Thursday, December 29, 2011

NSW Cup Trial

The Magpies will hit the paddock again in 2012 in a NSW Cup trial at Brookvale Oval for yes... you guessed it... a Fibros v Silvertails match. This will be Trevors first game as a coach and the first real chance he will get to see how his team is preparing for the clubs 105th season.

Manly have planned to hold a double header on Saturday, February 18th. with Manly U/20’s first against Cabramatta @ 3.30pm followed by Manly NSW Cup v Wests Magpies NSW CUP side @ 5.45pm

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Campbelltown Advertiser - Trevor Schodel

New coach settles in Leo's sudden replacement

BY PAUL HAIGH 14 Dec, 2011 01:00 AM

TREVOR Schodel is the new coach of the Western Suburbs Magpies NSW Cup rugby league team.

Just two weeks ago he was saddling up as the St George SG Ball Cup coach again for 2012.

But then he heard the Magpies' coaching job was up for grabs with the previous incumbent Leo Epifania drafted to Balmain as assistant coach of their NSW Cup side in 2012.

"It all happened very fast," the Mackay-born footballer said.

"I applied for the job and got it."
Schodel, a proud Queenslander, was thrilled to be given the chance to coach the Magpies.
"I've only been in the job a little more than a week," the former halfback said.
"The Dragons were very good about it all. I was set to coach there again but I'm here."

Schodel is a former Cronulla, Canberra, Newtown and Wentworthville Magpies halfback who also brings with him years of knowledge playing under many fine coaches. Before coming to Sydney he played with Valleys in the Brisbane competition and the late and great Arthur Beetson, when he coached Cronulla in 1992 and 1993, brought Schodel to Sydney.

"My first coaching role was with Wentworthville under-15s in the Parramatta junior league and we were able to win the competition that year. I was still playing with Wenty at the time," he said.

Schodel sees his NSW Cup role in many different lights. NRL club Wests Tigers have two NSW cups to draw talent from at the Magpies and Balmain.

"There are experienced players and young players on the way up who are playing in the NSW Cup," Schodel said.
"It's an important level of football."

It has not yet been determined by Tigers which players who don't get selected in the NRL top 17 squad for game day either drop back to the Magpies or Balmain NSW Cup squads.
The Magpies' football office is on the ground floor of the Whitlam Leisure Centre and they train at Hillier Oval at Liverpool.

The Magpies' opening game next year is on Saturday, March 3, against Manly at Campbelltown Sportsground at 6pm. They're also chasing more sponsors.

Details: Magpies chairman Paul Dillion, 0409 385 484. Players wanting an opportunity: Trevor Schodel, 0408 235 563.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Chronicle - Trevor Schodel joins Western Suburbs Magpies

ALTHOUGH a “shire” resident now, Queensland-born Trevor Schodel developed his passion for rugby league from one of the best in the business.

Tommy Raudonikis (pictured) coached the young Schodel in the Queensland Residents’ team, but his heart was always with the Magpies and he often recounted stories from the old days for the young Queenslanders.

It was that passion that Schodel recalled when he heard the Western Suburbs Magpies coaching job was up for grabs.

“My ears pricked up. It was a chance to coach a NSW Cup team and a foundation club,” he said.

“I also thought of Tommy and his love of the club,” Schodel said.

The future of the Magpies has been precarious at best for several seasons, and Schodel knows he has an uphill battle as the club struggles not just to keep its senior team afloat but also be competitive on the field.

“One guy in rugby league told me I had the hardest job in the world ahead of me,” he said.

“I know it’s a challenge for myself and the players. I’m under no delusions - but our one goal is that we will be competitive.

“I’m not saying we will win the grand final but we will be competitive.”

Schodel already has attracted ex-Cronulla pair Eddie Sua and Nigel Millgate to wear the black and white next season. After a coaching stint in Group 6 several years ago, he recognises the talent in the Country Rugby League competition and said he will keep an eye on players ready to make the transition to the next level.

Prospective sponsors can contact club chairman Paul Dillion on 0409 385 484.

Article from the Macarthur Chronicle

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Supporters View: David Harris

Like his team mate Troy O'Sullivan, the granite like and nuggety David Harris is a whole hearted 80 minute player who never gives an inch. He is typical old fashioned-type workhorse player who alternated between lock and second row during 2011 who is not unlike a very young Les Boyd (circa 1976). He charges into the much bigger opposing forward packs without fear and brings down those same forwards with crunching tackles. David is as tough as they come who shows controlled aggression but never takes a backward step (as Manly halfback Liam Foran found out in their clash at Campbelltown this year). I remember the game against Canterbury at Crest Stadium this year were the magpies lost in the last 90 secs, David was in the thick of the action and suffered a hand injury late in the game but refused to leave the field. He was totally exhausted after the match and like all the magpie players that day, was totally distraught having lost that game. The fact that David was leading the NSW Cup player of the year award up to the final round and then missed the final game through injury ( and he would have been seriosuly injured not to have played ) just about says it all about him. He is also a local magpie having played his junior football at the Campbellown City Kangaroos before having a brief stint the the Canterbury juniors. David should be knocking at the door for selection in the Wests Tigers forward pack in 2012. Let's hope so.

Saturday, December 10, 2011

2012 - Western Suburbs Magpies 25 Years at Campbelltown

When the Western Suburbs Magpies run out onto Campbelltown Stadium to do battle in 2012 VB NSW Cup, it will mark 25 years since the magpies made Campbelltown their new home when they took on defending premiers Parramatta on 7th March 1987 at what was then called, Orana Park.

