Monday, December 29, 2014

A Magpie Christmas Present

Western Suburbs brought a little bit of Christmas cheer to the Bessenyei household with the delivery of a special framed jersey.

Earlier this year, Ellee-Rose Bessenyei was treated to an all access day at the footy courtesy of Western Suburbs, Wests Tigers and Epilepsy Action Australia, when she got to go behind the scenes and meet Morris the Magpie, Timmy the Tiger and her heroes who wear black and white (and gold).

Our media man Keith Topolski dropped by to visit Ellee-Rose and her family and presented them with the jersey Rusty Bristow wore in the 28 June match against Guildford, where Ellee-Rose kicked off.

Wests are continuing to work with Epilepsy Action Australia in efforts to offer other children affected by epilepsy opportunities to be involved in the greatest game of all.

We hope Ellee-Rose loves the jersey as much as her dad and grandad do!

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Merry Christmas!

On behalf of the Western Suburbs District Rugby League Football Club, we would like to wish all our valued members a happy and safe holiday season.

Our Junior Representative and Senior Squads have been working hard since the start of November 2014, and are looking forward to a successful upcoming season.

It's an exciting time for the Western Suburbs Magpies as we continue to grow our club and continue to build for our future.

We look forward to keeping you updated on all future developments in 2015.

Best wishes.

The Team at the Western Suburbs Magpies

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

New Signings for 2015

Western Suburbs is pleased to announce that the ranks have now swelled to 16 players under contract for the 2015 Ron Massey Cup season.

Head coach Nathan Waters confirmed that the ten newest additions to the roster will include Sama Sauvao and Chad McGill.

Sauvao played a leading role in East Campbelltown’s charge to the Sydney Shield title last season and will make an impact as a strong prospect in the backline.

McGill, a Fairfield Patrician Brothers Junior who captained the Australian Schoolboys side of 2012, will join the Magpies after a stint with the Cronulla Sharks NYC team.

Wests welcome Sama and Chad aboard and look forward to a bumper 2015 season.

Friday, December 19, 2014

Major Sponsor Announcement: Allied Express

It is with great excitement that we can announce that the Western Suburbs Magpies major sponsor for 2015 is Allied Express. Having sponsored the Wests Tigers since 2005, they have now jumped on board with the Magpies to ensure the talent from the local Liverpool and Macarthur areas continue on their Pathway to Success.

Allied Express is the largest, independently owned courier and express freight company in Australia with offices in all major mainland capitals. Our fleet of over 1000 vehicles covers the entire country with a comprehensive range of fast, efficient express freight transport services ranging from the inner city bicycles to line-haul vehicles.

In fact, as long as there's a road to it, there isn't a place in this country to which we can't deliver, or from where we can't pick-up. But, like many successful express freight companies, it's what we do beyond thecourier service we advertise that sets us apart and defines us.

More than the obvious ability to move freight from one point to another, you need a courier transport partner that operates in step with your industry and can respond to its changing needs. One that mirrors your service ethic, your delivery regime and your sense of commitment to your clients. In practical terms, a courier company that thinks the way you do.

Allied operates as just such a partner. Whichever of Allied's courier or express freight services you employ our attitude remains unchanged your customers become our customers; your commitment becomes our commitment and your reputation as a consistently reliable supplier rides safely with us.

Phone: 13 13 73

2015 HM and SGBall Draws Released

The New South Wales Rugby League has released the 2015 draws for blue-ribbon representative competitions, SG Ball (under-18s) and Harold Matthews (under-16s).

The competitions are pivotal pathways for rugby league both at the elite and grassroots levels.

