The NSW rugby league competition in 1937 was unique. The Competition had been restructured so that 1937 format was comprised of a single round of eight games, and then followed by another round of eight games which was played for the “City Cup.”

Wests did not have a great start to the 1937 season with three wins and five losses in the shortened first round competition. The team finished in second-last position with a for and against of -22 points, which probably indicated that the team had played without a great deal of luck. This situation was reversed in the second round City Cup competition with Wests making the semi-final only to be beaten by eventual winners, Newtown.

It was a similar story with the lower grades, but the Reserve and Third Grade teams excelled in the City Cup, winning both competitions. The positive to come out of the 1937 season was the number of good juniors that were graded, many of whom initially contributed to the City Cup wins and then went on to the Grade ranks over the following seasons.

In the 1937 Third Grade City Cup Final team were former and future Wests First Grade players Neville Hogan, Colin Fewtrell, Lew Fisher, Jack Farrell, Roy Ainsworth, Ron Ackling, Jack Arnold, Alex Patrick, Jim Kinnard and Harry Allen

Hall of Fame Member Cliff Pearce continued his outstanding form


Western Suburbs President’s Cup /Inter District Squads

Western Districts:

Fullback: T Bryant, Three-quarters: F Plunkett, E Dwyer, D Robertson, C Cullen, Halves: A Walker, D Harris, Forwards: C Cheeseman, L Cook, J Rech, D McMahon, C Anderson, E McCann, Reserves: J Adams, E Watkins, A Preston, A McDonald, E Morris

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