A noted teetotaller, Provan plays it up for the camera back in the dressing rooms after the 1965 Grand Final.

On this day, Hall of Fame member Herb Gilbert is born, the SCG is packed for a Saints-Rabbitohs grand final and bad news for the Bears.

1887

NRL Hall of Fame member Herb Gilbert is born. Gilbert played 285 matches in an 11-year career between 1911 and 1921. He went on the 1911-12 Kangaroo tour and finished his time in the game with 128 tries. In combination with Viv Farnsworth, he played a big part in Australia regaining the Ashes in 1920. Gilbert captained Australia in the final two Tests of that series.

1965

More than 78,000 pack the SCG for the premiership decider between St George and South Sydney. Hundreds, possibly thousands of spectators, climb onto the roofs of grandstands for a glimpse of the action. Rugby League Immortal Norm Provan announces his retirement after the match - St George's 10th straight premiership.     

After fulltime of the 1965 Grand Final Provan talks to some young fans on field ahead of the presentation.
After fulltime of the 1965 Grand Final Provan talks to some young fans on field ahead of the presentation. ©NRL Photos

1994

The pain continues for North Sydney as Canberra score a 22-9 win over the Raiders in a dramatic preliminary final. John Lomax (Canberra) and Gary Larson (Norths) are sent from the field within four minutes of each other during the first half.   

2002

Craig Bellamy agrees to a two-year coaching deal with the Storm. After having previously served as Brisbane's performance director, Bellamy is now in his 17th year in Melbourne.

2005

Wests Tigers continue their stunning ride through the finals with a 34-6 defeat of Brisbane at Aussie Stadium. The joint venture would go on to win the grand final, beating North Queensland 30-16 in the decider.

 

This article contains information from the official records of NRL historian David Middleton.