Sunday, July 29, 2012

Match Report - Round 21 - VB NSW Cup - Norths v Western Suburbs

On a sunny but cool Sunday afternoon, the North Sydney Bears made it three wins in a row when they disposed of Western Subutrbs 58-6 at North Sydney Oval.

The Bears were too strong and fast for the young, inexperienced Magpies outfit with fringe Souths NRL player, Josh Starling having an outstanding match for the black and reds. Whilst Wests were looking to consolidate on their great performance last week against Cronulla but in the end, were outclassed.

It took the Bears just three minutes to open their account when their captain, Bennett Leslie scored in the grandstand cnr after breaking the defensive line just 15m out. Jack Hawkins missed the conversion for a 4-0 scoreline.

The next 20 mins saw the Magpies with the lion share of possession but their inexperience showed with a lack of patience when they had the ball resulting in several turnovers.

The Bears scored at the 23rd minute marj when a clever kick by halfback Ryan Carr over the Wests defence was regather by winger Chris Centrone who was brought down just centimetres from the Wests try line. A quick play the ball saw Souths NRL centre, Fetuli Talanoa score in the cnr. The conversion from the sideline was successful by Hawkins and the Bears were up 10-0.

Just five minutes later, Norths were in again when second rower, Blake Judd scored after stepping inside the Wests defence on a 20m run to the tryline. Hawkins added the extras for a 16-0 scoreline.

Then a superb Norths try at the 33rd minute mark when halfback Carr shaped to kick one way but instead grubber kick the ball on his outstep for the ball to sit up perfectly for fullback Kieran Vale to collect the ball just 10m out from the Wests line to score besides the posts. Hawkins conversion made it 22-0.

Wests conceded a penalty just seconds from the halftime siren on their 10m line and a pin point kick to the winger Centrone from Carr resulted in another four pointer just as the siren was sounding and Hawkins kicked another sideline conversion for a half time score of 28-0 to the Bears.

At 28-0, it was going to be hard work for Wests to get back into the game and a good start to the second half was vital. However it was the Bears who started the second half better and Bennett Leslie scored his second for the afternoon at the 47 minute mark after the Bears won a scrum on their 20m line and were able to work the ball into Wests half where Leslie burst through out wide and raced away 40m to score. Hawkins failed to convert and it was 32-0.

Norths scored again at the 53rd minute on the back on consecutive penalties when former Balmain/Ryde Eastwood forward Chris Hyland prove too strong close to the line to cross near the posts. Hawkins made no mistake with the extras and it was now 38-0.

Wests then scored their only try of the game at the 61st minute mark after a barnstorming run by Seffa Silafau. The movement started on Wests 40m line when Michael Lekkas was able to palm off a defender and pass to lock, Tom Morrison who quickly passed to Silafau. He was able to smash through the Norths forwards and raced 25m upfield before finding the flying Zoram Watene in support who raced away from the Norths fullback to score under the posts. Latu Fifita converted for a 38-6 scoreline.

Norths centre, Talanoa scored his second try at the 66 minute mark when he was able to simply palm off a would-be defender to score out wide. Hawkins added the extras for a 44-6 scoreline.

Further tries in the final 10 minutes to Josh Starling who scored close after a charge close to the line, winger Centrone who spun out of a tackler to plant the ball down out wide and a second try to Starling who just bulldozed his way past defenders on a 30m charge to the tryline for a final scoreline of Norths 58 Wests 6.

For Wests, Seffa Silafau was a stand out and always brought the Wests contingent in the crowd to its feet every time he charged into the Norths pack and often left his Norths counterparts bruised from his runs. His defensive work was also tremendous. Light weight forwards Daniel La Manna and Tom Morrison were always in the thick of the action with their high workrate in defence and Tom showed he isn't just a tackling machine with a wonderful 20m grubber kick towards the Norths tryline which he followed through causing a knock on from the Bears fullback.
Fullack Zoram Watene as usual was superb in the air when defusing bombs and running the ball back from kicks. The halves Trent Touma and Chris Nay were also busy guiding the side around the park but Nay suffered a serious shin injury early in the second half which may have ended his promising debut season.

For Norths, their smallish but robust pack were like terriers in defence and were able to cross the advantage line much easier then their Wests counterparts. Josh Starling in particular was a handful every time he touched the ball whilst Brock Molan, Blake Judd and Neccrom Areaiiti were not far behind. With Souths NRL pack playing so well, its no wonder Starling and Areaiiti can't get a start there. They may well be playing regular NRL first grade elsewhere.
Halfback Ryan Carr was possibly the best on the ground, his ability to guide the Bears around the park with his passing and a great kicking game went a long way towards Norths easy victory. Centres Bennett Leslie and Talanoa were just too big, strong and fast for their Wests counterparts whilst winger Centrone outshone his more illustrious team mate on the other wing, Curits Johnstone.

For Wests, it doesn't get any easlier next week when they take on the competition's benchmark side, Canterbury on friday 3rd August at Wests former spiritual home ground, Lidcombe Oval with a 7pm kick off.

