1930 was Wests’ year. The hard work of previous seasons was culminating into a formidable combination and under the tutelage of Captain-Coach Jim Craig, Wests won its first nine competition games and a Country Carnival match against Newcastle. The team had twelve wins and two losses during the competition rounds. It beat its nemesis, South Sydney, in both competition rounds and then beat them again in the semi-final to put that great Club out of the competition.

The final series created some surprises from the St George team which was lucky to make the semi finals. It knocked out the highly rated Eastern Suburbs team in the semi-final with an 11-10 victory, then beat Wests 14-6 in the final. As Wests were the “minor premiers” they had the right to play St George again in a Grand Final challenge. Wests were not letting this one get away and comprehensively defeated St George 27-2 to take out the 1930 NSWRL premiership.

It was Wests’ first premiership and rightly deserved after years of building the Club from the cellar of the competition to a competition force. It wasn’t an easy road, particularly after losing many of its established players when St George entered the competition in 1921. But persistence paid off with the Club inching its way forward in the intervening years.

However, sentiment and wishful thinking doesn’t win premierships. It was the preparation, discipline and application that won the 1930 premiership for Wests. Underlying the win, the statistics tell the story. Wests were the second highest point scorer behind Easts in 1930, but what really stood out was the team’s defensive record. The team only had 130 points scored against them during the competition rounds, with an average of just over 9 points per game, just eclipsing the effort in 1929, also under the guidance of Coach Jim Craig. The influence of Jim Craig cannot be underestimated and it clearly wasn’t going into the 1930 season. The Wests coaching fees for 1930 were 140 pounds of which Jim Craig received 120 pounds, A Smith (Reserve Grade Coach) received 20 pounds, with Roy Liston coaching Third Grade in an honorary capacity.

1930 Wests 1st Grade

Western Suburbs DRLFC First Grade – Premiers 1930 (Players and Officials)

Back: W Finegan (Selector), C Elliott (Assistant Secretary), W Kelly (Trainer), T Wheldon (Vice President), L Mead, J White (Secretary), J P Kelly, L Plasto (Patron), V Hughes, L Chambers (President), W Brogan (Vice Captain), R Liston (Vice President), A Brady, W Knight (3rd Grade Selector), C McFayden (Head Trainer), J Dunn (Vice President), N Matterson (Selector), C Matterson (Vice President), J Murray (Selector), E Mead (Not in Photo) (Selector)
Middle: C Cornwell, K Sherwood, R Morris, F Matterson, J Craig (Captain), H Rigby, J Rosa, C Pearce
Front: H Moxham (Treasurer), F McMillan, R Lindfield, R Knight (Ballboy), W Carpenter, C Rhodes, H Hudson (Vice President)
Missing: F Spillane, N Johnson, J Peterson

Western Suburbs DRLFC Reserve Grade 1930

Back L to R: J Dunn (Vice President), H Moxham (Treasurer), E Mead (Selector), C McFayden (Trainer), L Chambers (President), S Shaw (Trainer), S Jackson (Vice President)
Middle: C Elliott (Reserve Grade Secretary), L Roberts, C Wrench, H Rigby, J Brewer, W Barnes, L Midson, W Knight (3rd Grade Secretary), J White (Secretary)
Front Row: F Brown, L Haynes, L Mead, V Hughes (Captain), J Peterson, G Johnson, N Booth
Absent: J Spillane, C Anderton, J McConnell, L Hession 

Western Suburbs DRLFC Third Grade 1930

Back L to R: J Dunn (Vice President), W Knight (3rd Grade Secretary), E Mead (Selector), C McFayden (Head Trainer), L Chambers (President), S Shaw (Trainer), S Jackson (Vice President)
Middle: H Moxham (Treasurer), C Morris, J Brewer, W Willis, J Purcell, R Palmer, D Sheather, F Wheeler, J White (District Secretary)
Front: F Brown, T Gilmour, H Cameron (Captain), C Stevens, G Johnson, J G Kelly, C Elliott (2nd Grade Secretary)
Absent: R Murley, H Knight, T McCall, F Boyd, R Reimer, L McInnes, F Windshuttle, J Matterson, H McCarthy


Presidents Cup – Inter District Squads – 1930

Southern Districts:

A Kelly, Leonard Hessian, H West, Fred Reece, Les Midson, G Devitt, E Hackett, K Foster, F Wheeler, G Cragg, Max Gray, F Lehmann, C Watt, F Scoular, A Maher, H Kell, L Greatrix,

Southern Districts played Balmain in the Final of the President’s Cup and went down 3-7. Les Midson was the try scorer and most influential player for Southern Districts.

On 19 July 1930, the Southern Districts Junior Rugby League was notified by Wests that it was calling up the following players to Wests grade ranks; Dave Hey, Max Gray, F Wheeler, Leonard Hessian, Les Midson and Matterson.

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