Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Player in Focus - Cruise Iosefa

We're almost at the end of the regular season, which means we enter the final player profiles of 2014! Our penultimate catch-up is with Cruise Iosefa!


Position: Utility

Height: 180cm

Weight: 98cm

Date of Birth: 4 September 1991

Which NRL team did you follow as a kid? Parramatta

Which junior club did you play for? Cabramatta

What is your earliest football memory? Getting sin binned in my first game! (Such a well behaved boy!)

What advice would you give young players? Never give up!

What spoert would you play if not rugby league? Athletics

What is the best advice you have received? Back yourself!

What was your first job? Teacher's aide

Which three people would you invite to dinner? J Lo, Beyonce, Christy Mack and Rhonda Rousey (Errr, can we include that third one?)

What is your greatest fear? Being rejected

What's the worst thing on your Ipod? Miley Cyrus (Yep, that's bad...)

What is your most embarrassing moment? Crapping myself in kindy! (Well, it was kindy so it isn't that bad!)

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Rnd 21 - Ron Massey Cup - Team List

Western Suburbs will face Cabramatta at New Era Stadium on Sunday, 24 August at 3pm.

Referee: Jeff Hartup

TWO BLUES
 - 1. LUKE LAVENDER 2. AMANONO TEVIO 3. CHRIS TARIPO 4. HALA KATOA 5. HENRY IUTA 6. JAKE WATTS 7. JAMIE BLEWITT 8. KEM SERU 9. SAXON FISCHER-GRAY 10. ENI FOLAU 11. BRAD CROAD 12. MORRIS HIGHAM 13. ADRIAN HA’ANGANA 15. PIERCE SAPSFORD 16. MITCHELL SIMPSON 17. LOMIO MAFI 21. JEREMY SAFI COACH: JASON WILLIAMS
WESTS – 1. SAM AIGA 2. TALA MAPASONE 3. SHAWN CRAIG 4. NU AKERIPA 5. JEROME MOSE 6. VIERU MAPASONE 15. JACOB FOLENT 8. SONI PAASI 9. DAYNE CRAIG 10. TUNUI MAURANGI 11. MASON TALOLUA 12. SHANE LALOGAFAU 13. RUSTY BRISTOW 16. RONNIE PALUMBO 17. FRED TEVAGO 20. HAYDEN JOHNSON 22. CRUISE IOSEFA COACH: LEO EPIFANIA

Position Vacant - General Manager, Football Operations

Western Suburbs Magpies is a proud & distinguished Club established in 1908. Western Suburbs played their first premiership game on 20 April 1908 against fellow ‘Foundation Club’ Balmain Tigers. In what may be a twist of fate, all these years later our Clubs united to form Wests Tigers. Whilst we no longer compete at the elite level, we continue to maintain our proud traditions & history by developing talented local junior representative rugby league players, providing them a pathway to the elite NRL competition through Wests Tigers.

We are looking for a General Manager who has a demonstrated successful track record running a District Rugby League Club at an Executive level. The successful candidate will report directly to the Board of Directors.

Primary Objective – General Manager, Football Operations.
o   Provide strong & ethical leadership and assume the responsibility for the management of Wests Magpies to achieve its purpose statement.
o   Grow & nurture Wests Magpies reputation within NSW Rugby League including commercial involvement with Wests Tigers, other associated bodies & organisations.
o   Achieve maximum performance on & off the field from all Wests Magpies RL teams who compete in the Ron Massey Cup, Sydney Shield, SG Ball & Harold Mathew’s competitions.

Essential Criteria.
The General Manager will be responsible for the effective management, control & administration of the Club's business & assets. The successful candidate must demonstrate relevant experience in:
o   Developing a strategic vision to take Wests Magpies forward through strong financial management & leadership, effective planning, coordinating, staffing & decision making.
o   Highly skilled communicator in the written & oral form with proven computer skills.
o   Ability to build relationships with members, volunteers, supporters, sponsors & partners.
o   Working knowledge of Corporate Governance, Risk Management & other relevant Acts of Parliament.
o   Ability to professionally represent Wests Magpies at NSWRL (Delegates meetings & judiciary hearings) & Western Suburbs District Junior Rugby League meetings.