Last season the Sydney Roosters finished the year as SG Ball champions while in Harold Matthews Newcastle were crowned the league's best. Both sides will be hard to beat in 2015.
Coach of the NSW VB Blues Laurie Daley vividly remembers playing in similar under-age competitions in his youth, an experience he regards as critical to development of football careers and of individuals.
“I clearly recall playing Jersey Flegg for the Raiders in 1987, a grade which was then the under-19s competition,” Daley said.
“I remember the long drives from Sydney via Goulburn, the rise in the standard of play and the great mateship we all developed.
“Under-age competitions like SG Ball and Harold Matthews are of incredible importance to rugby league. I know plenty of my Origin side graduated from the competitions – and the future of the Blues will be playing in 2015's tournaments too.
“The boys will have a lot of fun, learn a lot about themselves as players and as people and they’ll graduate from these under-age competitions with memories that’ll last a lifetime. The games will make great spectacles for the fans and players' families too.”

Magpie Christmas Wishes

On behalf of the Western Suburbs District Rugby League Football Club, we would like to wish all our valued members a happy and safe holiday season.

Our Junior Representative and Senior Squads have been working hard since the start of November 2014, and are looking forward to a successful upcoming season.

It's an exciting time for the Western Suburbs Magpies as we continue to grow our club and continue to build for our future.   

We look forward to keeping you updated on all future developments in 2015.

Best wishes
The Team at the Western Suburbs Magpies

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Tedesco's Big 3 Games of 2015

Wests junior James Tedesco discusses the three games he is really looking forward to playing in 2015.

Game #1 — R2, St. George-Illawarra Dragons, Campbelltown Sports Stadium
"It's a big game for us to start the year, so hopefully we can get a lot of fans out there. I didn't get to play a lot of games at Campbelltown so I'm looking forward to it personally."

Game #2 — R5, Parramatta Eels, ANZ Stadium
"That's the Easter weekend. We saw last year that [in that game] we had a big game of around 50,000... so hopefully we can get a similar crowd out there. I didn't get to play that game in 2014, so hopefully I'll be there and playing in front of a packed house."

Game #3 — R11, North Queensland Cowboys, Campbelltown Sports Stadium
"It's the 10-year anniversary for the 2005 Grand Final, which is exciting. Obviously we all remember Pat Richards scoring that try so hopefully we'll see a bit of that at this game. It's at Campbelltown, so hopefully we can get a big crowd building from the first game."

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Saints march to Campbelltown

It's been 13 years since Wests Tigers took on the St. George-Illawarra Dragons at Campbelltown Sports Stadium (July 28, 2002). They'll head there in Round 2 for the Club's first home game of 2015, on Monday, March 16 at 7:00pm. The Dragons have won both matches they've played in their history at Campbelltown Sports Stadium. Wests Tigers with the support of a vocal Campbelltown crowd hope to turn that around.

Round 2 - Wests Tigers vs St George Illawarra Dragons - Monday 16th March 2014 - Campbelltown Stadium

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

DVD: NRL Essentials: Western Suburbs Magpies

Step back into the annals of Rugby League history and experience some of the greatest ever games from the Western Suburbs Magpies. A foundation club, the Magpies claimed four premierships and five minor premierships, entering a “Golden Age” in the 60’s. Sit back and enjoy five classic Wests games from the Rugby League archives, each presented in their entire original broadcast format – a must-have for the true Wests fan.

1991, ROUND 7 | WESTS 17 – 16 BRONCOS
Trying to break their duck against the Broncos it was a kicking master-class from Jason Taylor that proved the difference, kicking four from four including a magnificent strike from the sideline in windy conditions the game went down to the wire until Taylor stepped up to the plate again icing the game with a field goal.

In a playoff for 5th place the Magpies met their Western Sydney rivals in a battle for the west and the right to play Finals Footy. It was a devastating left-foot step from Gillespie and an almost flawless kicking performance from Jason Taylor that put the Bulldogs to the sword.

1995, ROUND 5 | WESTS 44 – 16 ROOSTERS
Traveling to Darwin it was going to be a question of who could handle the conditions better. Seeking to stake their claim on the top eight, Wests put the Roosters to the sword piling on 44 points, a record against their Sydney rivals.

1996, ROUND 20 | WESTS 23 – 22 BEARS
In a tight and physical game befitting two clubs with so much history it was a long distance field goal from Andrew Willis that proved the difference, securing a dramatic and famous victory for the Wests Club.1999, ROUND 14 | WESTS 18 – 12 TIGERS
In what could be considered the most significant moment in the Magpies history, after almost 91 years in the competition pride was on the line when the storied Wests club met their eventual joint venture partner the Balmain Tigers in this classic game.