After several court battles to stay in the NSWRL competition starting in 1983, the magpies finally found a permanent place to call home, at Orana Park Campbelltown, leaving behind the wonderful memories of Lidcombe Oval as the club agreed, as did the NSWRL at the time, that the south-west frontier of Macarthur needed to have rugby league team based there full time and it would be the saviour in letting the magpies remain in the competition for the long term (that was the thinking at the time).

For the record, the magpies tore apart the defending premiers to win 32 to 16 with a couple of late tries to the eels making the score a little more respectable from their point of view.

The Wests team that day was captained by current NRL salary cap auditor, Ian Schubert and was coached by current Mounties coach, Steve Ghosn.

The full side that day was -

Fullback: R Pethybridge
Winger: S McCoy
Centre: B Gale
Centre: I Naden
Winger: A Geelan
Five Eighth: B Davis
Halfback: T Cogger
Lock: I Schubert (capt)
Second Row: J Bilbija
Second Row: J Elias
Prop: L White
Hooker: A Fallah
Prop: G Webster

I Freeman for J Bilbija
C Ellis for G Webster
D Rawlings for I Naden
W Lambkin for J Elias

Scorers were:
Wests 32 ( A Geelan 2 tries, S McCoy, I Naden, I Schubert, R Pethybridge tries: I Naden 2 goals, B Davis 1 goal: I Naden 2 field goals )
Parramatta 16 ( G Atkins, S Ella tries: S Ella 4 goals )
Half time: Wests 12 Parramatta 4

The referee was Bill Harrigan and the crowd was a very healthy 10057. The eels won both reserve grade and the u23's.

Whilst the club rejoiced at their first triumph at Campbelltown that year, the rest of the season crumbled to the point were the magpies finished last winning just 5 games ( 4 of them at Campbelltown - Easts 17 to 4, Penrith 16 to 8, Balmain 14 to 10 plus the eels game) and 2 draws ( 4 all against souths at the SCG and 28 all against the sharks at Campbelltown) and Steve Ghosn being replaced as coach for the 1988 season by Laurie Frier.

What may not be as well known is that the magpies played 1 game at Orana Park during the 1986 season against the Arthur Beetson coached Eastern Suburbs roosters. The game, which was actually a roosters home game due the ongoing construction of the SFS, was the round 13 clash on June 14 and was won by the magpies 16 to 14 with the magpies containing a few Englishmen - Lee Crooks (1 try and 2 goals), Deryck Fox and Des Drummond.

Friday, December 9, 2011

Players wanted for NSW Cup Trials

Western Suburbs Magpies have appointed former Canberra Raider, Trevor Schodel, as their coach for the 2012 VB NSW Cup season.

Schodel, who was St George SG Ball assistant coach in 2010 and head coach of their SG Ball in 2011, takes over from Leo Epifania, who has joined Paul Fletcher at Balmain Ryde-Eastwood.

Western Suburbs will be holding open trials in the coming months and any interested players are asked to contact Trevor on 0408 235 563.


Troy O'Sullivan - utility back/hooker - originally from Canberra were he played for the Canberra Raiders Jersey Flegg side before joining Ipswich in the QLD Cup ( where Aaron Sweeney was a team mate). The son of former Canberra Raiders halfback, Chris O'Sullivan. 

"I watched all (Magpies) games in 2011 bar 2 and he was one of the gutsiest players every week. Workhorse in defence and dummy half play got better as the season wore on and he NEVER gave up. 

I remember him chasing a flying Daniel Mortimer down the sideline after he had made a break and another game against Central Coast at Campbelltown when they scored off an intercept from their own quarter line, Troy chased the bloke to make sure he scored in the corner and not under the posts - needless to say, they missed the conversion. 

All heart. Only found out before the presentation he played with a serious knee injury during the second half of the season. He'll be missed. And he's as quite as a mouse.

Just a shame he's going elsewhere next year as he would have been an ideal player to build a team around."

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Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Western Suburbs Magpies appoint Trevor Schodel as head coach for 2012

The Western Suburbs Magpies are pleased to announce that Trevor Schodel will be head coach of the VB NSW Cup team in 2012.

Trevor is a former livewire halfback who started his playing career for the famous Valley Diehards in the old Brisbane Competition. He is a former captain of the QLD and Australian U19s side. He was spotted playing for Valleys by the late Arthur Beetson who brought him down to Sydney to play for Cronulla during the early 1990's. From there Trevor joined the Canberra Raiders before ending his playing days in the Metropolitan Cup playing for Newtown, where he captained the Jets to the 1995 title and captained Wentworthville who were runners up in 98 & 99. He was also the winner of the Bill Buckley Medal as Best & Fairest in the Metropolitan Cup in 95 & 98.

His coaching career started mid season with the Newtown Jets in 2003. He has also coached in Group 6 with Moss Vale, in Group 7 with Kiama and was also an assistant with Cronulla in the NSW Cup in previous years and assistant for the NSW Residents.
In 2011, Trevor coached the St George Dragons SG Ball squad to the semi finals.

We wish Trevor all the best for season 2012.

Friday, December 2, 2011

David Harris - Runner Up as NSW Cup Player of the Year

Yet another accolade for David Harris. The Western Suburbs Magpies would like to congratulate our very own David Harris on finishing runner up to North Sydney's Beau Falloon in the 2011 NSW CUP Player of the Year award held tonight at the NSW Leagues Club. David, who is a local Campbelltown junior having played his junior footy at the Campbelltown City Kangaroos, finished on 23 votes just 2 votes behind Falloon. Going into the final round, David was actually leading the voting count but missed the crucial final match through injury whilst the Gold Coast Titans bound Falloon managed to gain the maximum 3 points in the final round for Norths against Wentworthville to take out the award finishing on 25 votes.

Congratulations David on a fantastic season - not only runner up as the NSW Cup player of the year but also named as one of the second rowers in the NSW Cup team of the year and winner of the Magpies Best and Fairest award.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Western Suburbs Magpies on Google+

Google+ is software giant Google's attempt at creating a Social Network to rival Facebook.