The successful candidate must have a reputation as a person of integrity and who is both energetic and hands-on, focusing on the real issues whilst inspiring, guiding and engaging all stakeholders. We are seeking to appoint an experienced Executive who can manage the outsourcing of medical and other providers in a professional manner ensuring they are delivered in a high quality and timely fashion. Given the nature of the trust this person will combine an accomplished employment history with an impeccable reputation. The remuneration is to be discussed with the successful applicant with the package including a car, mobile telephone and laptop. Please submit your written application and list of referees to admin@westsmagpies.com.au by close of business 12 September 2014.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

A Message To Our Supporters And Volunteers

On behalf of the Western Suburbs Magpies family, of which you are a very important part, I would like to thank all you supporters, volunteers and fanatics for your contributions, vocal and otherwise, on a wet and rainy day away from Sydney yesterday for the game at The Entrance.
I can assure you our players do not take your support and efforts for granted, and the players love seeing and hearing from our supporters during the game.
Well done

Steve Reeves
General Manager
WSDRLFC

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Rnd 20 - Ron Massey Cup - Match Review

The Entrance did whatever they had to do in prevailing 26-24 over a desperately unlucky Western Suburbs side last Saturday at EDSAAC Oval.

Wests got away to the ideal start after just two minutes, a pass off a kick return going to ground, Ronnie Palumbo sweeping up the crumbs to touch down. Dayne Craig pushed the kick wide, the visitors ahead 4-0.

The wet conditions made the ball tough to hold, Luke McInnes going close for the home side on the quarter hour, but Sam Aiga was on hand to knock the ball loose.

Wests extended their lead at the quarter mark, with a try which defied the conditions, a bomb from Vieru Mapesone batted back, with no less than six passes strung together before Jerome Mose touched down on the opposite side of the field. Craig again pushed the kick away, Wests with an 8-0 lead after 20 minutes.

The Entrance was finding little to no success with their passing game, and resorted to their kicking game to apply pressure. The kicking paid dividends just after the half hour, a chip over the top finding Wests unable to turn quickly enough on the soggy surface, Alan Mulia Malau the first on the scene to grab four points. Dave O’Neil nailed the touchline conversion, bring the The Entrance to within two points after 33 minutes.

With less than two minutes before the interval, Wests sought to put on their own try from a kick, but the ball travelled dead. From the ensuing set, The Entrance showed the Magpies how it was done, catching the Magpies unaware as Alan Mulia Malau bolted through to grab his second. O’Neil hooked the kick wide, The Entrance heading to the sheds up by 10-8.

The Magpies came out full of running in the second half and took just six minutes to reclaim their lead, as a last tackle offload from Ronnie Palumbo pinballed around before Nu Akeripa claimed the loose ball to touch down amid protestations from The Entrance for a knock-on. Craig struck his first goal of the day to put Wests ahead 14-10.

The Entrance took ten minutes to return serve, a controversial penalty to The Entrance for a shoulder charge setting up an attacking set, Sam Fioni barging his way over despite Wests protesting a double movement. With the natives getting restless in the wet conditions, Dave O’Neil converted from alongside the posts to put the Tigers back in front 16-14.

Wests rolled the dice on the last tackle after a strong set off a Tigers knock-on and came up trumps, Jerome Mose nabbing his second by forcing his way over less than a metre inside the touchline. Dayne Craig brought the kick through as well as Johnathon Thurston ever could, the Magpies climbing back in front 20-16 with a quarter of the game remaining.

The Magpies were incensed by continued calls against them for high tackles, Rusty Bristow dispatched to the bin by referee Phili[ Sung for repeated team infringements with 19 minutes on the clock. On the ensuing set, Dave O’Neil snuck through on a last tackle grubber to touch down, the scores remaining tied at 20 with 17 to go as O’Neil failed to convert.