Available at all good DVD retailers!

SMALL Amount Of Extra Merchandise Available

After a final cleanout, we have found a small number of extra merchandise items for sale!

Western Suburbs Magpies Light Blue T-Shirts
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Please e-mail with what item you require and the size with your credit card details and we will organize for the merchandise to be mailed out or delivered.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Wests Tigers welcome 5,000th Member

Wests Tigers are pleased to announce that the Club has passed 5,000 Members for the 2015 NRL season. The Club has had a positive response from fans since 2015 Memberships went on sale at the end of October, with 5,004 Members signing up as of today.

Wests Tigers CEO Grant Mayer thanked the 5,004 Members who have already committed to the Club for the coming season for their support.

“On behalf of the players and staff at Wests Tigers I’d like to thank those Members who have already joined us for season 2015,” said Mayer. “There’s a great vibe amongst the playing group at the moment and it’s impressive to see that so many in our supporter base are already behind the team as they prepare for a big year ahead.

“We’re well ahead of where we were at this time last year and the Club looks forward to continuing to push forward as we close in on the coming season,” he said. “The Club has set itself the target of breaking the 10,000 Member mark and we’re working hard to ensure that we achieve that and make every Member feel as if they are a part of the team.

“The recognition of our existing Members is very important and for the first time in 2015 we’re putting into place a Member Recognition Program for those who have committed to the Club for one, three and more than seven years,” he said.

Wests Tigers are currently running a promotion for renewing and new Members, with two great prizes on offer.

Those who renew their Membership before December 19, 2014, will go into the draw to win the ultimate Auckland Nines trip for two, while new Members who sign up by the same date could win a catered box for eight at Wests Tigers’ first ANZ Stadium home game in 2015.

The Club has also made a number of changes to the 2015 Membership packages, including introducing a new top tier category, Elite Membership, and bringing back the popular Out of Town Membership.

For more information on Wests Tigers Membership call (02) 8741 3300 during business hours or visit

Ground Managers Wanted

The NSWRL are looking for Ground Managers to look after all aspects of matches controlled at all venues for the following competition matches in 2015.

1. VB NSW Cup

2. Ron Massey Cup

3. Sydney Shield

4. SG Ball

5. Harold Matthews

All matches are played on either Saturdays or Sundays during the season with the SG Ball and Harold Matthews competition commencing on Saturday 14th February 2015

All appointed Ground Managers will be provided with clothing items and will also be remunerated by the NSWRL for their services

If you wish to apply please provide the details below and send a brief resume to the Competitions Coordinator at NSWRL Locked Bag 5000 Paddington 2021 or email to

A Ground Managers meeting will be held on Wednesday 21st January 2015 at RLC Moore Park.

Please provide the following information -
Contact Number
If you have been a Ground Manager for any previous NSWRL competition
Availability (Sat,Sun)

Thursday, December 4, 2014

A Year Off For Some Of Our Great Magpies Of 2014

While we continue our march towards an enormous 2015 season with teams in four of the five NSWRL run competitions, we also bid farewell to a handful of players who will use 2015 as a year to recuperate, reacquaint with family and focus on their non football employment.

On behalf of the entire Magpie family, we thank Mason Talolua, Jerome Mose, Jarrad Szcudlo and Shawn Craig for their efforts in 2014 and we wish them well in their sabbatical season and (hopefully!!!) look forward to having the quadrella back on deck for season 2016!

Monday, December 1, 2014

First Signings for 2015 Ron Massey Cup

Western Suburbs is pleased to announce the first six signings for our 2015 Ron Massey Cup campaign.

In a mix of retaining current talent, bringing young blood through and returning to the glory days, new coach Nathan Waters has looked to start building a team around what is now known as the spine of a team.

