Two of Australia?s foundation Rugby League clubs, Newtown and North Sydney, have agreed to permanently honour a living Sydney legend who played with distinction for both of the 1908 clubs.

The Newtown Jets and the North Sydney Bears are proud to announce the institution of the Frank Hyde Cup, which will be competed for by both clubs on an annual basis. The Cup honours Frank Hyde, the living Australian treasure who played with Newtown from 1934-1937, and with North Sydney from 1942-1943. Frank of course progressed from his playing days to an outstanding career in broadcasting and the media. He remains an admired and respected Elder Statesman of Rugby League, and an iconic figure with both Newtown and Norths.

These two old clubs have had some sterling battles over the past 95 years, and are now lynchpins of the flagship competition of the NSW Rugby League, the NSW Premier League. Both clubs now play out of their traditional home grounds, Henson Park and North Sydney Oval, and jointly endorse the inauguration of the Frank Hyde Cup as a consolidation of their rich traditions.

The first encounter in the showdown for the Frank Hyde Cup in 2003 will take place at Henson Park on 8th March, when Newtown hosts North Sydney in a NSW Premier League trial match, kicking off at 5 pm. The clubs have agreed that this trial should count towards the awarding of the Frank Hyde Cup in 2003.

Both club coaches, Colin Murphy (Newtown) and Gary Larson (Norths), are totally supportive of the new Cup competition, saying that it will add an historical dimension to the strong competitive traditions of both of these proud old clubs.

For further details contact either:

Phil Sigsworth, Marketing Manager, Newtown RLFC. B. 95500999, M. 0408694814, E. [email protected]


Greg Florimo, Football Manager, North Sydney DRLFC. B. 94668860, M. 0421695594, E. [email protected]