Sunday, August 31, 2014

Rnd 22 - Ron Massey Cup - Match Review

Western Suburbs tuned up for September with a physical 48-26 win over Burwood North Ryde last Sunday at Five Dock Park.

Western Suburbs needed only five minutes to open the scoring, a break down the right sent back left by the Magpies for Sam Aiga to score under the posts. Dayne Craig added the relatively simple conversion for a 6-0 lead.

Burwood replied after ten minutes, a penalty setting up some good field position, halfback James Coote showing nifty footwork to slice through the Magpie line. David Atuau added the extras to knot the scores.

Burwood failed to complete their set from the restart, putting the ball down on the third tackle. The ensuing scrum saw Wests set down the left, returning the ball after the tackle, Jerome Mose too quick for the cover defence. Craig struck a booming conversion, returning the black and whites to their six point advantage on 14 minutes.

The natives were becoming restless and, after Ryan Jackson reversed a Burwood penalty on the advice of his touchjudge, Anthony Bristow stormed through the Burwood defence to show how it’s done. Craig made it three from three to extend the Magpies’ lead to 18-6 at the quarter mark.

This time it was Wests’ turn to fail to complete after the restart, James Livock atoning for the two shoulder charge penalties he gave away earlier to emulate Bristow’s effort just a minute before. Atuau split the uprights, Burwood back to within six.

Joe Uluibau’s frustrations boiled over after 25 minutes, Ryan Jackson dispatching him to the sin bin. Wests nearly scored off the ensuing set, but Dayne Craig had the ball dislodged over the line.

Burwood suddenly found themselves confronting a debacle, Joe Flint dispatched for a shoulder charge, which incensed James Coote, Ryan Jackson also sending the Burwood halfback for a spell, the home side facing a seven minute period with just ten men.

The Magpies quickly took advantage Trent Jennings flying away down the left, his kick infield touched down just inside the dead ball line by Jerome Mose. Craig kept his 100% record intact, the Magpies taking a 24-12 lead into halftime with the final eight minutes of the first half scoreless.

Burwood registered first points of the second half, David Atuau sneaking through from dummy half close to the line to touch down. James Coote added the extras, and Burwood were making a game of it at 24-18 after 48 minutes.

Burwood failed to capitalise on the chance they gave themselves, as off their next set, Wests spread the ball wide, Tom Morrison showing surprising speed to burst through the line and sell a dummy to Samiu Latu before going in under the posts. Dayne Craig converted, and Wests again had a 12 point advantage, this time 30-18.

Discipline was an issue for both sides, and a swinging arm penalty against Burwood allowed Dayne Craig a chance to extend the Magpies lead, which he did with ease, to 32-18 with 23 minutes remaining.

Wests continued to show plenty of initiative in possession, Vieru Mapesone slicing through on the right side and scoring the Magpies’ sixth of the day. Dayne Craig swung the conversion wide, though, the Magpies ahead 36-18 after an hour.

There was  a sliver of hope left for Burwood, as a looping pass found James Livock, the Burwood giant bumping off an attempted tackle before shooting 50 metres in a surprisingly quick run to score in the corner. James Coote’s conversion attempt barely got off the ground, Wests ahead by 14 points with 12 minutes remaining.

With a little under 12 minutes remaining, Nu Akeripa and John Kite were both dispatched for ten minutes, although nobody seemed to know why, given the eventuating penalty went to Burwood for a high tackle.

Burwood weren’t done with, Blake Dunscombe diving over to keep Burwood’s faint hopes alive. David Atuau swung the kick wide to leave Burwood ten in arrears and, from the restart, Burwood again grounded the ball, Ronnie Palumbo catching everyone off guard by playing the whistle, and sweeping up the crumbs to go over untouched beneath the sticks, the score out to 42-26 as Trent Jennings slotted the goal with five minutes on the clock.

James Livock found himself in the limelight yet again with three minutes remaining, this time for a late challenge on Vieru Mapesone, Fred Tevago breaking his tryscoring duck in the final game of the regular season adjacent to the uprights from the next set. Trent Jennings added the extras as the bell sounded, Wests running out convincing 48-26 winners.