As previously announced, former Wests Tiger and North Queensland Cowboy Shannon Gallant will be returning in 2015. Gallant is most comfortable at fullback but can also play wing and centre.

Continuing with building the spine, the halfback for Western Suburbs in 2015 will be Wayde Dunley, who is coming off a premiership year with East Campbelltown in the Sydney Shield. Dunley has previously played NSW Cup for Western Suburbs and will provide strong guidance around the paddock.

In a nod to youth, Peter Nay will come on board s a hooker, halfback and five-eighth. Nay played the 2014 season with Wests Tigers in the Holden Cup and is a Glenmore Park junior.

Campbelltown City Kangaroos junior Luke Williams will be returning to the Magpies on a regular basis in 2015. Williams played for the Wests Tigers NSW Cup side in 2014 while also making several appearances for the Magpies. Williams can play second row, lock or centre.

Finally, we have two returning Magpies for the 2015 season in Tom Morrison and Ronnie Palumbo. Tom has recovered well from a horror injury in 2013 and began to hit his straps late in the 2014 season. Tom can play second row or lock and is working hard at improving his speed. Ronnie is the Magpies' Mr fix it, and is comfortable at hooker, second row, lock, five-eighth or centre.

These six signings provide a strong base from which to launch a promising 2015 campaign and we look forward to announcing more signings in the coming weeks as pre-season training hots up!

Wednesday, November 26, 2014


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Thank you for  your amazing response. We are now all sold out. Thank you again for your patronage and we will advise when new merchandise becomes available.

Skandalis And Fulton Join Magpie Coaching Ranks

Western Suburbs is delighted to announce the return to the black and white fold of two Magpie greats!

John Skandalis will return to the club to assist our new Ron Massey Cup coach Nathan Waters in preparing the team for the 2015 season. Skando is currently finalising his exact role with the Wests Tigers and will be around the nest assisting Magic to prepare the boys for a mammoth 2015 campaign.

Meanwhile, the last man to captain a Western Suburbs team to a premiership, our 2002 SG Ball skipper Liam Fulton, is returning to assist in coaching the next generation of Wests champions in our junior representative ranks.

He will assist with both our Harold Matthews and SG Ball squads, forming part of a dynamic and young coaching core to be overseen by Leo Epifania.

We welcome Skando and Fults back to the nest, and look forward to some stellar efforts from the Magpies in all four grades in 2015!

Monday, November 24, 2014

Former Magpies Now In Group 6

The Group 6 2015 season is fast approaching and interesting to see some former Magpies players still having a crack in the comp. It continues a long legacy the Wests Magpies leave on the group when they have retired from the magpies or the wests tigers in the NRL. Back in the 90s we saw the likes of Andrew Willis, Damien Kennedy, Cameron Blair, Mitch Newton, Mark Brabek, Willie Newton etc who went onto play many more years in the group 6 competition and to this day we are still seeing the transition.

The Appin Dogs are pleased to announce the signing of Bryce Gibbs for the 2015 season.
Gibbs recently retired from the Cronulla Sharks and formerly played for the West Tigers.
The big forward played 197 NRL and four City v Country Origin games throughout his 12-year career.
His experience will go a long way to help with the development of the Appin Dogs, who only entered the Group 6 first grade competition in 2014.
Gibbs's signing was met with approval by Appin president Robert Dreis.
"Bryce was renowned for his defence and his line speed, which will be an asset in the Group 6 comp and the Appin Dogs," he said.
"We are also hoping to help Bryce get over the line a few more times to add to his four tries he managed to score in the NRL."
Gibbs also joins other former Wests Magpies now at Appin  in Stuart Flanagan & Bart Marsters.

Campbelltown City Kangaroos RLFC has announced the signing of Drew Dalton as their 1st Grade Coach for season 2015.

Dalton was the ‘Roos captain-coach throughout 2011-13, with the club making the finals in all 3 grades during 2013. Dalton remarked, “the playing group was definitely on the rise at the end of 2013. I needed a break from coaching and after the year off, I return refreshed to the task of getting the ‘Roos back up to the standards we were achieving in 2013”.

