Friday, October 17, 2014

2015 SG Ball and Harold Matthews Squads Confirmed

After junior representative trials held last weekend at Kirkham Park, Camden, Western Suburbs and the South West Sydney Academy of Sport (SWSAS) have completed their player assessments.

The Western Suburbs Magpies and SWSAS invite the following players to take part in the 2015 Harold Matthews train on squad:

Mitchell Miles, Netane Talanoa, Poiti Tuilotolava, Denzel Tavui, Hyrum William Pulotu, Lachlan Natapu, Jonathan Talamaivao, Nick Ricketts, Mark Meafua, Rodney Small, Lachlan Russell, Jay Mitchell, Andrew Ah Lam, Phillip Vatau, Logan Hayden, Ethan McPherson, Rimo Leleai Inu, Jayden Haule, Matthew Dunk, LJ Wright, Tafuna Taumalolo, Alex Potifara, Jeff Ili, Luke Castle, Logan Vrbanic, Ky Smith, Zane Rifai, Sam Rembridge, Travis Cranfield, Shaun Hart, Benjamin petaauuaine seusale, Bryce Ritchie-Manns, Gus Jake Garzaniti, Shondre Lee-Silva, Etuate Toa, Malvern Salu Fuamatu, Ailend Pihema, Christian Urso, Henry Manu, Rua Ngati, Roy Satchi Brown, Ricky-lee Russell, Nathaniel Tiata, Junior Lemalu, Shaun Sauni-Esau, Miracle Lemalu, Henry Lealuga – Puhotau, Nathan Patolo, Bob Faamita, Dee Loapo, Joshua Vaivaka, Billy Ormerod, James Tautaialefua, Michael Chan Check, Salesi Vi, Diamond Chong Nee, William Mapapalangi, Michael Pita, Kobe Chamberlain, Samuel Kimioane, Elijah Peacock, Maurice Faaae, Mason Dawra, Christopher O'Neill, Pat Brown.

The Western Suburbs Magpies  invite the following players to take part in the 2015 SG Ball train on squad:

Lalotoa Mata'afa, Jamen Johnson, Jye Brooker, Harrison Coskerie, Manisela Teuhema, Hayden Smith, Francis Faogali, Christian Poutua, David Wright, Justice Utatao, Ierome Maufu, Joseph Faalavaau, Daniel Roberts, Hunter Tovehi, Hosea Leuea, Netani Masima, Nathan Potts, Samuel Grace, Jackson Willis, Kye Madden, Junior Fainga'a, Elijah Mannah, Hans Ta'ala, Ray Stone, Keriti Tautaiolefua, Nepote Kavapalu, Trent Peoples, Liam Cassidy, PJ Leifi, Samoa Meafua, Kye McBride, Elijah Sulusi, Evander Titie-Anetela, Julius Taavao, Taniela Paseka, Siosaia Mataka, Blake Leaver, Tom Angel, Lenny Sauni, Taufa Kavapalu, Jack Hart, Ryan Leet, Jake Scott, Kyle Bell.

An information session FOR BOTH SQUADS has been scheduled for the last week of October to provide an outline of the program which will commence in the first week of November.

Details of the information session will be confirmed and all players will be informed.

For further information please contact Con Spanos on 9601 2002 or
development@westsmagpies.com.au

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

2015 SG Ball Coach Appointed

Western Suburbs today confirmed that Josh White will take charge of the club’s SG Ball team for the 2015 season.

White, who played first grade for the Magpies and Illawarra Steelers, will work with the Magpies’ new Ron Massey Cup coach, Nathan Waters, and General Manager Leo Epifania to groom the next generation of talent for both the Wests Tigers and Western Suburbs Magpies senior teams.

White’s appointment has been confirmed at the same time as coaching appointments for the South West Sydney Academy of Sport (SWSAS) junior representative sides were confirmed, following on from a successful trial day for the Magpies at Kirkham Park, Camden, last Saturday.

Wests’ preliminary squads for both the SG Ball and Harold Matthews competitions will be announced on Friday.

The Magpies welcome Josh back to the nest and look forward to a great 2015 season.


Sunday, October 12, 2014

Western Suburbs 2015 Ron Massey Cup Coach Announcement

Western Suburbs is pleased to announce that Nathan Waters has been appointed coach of the Magpies for the 2015 Ron Massey Cup.

Waters played last season in the NSW Cup for the Wests Tigers before a shoulder injury ended his campaign.

