On this day, St George show true grit to win the first of their record 11 premierships in a row, Danny Buderus farewells Hunter Stadium in style and the first ever NRLW match is played.
A man down after centre Merv Lees breaks a collarbone, St George display strength and character to down Balmain 18-12 in the grand final, before a record premiership crowd of 61,987. They don’t know it at the time, but it is the beginning of a dream run for the Red V.
Penrith advance to their second grand final in as many years when they down Norths 16-14 in the major semi-final.
The Warriors claim the minor premiership in remarkable circumstances after St George Illawarra topple Newcastle 40-22 at Aussie Stadium. The relegation of the Bulldogs and losses to both Brisbane and Newcastle allow the Warriors to take the $100,000 minor premiership prizemoney on for-and-against differences.
Tony Kemp is sacked as coach of the Warriors and replaced by former Manly, Norths, Roosters and Auckland player Ivan Cleary.
Newcastle open the final series with a 25-18 defeat of Manly at EnergyAustralia Stadium but a dangerous throw by hooker Danny Buderus on Manly winger Michael Robertson jeopardises his team’s premiership hopes. Buderus later receives a six-match suspension and then calls for reform of the judicial process after his unblemished record over 10 years counts for nothing.
Jarryd Hayne’s withering late-season run of form with Parramatta earns him the Dally M award from North Queensland captain Johnathan Thurston and St George Illawarra’s Jamie Soward.
Newcastle trounce Parramatta 54-6 at Hunter Stadium to give local hero Danny Buderus the perfect send-off at his home ground.
The NRL confirm that an historic finals series double-header will be played on September 15 at Allianz Stadium. It will be the first finals double-header since 1935.
The Warriors and the Sydney Roosters make history when they kick off the inaugural NRL Women’s Premiership at ANZ Stadium. The Warriors prove too strong in a 10-4 victory. Warriors winger Hilda Mariu scores the opening try.
St George Illawarra announce former Brisbane and Penrith mentor Anthony Griffin as head coach on a two-year deal with a one-year option in the club’s favour.
This article contains information from the official records of NRL historian David Middleton.