On this day, Royce Simmons was a two-try grand final hero for the Panthers, the Maroons broke a long drought against the Blues, while Arthur Beetson became the latest rugby league Immortal.
Queensland break one of sport’s longest droughts when they score their first interstate victory over New South Wales. The Maroons had lost 22 successive matches since 1908, but with a mix of outstanding players, they triumphed over the favoured New South Welshmen 25-9. The win marked the beginning of a period of dominance by the Sunshine State over their southern rivals throughout the 1920s.
Penrith’s grand final fairytale comes to life when they beat Canberra 19-12 in the grand final. Royce Simmons assures himself of hero status with a two-try effort in his final game for the Panthers.
Legendary forward Arthur Beetson is inducted into the ranks of the Immortals, joining Clive Churchill, Johnny Raper, Reg Gasnier, Bob Fulton, Graeme Langlands and Wally Lewis.
Brisbane produce a remarkable second-half turnaround to defeat the Bulldogs 37-20 and advance to their first grand final since 2000. The Broncos trailed 20-6 at halftime.
This article contains information from the official records of NRL historian David Middleton.