Waters is a Wests junior and was part of the 2002 SG Ball premiership winning team, playing alongside several Magpie juniors who went on to the top grade, including Dean Collis, Isaac De Gois Bryce Gibbs, Ryan Hoffman and captain Liam Fulton,

Magpies' General Manager Leo Epifania said Waters would bring a fresh, young outlook to the coaching team and would provide an attractive option for players looking to compete in the Ron Massey Cup. Epifania also said that he will act as a mentor for Waters, whom Epifania believes is the best suited of any player he has had under his guidance to the role of coach.

Waters' appointment coincides with the signing of Wests junior Shannon Gallant for the 2015 season. Gallant has followed Waters through his career as captain, and now as coach.

Wests welcome Nathan to the position of head coach and look forward to a successful 2015 Ron Massey Cup and Sydney Shield season,


Friday, October 10, 2014

2015 Ron Massey Cup: First New Recruit

The Western Suburbs Magpies' new General Manager, Leo Epifania, is pleased to announce that Magpies junior Shannon Gallant will be returning to Campbelltown for the 2015 Ron Massey Cup season.

Gallant is a Campbelltown City Kangaroos junior who has had stints at the Magpies, Wests Tigers, North Queensland Cowboys, Mackay Cutters, Newtown Jets and the Cabramatta Two Blues.

Gallant is most comfortable at fullback and will add enormous starch to the Wests attack in 2015.

Epifania said he was looking forward to tomorrow's junior representative trials at Camden in efforts to unearth new talent for the Magpies, before getting back to work on Monday to secure more signings for the 2015 season.

STATS

Shannon Gallant
Born 26 February 1986
Height: 172cm
Weight: 77kg

First grade career
2007-09: Wests Tigers - 12 games played, 4 tries, 2 goals, 20 points.
2010: North Queensland Cowboys - 9 games played, 2 tries, 8 points.


Wednesday, October 8, 2014

NOTICE: WESTS JUNIOR REP TRIALS

Western Suburbs will be holding our junior representative trials at Kirkham Park, Camden, this Saturday from 9am.

PLAYERS MUST ARRIVE 1 HOUR BEFORE KICK OFF AND PROCEED TO REGISTRATION TABLE.

JERSEYS WILL BE PROVIDED BUT PLAYERS MUST BRING THEIR OWN SOCKS AND SHORTS.

STRAPPING WILL NOT BE PROVIDED. ANY PLAYERS IN NEED OF STRAPPING SHOULD MAKE ALTERNATE ARRANGEMENTS.

IF YOU ARE UNABLE TO ATTEND THE TRIAL, PLEASE CONTACT CON SPANOS BY NO LATER THAN 12PM FRIDAY 10TH OF OCTOBER ON 0414 871 433 OR development@westsmagpies.com.au



TEAM LISTS


GRADE: HAROLD MATTHEWS GAME: 1 KICK OFF TIME: 9:00AM

TEAM A: 1 Tyler Andrews, 2 Herman Eli Nonu, 3 Tyler Rullis, 4 John Wardle, 5 Harrison Scott, 6 Ricky-lee Russell, 7 Christian Urso, 8 James Hagger, 9 Oliver Paparo, 10 Jaeman Elfverson, 11 Daniel Piannikov, 12 Jack Watson, 13 Jack Donaldson.
INT: 14 Damon Scocco, 15 Zakk Tanner, 16 Matthew Dunk, 17 Nikolas Savage

TEAM B: 1 Alex Blazevski, 2 Antonio Keedle-Grandeza, 3 Joshua Vaivaka, 4 Joshua Johnson, 5 Ahmed Karroum, 6 Junior Lemalu, 7 Jake Goring Simpson, 8 Andrew Ah Lam, 9 Baden Stewart, 10 Lekendrick Masoe, 11 Montell Tuhi, 12 Adam King, 13 Zane Rifai.
INT: 14 Phillip Vatau, 15 Nicholas Neculman, 16 Mitchell McAlister


GRADE: HAROLD MATTHEWS GAME: 2 KICK OFF TIME: 10:00AM

TEAM C: 1 Christopher O’Neill, 2 Billy Ormerod, 3 Allan Shipley, 4 James Masden, 5 Shaun Hart, 6 Matthew Hardy, 7 Gus Jake Garzaniti, 8 Mitchell Miles, 9 Jayden Haule, 10 Lachlan Whitehouse, 11 Nicholas Ricketts, 12 Brendon McKenzie, 13 Rodney Small.
INT: 14 Kane Mills, 15 Ritchie Kilmister, 16 Lorenzo Maa

