The origins of Chester Hill Hornets began in 1946 when a C Grade team was formed in the District centred in the Western Suburbs Junior Competition and registered as Sefton. A big percentage of the players came from the Sefton-Chester Hill area.
In 1947, the club was reformed as Sefton-Chester Hill and entered B and C Grades in the Western Suburbs competition.
In 1948, most C Graders, being over the age of 18, it was decided to enter a B Grade side only under the name of Chester Hill.
On approaching Western Suburbs Juniors to register, their Committee, for some unknown reason, ruled that we were not eligible to play in their competition and told us to approach Canterbury-Bankstown Junior Rugby League.
On approaching Canterbury-Bankstown Junior Rugby League, our Secretary and Manager, Mr Frank Morgan, was told that there was no room for Chester Hill in their competition.
Frank Morgan then made representations to Parramatta Junior League and, after much discussion, they reluctantly agreed to register us as Chester Hill in their B Grade competition. We subsequently went through to win this competition, beating Merrylands 16-12 in the Grand Final, after losing only 2 games in the season. P Bruce was the captain/coach of the 1948 B Grade premiership winning side.
The next year, 1949, Parramatta ruled that having won a B Grade competition we were only eligible to play A Grade and having only a limited number of players and playing in open company, injuries took their toll and crippled our team and our record was very poor.
The following year, 1950, Chester Hill could not field a team and it was in this year that the club was eventually accepted by Canterbury-Bankstown Junior Rugby League and a C Grade team was entered in the competition.
Chester Hill won its first CBDJRL premiership in 1959 taking out the F/Grade (now under 15’s). Chester Hill lost the game 9-6, but were awarded the premiership after a successful protest.
A young player first made a name for himself in 1968 at Chester Hill winning Best & Fairest for his N-Grade side. His name was Terry Lamb and he would play all his junior football at Chester Hill until the end of 1979 when in the following season he made his first grade debut for Western Suburbs Magpies.
In an attempt to add colour and character to the club it was decided to adopt a new emblem and name in 1971. A competition was held and all players in the club were asked to submit entries. Many entries were received covering a wide range of animals, birds and insects. It took many hours of debating and discussion before the decision to become the ‘HORNETS’.
Chester Hill enjoyed great success in the late 1970’s winning the Club Championship for six successive years from 1975 to 1980. The Hornets also won the International Club Championship in 1978 and 1979 and the Junior Club Championship in 1978 (and later on in 1995).
In 1977, a young front-rower by the name of Geoff Robinson made his first grade debut for Canterbury-Bankstown. He played for the Berries and Bulldogs until the end of 1986 representing the club in 239 grade games including three first grade grand finals and represented City Seconds in 1984.
In 1986, the Chester Hill Hornets produced its first International with the selection of Terry Lamb in the Australian Rugby League team. In the same Test match Bankstown Sports junior Steve Folkes also made his Test debut. Bankstown Council decided that both Terry Lamb and Steve Folkes would be honoured with sporting fields named after them. Chester Hill’s ground which incorporates Abbott Park, Frank Bamfield Reserve and later on the Bill Lovelee Centre will be known as the Terry Lamb Complex in the late 1980’s. Terry Lamb would go on to play 8 Tests, 8 State of Origins and 350 first grade matches in his professional career. He captained Canterbury to premiership success in 1995 and was named in the Top 100 Rugby League Players of All Time in 2008.
In 1989, Terry Matterson, another local junior from Chester Hill made his State of Origin debut for NSW. Terry Matterson represented the Brisbane Broncos with distinction between 1988 to 1996. He also played with the Eastern Suburbs Roosters and London Broncos. Terry Matterson won numerous awards when at Chester Hill including the 1974 CBDJRL Bill Delauney Medal.
In 2005, Corey Payne made his first grade debut for the Dragons. Corey Payne played all his junior league football for the Hornets and captained the Bulldogs at SG Ball level. Corey Payne regularly helps out the Hornets and in 2012 was acknowledged by the club with a special presentation for his achievements on and off the field. Corey Payne in 2012 was a member of the Bulldogs Grand Final squad, won the Bulldogs Clubman of the Year award, received a Churchill Fellowship Award and was named the NSW Young Australian of the Year. He announced his retirement in early 2013 to focus on his off field career.