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A century of rugby league in the west

THE first trials of season 2013 are not too far away, with some Group XI clubs heading south for the annual West Wyalong Knockout while others are preparing for the Bill “Pop” Darney Carnival in Wellington in early March as well as local pre-season games.

They are continuing a tradition that started in 1913. I wrote a couple of weeks ago about a meeting that was called to discuss “the league game” in February that year.
On May 30, 1913, the Macquarie League was formed. Teams from Eumungerie, Gilgandra, South Dubbo and Wongarbon indicated their interest in switching to “the league game” from rugby union and a letter was received from the Newtown Rugby League Club offering to bring teams for exhibition matches in June. The first matches were scheduled for June 14.