Club History

Merewether Carlton is the most successful club in the Newcastle competition. The rugby club was was formed in 1930 from the amalgamation of Cooks Hill Carlton and Cooks Hill Surf club. Cooks Hill Carlton was established in 1887, making it one of the oldest clubs in Australia.

For two years the jersey was sky blue with a Waratah emblem until the NSWRU requested a change. Bottle Green was then chosen.

The club won six 1st Grade Premierships between 1930 and 1940 and sixteen first XV Grade Premierships to date – the last being in the 2011 season.

The club has been Club Champions on nineteen occasions in its long history, a record that no other club has surpassed. This includes being club champions in seven consecutive seasons from 2005 to 2011.

The club proudly fills the maximum number of teams possible in the Newcastle Competition comprising of five senior grades, a colts and a women’s side. The club boasts approximately 200 senior and 150 junior registered players.

MCRC Life Members

D Deceased

  • Bill Alderton D

    1940

  • E (Ted) Clarke D

    1940

  • Tom Hills D

    1946

  • Aub Jones D

    1948

  • Harold Clarke D

    1949

  • Dr Idris Morgan D

    1950

  • Jim Rutherford D

    1952

  • Lin Flemming D

    1963

  • Ted Matthews D

    1965

  • Hugh Clifford D

    1965

  • Kel Davis D

    1966

  • Wal Fleming D

    1967

  • Ken Raisbeck

    1969

  • Charlie Doherty D

    1970

  • Wilf Parker

    1972

  • Rod Schrader

    1973

  • Neil Adams D

    1974

  • Gordon Wallis

    1980

  • Frank England

    1982

  • Roy Clarke

    1983

  • Al Burgmann

    1984

  • Gary Jones

    1986

  • Steve Gill

    1986

  • Steve Frost

    1986

  • Wayne Baggs

    1986

  • Keith Walton

    1986

  • Stan Barratt

    1987

  • John MacLeod

    1987

  • Trevor Hadley

    1989

  • Doug Read D

    1989

  • Paul Maguire

    1989

  • Noel Jackson

    1990

  • Greg Milton

    1991

  • Bob Brassil

    1991

  • Bob Hawes

    1991

  • Col Drelincourt

    1992

  • Glen Miller

    1992

  • Gary Stafford

    1992

  • Jim Garis

    1998

  • Rick Jones D

    1998

  • Steve Gaul

    1998

  • Dennis Neader

    1999

  • Doug Murray

    2001

  • Michael Connors

    2004

  • Steve Robinson

    2007

  • Jim Thiveos

    2007

  • Christine Neader

    2008

  • Peter Davis

    2008

  • Simon Charters

    2008

  • Greg Williams

    2010

  • Steve Reid

    2010

  • Adrian Kiely

    2012

  • Dennis Shaw

    2012

  • Jode Roach

    2012