WESTERN SUBURBS 48 (Jerome Mose 2, Sam Aiga, Anthony Bristow, Tom Morrison, Vieru Mapesone, Ronnie Palumbo, Fred Tevago tries; Dayne Craig 6 from 7, Trent Jennings 2 from 2) defeated BURWOOD 26 (James Livock 2, James Coote, David Atuau, Blake Dunscombe tries; David Atuau 2 from 3, James Coote 1 from 2)

Penalties: Wests 10 Burwood 8

Halftime: Wests 24 Burwood 12


WESTERN SUBURBS

1. Sam Aiga
2. Tala Mapasone
3. Sione Alofi
6. Trent Jennings
5. Jerome Mose
4. Nu Akeripa
7. Vieru Mapasone
8. Soni Paasi
9. Dayne Craig
17. Fred Tevago
11. Tom Morrison
12. Rusty Bristow
13. Luke Williams

10. Tunui Maurangi
16. Ronnie Palumbo
20. Andrew Vela
22. Cruise Iosefa

BURWOOD

1. Samiu Latu
12. Kava Utoikamanu
23. Joe Uluibau
25. Rory Brownlie
5. Mitch Henderson
15. Scott Williams
7. James Coote
17. John Kite
9. David Atuau
20. Kilifi Tia-Kilifi
10. James Livock
16. Ilija Radan
13. Joe Flint

8. Brendan Tarrant
18. Jayson Gerecs
21. Mitch Devine
24. Blake Dunscombe

UPDATE: BURWOOD GAME VENUE CHANGE

As of late tonight, NSWRL has advised that TG Milner Field is now closed.

Consequently, the RMC game betwen Wests and BNRU as well as the Sydney Shield game between East Campbelltown and BNRU have been moved to Five Dock Park, Park Rd, Five Dock. Kick off times remain as originally scheduled.

WSDRLFC apologise for the late notice, but this was only advised to us late today.

Friday, August 29, 2014

RIP Maria Szynal

Long time Wests Magpies supporter and member Maria Szynal passed away on Monday, she was 92.

After arriving in Australia in 1950 from Germany and eventually building a residence in Toongabbie, Maria adopted the Magpies as her local team. Until her very last days her fridge always had a sticker of the proud Magpie on it and even though she could no longer attend games, she still loved being informed about the teams performance.

Her funeral will be at Pine Grove, Minchinbury on Tuesday.





Thursday, August 28, 2014

Western Suburbs Presentation Night

Come along and join us and congratulate your Magpies for their hard work in season 2014!


Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Player in Focus - Ronnie Palumbo

Our 2014 player profile series wraps up with our Mr Fix it, Ronnie Palumbo, who has seemingly worn every possible hat for the Magpies this season!


Position: Centre or back row (That's not what the programme said!

Height: 185cm

Weight: 97kg

Date of Birth: 22 April 1991

Which NRL team did you follow as a kid? Cronulla (I'm sorry)

Which junior club did you play for? Campbelltown Harlequins

What is your earliest football memory? We went through the season unbeaten, then lost the grand final 40-0 (That's heavy)

What advice would you give to young players? Go hard or go home!

What sport would you play if not rugby league? Boxing

What is the best advice you have received? Nobody gives you what you want, you have to earn it.

What was your first job? Labourer

What is your greatest fear? Being fearful!

Which three people would you invite to dinner? Floyd Mayweather, Manny Pacquio and a referee! (Brings new meaning to food fight!)

What's the worst thing on your Ipod? Cotton Eye Joe! (That's not bad actually!)
What is your most embarrassing moment? Walking into a glass door and being put on my ass!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Rnd 22 - Ron Massey Cup - Team List

Western Suburbs will take on Burwood-North Ryde United at TG Milner Field on Sunday, 31 August.

