On this day, the Newtown Jets create history, the Bears announce their team of the century and Luke Ricketson hits the 300-game milestone.
18-year-old South Sydney winger Harold Horder scores a superb 90-metre try in his debut game in first grade. The Sydney Morning Herald described the try as “brilliant” and described how “the cheers that followed it continued for minutes”.
Newtown Jets rewrite the record books with a 55-7 demolition of the St George Dragons in a semi-final. It remains a record-winning margin in a finals series match.
Sydney Roosters captain Luke Ricketson plays his 300th first-grade game as the Roosters upset the Broncos 17-10, and after he's announced that 2005 will be his last season.
North Sydney announce their Team of the Century at a function at North Sydney Leagues Club. The team named was: Brian Carlson; Harold Horder, Jim Devereux, Greg Florimo, Ken Irvine; Tim Pickup, Duncan Thompson; Peter Diversi, Mark Graham, David Fairleigh, Billy Wilson, Ross Warner, Gary Larson. Reserves: Sid Deane, Ken McCaffery, John Gray, Billy Moore. Coach: Chris McKivat.
Young Manly five-eighth Kieran Foran declares his interest in representing the land of his birth, New Zealand, despite having already represented Australian Schoolboys and NSW Under-17s.
Parramatta are confirmed as wooden-spooners for the first time since 1972 after they are trounced 38-6 by Souths at ANZ Stadium.
Brisbane five-eighth Scott Prince announces he will retire at the end of the season. Rabbitohs veteran Matt King all announces the 2013 season will be his last in the NRL.
The Sydney Cricket Ground Trust launches its Media Hall of Honour with the induction of 15 individuals influential in the coverage of sport at the famous arena. Inductees with close ties to rugby league include journalists JC Davis, EE Christensen and Ian Heads, commentators Frank Hyde, EH ‘Tiger’ Black and Ray Warren and photographer John O’Gready.
This article contains information from the official records of NRL historian David Middleton.