The Western Suburbs Magpies have joined the NRL and NSWRL and signed up to the new media making us the first NSW Cup Rugby League side to do so. Our Google+ account adds to our collection of social media which now includes a News Blog, Facebook, Twitter and of course our website.

All this is aimed at keeping our supporters as well informed as possible. View our new Google+ profile by clicking on the link below...

Sponsor the Magpies in 2012

The Magpies are looking for local businesses of the Macarthur and surrounding districts that would be interested in supporting the continued development of local kid into NRL class players.

It doesn't matter how big or how small a sponsorship you can make, we need you to help us give these local kids the opportunities they deserve.

If you think you can help, call Mr. Robert Cairns on 0414 946 330

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Western Suburbs Magpies Home Games in 2012

The NSWRL has released its draw for the 2012 VB NSW Cup and here are the dates for the home games for the Western Suburbs magpies to be played at Campbelltown Sports Stadium.

Please note all games are on a saturday and kick off is at 3pm

Rnd 1: March 3 v Manly Warringah Sea Eagles
Rnd 3: March 17 v Auckland Vulcans
Rnd 4: March 24 v Illawarra
Rnd 6: April 7 v Newtown Jets
Rnd 9: April 28 v Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs
Rnd 11: May 12 v Wentworthville Magpies
Rnd 13: May 26 v Balmain Ryde Eastwood Tigers
Rnd 15: June 9 v Newcastle Knights
Rnd 20: July 21 v Cronulla Sharks
Rnd 23: Aug 11 v Windsor Wolves
Rnd 25: Aug 25 v Mounties

For rounds 8 and 21, the NSWRL have made this a special round of double headers and Western Suburbs will be one of four teams participating in the Foundation Challenge round. The magpies will play North Sydney whilst Newtown and Balmain Ryde-Eastwood will be the other game. A venue for the games has yet to be decided and will be played during the weekends of 21/22 April and 28/29 July.

We urge all our supporters to try and attend as many home games as possible. Bring your family, bring your friends, bring your neighbours, bring your work mates, bring those who support the opposition. The club needs your support now more then ever.

13 NRL teams represented in the VB NSW Cup

13 NRL teams will be represented in the VB NSW Cup in 2012 as St George-Illawarra and Canberra return through joint-venture partnerships with Illawarra and Mounties.
The 2012 season will be a 26 round competition which features a number of new initiatives set to reaffirm the VB NSW Cup as the premier feeder competition to the NRL.

The Newtown Jets will break new ground in 2012 as they leave their spiritual home at Henson Park and take their round 15 fixture against the Windsor Wolves to Pioneer Oval Parkes.

On what is the biggest weekend on the Parkes calendar, celebrations will include the Parkes Picnic Races on Saturday and culminate in this historic VB NSW Cup match on the Sunday.

The VB NSW Cup season will also see two unique rounds where three double headers will be played for individual trophies in a three-pool system. The pools will be the Foundation Challenge (Newtown, North Sydney, Western Suburbs and Balmain Ryde-Eastwood), the Battle of the West (Canterbury-Bankstown, Wentworthville, Mounties and Windsor) and finally, the Battle of the Coast (Newcastle, Cronulla, Manly and Illawarra).

NSWRL General Manager Geoff Carr says off the back of a stellar year in 2011, the VB NSW Cup looks set to only further enhance its position as the premier open-age competition in Australia.
“Around 500,000 viewers tuned into watch a thrilling Grand Final between Canterbury-Bankstown and Auckland last year at ANZ Stadium,” Mr Carr said.

“The success of 2011 season coupled with the support of our new sponsor in VB places the VB NSW Cup in a strong position to strengthen the competition.

“There is an ever expanding appetite for quality Rugby League at suburban venues and with the return of St George-Illawarra and Canberra, this will now expand the VB NSW Cup’s footprint into two of Rugby League’s heartland’s in the south coast and western Sydney.

“With games already being at quintessential suburban grounds such as Leichhardt Oval, Henson Park and North Sydney Oval, it exciting to see the return of defending premiers, Canterbury-Bankstown, to a refurbished Belmore Sports Ground.”

The season is set to start on Saturday, March 3, with the 2012 Grand Final again set down for NRL Grand Final day at ANZ Stadium on Sunday, September 30.

2012 VB NSW Cup structure:
NSW Cup club - NRL Affiliate
Auckland Vulcans - New Zealand Warriors
Balmain-Ryde-Eastwood Tigers - Wests Tigers
Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs - Own team
Cronulla Sharks - Cronulla Sharks & Melbourne Storm
Illawarra - St George-Illawarra Dragons
Manly Sea Eagles - Own team
Mounties - Canberra Raiders
Newcastle Knights - Own team
Newtown Jets - Sydney Roosters
North Sydney Bears - South Sydney Rabbitohs
Wentworthville Magpies - Parramatta Eels
Western Suburbs Magpies - Own team
Windsor Wolves - Penrith Panthers

The NSW Cup draw can be found here...

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Background of the Magpie Awards

Thought some of you may like to know a little about the 2011 NSW Cup award winners and who the awards are named after. So with the help of the fantastic folk at Wests Archives ( thank you kindly ) below are details of who the awards are named after -

* Bill Carson Award (best local in grade) - former Western Suburbs forward who played for the magpies in the 1958 & 1961 Grand Finals against St George. He played over 100 1st grade games for the magpies. He also represented NSW and Australia against Great Britain in 1962. Upon retirement, Bill had a long career as an administrator at Wests rising to become our club president from 1977 to 1981.

