That's The Way It Was: Episode 3 - Sydney Second Division

On Grand Final Day 2019 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.

Host Rob Corra with special guest - rugby league historian Terry Williams, takes a look at the History of the Second Division.

Lewis JonesTogether 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.

Earlier episodes can be listened to on iTunes, LeagueUnlimited and wherever good podcasts can be found.

Pictured. Lewis Jones - The Welsh Wizard
Played for Wentworthville 1964-1969
then became First Grade Coach

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

Past episodes of Rugby League: That's The Way It Was can be found at the iTunes Store

GRAND FINAL TEAMS 1966  - SYDNEY 2ND DIVISION

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

1963*  Kingsford 14 Cronulla-Caringbah 2
1964    Wentworthville 20  Ryde-Eastwood 5
1965  Wentworthville 31 Penrith 3
1966       Penrith  9   Wentworthville   7
1967 Wentworthville 25 Ryde-Eastwood 6
1968 Wentworthville 17 Arncliffe Scots 5
1969 Wentworthville 20 Sydney University 2
1970 Wentworthville 15 Blacktown 5
1971 Wentworthville 21 Sydney University 15
1972 Ryde-Eastwood 18 Wentworthville 14
1973 Wentworthville 12 Ryde-Eastwood 8

*1963 Competition known as Inter-District competition

GRAND FINAL RESULTS - METRO CUP

1990       Ryde-Eastwood 19 Hills District   6
1991 Guildford 21 Ryde-Eastwood  6
1992 Newtown   30 Wentworthville   18
1993 St.Marys 30 Ryde-Eastwood   10
1994 St.Marys 32  Hills District   14
1995 Newtown 26 Wentworthville   8
1996 Newtown 28 Ryde-Eastwood 16
1997 Newtown 18 Guildford 8
1998 Wentworthville 18 Kellyville 12
1999 Wentworthville  30 Ryde-Eastwood 22
2000 Ryde-Eastwood 24 St.Marys 10
2001 St.Marys  20 Hills District 16
2002 Sydney Bulls 48 Ryde-Eastwood  6