Kangaroos’ Chairman Brian Brown congratulated Dalton on his return to the Club. “Drew did a great job 2011-13 to build a football club and team from scratch that was competitive in a tough League. He’s clearly the best credentialed coach residing in the Campbelltown- Liverpool area, and with a highly supportive, positive and motivated Board ready to back him and support the players, things are looking up”.

A former Wests Magpies and Parramatta Eels NSW Cup premiership winner, Dalton is still undecided about whether or not to play in 2015. “I’ll start training and see how the body is. If there’s a young bloke who can do a better job, I won’t stand in his way. I’m happy to coach and get the best out of the boys who play for us. Our off- field is important too. New players coming to the club will feel a part of a big family. The Kangaroos will be again a Rugby League community in every sense of the phrase”.

Dalton’s appointment marks the culmination of a number of changes for the City club, with a new Board taking control of the business and administration of the Club. Brown commented that, “we now have a Board with a wide and diverse skill set, business owners, a Solicitor, an Accountant, Rugby League people with the club’s best interests at heart. A lot of good people have returned to the club already”.

A full-time employee with the NRL, Dalton pointed out that City’s players will have the benefit of up-to-date NRL coaching methods, with the emphasis on fun and enjoyment. “It’s not 1976 anymore. There are smarter and better ways to train and coach Rugby League now. Our players will benefit from that approach”.

THE Moss Vale Dragons Rugby League Football Club is pleased to announce its 2015 coaching staff.
Both the senior and junior clubs are delighted about the appointment of former Western Suburbs, Illawarra, Country Firsts and Seconds and Group 6 representative player Robbie Payne as the Dragons' head coach for next season.
The club is still interviewing applicants for the reserve grade position and expects to make an announcement in the coming weeks.
However, the Dragons are extremely pleased to appoint club stalwarts Paul Maloney as coach and John Clarke as his assistant in the under 18s.
The club hopes to assemble the 2015 player roster around a foundation of locals and the junior club players coming through.
The Dragons are calling on any interested players to make contact with the club or turn up to pre-season training, which will start at 6.45pm at Community Oval on December 2.

Camden secured former magpies front rower Ray Cashmere this year who happened to win the group 6 player of the year and reports say he may be going around for another season.

Mittagong will be weakened by the loss of the Borg Brothers to Camden and Rob Payne to Moss Vale but they have moved on and announced their coaching staff for 2015.
1st grade - Mark Thomas
Reseve grade - Corey Shepherd
Undar 18s - Cameron Arlington

Oakdale  are building for a return to first grade with the announcement of Mark DeUbago as head coach and evergreen Shane Obrien as the reserve grade coach

The oaks srlfc are still without a coach but have signed brayden Goulding to the club. brayden comes across from the Asquith magpies plus have kept the  brassington brothers as well

Narellan have signed on Shane McEnemy as coach , no word yet out of the  Picton & Thirlmere bunkers as yet

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Required - U/17s Development Squad Staff

Western Suburbs Magpies are taking expressions of interest from Coaches, Assistant Coaches, Sports Trainers and Strength and Conditioners for season 2015. A number of positions are still available within our u/17s Development Squad. If you are interested in being part of the Magpies staff for the upcoming season, please complete the application form attached to link...

Friday, October 17, 2014

2015 SG Ball and Harold Matthews Squads Confirmed

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For further information please contact Con Spanos on 9601 2002 or

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

2015 SG Ball Coach Appointed

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

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

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

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

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

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Western Suburbs 2015 Ron Massey Cup Coach Announcement

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

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

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

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

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

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

Friday, October 10, 2014

2015 Ron Massey Cup: First New Recruit

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

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

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

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


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

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

Wednesday, October 8, 2014


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







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

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


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

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


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

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


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



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

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


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

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


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


Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Junior Rep Trials: Ten Days To Go

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

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

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

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

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

Any further enquiries please contact our newly appointed Development Officer, Con SPANOS, email address:

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

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

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

Monday, September 29, 2014

Wests Tigers: New Coach and G.M.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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