* John Donnelly Award (best import in grade) - Prop forward who joined the magpies in 1975 from the NSW country town of Gunnedah. He was NSW Country Player of the Year in 1973. He played over 100 1st grade games for the magpies between 1975 to 1984 and also represented NSW and Australia. After leaving Wests, he played in the UK with the now defunct Southend Invicta. He was signed by Byron Bay to be their captain/coach for 1986 but died in a drowning incident in early 1986. Much loved and much missed larrikin.

* Alan Ridley Memorial Award (top try scorer) - tall winger who joined the magpies in the early 1930's from Queanbeyan. He was a member of Wests premiership winning team of 1934. Holds the record for most tries in a match for Wests (6) and also most tries in a season (18 which has since been equalled). He also represented NSW and Australia making 2 Kangaroo tours to the UK.

* Bobby Fisher Memorial Award & Jack Ashley Supporters Club Award - both are former members of the Western Suburbs Supporters Club from the Lidcombe Oval days with Jack being the former president.

Now a little about the award winners -

* Bobby Fisher Memorial Award - Aaron Sweeney - front row forward. Aaron is a local magpie junior who was a member of the 2002 SG Ball premiership winning team which included the likes of Liam Fulton, Ryan Hoffman and new eels recruit Ben Roberts. Aaron has also played in the QLD Cup for Ipswich, Burleigh Bears & Central Comets. In 2010 he played for the Windsor Wolves.

* Bill Carson Award (best local in grade) - Gus Aiga - wing/fullback. Played locally with the Campbelltown Warriors amongest others. Also had a brief stint at Cronulla U20's. Other brother Sam has recently played Bundaberg Cup with Cabramatta & Wentworthville.

* John Donnelly Award (best import in grade) - Leivaha Pulu - front row forward - recruited by the Wests Tigers from NZ, he played for Keebra Park High School before playing in Wests Tigers u20s.

* Alan Ridley Memorial Award (top try scorer) - Andrew Everingham - centre/wing - Newcastle junior who played Jersey Flegg and NSW Cup for Manly. Has been at Wests for 3 years. Was very unlucky to have suffered a broken thumb earlier this year just when the Wests Tigers came calling when Chris Lawrence was injured.

* Rookie of the Year - Amanono Tovio - wing/fullback - local junior from Campbelltown Eagles. Has represented Group 6

* Jack Ashley Supporters Club Award - Mitch Achurch - centre/second row/front row - played in the Parramatta juniors with Winston Hills before joining the Balmain junior club, Leichhardt Wanderers and playing in the Wests Tigers U20. He then joined North Qld and played for their feeder club, Mackay Cutters in the QLD Cup.

* Best & Fairest - David Harris - lock/second row - local junior from Campbelltown City Kangaroos. Also played in the Canterbury juniors at East Hills and managed to play for the Bulldogs U20's and briefly for Chester Hill when they were in the Bundaberg Cup.

* Leagues Club PLAYER OF THE YEAR - Troy O'Sullivan - utility back/hooker - originally from Canberra were he played for the raiders Jersey Flegg side before joining Ipswich in the QLD Cup ( where Aaron Sweeney was a team mate). The son of former Canberra Raiders halfback, Chris O'Sullivan.

(Originally posted on Wests Supporter Forum by Old Magpie Lad )

Monday, November 28, 2011

Wests Magpies 2011 Presentation Night Award Winners

The mighty Western Suburbs Magpies held their 2011 NSW Cup Presentation Night on Saturday 26th Nov at the Wests Sports Club, Croydon. The night was attended by players, coaching staff, club officials, volunteers, sponsors and supporters to say goodbye to a difficult and somewhat frustrating season for although the team missed out on the finals by just one point, everybody associated with the club can hold their heads up high.

The night was not only a presentation for the players but was also to pay homage to a couple of departing magpies - head coach Leo Epifania & jack of all trades, Stephen Reeves. Leo has been associated with the magpies for around 30 years having come up from the junior ranks in the pre Campbelltown days when Wests played out of Lidcombe, playing in the Jersey Flegg & SG Ball rep teams, through to third grade, reserve grade and finally first grade where he made his debut during the 1984 season and after finally hanging up his boots, took on coaching roles at Wests including Jersey Flegg and for the past 4 seasons, NSW State Cup head coach. Stephen has been involved in various volunteer roles at Wests for nearly 10 yrs including managing teams and his most recent role as, but not restricted to, the Western Suburbs Magpies office manager.

After the opening address from Chairman Paul Dillon, the players were handed their jerseys and acknowledgement given to the extremely hard working volunteers, the business part of the evening got under way. The award winners for 2011 are -

* 20 Years of Loyal Service - Bryan "Bluey" Schafer
* Bobby Fisher Memorial Award - Aaron Sweeney
* Bill Carson Award (best local in grade) - Gus Aiga
* John Donnelly Award (best import in grade) - Leivaha Pulu
* Alan Ridley Memorial Award (top try scorer) - Andrew Everingham & Leivaha Pulu
* Rookie of the Year - Amanono Tovio
* Jack Ashley Supporters Club Award - Mitch Achurch
* Best & Fairest - David Harris
* Club Person of the Year - Presented by Pratten Park Magpies - Stephen Reeves
* Leagues Club PLAYER OF THE YEAR - Troy O'Sullivan

Also special awards given to Josh Davis who made the NSW Residents Squad and David Harris who was named as one of the second rowers in the NSW Cup Team of the Year.

The club also acknowledged the achievements of Rocky Trimarchi & Rhys Lenarduzzi for making the Italian World Cup Squad and to Taqele Naiyaravoro who made his international debut for Fiji against the PNG Kumuls and to Jay Maseuli and Taqele for being selected in the Wests Tigers Toyota Cup team during the latter part of the NRL season.

