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.

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