1989 Panasonic Cup (rugby league)

The 1989 Panasonic Cup was the 16th edition of the NSWRL Midweek Cup, a NSWRL-organised national club Rugby League tournament between the leading clubs and representative teams from the NSWRL, the BRL, the CRL and Papua New Guinea.

A total of 19 teams from across Australia and Papua New Guinea played 18 matches in a straight knock-out format, with the matches being held midweek during the premiership season.

1989 NSWRL Midweek Cup
NSWRL Panasonic Cup
Tournament details
Dates1 March - 7 June 1989
Teams19
Venue(s)9 (in 9 host cities)
Final positions
ChampionsBrisbane (1st title)
Runners-upIllawarra
Tournament statistics
Matches played18

Qualified Teams

Team Nickname League Qualification Participation (bold indicates winners)
Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs NSWRL Winners of the 1988 New South Wales Rugby League Premiership 16th (Previous: 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988)
Balmain Tigers NSWRL Runners-Up in the 1988 New South Wales Rugby League Premiership 16th (Previous: 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988)
Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks NSWRL Third Place in the 1988 New South Wales Rugby League Premiership 16th (Previous: 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988)
Canberra Raiders NSWRL Fourth Place in the 1988 New South Wales Rugby League Premiership 8th (Previous: 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988)
Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles NSWRL Fifth Place in the 1988 New South Wales Rugby League Premiership 16th (Previous: 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988)
Penrith Panthers NSWRL Sixth Place in the 1988 New South Wales Rugby League Premiership 16th (Previous: 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988)
Brisbane Broncos NSWRL Seventh Place in the 1988 New South Wales Rugby League Premiership 2nd (Previous: 1988)
South Sydney Rabbitohs NSWRL Eighth Place in the 1988 New South Wales Rugby League Premiership 16th (Previous: 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988)
North Sydney Bears NSWRL Ninth Place in the 1988 New South Wales Rugby League Premiership 16th (Previous: 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988)
St. George Dragons NSWRL Tenth Place in the 1988 New South Wales Rugby League Premiership 16th (Previous: 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988)
Parramatta Eels NSWRL Eleventh Place in the 1988 New South Wales Rugby League Premiership 16th (Previous: 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988)
Eastern Suburbs Roosters NSWRL Twelfth Place in the 1988 New South Wales Rugby League Premiership 16th (Previous: 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988)
Illawarra Steelers NSWRL Thirteenth Place in the 1988 New South Wales Rugby League Premiership 8th (Previous: 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988)
Newcastle Knights NSWRL Fourteenth Place in the 1988 New South Wales Rugby League Premiership 2nd (Previous: 1988)
Gold Coast-Tweed Giants NSWRL Fifteenth Place in the 1988 New South Wales Rugby League Premiership 2nd (Previous: 1988)
Western Suburbs Magpies NSWRL Sixteenth Place in the 1988 New South Wales Rugby League Premiership 16th (Previous: 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988)
Brisbane Poinsettias BRL League Representative Team 11th (Previous: 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988)
NSW Country Kangaroos CRL Country League Representative Team 11th (Previous: 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988)
Port Moresby Vipers PNGRFL League Representative Team 4th (Previous: 1986, 1987, 1988)

Venues

Sydney Bathurst Wagga Wagga Parkes Townsville Perth Brisbane Tweed Heads Port Moresby
Parramatta Stadium Carrington Park Eric Weissel Oval Pioneer Oval Townsville Sports Reserve WACA Ground Lang Park Seagulls Stadium Lloyd Robson Oval
Capacity: 28,000 Capacity: 12,000 Capacity: 10,000 Capacity: 12,000 Capacity: 13,000 Capacity: 20,000 Capacity: 45,000 Capacity: 13,500 Capacity: 15,000
Parramatta Stadium New Scoreboard Eric Weissel Oval Panorama 3rd Test, Perth, 15Dec2006 Suncorp-Stadium-Milton-Queensland

Preliminary rounds

Date Winner Score Loser Score Venue Man of the Match
4/04/89 Saintscolours.svg Combined Brisbane (Bourke, Daunt, Harvey, Cook tries, Harvey 2 goals, Daunt field goal) 21 Port Moresby Vipers Colours.svg Port Moresby (PNG) (Ipu, Akuila tries, Akuila 2 goals) 12 Lloyd Robson Oval
7/04/89 Saintscolours.svg Combined Brisbane (Smith try, Harvey 2 goals), Daunt field goal) 9 Country colours.svg NSW Country (Elwin goal) 2 Seagulls Stadium
12/04/89 St. George colours.svg St George (Mohr, Walford, Coyne tries, Walford goal) 14 Saintscolours.svg Combined Brisbane (Cook, McIntosh tries, Harvey goal) 10 Lang Park Kevin Langer - Combined Brisbane

