With more than 100 years of history behind them, the Sydney Roosters are one of the powerhouse teams of the National Rugby League.
That legacy was underlined in 2018 when the Tricolours jumped a heavily fancied Melbourne Storm side in the NRL Grand Final to win their 15th premiership.
Can the Chooks go all the way to the big dance again? Let’s see how the odds are shaping up for 2019.
About the Sydney Roosters
|Home ground:||Allianz Stadium|
|Captains:||Boyd Cordner and Jake Friend|
|Premierships:||13 – 1911, 1912, 1913, 1923, 1935, 1936, 1937, 1940, 1945, 1974, 1975, 2002, 2013|
|2018 ladder finish:||First (16-8)|
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Updated Sydney Roosters futures odds
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|2019 Premiership||Make Finals||Make Top 4||Dally M Odds|
|Feb||$4.50||$1.15||$1.75||J Tedesco $11|
|Mar||$4.50||$1.15||$1.50||J Tedesco $11|
|Apr||$3.60||$1.02||$1.20||J Tedesco $6|
|May||$3.20||$1.01||$1.08||J Tedesco $5|
|Jun||$3.40||$1.001||$1.05||J Tedesco $9|
|Jul||$3.25||$1.001||$1.08||J Tedesco $7|
|Aug||$2.88||SUS||$1.01||J Tedesco $3.50|
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- How can you ignore the reigning premiers? The Roosters head into 2019 as the team to beat and they have the backing to prove it. The arrival of Angus Crichton, Ryan Hall and Brett Morris only strengthen what was already one of the best squads in the league.
- The Chooks were the best team in the competition last season and should be there or thereabouts again. If you are backing them for a top-four finish, you should get on early before their odds come in too far.
- There is plenty of competition for the voters’ attention in this Sydney squad, and that showed last season when no Roosters made the top 10 in the Dally M Medal count. Even so, James Tedesco is a bona fide superstar who rightly starts the season among the best bets for the NRL’s top individual honour.
2019 Sydney Roosters draw
|1||South Sydney Rabbitohs||Sydney Cricket Ground||Friday, March 15||7:55pm|
|2||Manly Sea Eagles||Lottoland||Saturday, March 23||7:35pm|
|3||Parramatta Eels||ANZ Stadium||Friday, March 29||7:55pm|
|4||Brisbane Broncos||Sydney Cricket Ground||Thursday, April 4||7:50pm|
|5||Cronulla Sharks||Shark Park||Saturday, April 13||7:35pm|
|6||Melbourne Storm||AAMI Park||Friday, April 19||7:55pm|
|7||St George Illawarra Dragons||Sydney Cricket Ground||Thursday, April 25||4:05pm|
|8||Wests Tigers||Sydney Cricket Ground||Saturday, May 4||7:35pm|
|9||Canberra Raiders||Suncorp Stadium||Sunday, May 12||2pm|
|10||Brisbane Broncos||Suncorp Stadium||Friday, May 17||7:55pm|
|11||Newcastle Knights||McDonald Jones Stadium||Friday, May 24||7:55pm|
|13||Penrith Panthers||Panthers Stadium||Sunday, June 9||4:05pm|
|14||Canterbury Bulldogs||Sydney Cricket Ground||Sunday, June 16||4:05pmpm|
|15||Melbourne Storm||Adelaide Oval||Friday, June 28||7:55pm|
|16||Wests Tigers||Bankwest Stadium||Friday, July 5||7:55pm|
|17||North Queensland Cowboys||Central Coast Stadium||Sunday, July 14||2pm|
|18||Newcastle Knights||Sydney Cricket Ground||Saturday, July 20||3pm|
|19||Canterbury Bulldogs||ANZ Stadium||Sunday, July 28||2pm|
|20||Gold Coast Titans||Sydney Cricket Ground||Sunday, August 4||2pm|
|21||Canberra Raiders||GIO Stadium||Sunday, August 11||2pm|
|22||New Zealand Warriors||Sydney Cricket Ground||Sunday, August 18||2pm|
|23||St George Illawarra Dragons||Jubilee Oval||Saturday, August 24||7:35pm|
|24||Penrith Panthers||Sydney Cricket Ground||Saturday, August 31||7:35pm|
|25||South Sydney Rabbitohs||ANZ Stadium||Thursday, September 5||7:50pm|
Roosters players to watch in 2019
Now that Billy Slater has hung up the boots, the title of ‘best fullback in the NRL’ is up for grabs. Warriors skipper Roger Tuivasa-Sheck is the clubhouse leader after winning the Dally M last year, but Tedesco may well overtake the Kiwi if he can put together another big year for both club and state.
Position: Second row
The Rabbitohs’ loss is the Roosters’ gain. Crichton played a huge role in South Sydney’s run to the finals last season and adds some serious quality to the forward half for both the Chooks and New South Wales, for whom he made his State of Origin debut in 2018.
After 11 outstanding years with the Leeds Rhinos, the England national team’s all-time leading tryscorer has decided to come over and see what the Aussie game is all about. Although now 31 years of age, Hall is still plenty powerful and brings a wealth of experience – not to mention trophies.
Sydney Roosters records, stats and history
- Most games: 302 – Anthony Minichello
Most career points: 1454 – Craig Fitzgibbon
Most points in a season: 284 – Ivan Cleary (1998)
Most career tries: 139 – Anthony Minichello
Most tries in a season: 38 – David Brown (1935)
- Most consecutive wins: 19 (1975)
Highest score in a match: 70 (vs. Dragons, 2000)
Biggest winning margin: 87-7 (vs. Bulldogs, 1935)
Largest home attendance: 62,255 (vs. Eels at Stadium Australia, 2000)
- The Sydney Roosters began life as the Eastern Suburbs District Rugby League Football Club in January 1908. Designed to represent the municipalities of Darlinghurst, Paddington, Randwick, Vaucluse, Waverley and Woollahra, the team’s traditional zone also includes the entirety of postcode 2000 – the Sydney city centre.
Success came early for the Tricolours. Led by legends like Dally Messenger, Jersey Flegg and Sandy Pearce, the club won three premierships in a row from 1911 to 1913. Another hat-trick arrived in the 1930s, along with two more flags at either end of World War II.
Although Eastern Suburbs entered the second half of the 20th century as one of rugby league’s power clubs, on-field success proved scarce from that point on. A three-decade drought was broken with back-to-back triumphs in 1974 and ’75, but the Chooks would not add to their tally of 11 flags until after the turn of the millennium.
Despite their ordinary returns on the field, Easts survived the financial hardships of the 1980s and the Super League wars of the ’90s. By the time of the NRL’s inauguration in 1998, the rebranded Sydney City Roosters were again a force to be reckoned with. Their 27-year dry spell came to an end in 2002, when Phil Gould engineered the club’s 12th first-grade premiership.
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