Wednesday, January 18, 2012
Joint venture statement by the board
THE board of Wests Ashfield Leagues Club has responded to recent media reports concerning Western Suburbs Magpies.
The leagues club stated it had continued to work with Wests Tigers to achieve the best results for the joint venture while continuing to support and respect the heritage, history and contribution of the Magpies.
The leagues club has agreed to support a single NSW Cup team, representative of both joint venture clubs, in the 2013 season.
Wests Tigers and Wests Ashfield Leagues Club agreed that the Magpies are recognised as the district club in the Campbelltown area, the Magpies will continue to participate (as the Magpies) in junior representative Harold Matthews and SG Ball and, where appropriate, other competitions. Magpies retains all of their rights, including the ability to review the operation of a single State Cup team in future years.
Wests Tigers will continue to work with the Magpies to ensure appropriate pathways are met for the junior players in the south west.
The 2013 combined State Cup playing strip would alternate between Wests and Balmain colours.
Wests Ashfield Leagues Club recognises the significant financial contribution required to meet obligations to all rugby league stakeholders and the need to prioritise the appropriation of available funding to meet these needs.
Wests Ashfield Leagues Club deputy chairman Russell Smith said it was important to keep focus on the real issues at play in this situation. "Wests Ashfield Leagues remains totally committed to the continuing sustainable role of Wests Magpies as a vital component in the structure of rugby league to continue to provide a well-defined and positive pathway for aspiring players in the Campbelltown and surrounding regions," he said.
"We have confidence in the management of the Wests Tigers joint venture as portrayed in the results that have been achieved in the recent past."
The Wests Magpies board will work closely with stakeholders to ensure all the usual operations and functions of a district club continue.
18 Jan, 2012 01:00 AM