1912 NSWRFL PREMIERS
The Red, White and Blue continued to dominate the competition following their first title, with 1912 showing an even marked improvement for the Club.
In April, Easts pioneered further expansion of the game as they took an exhibition match to Orange, facing off Grand Final opponents Glebe. Despite falling short 15-13, the match was highlighted by Dally Messenger’s 50-yard penalty goal.
In order to allow time for the newly introduced City Cup knockout tournament post-season, the NSWRL scrapped semi-finals and introduced a ‘first past the post’ system, whereby the team finishing in first position at the conclusion of the regular season were crowned Premiers.
With Messenger at the helm and the signing of Arthur 'Pony' Halloway, Easts dominated the competition, only losing one game in Round 5 to Newtown in a tense 2-4 battle.
They maintained top spot on the competition table for the entirety of the season, finishing four points clear after the fourteen rounds with Messenger rested for the final two.
A first-round elimination in the first round didn’t matter – Easts had become back-to-back Premiers of the NSWRFL, and that momentum would continue into 1913.
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