Qualifying Round

Date Winner Score Loser Score Venue Man of the Match
1/03/89 Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane (Matterson 2, Tessmann tries, Matterson 2, G.French goals) 18 Canberra colours.svg Canberra (Lazarus, K.Walters tries, Wood 2 goals, Stuart field goal) 13 Pioneer Oval Terry Matterson - Brisbane
8/03/89 South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney (Blake, Longbottom 2, Lyons, P.Roberts tries, Ellison 6 goals) 36 Penrith colours.svg Penrith (McIndoe 2 tries, Baker 2 goals) 12 Parramatta Stadium Phil Blake - South Sydney
10/03/89 Parramatta colours.svg Parramatta (Sterling, Lauriie, Wynn tries, Fitzhenry 5 goals) 22 Balmain colours.svg Balmain (Grant, Chalmers tries, Brooks 2 goals) 12 WACA Ground Peter Sterling - Parramatta
15/03/89 Canterbury colours.svg Canterbury-Bankstown (McCarthy 3, Lamb tries, Lamb 4 goals) 24 Newcastle colours.svg Newcastle (Quinton goal) 2 Parramatta Stadium Andrew Farrar - Canterbury-Bankstown
22/03/89 Cronulla colours.svg Cronulla-Sutherland (Picken, Docking, Wilson tries, Wilson 4, Watson goals) 22 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Eastern Suburbs (Salvatori, Melrose tries, Smith goal) 10 Parramatta Stadium Alan Wilson - Cronulla-Sutherland
29/03/89 Illawarra colours.svg Illawarra (Kissell, Heugh, Larder tries) 12 Western Suburbs colours.svg Western Suburbs 0 Parramatta Stadium Steve Larder - Illawarra
19/04/89 North Sydney colours.svg North Sydney (McArthur, Maguire tries, McArthur 2 goals, Gale field goal) 13 Gold Coast Chargers colours.svg Gold Coast (Close try, Eden goal) 6 Parramatta Stadium Greg Florimo - North Sydney
26/04/89 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly-Warringah (Ryan 2, Hasler, Williams tries, Shearer 3 goals) 22 St. George colours.svg St George (Walford, Mohr tries, Walford goal) 10 Eric Weissel Oval Des Hasler - Manly-Warringah

Quarter finals

Date Winner Score Loser Score Venue Man of the Match
5/04/89 South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney (Mavin try, Ellison 2 goals, Blake, Ellison field goals) * 10 Canterbury colours.svg Canterbury-Bankstown (Alchin try, Lamb 2, Corcoran goals) 10 Parramatta Stadium Ian Roberts - South Sydney
3/05/89 North Sydney colours.svg North Sydney (McPhail, B.French, Jones tries, Dorahy 2 goals) 16 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly-Warringah (Shearer, Toovey tries) 8 Parramatta Stadium Martin Bella - North Sydney
10/05/89 Illawarra colours.svg Illawarra (Rodwell 3, Hardy 2, Wishart, Kissell, Russell tries, Wishart 4 goals) 40 Cronulla colours.svg Cronulla-Sutherland 0 Parramatta Stadium Dean Schifilliti - Illawarra
17/05/89 Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane (Lewis 3, Renouf 2, Matterson, French tries, Matterson 7 goals) 42 Parramatta colours.svg Parramatta (Leeds try, Fitzhenry goal) 6 Townsville Sports Reserve Terry Matterson - Brisbane

Semi finals

Date Winner Score Loser Score Venue Man of the Match
24/05/89 Illawarra colours.svg Illawarra + (Wishart, Schifilliti tries, Wishart 2 goals) 12 North Sydney colours.svg North Sydney (Florimo, Beaven tries, Kiss 2 goals) 12 Parramatta Stadium Greg Florimo - North Sydney
31/05/89 Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane (Jackson 2, Currie, Le Man, Renouf tries, French 2 goals) 24 South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney (Blake try) 4 Carrington Park Peter Jackson - Brisbane

Final

Teams

Brisbane : 1. Shane Duffy, 2. Michael Hancock, 3. Tony Currie, 4. Peter Jackson, 5. Joe Kilroy, 6. Wally Lewis (c), 7. Allan Langer, 13. Terry Matterson, 12. Gene Miles, 11. Brett Le Man, 10. Sam Backo, 9. Kerrod Walters, 8. Greg Dowling Reserve James Donnelly. Coach: Wayne Bennett.

Illawarra : 1. Steve Hampson, 2. Rod Wishart, 3. Brett Rodwell, 4. Jeff Hardy, 5. Jason Moon, 6. Tony Smith, 7. Andy Gregory, 13. Ian Russell, 12. Les Morrisey, 11. Dean Hanson, 10. Michael Carberry, 9. Dean Schifilliti, 8. Chris Walsh (c) Reserves Cavill Heugh, Craig Keen, Michael Bolt, Trevor Kissell. Coach: Ron Hilditch.

Date Winner Score Loser Score Venue Man of the Match
7 June 1989 Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane (Jackson, Kilroy, Backo, Miles tries, Matterson 3 goals) 22 Illawarra colours.svg Illawarra (Hampson, Wishart, Rodwell ties, Wishart 4 goals) 20 Parramatta Stadium Andy Gregory - Illawarra

The Broncos raced to a 16-0 lead and it seemed the Steelers' much more fancied opponents would run away with the game. But Illawarra hit back. Illawarra lost the match 22-20, however Brisbane scored a try off what appeared to be a forward pass. The large Illawarra contingent of the 16,968 strong crowd at Parramatta Stadium booed the Broncos after their win, with Brisbane captain Wally Lewis gaining their ire by gesturing back.[1] Illawarra's performance inspired Australian folk singer John Williamson to write a song about the match.

Notes

* - advanced having scored the first try
+ - advanced on penalty countback

Awards

Player of the Series

Golden Try

References

  1. ^ 1989 Panasonic Cup Final at Rugby League Project

Sources

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1989 Panasonic Cup (rugby league)

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