Finally a big THANK YOU to all that help organise the evening - board of directors of WSDRLFC, staff and management of Wests Sports Club & Wests Ashfield, Wests Archives and all the Western Suburbs magpies volunteers, staff, sponsors, supporters and players.

Friday, November 25, 2011

Wests Tigers Home Games 2012

Campbelltown Sports Stadium
Rd 4 March 23-26: vs Canberra Raiders.
Rd 12 May 25-28: vs North Queensland Cowboys.
Rd 19 July 13-16: vs Penrith Panthers.
Rd 22 August 3-6: vs Parramatta Eels.

Leichhardt Oval
Rd 1 March 2-5: vs Cronulla Sutherland Sharks
Rd 11 May 18-21: vs New Zealand Warriors
Rd 15 June 15-18: vs Sydney Roosters
Rd 26: Aug 31-Sep 3: vs Melbourne Storm

Sydney Football Stadium
Rd 6 April 6-9: vs Brisbane Broncos
Rd 18 July 6-9: vs Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs
Rd 23: Aug 10-13: St George Illawarra Dragons

Sydney Cricket Ground
Rd 5 March 30-April 2: vs South Sydney Rabbitohs

The Rabbitohs clash will see Wests Tigers celebrate the 60th anniversary of the 1952 grand final between Western Suburbs and South Sydney at the SCG as part of the annual NRL Heritage Round. It was the last time Western Suburbs won the first grade premiership.

Campbelltown Sports Stadium will see Wests Tigers tackle fellow western Sydney clubs Penrith and Parramatta in 2 of the 4 matches to be played there.

The round 22 match against the Eels will be the first time Parramatta has played a premiership match against Wests Tigers at Campbelltown Sports Stadium.

Wests Tigers will start the season with a home game against Cronulla Sharks at Leichhardt Oval.

The venue will also host 2011 runners-up the Warriors in round 11 and the Melbourne Storm in round 26.

Wests Tigers will tackle big guns Brisbane, Bulldogs and St George-Illawarra Dragons at the Sydney Football Stadium – matches which should again draw huge crowds.

The round 6 game against Brisbane will be played on the evening of Good Friday over the Easter weekend.

In 2012, Wests Tigers want our valued supporters to ‘Belong, Become, Be One’ – a proud Wests Tigers Member!

Wests Tigers have a Membership option to suit every supporter with a great variety of packages including Gold, Silver and Bronze seating categories and various home match options.

Current Members have until November 30, 2011, to renew their same seats. For further enquiries, please call Wests Tigers Membership department on (02) 8741 3300.

Belong, Become, Be One in 2012!

Saturday, November 19, 2011


Wests Tigers centre and Magpies Junior Chris Lawrence says playing in the Four Nations final would be a dream come true.

The Wests Tigers and Australian centre and his team-mate in prop Keith Galloway have played in all 3 pool games and now have their fingers crossed for selection in the Australian side for the Four Nations Final against England at Elland Road, Leeds.

The Final will also be Darren Lockyer's last game but Lawrence admitted that there won't be any fairy tale finishes for one of the game's true legends unless the Aussies are on their game.

"England is dangerous all over the park. They have a great forward pack, young halves and some really dangerous outside backs. They've turned into a side that can not only go up the middle but they can go out wide and score from anywhere. We need to put in a good performance for 80 minutes or they'll get us," he said.

The mind games ahead of Saturday's Four Nations final were cranked up on Thursday with Australia coach Tim Sheens and his England counterpart Steve McNamara naming 21-man squads for the Elland Road decider.

Sheens has included every fit member of his squad for the game, but it's believed Jharal Yow Yeh has the upper hand in the battle for the right-wing spot ahead of Josh Morris.
It is likely to be the only change to the side that started against England in the 36-20 win at Wembley two weeks ago.

Tony Williams is available again following his one-match suspension, and will take his place back on the bench for Darren Lockyer's final game.
Luke Lewis has recovered from illness with Anthony Watmough and Chris Lawrence to overcome shoulder injuries and play.

Willie Tonga and Billy Slater are both unavailable due to injury.
England backrower Gareth Ellis has fully recovered from the back spasm that ruled him out of the win over New Zealand last week and will start.

"Gareth has trained all week very well, and we are very confident he will be fit to play," McNamara said.
The return of Ellis could lead to heartbreak for his Wests Tigers teammate Chris Heighington who could be the man to miss out.

Heighington has been involved in all three of England's games, but was overshadowed by Jon Wilkin's performance against the Kiwis.

Wilkin played the full 80 minutes as Ellis' replacement at the KC Stadium and was very impressive.
Speculation is rife among the English media that he could get the nod to start in the final over Heighington.

England: Sam Tomkins, Ryan Hall, Jack Reed, Karl Yeaman, Tom Briscoe, Kevin Sinfield, Rangi Chase, Danny McGuire, Gareth Widdop, James Graham, Garreth Carvell, James Roby, Jamie Peacock (capt), Adrian Morley, Ryan Bailey, Jon Wilkin, Ben Westwood, Gareth Ellis, Chris Heighington, Jamie Jones-Buchanan, Carl Ablett. (four to be omitted).

Australia: Darius Boyd, Jharal Yow Yeh, Greg Inglis, Chris Lawrence, Akuila Uate, Darren Lockyer (capt), Johnathan Thurston, Matt Scott, Cameron Smith, Paul Gallen, Sam Thaiday, Luke Lewis, Anthony Watmough, Tony Williams, David Shillington, Keith Galloway, Cooper Cronk, Beau Scott, Daly Cherry-Evans, Josh Morris, Corey Parker.

Referee: Matt Cecchin (Australia)

Thursday, November 17, 2011

RSVP for the Presentation Night required by Sunday

Fellow Magpies;

Please be advised all interested parties wanting to attend the Football Club's Presentation Evening next Saturday 26th November @ 6pm at Wests Sports Club must RSVP.

