Monday, December 30, 2013
The first NRL trial matches for the 2014 season will be held on Saturday 8 February, with Wests Tigers’ players taking on the Penrith Panthers in Camden and the Parramatta Eels in Alice Springs on the same day.
Two weeks later the Club will head to Remondis Stadium to play the Cronulla Sharks, with five grades set to take to the park on Saturday 22 February.
The trials against the Penrith Panthers will take place at Kirkham Oval, Camden, with the NRL, NYC and VB NSW Cup sides all in action.
Wests Tigers CEO Grant Mayer said that the games in Camden reinforced the Club’s continued support of South-West Sydney.
“The Club is looking forward to taking a full day of quality matches to Camden, allowing our passionate fans in South-West Sydney to get close to the action and get their first taste of rugby league for 2014,” said Mayer. “We’ve been working closely with the local community to ensure that the day benefits all parties involved.
“South-West Sydney remains an important region for Wests Tigers, evident by the thousands of hours the Club spends in the area each year,” he said. “We look forward to a year of strong support from our fans in the region, with the trial matches in Camden to be followed by four quality games at Campbelltown Sports Stadium during 2014.”
On the same day a number of NRL players will feature in a side that will take on the Parramatta Eels in Alice Springs.
The game will mark the Club’s first trip to the Northern Territory with Wests Tigers players looking forward to being in action in front of fans who may have never seen them in the flesh before, as well as introducing new fans to the team.
Wests Tigers’ final trials for 2014 is set to be a massive day of football, with five games taking place against the Cronulla Sharks at Remondis Stadium on Saturday 22 February.
First in action will be the Wests Tigers Harold Matthews Cup side, followed by the S.G. Ball team, both playing the Sharks in round two premiership games.
Following the two competition matches will be three trials, with the Wests Tigers NRL, NYC and VB NSW Cup sides playing.
Further information regarding kick-off times and purchasing tickets to all games will be released in the coming weeks.
Thursday, December 5, 2013
The superstars of the NRL will be at Campbelltown in 2014 with Melbourne Storm, Brisbane Broncos, North Queensland Cowboys and the Canberra Raiders all making the trip to Campbelltown Sports Stadium.
Wests Tigers fans have picked up a win before the 2014 NRL season has even begun following today’s draw release.
The 2014 draw is full of positives for Wests Tigers fans and players as the team looks to bounce back from a tough 2013.
Wests Tigers CEO Grant Mayer said that the team is looking forward to getting back into action follow the release of next season’s draw.
“We’ve worked closely with the NRL on the 2014 draw and as a club are very happy with the outcome,” said Mayer. “We listened to our members and believe we’ve given them what they were hoping for. More Sunday afternoon games, with five in the first 20 rounds.
“There are currently three Sunday afternoon games scheduled for Leichhardt Oval and we look forward to seeing standing room only when the boys run out,” he said.
“Next year we have four home games at ANZ Stadium, including our first home match of the year against the South Sydney Rabbitohs in round three,” he said. “The move to ANZ Stadium for 2014 will provide exceptional value for our members, who thanks to reciprocal rights can access eight games for the price of four, starting at just $50. This is an outstanding relationship for the Club that not only helps bolster this Club financially but gives our members the best facilities on offer.
“All 12 home games are equally important for Wests Tigers and for 2014 we’ve taken the approach of right game, right venue, right time,” said Mayer. “We believe the 2014 draw has something for all of our members, corporates and fans and the players are looking forward to their continued support.”
The team kicks off the 2014 season against the St George Illawarra Dragons on Sunday 9 March at ANZ Stadium, before heading to the Gold Coast for round two.
Round three is the first home match of the season, against the Rabbitohs at ANZ Stadium, before the team heads to Wellington to take on the New Zealand Warriors in round four.
Then it’s back-to-back home games, first up is the Manly Sea Eagles at Leichhardt Oval on Sunday afternoon, before the Wests Tigers take on the North Queensland Cowboys at Campbelltown Sports Stadium the following Saturday night.
On Easter Monday the Wests Tigers will face the Parramatta Eels at ANZ Stadium before returning to Leichhardt Oval for a second Sunday afternoon fixture. The team’s second Friday night game of the season will be in round nine against the Roosters at Allianz Stadium, before heading the Shark Park a week later.
Round 11 sees the Brisbane Broncos head to Campbelltown, with the two teams to celebrate the 15th anniversary of Wests Tigers’ first game back in 2000. After a bye in round 12 the team heads north to take on Newcastle, before returning for a second match against the Rabbitohs at ANZ Stadium.