With five minutes remaining, Wests looked to set up for a field goal shot, but The Entrance rushed well, forcing Wests into a loose offload, Dave O’Neil swooping to claim the ball and go 90 metres to put The Entrance ahead. O’Neil was successful in converting his own try on this occasion, The Tigers leading 26-20.

Alan Munro voiced his disapproval to the referee over a knock-on call and found himself dispatched for ten. From the penalty, Dayne Craig found his way through The Entrance line to put Wests within two. Unfortunately for the Magpies, Craig shanked the kick badly, The Entrance hanging on for a gutsy 26-24 win.


THE ENTRANCE 26 (Alan Mulia Malau 2, Dave O’Neil 2, Sam Fioni tries; Dave O’Neil 3 from 5) defeated WESTERN SUBURBS 24 (Jerome Mose 2, Ronnie Palumbo, Nu Akeripa, Dayne Craig tries; Dayne Craig 2 from 5)

Penalties: Wests 7 The Entrance 11

Halftime: Wests 8 The Entrance 10


WESTERN SUBURBS

1. Sam Aiga
2. Tala Mapasone
3. Shawn Craig
16. Ronnie Palumbo
5. Jerome Mose
4. Nu Akeripa
6. Vieru Mapasone
18. Soni Paasi
9. Dayne Craig
10. Tunui Maurangi
11. Tom Morrison
13. Rusty Bristow
8. Mason Talolua

12. Hayden Johnson
17. Fred Tevago
19. Trent Jennings
20. Dwayne Lemafa



THE ENTRANCE

1. Grant Nelson
19. Dave O’Neil
3. Alan Mulia Malau
4. Brad Chatfield
5. Perry LeBrocque
6. Adam McInnes
7. Jake Fitzpatrick
8. Ryan O’Hara
9. Scott Jones
20. Sam Fioni
2. Harley Ridge
12. Alan Munro
24. Tyla Hepi

10. Luke McInnes
11. Shane Wooden
14. Matt Hardes
18. Ryan Jowett

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

URGENT UPDATE: CHANGE IN GAME TIME FOR SATURDAY

UPDATE - HOT OFF THE PRESSES!!!!!

SATURDAY'S KICK-OFF TIME HAS BEEN MOVED TO 3PM!!! Anyone travelling from Sydney should leave by 1pm.
KICK-OFF IS NOW 3PM!!!

Player in Focus - Mason Talolua

This week as the boys prepare to head up the M1, we thought we'd catch up with our gun forward Mason Talolua.


Position: Front Row or Second Row

Height: 185cm

Weight: 100kg

Date of Birth: 5 April 1991

Which NRL team did you follow as a kid? Newcastle

Which junior club did you play for? East Campbelltown Eagles

What is your earliest football memory? Scoring a 5 point try in mod league against Liverpool Catholic Club and losing 85-5 (But YOU scored, right?)

What advice would you give young players? DO YOUR EXTRAS!!!

Which sport would you play if not rugby league? Basketball

What is the best advice you have ever received? Stay focused!!

What was your first job? Store Clerk at Christmas Cave

Which three people would you invite to dinner and why? My idol Michael Jordan, and for singing lessons, Marvin Gaye and Michael Jackson (I'm not 'with it', but even I know that's cool...)

What's the worst thing on your Ipod? Miley Cyrus! (... and there goes your cool cred!)

What was your most embarrassing moment? Ripping my pants at my brother's wedding!

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Rnd 20 - Ron Massey Cup - Team List

Western Suburbs will take on The Entrance on Saturday, 16 August, at EDSAAC Oval, Bateau Bay.