The RSVP Deadline is 6pm - Sunday 20th November
RSVP to Mr. Robert Cairns 0414 946 330

Western Suburbs Magpies Presentation Evening
Where:Wests Sports Club Croydon
When: Saturday 26th November 2011
Time: 6pm for 6.30pm Start
Dress: Smart Casual
Cost: $25.00 for members and $30.00 for non members. All money goes directly to the Football Club.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Western Suburbs Magpies DRLFC Presentation Night.

Greetings Fellow Magpies. The Football Club will be holding its Club Presentation Night on Saturday November 26th at Wests Sports Club, Croydon. 6pm for a 6.30pm Start.

The Board apologies for the delay but is happy to inform the members and supporters of the Mighty Maggies that there will be an end of season event. It will be great occasion to thank the players for their efforts in 2011 and more importantly to thank Leo & Steve for all their hard work and years of blood, sweat and tears before they leave the Nest.

Western Suburbs Magpies Presentation Evening
Where: Wests Sports Club Croydon
When: Saturday 26th November 2011
Time: 6pm for 6.30pm Start
Dress: Smart Casual
Cost: $25.00 for members and $30.00 for non members. All money goes directly to the Football Club.

Further enquiries can be made to Mr.Robert Cairns M:0414 946 330

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Remembrance Day - Wests players who made the ultimate sacrifice

The Western Suburbs magpies pays tribute to those who made the ultimate sacrifice and especially to the following who lost their lives at war whilst wearing the black and white -

George Duffin - died at Gallipoli 19th Aug 1915 - fullback for Wests in 1908

Charles Rothwell - died in France 28th Jan 1917 - played for Wests 1912-14

Alan Keato - died in New Guinea 16th Dec 1943 - played for Wests 1943

Lest We Forget

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Magpies Web Address to Change

The Western Suburbs Magpies web address will change in 2012 to
That's right. We are replacing the dot net with a dot com dot au.

Friday, November 4, 2011

Wayne Taekata

Men of League North  Coast Visited Wayne Taekata who was  recovering from a broken hip that required replacement. ‘Tac’ is a former Western Suburbs Magpies and North Sydney Bears first grader, who is from Tamworth and moved to Coffs Harbour as Captain / Coach  of the Comets in 1997, 98 and 99.

The Magpies wish "Tac" a speedy recovery!

Some Magpies visit Mavis

As reported on our Facebook page, ex-Magpies Michael Stolk, Andrew Pearn and big Alex Raneiri again donned the Black and White and went and visited Mavis who is a long time Western Suburbs Supporter.

Even though sadly all these boys have left the nest, it is good to see they have still maintained that Western Suburbs spirit of mateship and are continuing to be a positive asset to the community.

Good on you lads. 

Presentation Night Changes

Dear Ladies and Gents,

Yes, a new date. I have been asked to notify you all that the Presentation Night/Day is on Saturday 26th November 2011. Venue and time to be advised. Campbelltown Leagues Club, Wests Ahfield Bowling Club and Wests Ashfield Leagues Club are being considered. I can not offer any more information at this stage.
I apologise for the changes in dates. As you know I have just returned from an overseas holiday.
Can you let me know if you are available.
I will send a message to all players.

Regards to one and all,

Steve Reeves

More Magpie Internationals

Our big winger during the year, Taqele Naiyarovoro, played for the Fiji Bati against Papua New Guinea Kumuls on Sunday 30/10/11 at Mt Hagen and scored a try in their surprise 26 to 12 win.

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Italy are through to the 2013 World Cup after their 19 all draw against Lebanon played in Belgrade, Serbia on 29 Oct. Rhys Lenarduzzi was again on the interchange whilst ex-magpie Ben Falcone scored a try for Italy. Former magpie frontrower Alex Rainieri started the game but left the field injured during the first half. Italy led 18 nil at halftime but Lebanon fought back to snatch the lead 19 to 18 with a field goal with about 4 minutes to go. Then from the kick off, there was a fumble by Lebanon and Italian halfback Ryan Ghietti kicked the equaliser with 2 minutes left on the clock which was enough to get Italy into their first ever Rugby League World Cup with a better for/against then Lebanon.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Marshall Rogers Golf Day ready to tee off

MARSHALL Rogers was a passionate rugby league supporter, and when he wrapped up his Western Suburbs Magpies playing days he kept his passion firing by sharing his knowledge with the next generation of young Magpies.

When Rogers died suddenly in 2007, aged just 50, his grieving family looked for a suitable way to honour him and keep his memory alive.

The annual Marshall Rogers Golf Day, now in its fourth year, raises funds to help educate a talented young player both academically and on the football field. Rogers’ family offers the opportunity through St Gregory’s College, Campbelltown.

“We wanted to keep Dad’s memory alive by helping out young players coming through the ranks, just like he did for the young players he coached,” son Ben Rogers said.

He said the day, scheduled for November 9 this year, was about giving back to the community, but it also took a community effort to pull it off each year.

“We normally have about 120 people attend, which is close to the maximum,” Rogers said.

“though there’s always room for new people and companies.

“St Greg’s came on board to help us out and they’ve been fantastic as has Camden Lakeside golf club.

C91.3 were the first to put their hand up four years ago and their support has been outstanding.”

The four-ball ambrose (18 holes) gets under way with a breakfast at 7.30am. Play starts at 8.30am.

The registration cost includes breakfast, drinks, lunch, golf and entertainment.