Wests Tigers have a second bye in round 15 before taking on the Canberra Raiders in Campbelltown on the Saturday evening of round 16th. The next week the Penrith Panthers come to Leichhardt for a Sunday afternoon fixture, before Wests Tigers take on the Manly Sea Eagles the following Friday night.
Round 19 and 20 will both be home games at ANZ Stadium, against the Bulldogs and then the Dragons, before a first 2014 match up against the Melbourne Storm in Campbelltown in round 21.
The team heads to Townsville to take on the Cowboys in round 22, before two final ANZ Stadium games for the year, a home game against the Roosters and an away fixture against the Bulldogs.
The penultimate game of the year sees the team head to Canberra, before rounding out the home and away season against the Sharks at Leichhardt oval.
Coach Mick Potter is exceptionally happy with the draw as it gives the players and members a great balance on and off the field.
“We have an exciting list of young talent looking to make their mark on the NRL and we think this draw gives them opportunity to shine early and then test themselves as the season goes on,” said Potter. “Home ground advantage is really important and I think the mix of games and venues is really exciting for the players and the Club as a whole.”
2014 Wests Tigers memberships can be purchased at www.weststigersmembership.com.au with a range of packages available. Please note that 2014 Member Kits and Cards will not be delivered before Christmas, if a membership is a Christmas gift please contact the Wests Tigers Membership Department who will arrange for a Christmas Gift Card to be sent.
Become a Member today to be invited to an exclusive Member Only Christmas BBQ being held on Thursday 12 December between 4.30pm and 6.30pm at Concord Oval. Come along to spend the afternoon with Wests Tigers Coaching Staff and members of the 2014 NRL Squad.
Monday, December 2, 2013
In front of a record international crowd of 74,468, Australia avenged their shock defeat to the Kiwis in the 2008 final, scoring five tries and not conceding one for a fifth straight game.
In capturing a first World Cup title in 13 years, Australia's triumph ensured a host of rugby league greats crowned their careers with an achievement that had so far eluded them.
And it was Australia's biggest stars who shone brightest.
Five-eighth Johnathan Thurston collected his fourth man-of-the-match award of the tournament while fullback Billy Slater capped a remarkable return from injury with a brilliant two-try performance.
Winger Brett Morris also had a double while Jarryd Hayne's freakish skills were again on display and skipper Cameron Smith, Paul Gallen and Matt Scott led the charge.
"It's a dream come true," Thurston said.
"It's been a long six weeks but to win a World Cup with your best mates, it doesn't get any better.
"We've been building towards this (performance). Our main focus was to be here in the last weekend of the World Cup and to improve each week and we've done that."
New Zealand's newly-crowned world player of the year Sonny Bill Williams tried hard but was kept relatively quiet as the Kangaroos kept an incredible defensive record intact.
They finished the tournament having gone almost seven straight hours without conceding a four-pointer.
"What a fantastic campaign we've had," Smith told his teammates before hoisting the trophy.
"We started off a bit shaky in the first game in Cardiff but we've certainly turned things around."
Slater's return, just two weeks after hurting his knee in the quarter-final win over the United States, meant Greg Inglis shifted back into the centres and forced an unlucky Brent Tate out of Tim Sheens' side.
The Kiwis suffered a huge blow early with in-form winger Roger Tuivasa-Sheck lasting only seven minutes before he hobbled off with the leg problem that had him in doubt for most of the week.
Australia suffered a scare when Hayne copped heavy knock but he was able to continue.
Slater, whose horror pass in the 2008 decider helped the Kiwis claim a famous win, continued his eventful tournament with the opening try in the 19th minute.
He latched on to a brilliant Thurston kick and scored next to the posts.
The Kangaroos looked to have scored with an equally spectacular play in the 26th minute after the impressive Cooper Cronk collected an incredible kick from Hayne.
But video referee Ashley Klein controversially ruled no try, ruling Andrew Fifita had made illegal late contact with Issac Luke.
Cronk wouldn't have wait long for his try though crossing again in the 30th minute following a great backline move and a Darius Boyd grubber kick.
Thurston converted to break Mick Cronin's 31-year-old of 309 points for the Kangaroos, and the playmaker added another penalty to give a Australia a 16-2 lead at the break.
Slater's dream night continued just moments after halftime, crossing out wide a minute after the break.
Morris finished off some outstanding work from Hayne but there was a scare when he collided heavily with an advertising sign behind the short in-goal area.
New Zealand's Manu Vatuvei did the same a short time later, just a day after the Kangaroos had voiced their safety concerns about the ground.
Hayne was again the creator as he set up Morris second in the 72nd minute.
"I just think Australia's performance today was nothing short of outstanding," Kiwis coach Stephen Kearney said.
"They gave us a real lesson."
4:18am Sun 01st December, 2013