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.