Kick-off: 3.00pm
Referee: Ryan Jackson

UNITED
 - 1. SAMIU LATU 2. JORDAN TONGAHAI 3. MITCH STEVENS 4. DAN PHILLIPS 5. MITCH HENDERSON 6. NYKE-AARON ZAMMIT 7. JAMES COOTE 8. BRENDAN TARRANT 9. TUILOMA ATUAU 10. JAMES LIVOCK 11. ANDREW EMELIO © 12. KAVA UTOIKAMANU 13. JOE FLINT 14. JOSH PHILLIPS 15. SCOTT WILLIAMS 16. ILIJA RADAN 20. KILIFI TIA-KILIFI COACH: MICK HABIB
WESTS – 1. SAM AIGA 2. TALA MAPASONE 3. SHAWN CRAIG 4. NU AKERIPA 5. JEROME MOSE 6. TRENT JENNINGS 7. VIERU MAPASONE 8. SONI PAASI 9. DAYNE CRAIG 10. MASON TALOLUA 11. TOM MORRISON 12. RUSTY BRISTOW 13. LUKE WILLIAMS 16. RONNIE PALUMBO 17. FRED TEVAGO 22. CRUISE IOSEFA 23. SHANE LALOGAFAU COACH: LEO EPIFANIA

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Match Report Round 21 Ron Massey Cup - Wests V Cabramatta

Cabramatta completed a miraculous comeback, pipping Western Suburbs 38-34 at New Era Stadium last Sunday.

Cabramatta were on the board inside three minutes, a poor last tackle from Wests on the last allowing Cabramatta to establish some good field position, Tupou Kavaefiafi being put away down the left wing before chipping over Sam Aiga to touch down, Cabramatta ahead 4-0 after Hala Katoa’s unsuccessful conversion attempt.

The Magpies hit back on the quarter hour, as Nu Akeripa popped an inside ball up for a steaming Sam Aiga, who was too quick and strong for the cover defence. Dayne Craig slotted the kick with aplomb for a 6-4 advantage to the visitors.

Wests won a penalty off the restart and, with ruthless efficiency, found a gap in the Two Blues line, Dayne Craig backing up to touch down. Craig converted his own try, the Magpies ahead 12-4 at the quarter.

Cabra were quickly collapsing, another break, this time down the right, saw Tala Mapesone kick inside, Sam Aiga leaping high to bag his second. Dayne Craig puts the kick wide, Wests getting away to a 16-4 lead after 23 minutes.

Wests saw red as Jeff Hartup marched Sam Aiga to the bin for a professional foul on 28 minutes, Cabramatta taking immediate advantage as Chris Taripo snapped up a grubber in behind the line to score in the corner. Hala Katoa again put the kick wide, Wests up 16-8 with ten minutes until halftime.

Playing shorthanded was no issue for Western Suburbs as Jerome Mose was the beneficiary of a Cabramatta error, Mose touching down in the corner on 33 minutes. Craig’s kick was again offline, Western Suburbs regaining their 12 point advantage at 20-8.

The 12 man Wests outfit was every bit as dangerous as the 13 man edition, Vieru Mapesone making another break down the right before a passing exchange allowed Luke Williams to dive over to put Wests out to a 2x-8 lead, Craig’s kick off target.

The Magpies were flying high and finished with their sixth try, Tala Mapesone bursting onto a kick to grab a well deserved try of his own, Wests ahead 28-8 at the break after Trent Jennings, filling in for a rested Dayne Craig, shaved the upright.

Cabramatta needed to be first on the bard after the break and succeeded, Adrian Ha’angana burrowing over after a penalty for a late tackle. Hala Katoa made it third time lucky five minutes into the second half, Wests pulled back to 28-14.

Cabramatta continued their climb back into the match, Chris Taripo leaping high to snaffle up a bomb to go around under the posts. Hala Katoa converted from in front to further reduce the deficit to eight points.

Cabramatta made it three for the second half after an intercept set up possession in centre field, Saxon Fischer-Gray weaving and ducking through to go 50 metres to score under the sticks, Cabramatta right back in the game at 28-26 down after Katoa potted the simple kick.