TEAM D: 1 Elijah Peacock, 2 Hassan Saleh, 3 Abdul Derbas, 4 Shaun Sauni-Esau, 5 Stephen Stamoudis, 6 Rua Ngati, 7 Matthew Armstrong, 8 Exodus Semeatu, 9 Logan Hayden, 10 Max Morris-Vakepuna, 11 Matofa Alofia, 12 Ky Smith, 13 Sam Rembridge.
INT: 14 Kolin Saukuru, 15 Anthony Jackson, 16 Phillip Vatau


GRADE: HAROLD MATTHEWS GAME: 3 KICK OFF TIME: 11:00AM

TEAM E: 1 Maurice Faaae, 2 Kobe Chamberlain, 3 Braiden Byrne, 4 Rhys Harrington, 5 Nathan Bainy, 6 Jaydin Cochrane, 7 Ryan Delponte, 8 LJ Simi Wright, 9 Ethan McPherson, 10 Netane Talanoa, 11 Logan Vrbanic, 12 Sam Sauni, 13 Bryce Ritchie-Manns.
INT: 14 Jet Williams, 15 Dean Kammel

TEAM F: 1 Grant Kembrey, 2 William Mapapalangi, 3 Mason Dawra, 4 Miracle Lemalu, 5 Diamond Chong Nee, 6 Nathaniel Tiata, 7 Dean Robson, 8 Lachlan Russell, 9 Luke Puckeridge, 10 Poiti Tuilotolava, 11 Ethan Bellamy, 12 Luke Castle, 13 Craig Calvert.
INT: 14 Lydnell Iealaimanua, 15 Beau Mackey, 16 Jay Mitchell


GRADE: HAROLD MATTHEWS GAME: 4 KICK OFF TIME: 12:00PM

TEAM G: 1 Corey Alleaume, 2 Salesi Vi, 3 Dee Loapo, 4 Henry Lealuga – Puhotau, 5 Michael Chan Check, 6 Henry Manu, 7 Malven Sulu Fuamatu, 8 Denzel Tavui, 9 Rimo Leleai Inu, 10 Hyrum William Pulotu, 11 Jeff Ili, 12 Charbel Aoun, 13 Travis Cranfield.
INT: 14 Roy Vasatchi Brown, 15 Shondre Lee-Silva, 16 Lachlan Natapu

TEAM H: TBA


GRADE: SG BALL GAME: 1 KICK OFF TIME: 1:00PM

TEAM A: 1 Ricky Kocis, 2 Shayne Miller, 3 Brenden Martin, 4 Irome Mafua, 5 Dallas , reico, 6 Mark Critchley, 7 Netane Masima, 8 Dean Leatham, 9 Bailey Wilson, 10 Bryce Shaw, 11 Nathan Pita, 12 Danny Bouquet, 13 Jacob Saffrett.
INT: 14 Sione Taufa Vaki, 15 Nathan O’Reilly, 16 Brendon Barlow, 17 Senio Toa

TEAM B: 1 Joshua Reader, 2 Callum Clyburn, 3 Joseph Wright, 4 Jordan McKenzie, 5 Joel , eis, 6 Kyren Jacob, 7 Jackson Willis, 8 Beau Sciberras, 9 Lachlan Maclean, 10 Sheldon McCarthy, 11 Brayden McMonigal, 12 Haydeb Lucas, 13 Baylee Ty Smith.
INT: 14 Harley Davies, 15 Riley McGladdery, 16 Mark Gorrie, 17 Tim Crawford.


GRADE: SG BALL GAME: 2 KICK OFF TIME: 2:00PM

TEAM C: 1 Elijah Sa, 2 Zac Comer, 3 Cody Benson, 4 Rhys Donovan, 5 Charlie , linger, 6 Jayden Lonergan, 7 Ricardo Rahme, 8 Aidan Harrington, 9 Josh Rooke, 10 Brock Bentley, 11 William Wardle, 12 Tre Skandalis, 13 Greg Bentham.
INT: 14 Jaydon Sienkiewicz, 15 Lane Sheen, 16 Lio Feiloakitohi

TEAM D: 1 Julio Laupola, 2 Aidan McDowell, 3 Joseph Faalavaau, 4 Juwon Faumui, 5 Lachlan Miller, 6 Hunter Tovehi, 7 Nathan Potts, 8 Kaio Lopesi, 9 Jake Scott, 10 Junior Wright, 11 Raka Maara-Metua Poaru, 12 Kye McBride, 13 Salesi Junior Faingaa.
INT: 14 Samuel Grace, 15 PJ Leifi, 16 Elijah Mannah, 17 Little Bay Maurangi


