September 17: Lockyer farewell, 'Toughest 12' and dawn of the Storm

On this day in rugby league history, a takeover bid for South Sydney, the naming of the first Melbourne club and the first drawn grand final.

1966

St George won their 11th straight premiership title with a powerful 23-4 defeat of Balmain in the grand final.

1977

Parramatta and St George fought out the first drawn grand final in premiership history. Parramatta hit back from 9-0 down to draw level at 9-all. Twenty minutes of extra-time couldn't separate the sides and they were forced to replay the match a week later, with St George prevailing 22-0.

1977

1997

The new Super League announced their new Melbourne franchise was to be known as “Melbourne Storm”.

2005

Nine News revealed that actor Russell Crowe and businessman Peter Holmes a Court had made a multi-million takeover bid for the South Sydney Rabbitohs.

Rabbitohs owner Russell Crowe
Rabbitohs owner Russell Crowe ©NRL Photos

2007

The Men of League organisation announced the “Toughest 12”, the dozen players rated the toughest to have played the game over the past 50 years. The players named were: Kevin Ryan, Shane Webcke, Noel Kelly, John Sattler, Malcolm Reilly, Ray Price, John O’Neill, Mal Meninga, Geoff Toovey, Terry Randall, Trevor Gillmeister and Tom Raudonikis.

2011

In his final game in his home state, Brisbane star Darren Lockyer suffered a fractured cheekbone in an accidental collision with team-mate Gerard Beale but played on and lands a field goal in extra-time to propel the Broncos to a fairytale 13-12 victory over St George Illawarra.

2016

Injured Canberra pair Josh Hodgson (ankle) and Blake Austin (hand) were passed fit to play in the Raiders’ semi-final against Penrith and both play prominent roles in the 22-12 victory which elevates Canberra to a preliminary final for the first time since 1997.

This article contains information from the official records of NRL historian David Middleton.