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The Weeks That Made Us | April 20

Here's a glance at how this week in history looked for the Sydney Roosters from April 20th to 26th.

April 20

1908: The opening day of club rugby league in Australia. Double-headers are played at Wentworth Park and Birchgrove Oval, with around 3000 people turning up to both venues. At Wentworth Park, Easts beat Newtown 32-16 and Glebe down Newcastle 8-5. At Birchgrove, Souths beat Norths 11-7 and Balmain whitewash Wests 24-0. On the same day, 23 members of the Western Suburbs Rugby Union club meet at the Horse and Jockey Hotel at Flemington to form a ninth premiership club, Cumberland.

Easts 1908 team photo.
Easts 1908 team photo.

1990: Despite floodwaters raging throughout North Queensland, Easts and Canterbury stage a successful Winfield Cup match at Townsville’s Sports Reserve. It finishes in a 12-all draw.

April 21

2000: The Sydney Roosters are resigned to losing Quentin Pongia for the rest of the season after the Kiwi front-rower is diagnosed with a torn bicep muscle.

Quentin Pongia takes a hit-up against the North Sydney Bears.
Quentin Pongia takes a hit-up against the North Sydney Bears.

2001: Sydney Roosters winger Jack Elsegood announces his retirement from rugby league after spending 18 months battling injuries.

Jack Elsegood takes a hit-up for the Roosters in 2000.
Jack Elsegood takes a hit-up for the Roosters in 2000.

2002: The Sydney Roosters bounce back from four successive defeats to thrash North Queensland 58-12 at Aussie Stadium. Cowboys prop Tim Maddison is sent off for striking Roosters halfback Justin Holbrook.

2003: Sydney Roosters grand final hero Luke Phillips is forced to retire due to a combination of extensive surgery on his shoulder and both groins and a calcified hamstring. Phillips required 11 pain-killing injections to remain on the field during the Roosters’ 2002 grand final win.

Luke Phillips following the Roosters Prelminiary Final win over the Newcastle Knights in 2000.
Luke Phillips following the Roosters Prelminiary Final win over the Newcastle Knights in 2000.

2008: Sydney Roosters Test forward Anthony Tupou accepts a $1.5 million four-year offer from Cronulla.

2009: Sydney Roosters trio Braith Anasta, Craig Fitzgibbon and Willie Mason are left out of a preliminary New South Wales squad of 40 players.

2012: New South Wales achieve a rare taste of State of Origin success when the Blues’ Under-20s team, captained by Roosters forward Boyd Cordner downs Queensland 18-14 in the inaugural Under-20s Origin match played at Penrith’s Centrebet Stadium.

2017: The Daily Telegraph reports that the Sydney Roosters have snared the prized signature of Wests Tigers fullback James Tedesco. The signings are made official within days.

James Tedesco in the Tricolours for the first time following our Central Coast trial win over the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles in 2018
James Tedesco in the Tricolours for the first time following our Central Coast trial win over the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles in 2018

April 22

2001: The Sydney Roosters score a thrilling 23-22 victory over Melbourne at Colonial Stadium. Roosters centre Ryan Cross suffers a broken leg.

Steve Kearney gets tackled by Ryan Cross and Luke Ricketson in 2001.
Steve Kearney gets tackled by Ryan Cross and Luke Ricketson in 2001.

April 23

1993: Eastern Suburbs skipper Craig Salvatori stars for City Origin in their 7-0 defeat of Country Origin.

April 25

1938: The champion Eastern Suburbs side loses its first match in almost three years when beaten 21-14 by South Sydney at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

1996: South Sydney suffer a humiliating 62-0 defeat against neighbours Sydney City at the Sydney Football Stadium.

2002: St George Illawarra and the Sydney Roosters fight out a controversial Anzac Day clash before 20,588 fans at Aussie Stadium. 

2004: Sydney Roosters edge the Dragons thanks to some individual brilliance from skipper Freddy Fittler

Freddy Solo Brilliance

2007: The Sydney Roosters record their 1,000th premiership victory with a comprehensive 18-4 defeat of St George Illawarra in the annual Anzac Day clash at Aussie Stadium. The victory followed a provocative sledge by Dragons rookie Richie Williams that his opposing five-eighth Braith Anasta was “not as good as he was”. Anasta, one of the Roosters’ best on the day, returns serve with interest: '“For someone who’s done absolutely nothing in the game, it’s a pretty big call,” he said. 

Captain Craig Fitzgibbon holds up the Anzac Cup in 2007.
Captain Craig Fitzgibbon holds up the Anzac Cup in 2007.

2013: A record Anzac Day crowd of 40,752 at Allianz Stadium pays tribute to the nation’s fallen heroes before watching the Sydney Roosters surge to a 34-10 win over St George Illawarra. Roosters lock Boyd Cordner is awarded the Ashton Collier Spirit of Anzac Medal as man of the match.

2014: Sydney Roosters thump St George Illawarra 34-14 at Allianz Stadium but lose five-eighth James Maloney with a grade two AC shoulder joint injury.

Left Edge Anzac Day Brilliance

2017: Sydney Roosters halfback Mitchell Pearce ends a horror run of 18 successive missed field goal attempts to sink St George Illawarra in a golden point Anzac Day thriller at Allianz Stadium. Pearce steps up as favourite to reclaim the NSW halfback jersey after the Roosters’ 13-12 win in front of 40,864 spectators.

OTW-VB-R8

2019: Sydney Roosters claim a 20-10 victory on Anzac Day. Roosters captain Boyd Cordner is awarded the Ashton-Collier Spirit of Anzac Medal for a second time. The annual clash draws a crowd of 38,414 to the Sydney Cricket Ground.

Highlights | Roosters v Dragons

April 26

1998 Sydney City record a half century of points for the second successive week with a 50-16 defeat of North Queensland.

2019 Sydney Roosters hooker Jake Friend is ruled out for three to four months after scans reveal that he ruptured a biceps muscle in the Anzac Day clash with the Dragons. The injury ends his hopes of a State of Origin call-up for Queensland.