GRADE: SG BALL GAME: 3 KICK OFF TIME: 3:00PM

TEAM E: 1 Jye Brooker, 2 Phillip Kerin, 3 Elijah Nasilasila, 4 Peter Smith, 5 TBA, 6 Bradley Cincotta, 7 Jye Antonelli, 8 Daniel Mati Leifi, 9 Kyle Bell, 10 Jack Hart, 11 Elijah Hunt, 12 Kayne Kalache, 13 Ayden Carling.
INT: 14 Misi Taefu, 15 Kade Sampson, 16 Curtis Kenny

TEAM F: TBA

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Junior Rep Trials: Ten Days To Go

Western Suburbs Magpies Rugby League Football Club invite residents and supporters of the mighty magpies to come along and cheer on our future stars.

The magpies are holding trials for our 2015 Harold Matthews Cup, (U/16s) and our S G Ball Cup, (U/18s). Both teams will be representing the mighty magpies in the New South Wales Rugby League Junior Representative Competition. Over 150 players have applied to trial. Further to this trials are also being held for the 2015 South Western Sydney Academy of Sport Harold Matthews Cup, (U/16’s).

Trials are being held at Kirkham Park, Elderslie, home of the Camden Rams. Numerous games are being held on the day. Games commence at 9am on Saturday 11 October. If you want to see future stars and great football then the magpies would love to see you at the ground.

It is an exciting time for the Western Suburbs Magpies. The magpies will be fielding two teams in the junior reps, an open age Sydney Shield team and an open age Ron Massey Cup team. Four teams will be representing the people of the Macarthur region in 2015 and beyond.

We are privileged to have a pathway with the Wests Tigers and Wests Tigers officials will be active in spotting talent from the Magpies ranks. The Western Suburbs Magpies have huge plans for the Macarthur/Liverpool region and would love for the region to get behind this great foundation club, established in 1908.

Any further enquiries please contact our newly appointed Development Officer, Con SPANOS, email address: development@westsmagpies.com.au

We also have excellent packages for sponsorship of our great club. Sponsorship includes exposure to our community. Your company or group of individuals can become main sponsors, sleeve sponsors and shorts sponsors. For information on sponsorship contact Bob Cairns on 0414 946 330.

We would also like to grow our membership base in the Macarthur area. Membership comes with great incentives, including free game day admission, advertising and discounts on Magpies merchandise. For further information please contact the Wests Magpies office on 9601 2002.

We as a club would love to see all of our great community on this day. Let’s support this foundation club and hopefully you can spot a star of the future.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Wests Tigers: New Coach and G.M.

Wests Tigers have today announced that Phil Moss will be joining the Club as General Manager of Football Operations, with Jason Taylor appointed as NRL Head Coach.

Moss will take on the newly created General Manager of Football Operations role, having most recently held a similar position at the Penrith Panthers. Moss also spent eight years at the Parramatta Eels with his most recent position as Chief Operating Officer.

Moss’ experience is extensive in the areas of salary cap management, development pathways, and welfare & education. Moss will oversee NRL, NYC & NSW Cup administration.

Jason Taylor has been NRL Assistant Coach at the Sydney Roosters for the past two seasons, and was an integral part of their premiership win in 2013. Having previously held NRL Head Coaching roles at both the South Sydney Rabbitohs and Parramatta Eels, Taylor has shown a strong desire to develop talented youth, and has been exceptionally impressive in his aspirations to bring through the many young talented players at the Wests Tigers. Taylor is also a strong advocate for discipline and culture, saying that the Club has strong foundations that he can build on as NRL Head Coach.

A selection committee nominated by the Wests Tigers Board for the Head Coaching role comprised of CEO Grant Mayer and three directors, with one representative from Wests, Balmain, and the Independents.

The recruitment process was thorough, with a long list of candidates for both jobs. The selection committee interviewed five candidates for the NRL Head Coach role, followed by a screening process that resulted in Jason Taylor being selected for the job.

Wests Tigers Chair Marina Go said that the appointments were important steps for the Club as it looks to the 2015 season and well beyond.

“The Wests Tigers Board is thrilled to welcome Jason Taylor and Phil Moss, two highly skilled and experienced Rugby League professionals with impressive track records,” said Go. “Their appointments are key to building a new culture and setting the foundations for a successful future at Wests Tigers. This is an important step forward for our Club."

Wests Tigers CEO Grant Mayer said that the Club was looking forward to working closely with Moss and Taylor.