Contact Ben on 0409 879 905 or Lyndal at

Magpies in World Cup Qualifier

A European World Cup Qualifier was played back on 15 Oct involving the Italian team and they beat Russia 92 to 6. Magpie Rhys Lenarduzzi was on the interchange bench but came on and scored at least 1 try. EX- Magpies Alex Rainieri & Ben Falcone ( 2 tries) were in the starting line up. They play Serbia on 23rd Oct and Lebanon on 29 Oct. Rocky Trimarchi didn't play.

Sunday, October 16, 2011


Dear Members,

Another season ends and it will not be long before we start training for 2012. 2011 has had its ups and downs, but in the end the famous ‘Magpie Spirit’ lives on.  We formally record our thanks to the Board of Directors and Management of Wests Ashfield for once again being our PRINCIPAL SPONSOR. We acknowledge their munificent generosity. This report contains some interesting facts and information so I hope you take the opportunity to read through it.  It is good to see that another Wests Magpies junior; Matt Groat made his NRL debut with Wests Tigers this year.  We congratulate Matt on this great achievement.

Board of Directors.

Chairperson Mr Paul Dillon, Deputy Ms Julie Romero, Mr Dennis Burgess and Mr Bob Cairns. Each Director worked hard ensuring the Club remained viable in terms of financial stability and performance. I would also like to acknowledge former Directors Messer’s Mike Bailey, Ron Powell, Mick Liubinskas, Bob Ivison, Peter Mehl and George Downie who left within the past 12 months or so.
Other valued friends and generous sponsors.
Sydney Credit Union
Carney Spaul Marketing gear supplier
Prime Physiotherapy
Alsco Linen Services, Ingleburn
Pratten Park Magpies
Elastoplast’s strapping supplier
Fruit Lovers, Moorebank
Wests Leagues Club, Leumeah
The Whitlam Leisure Centre, Liverpool
Rigg Place Medical Centre, Bonnyrigg
Mr Frame, Ingleburn
Macarthur Ford, Campbelltown

Campbelltown and Liverpool City Councils, The Whitlam Leisure Centre.

We acknowledge the support of Ms Sally Pratt, CCC, Ms Michelle Treloar, LCC and the Management and staff, The Whitlam Centre, Liverpool.

NSW Cup.
Leo Epifania, Head Coach and Jason Williams, Assistant Coach. David Mc Ewan, Mark Cudmore, Mick Stierli, John Harbon, Noel Cummings, Valerie Mc Ewan, Bluey Schafer Jeff Aplitt, Charlie Tuxford, Linda Kitchen, Matt Ryan, Ian Phillips, Keith Hoare, Steve Reeves and Steve Hartas.  Ball boys Dean Woodley, Turoa Williams, Ryan Topolski and Ben Kitchen.  Club Captain Rocky Trimarchi and V/Cpt Mitch Achurch. Medical Team Dr Inanch Mehmet, Dr Arash Nabavi, Greg Williams, Daniel Wainwright and Tim Foulcher, Prime Physiotherapy.
This year the team record seven wins and one draw. The last five rounds pitched the boys against the Bulldogs (eventual 2011 premiers) Sharks (2nd place) Auckland (2011 grand finalists) Windsor (sitting one point outside the top eight) and Manly. They defeated the Sharks, Windsor and Manly, drew with Auckland with a loss to the Bulldogs, who they led until the final minutes of the game.  (In the last eight rounds we recorded 5 wins, 1 draw and 2 losses)  They certainly finished the year off strongly.

NSWRL NSW Cup Player of the Year.

When voting for the NSWRL NSW Cup ‘player of the year’ went behind close doors Josh Davis was leading the votes by 2 points. Good luck Josh.
NSW Cup Team of the Year Announced!

David Harris – second row.   Honourable mention Gus Aiga – wing.  Leo Epifania was in the mix for coach of the year.  Well deserved men!
NSW Cup players’ player medallions.  (# Players vote for these awards.)
R01 Puna Rasaubale/Rocky Trimarchi
R14 Mitch Achurch/Gus Aiga
R02 Gus Aiga
R15 Gus Aiga/Amanono Tovio
R03 No selection
R16 Gus Aiga
R04 Troy O’Sullivan
R05 Josh Davis/Josh Toole
R18 Amanono Tovio
R19 David Harris/Amanono Tovio
R07 Troy O’Sullivan/David Fifita
R20 Mitch Achurch
R08 Troy O’Sullivan
R21 Mitch Achurch
R09 Lance Siataga
R22 Soni Paasi
R10 Troy O’Sullivan
R23 Josh Davis/Mark Russell
R11 Vaha Pulu
R25 Vaha Pulu
R12 David Harris/Josh Davis
R26 Mitch Achurch
R13 Josh Davis/Troy O’Sullivan
Most points Rhys Lenarduzzi 62 (3T 25G) David Fifita 58 (2T 25G)
Most tries Andrew Everingham & Vaha Pulu 10T.  Most games Troy O’Sullivan & Gus Aiga played all 23 games.

SG Ball.
Jason Williams, Head Coach and Stan Presdee, Assistant Coach. Mark Nicholls, Levih Warby, Matt Hall, Col Harris, Allan Pham and the Reverend Tony Gibson. For and against record - 368 points for and 128 against. They had an outstanding season finishing as minor premiers, but with the sudden death system in place, their season ended when defeated in the first week of the semi finals.
Presentation Night Award Winners

Best and Fairest – James Tedesco.  Coach’s Award – David Nofoaluma
Australian Schoolboy’s and Wests Tigers NYC 20’s.

David Nofoaluma was selected in Australian Schoolboys to tour NZ. Since finalising their commitments with our SG Ball team, David Nofoaluma and James Tedesco have cemented positions in the starting line up for Wests Tigers 20’s.
Other noteworthy achievements.

Highest point scorer in the SG Ball competition.  Mitchell Brassington (Captain)

2T and 60G for a total of 128 points. James Tedesco 12T and David Nofoaluma 11T.  2nd & 3rd highest in competition.