Cabramatta completed their Lazarus-like comeback off the restart, Luke Lavender backing up down the middle to go 45 metres to score, the home side taking a 32-28 lead courtesy of Hala Katoa’s kick from in front.

Cabramatta were proving unstoppable as a penalty for a mid air tackle on an attacking player allowed Cabra to set up, Morris Higham going through a gap to score. Hala Katoa made it 5 from 7 and 38-28 to the home side with seven minutes on the clock.

Wests hit straight back from a Cabra knock on, Tala Mapesone going 60 metres and rolling over with momentum to score. Craig finally had some luck from the touchline, splitting the uprights and setting up a grandstand finish in the final five minutes, but Wests could not find a way through, Cabra holding on for a 38-34 win.


CABRAMATTA 38 (Chris Taripo 2, Tupou Kavaefiafi, Adrian Ha’angana, Saxon Fischer-Gray, Luke Lavender, Morris Higham tries; Hala Katoa 5 from 7) defeated WESTERN SUBURBS 34 (Sam Aiga 2, Tala Mapesone 2, Dayne Craig, Jerome Mose, Luke Williams tries; Dayne Craig 3 from 6, Trent Jennings 0 from 1)

Penalties: Wests 5 Cabramatta 7

Halftime: Wests 28 Cabramata 8


WESTERN SUBURBS

1. Sam Aiga
2. Tala Mapasone
3. Shawn Craig
16. Ronnie Palumbo
5. Jerome Mose
4. Nu Akeripa
6. Vieru Mapasone
8. Soni Paasi
9. Dayne Craig
11. Mason Talolua
13. Rusty Bristow
 19. Trent Jennings
21. Luke Williams

12. Shane Lalogafau
17. Fred Tevago
20. Hayden Johnson
22. Cruise Iosefa


CABRAMATTA

1. Luke Lavender
2. Amanono Tevio
3. Chris Taripo
4. Hala Katoa
20. Tupou Kavaefiafi
6. Jake Watts
7. Jamie Blewitt
22. Andrew Pearn
9. Saxon Fischer-Gray
11. Brad Croad
16. Mitchell Simpson
12. Morris Higham
19. Max Nappa

5. Henry Iuta
13. Adrian Ha’angana
17. Lomio Mafi
 21. Jeremy Safi

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Media Statement: Western Suburbs To Manage 2015 Junior Development Programme

Wests Tigers and Wests Magpies have agreed that the management of junior development programs in South-Western Sydney will revert to Wests Magpies from 2015.

Wests Tigers, at the requests of Wests Magpies, have for the past three years managed junior development in South-Western Sydney, including the Western Magpies Harold Matthews and SG Ball teams.

Wests Magpies will be responsible for running the Under 13s, 14s, 15s and 17s programs, along with Harold Matthews and SG Ball sides.

While Wests Magpies will take responsibility for these programs it’s important to note that a clearly defined pathway for young players to reach the NRL remains in place.

Wests Tigers and Wests Magpies will work closely together to ensure that young players have the opportunity to work their way through the grades, progressing from SG Ball to Wests Tigers’ NYC, NSW Cup and NRL sides.

Wests Magpies Board Member Mr Mick Liubinskas said that the organisation is keen to integrate the junior development programs into their existing structure alongside Ron Massey Cup and Sydney Shield, as well as working closely with Western Suburbs Junior Rugby League and Group 6.

“Wests Magpies have made the decision to renew our charter and bring Wests’ junior programs back into the club culture we’ve built, now stretching from Under 13s up to Ron Massey Cup,” said Mr Liubinskas. “The Board would like to thank Wests Tigers for the role they have played in administering the programs for the past three years and we will continue to work closely with the Club.

“It’s great to see so many Wests juniors currently representing Wests Tigers at NRL level and we look forward to this continuing for many years to come,” he said.

Wests Tigers CEO Grant Mayer said that the Club is committed to supporting long-term junior development programs.


“Wests Tigers are pleased that Wests Magpies are once again leading the charge in junior development in South-Western Sydney,” said Mr Mayer. “We will continue to support junior development across our footprint"

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