Kick-off: 3.00pm
Referee: Philip SungTHE ENTRANCE – 1. GRANT NELSON 2. HARLEY RIDGE 3. ALAN MULIA MALAU 4. BRAD CHATFIELD 5. PERRY LEBROCQUE 6. ADAM MCINNES 7. JAKE FITZPATRICK 8. RYAN O’HARA 9. SCOTT JONES 10. LUKE MCINNES 11. SHANE WOODEN 12. ALAN MUNRO 16. JACOB SAIFITI 14. HAYDEN GREEN 15. RYAN JOWETT 17. DYLAN THEUERJAHR 20. SAM FIONI COACH: JAMY FORBES 
WESTS – 1. SAM AIGA 2. TALA MAPASONE 3. SHAWN CRAIG 4. NU AKERIPA 5. JEROME MOSE 6. VIERU MAPASONE 15. JACOB FOLENT 8. MASON TALOLUA 9. DAYNE CRAIG 10. TUNUI MAURANGI 11. TOM MORRISON 12. SHANE LALOGAFAU 13. RUSTY BRISTOW 16. RONNIE PALUMBO 17. FRED TEVAGO 18. SONI PAASI 22. CRUISE IOSEFA COACH: LEO EPIFANIA

2015 Representative Squad Positions

Western Suburbs District Rugby League Football Club Limited (Wests Magpies) is seeking applications for coaches, managers & trainers for their Harold Matthews and SG Ball junior representative teams for 2015 NB. This advertisement is run in conjunction with the one circulated by Wests Tigers. All applications will be vetted by Wests Magpies.  Wests Magpies have a long & proud tradition dating back to 1908 & are expecting the successful applicant to provide expert training & guidance to our junior rugby league players reflecting the best traditions of the game.

Head Coach & Assistant Coach.
o Applicants must be accredited with a current Level 2 ARL Senior Club Coach
o Applicants must hold or obtain a ‘Working with Children Blue Card.’
o Applicants are required to submit their resume demonstrating previous coaching experience in a commensurate or higher Position. Your covering letter should include your goals for the position.
o Applicants must hold a Level 1 Sports Medicine Australia or Level 1 ARL First Aid Officers Certificate.

Team Managers
o Applicants must hold or obtain a ‘Working with Children Blue Card.’
o Demonstrated experience in managing teams up to an including representative teams.
o Possess good verbal and written communication skills.

Trainers/Strength and conditioning coach.
o Applicants must hold or obtain a ‘Working with Children Blue Card.’
o Applicants must hold current Level 1 strength and coaching certificate and a Level 1 Sports Medicine Australia or Level 1 ARL First Aid Officers Certificate.
o Demonstrated knowledge and experience in up to date strength and conditioning techniques.
o Demonstrated experience in planning and monitoring strength and training programs and player rehabilitation.

Trainers/Strappers
o Medical trainers must hold a Level 2 Sports Medicine Australia or Level 2 ARL First Aid Officers Certificate.
o Assistant trainers must hold a Level 1 Sports Medicine Australia or Level 1 ARL First Aid Officers Certificate.
o Applicants must have or obtain a ‘Working with Children Blue Card.
o Demonstrated experience in up to date strapping and massage techniques and player rehabilitation.

Written applications with current references can be sent to -
Post: General Manager, Wests Magpies, PO Box 642 Liverpool NSW 1870
Email: admin@westsmagpies.com.au
Closing date for receipt of applications - 5pm Friday 29 August 2014.

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Rnd 19 Ron Massey Cup - Match Review

Western Suburbs consolidated their position in the top eight last Saturday with a commanding 46-16 defeat of the Kingsgrove Colts at Hurstville Oval.

Wests opened the scoring in the fourth minute, a penalty giving Wests an attacking chance, with Sam Aiga chiming in from the back to touch down in the corner to put the Magpies up 4-0 with Dayne Craig’s kick going wide.

Kingsgrove held out by holding Wests up for two consecutive tackles, and reaped rewards on their next set, a chip kick put down by Sam Aiga, with Chevy Ellis the beneficiary. Addison Demetriou added the extras, putting Kingsgrove ahead 6-4 after 15 minutes.

