga

2008: Tumut 20 defeated Wagga Brothers 14 at Wagga

2009: Wagga Kangaroos 42 defeated Gundagai 4 at Wagga

2010: Tumut 22 defeated Junee 8 at Wagga

2011: South City 20 defeated Gundagai 18 at Wagga

2012: Albury 32 defeated South City 28 at Wagga

2013: Albury 30 defeated Gundagai 20 at Wagga

2014: Albury 45 defeated South City 4 at Wagga

2015: Gundagai 28 defeated Junee 16 at Wagga