Harold Matthews.
Ben Rogers, Head Coach and John McPherson, Assistant Coach. John Shaw, Warren Hall, Michael White and Adem Baskonyali.  For and against record -168 points for and 128 against. The boys also enjoyed a very good season, but with the same system in place, they were knocked out of the finals in the first week.
Presentation Night Award Winners

Best and Fairest – Maliko Filino.  Coach’s Award – Tom Harris
Other noteworthy achievements.

5T to Arthur Currie, 4T each to Maliko Filino, Paul Vaai, Sinapati Solio, and 3T to Mitchell Gough. Top point scorers Matt Harris (Captain) 24 points 1T and 10G and Mason Cerruto 18 points 2T and 5G.

17 Development.
George Zahra, Head Coach, Paul Mamo, Assistant Coach/Skills Coach.  Shane Sultana, Jim Sell and Warren Nichol.  The team played in the Albion Park Gala Day against Wests Wollongong and Canterbury Bulldogs. Over the Easter weekend, they traveled to Nyngan to compete in a carnival hosted by the Far West Academy.   These boys acquitted themselves very well in all games.

Junior Magpies Program.
Made up of local boys aged 13, 14 and 15 years.  (2 teams in each age group.)  They play against Penrith, Balmain, Group 6 and South Sydney.  Mr Ben Rogers, Wests Tigers Coaching and Development Manager coordinated this program.
Other important people.

Every Wests Magpies member, volunteer and supporter. Archives James Mc Whinnie, Alma Mc Whinnie and Craig Woodley. Club Photographer Grant Guy. Local Media Vera Bertola Cumberland Newspapers, Paul Haigh Fairfax Media, C91.3FM and Graeme Syznall. NSW Rugby League Bob Saunders, Jo Farr, Brad Preston, Greg Nichols and Dave Norman. Wests Tigers Messer’s Stephen Humphries, Tim Sheens, Grant Jones, Warren Mc Donnell, Ben Rogers and their media, accounts, medical, support and reception staff.
I personally thank Wests Ashfields Board of Directors and Senior Management for making their senior staff available to look after our Clubs finance’s and membership renewals. It would be remiss not to mention the support shown by Andy Timbs, Simon Cook, Peter Hardgrove, Angela Mc Donald, Chris Schubert, Lina Pruscino, Adam Follett and their wonderful catering and reception staff.

Yours in sport,

Stephen Reeves

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Magpie legend Keith Holman Dead

Posted ImageAustralian and Magpie Rugby League Legend Keith 'Yappy' Holman passed away last night. He is survived by his wife Hazel. Keith was 84 years of age. A one club man (Western Suburbs Magpies 1948-61), 33 NSW games, 35 Tests/World Cup's for the Australian Kangaroos, Test & Grand Final Referee as well as being a 1st Grade Coach. May one of the Greatest Magpies of all Rest In Peace.

He was only 5 feet 6 inches tall, but Keith Holman was a tenacious rugby league halfback that changed the game.

Born in Ballarat on September 11, 1927, Holman was raised in La Perouse as an orphan and attended De La Salle College in Surry Hills. He played football early in his childhood, but it wasn't until he moved to western NSW at the end of the war that playing football professionally became an option. “I was a cook in the Air Force and at the end of the war I was posted to Dubbo,” Holman said. “I played football with the local CYMS footy and was brought to Sydney by a fella that played for Western Suburbs at the time by the name of Eric Bennett,” he said

Holman was dubbed “Yappy” throughout his career after questioning a referee during a game. “A man named Darcy Lawler said: 'yappy shut your mouth'. I guess it stuck,” Holman said.

Holman's dedication to rugby league saw him play 13 seasons for the Magpies and 32 tests for Australia. But one game stands out. “The highlight was winning the Ashes against England in 1950 for the first time in 32 years,” he said. “It was my first test series.”

Holman continued to pursue his love for rugby league as a coach, referee and selector. “I never had much trouble refereeing,” he said. “If they had've been abusive, they would have been off the field and on the bench.
“There were only a few times I had to run past and tell them to keep their bloody hands down or they'll go. They respected me so after I spoke to them once, they didn't do it again.”

But at the end of a game between Canterbury and Manly at Belmore Oval, Holman and his family had to be accompanied to their car by police.

“I was refereeing the game and I gave a penalty against Canterbury in the last few minutes which made them lose,” he said. “One of the girlfriends's of a Canterbury player waited outside the referee's room for me and was making threats. So my wife, Hazel called the police and we were escorted to the car and through the gates.”

When Holman retired in 1961, his career in rugby league was commemorated with a testimonial day at the Sydney Cricket Ground. While great players are often recognised with testimonial dinners, Holman was the only rugby league player to have ever had a testimonial day.

He was acknowledged during his career for the way he changed the nature of scrumhalf play and the accolades continued long into his retirement.

He was named in several historical teams including both the West Tigers and Western Suburbs Magpies Team of the Century and in the 1970s The Holman JFLFC - a junior Rugby League club was established.
Holman also received a MBE Medal in 1977 and was honoured with an award for his 50 years of continued service to Rugby League in Australia.

In February 2008, he was named in the list of Australia's 100 Greatest Players (1908–2007), which was commissioned by the NRL and ARL to celebrate the code's centenary year in Australia. Seventeen players from the list were placed into the Team of the Century and while Andrew Johns beat Holman for the halfback position, Holman said he was lucky to be included in the top 100. “It's a great honour. Just a great honour to be chosen and named on the list,” he said at the time.

Holman is survived by his wife, Hazel, of 60 years, their three children Christine, Susan and Neale, 8 grandchildren and one great grandchild. Funeral announcements are expected to be made soon.