The Magpie pressure eventually told, with Kingsgrove overplaying their hand, with the Magpies getting a penalty for a drop-out going into touch on the full. From the tap, Tunui Maurangi forced his way over. Craig slotted the kick from point blank, with Wests reclaiming their four point lead after 28 minutes.

Kingsgrove’s defence fell apart from the restart, Veiru Mapesone going straight through on a 65 metre gallop to touch down. Craig converted from an identical spot to his previous kick, Wests taking a 16-6 lead.

Kingsgrove’s desperation in defence led to a knock on call against them, Wests taking full toll with Nu Akeripa sending Rusty Bristow into a gaping hole on the inside. Dayne Craig pulled the kick away, Wests up 20-4 with five minutes until the interval.

Wests weren’t done, though, as Nu Akeripa burst through the line to put Ronnie Palumbo over. Dayne Craig added the extras, and at halftime, Wests led 26-6.

Kingsgrove opened the second half with a couple of penalties, but their exploration with the ball came undone, Tala Mapesone nabbing an intercept and going 70 metres to touch down after a good footrace with Coleman Edmonds. Dayne Craig missed the kick, Wests ahead 30-6 eight minutes into the second stanza.

Wests nearly went in again shortly after, but Addison Demetriou picked off the kick and surged 50 metres. From the ensuing play the ball, Wests’ line was all at sea, Jayden Tavae going the distance despite a gallant chase from Soni Paasi. Demetriou couldn’t convert, Wests ahead 30-10 with half an hour remaining.

Kingsgrove were getting into a good grind, but last tackle kick found Sam Aiga, who sliced through the line with a glorious step, Rusty Bristow backing up to grab his second of the day. Craig converted from bang in front, extending the Magpies’ lead to 36-10 with 14 minutes remaining.

Kingsgrove started to look dispirited as the game ground to a halt, Mason Talolua taking advantage to bustle his way through four defenders to score. Craig converted, Wests hitting the 4-0 at 42-10 with seven minutes on the clock.

Kingsgrove weren’t going quietly, though, as John Tuivasa-Sheck created space with a good fend and raced 60 metres to score. Demetriou converted from in front to bring the margin back to 42-16 with just a few minutes on the clock.

Wests refused to let the Colts have the last word, though, Keni Gavet on the end of some hot potato football. Veiru Mapesone pulled the kick wide, Wests running out 46-16 winners.


WESTERN SUBURBS 46 (Rusty Bristow 2, Sam Aiga, Tunui Maurangi, Veiru Mapesone, Ronnie Palumbo, Tala Mapesone, Mason Talolua, Keni Gavet tries; Dayne Craig 5 from 8, Veiru Mapesone 0 from 1) defeated KINGSGROVE 16 (Chevy Ellis, Jayden Tavae, John Tuivasa-Sheck tries; Addison Demetriou 2 from 3)

Penalties: Wests 6 Kingsgrove 6

Halftime: Wests 26 Kingsgrove 6


WESTERN SUBURBS

1. Sam Aiga
2. Tala Mapasone
3. Shawn Craig
16. Ronnie Palumbo
5. Jerome Mose
4. Nu Akeripa
6. Vieru Mapasone
17. Fred Tevago
9. Dayne Craig
10. Tunui Maurangi
11. Tom Morrison
13. Rusty Bristow
8. Mason Talolua

7. Peter Ta’afusio
18. Soni Paasi
21. Dwayne Lemafa
22. Keni Gauvet


KINGSGROVE

1. Dwayne Brown
23. Jayden Tavae
3. John Tuivasa Sheck
22. Chevy Ellis
5. Coleman Edmond
19. Danny Alledde
7. Abbas Miskie
8. Billy Tsikrikas
9. Rhys Norman
10. Thibaud Braconnier
15. Addison Demetriou
21. Isaac Creighton
13. Jade Ferguson

11. Pio Sofa
12. Matthew Douglas
16. Cameron Martin
18. Armin Pripuzovic