“Both Phil and Jason embraced all of the criteria that the club set for these roles and knowing that they have shared a strong working relationship in the past, the board and management have great confidence that they will lead the Wests Tigers forward,” Mayer said.

“The partnership between Phil and Jason is imperative with both given very clear objectives. Phil will manage the entire football program, with Jason taking on the core coaching responsibilities for the NRL squad. The demands for Head Coaches these days are so diverse that having Phil in the General Manager role will allow Jason to do what he does best.

“Jason has been given full autonomy to interview and appoint his coaching staff. No doubt his first point of call will be to meet with the existing staff to understand their individual strengths. Phil will support Jason in this endeavor and will also build a structure across NYC & NSW Cup that will compliment what the club and the NRL Team,” he said. “The key element for this relationship is that we have a very clear linear approach to how we develop our players from our grassroots program from Harold Matthews and SG Ball all the way to the NRL.

“In regards to our playing roster, many of our Members and fans rejoiced with the Club when we secured players such as Aaron Woods, Luke Brooks, Mitchell Moses, James Tedesco, David Nofoaluma and Tim Simona. A key part of the interview process was to ensure that Jason was comfortable with these players, and that he could build around this core group and Captain Robbie Farah, as well as club stalwarts like Chris Lawrence and Keith Galloway. Further recruitment and retention will fall into Jason’s core responsibility. The Club has halted all negotiations throughout this interview process to ensure our Head Coach is given the control he deserves. This process is no different to any other NRL Club or how this Club has operated historically despite what may have been reported,” Mayer said.

Both Moss and Taylor are expected to start with the club no later than October 14, which will ensure they have ample time to prepare for player’s return to 2015 pre-season training on November 3.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Magpie Golf Day Results

'69 people attended Wests Magpies Golf Day on Thursday 25/09/14. The event was once again held at Camden Valley Golf Resort. The facilities on course and in house were outstanding with the staff offering friendly and professional help. It was a beautiful day and luckily we did not feel the impact of local storms. Our lunch, which was enjoyed by all, was the Australian BBQ selection

Results. Winners - 'Be A Sport' team with a combined handicap of 13.5: Rick Wayde, Leo Epifania, Steve Ghosn and Mark Cooper scoring 52.5 nett. Runners up - (On a count back after recording the same score) with a combined handicap of 13.5: Noel Cummings, Bob Cox, Glen Creecy and Glen Harding. 3rd place - 'Fanatics Team' with a combined handicap of 12: Col Ison, Max Anderson, Terry Williams and Trevor Atkins scoring 53 nett. Nearest to the pin 3rd hole - Jamie Anderson, NSWRL team. Nearest to the pin 16th hole - Colin Ison, Fanatics team. Longest Drive - Richardson & Wrench Team. Shortest Drive - Rick Wayde

Event organiser, Steve Reeves acknowledged Wests Leagues Club, Campbelltown, course manager Mr Ty Foster, the green keepers', catering and bar staff and Wests Magpies volunteers for making the day such a success. Prizes were donated by Wests Ashfield, Wests Tigers and NSW Rugby League. High quality trophies were presented to the four winners, NTP, longest and shortest drive. The trophies, which were of outstanding quality, were donated by Mr Bob Moir.'

On behalf of Wests Magpies, I would like to thank all of the hole sponsors and individual players for attending the day. All proceeds will be used to assist in the development of our up and coming rugby league players.

Yours in sport,

Steve Reeves

Friday, September 26, 2014

Western Suburbs Board Statement: General Manager's Position

The Western Suburbs Magpies Board would like to announce that Leo Epifania has been appointed the General Manager Football Operations effective as of Tuesday 30th September.

Leo will be General Manager Football Operations for the Western Suburbs Magpies for season 2015 and beyond.

Wests would like to thank all the applicants who provided a very high standard in their presentations.

Western Suburbs DRLFC is moving into a new era with four major teams competing in NSWRL competitions.

The board believes that Leo has the grounding and background to make these teams competitive and effective going forward.

Western Suburbs would like to thank Mr Steve Reeves and Mr Bob Cairns for their unwavering work over the last season in all things football.

It will be a great loss that these two gentlemen are relinquishing their roles and moving on to new beginnings, and we wish them well.

On behalf of the Board of Directors


Mick Liubinskas
Chairman
WSDRLFC

Congratulations to East Campbelltown

Western Suburbs Magpies congratulate Easts Campbelltown on making this year’s NSWRL Sydney Shield Grand Final, we wish them luck and thank them for their support and partnership throughout 2014.