Norths 58 (Leslie 2, Talanoa 2, Starling 2, Centrone 2, Judd, Vale, Hyland tries: Hawkins 7 goals) def Wests 6 (Watene try: Latu Fifita goal)

Half time - Norths 28 - Wests 0

Goal kikers - Jack Hawkinis 7/11: Latu Fifita 1/1

Scrums: Wests 11 Norths 5
Penalties: Norths 8 Wests 4

North Sydney
1 Kieran Vale
2 Chris Centrone
3 Fetuli Talanoa
4 Bennett Leslie
5 Curtis Johnstone
6 Jack Hawkins
7 Ryan Carr
8 Scott Geddes
9 Brendan McKinnon
10 Neccrom Areaiiti
11 Blake Judd
12 Greg Nichols
22 Josh Starling

13 Brock Molan
15 Matt Hyland
16 Chris Hyde
17 Martin Field

1 Zoram Watene
2 Tarrant Mariner
3 Greg Davis
4 Joe Uluibau
5 Michael La Manna
6 Trent Touma
7 Chris Nay
8 Seffa Silafau
9 Nigel Millgate
10 Latu Fifita
11 Daniel La Manna
12 Michael Lekkas
13 Tom Morrison

14 Henry Godinet
16 Todd Makejev
17 Keanu Rogers
25 Tom Pritchard

Friday, July 27, 2012

Wests 25 Years in Campbelltown & Hall of Fame Dinner

Book now for '25 Years in Campbelltown' Gala Dinner at Wests Leagues Club

A ‘25 Years in Campbelltown’ Gala Dinner will be held on Friday evening, August 24.

Western Suburbs Magpies established themselves in the City of Campbelltown in 1987 and 25 years later, still play out of Campbelltown Sports Stadium along with the Wests Tigers.

To be held at Wests Leagues Club Campbelltown, a highlight of the evening will be the naming of ‘A Best of Team from the 25 Years in Campbelltown and a coach’ featuring players from Western Suburbs Magpies and Wests Tigers.

Supporters will soon be able to nominate their own ‘best of team from the 25 years in Campbelltown’ on with the closest team chosen to the one selected by a panel of experts winning a table at the dinner.

A video tribute to the late Keith Holman will be held and three people will be inducted into the Western Suburbs Magpies Hall Of Fame.

A silent auction will be held with all monies raised being donated to Concord Cancer Centre who cared for the late Sonia Farah.

When: Friday, August 24
Venue: Wests Leagues Club Campbelltown
Time: 6pm for a 6.30pm start
Tickets: $95 per person or $900 for a table of 10 (GST inclusive). The cost includes a three course meal, beer and wines.
Booking details: Call Daniel on 0411 016 157

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

2GB on board for VB NSW Cup Final Series

Sydney’s most popular radio station, 2GB, has today confirmed its high rating sports show, The Continuous Call, will broadcast weeks two and three of the VB NSW Cup Final Series live across their network.

Ray Hadley, Andrew Moore, Bob Fulton, Darryl Brohman and Steve ‘Blocka’ Roach will broadcast their full Sunday show from Leichhardt Oval as they cover one of the most anticipated VB NSW Cup Final Series in recent years.

“We certainly appreciate Ray and his team taking time to cover the VB NSW Cup Final Series,” NSWRL General Manager Geoff Carr said.

“We have had a great response from the fans when the Continuous Call team have covered the final series in the past two seasons.

“The league has put a lot of time and resources into the VB NSW Cup and when a radio station with the reputation 2GB have want to call your games, you can see the hard work is coming to fruition.

The VB NSW Cup Final Series will begin with double headers at venues across NSW on the weekend of September 8 with Weeks two and three held at Leichhardt Oval.

The VB NSW Cup Grand Final will once again be shown on NRL Grand Final day at ANZ Stadium.

There is still plenty more action ahead of the Final Series with the inaugural ‘Family Round Double Headers’ in Round 21. WIN Stadium Wollongong, North Sydney Oval and Ringrose Park will host Sunday afternoon double headers with matches kicking off at 12.45pm and 3pm.

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Match report - Round 20 VB NSW Cup - Western Suburbs v Cronulla

On a crisp, windy afternoon at Campbelltown Stadium, the Western Suburbs Magpies went close to securing their first win of the season going down in a nail-biting contest to Cronulla 36-28. The parochial Wests crowd willed on their team to win and the result was in the balance until a try to Cronulla just two minutes from the final siren to centre, Mahe Fonua who scored three tries for the afternoon while for Wests, Tuki Jackson scored a double.

Things started badly for Wests when they coughed up possession on the 4th tackle of the match on their 40m line. From the resulting scrum win, Sharks centre Ricky Leutele pushed off a defender easily and then ran 40m unimpeded to the try line. Halfback Chad Townsend added the extras and it was 6-0 after just 90 seconds.

The Magpies were able to draw level at the 14 minute mark on the back on three consecutive penalties, the last earnt by halfback Trent Touma who charged down a Cronulla kick and was then held down whilst trying desperately to get to his feet for a quick play the ball. Whilst in the Sharks 20m line, Magpies fullback Zoram Watene screamed for the ball and once received, he put in a perfectly placed kick in behind the defence for himself to score out wide. Trent Touma converted and it was 6all.

Wests scored again at the 24th minute when Tuki Jackson, who played Bundaberg Cup last season with Kingsgrove Colts, bulldozed his way out of 2 attempted tackles on a 10m charge close to the line to score near the posts. Touma converted and Wests were in unfamiliar territory leading 12-6.

A penalty goal to Wests at the 30th minute mark by Touma extended the lead to 14-6, something the Magpies have not enjoyed so far this season.

The euphoria however was short lived when Cronulla scored at the 33rd minute mark when winger Stewart Mills scored in the corner despite howls of protest by the Wests players and crowd towards referee Luke Phillips for an obstruction. Townsend conversion attempt went wide and it was 14-10 with Wests in front however Wests conceded a penalty in the next set of six to gift Cronulla field position and they scored at the 36th minute mark when Mahe Fonua scored from a bomb. Townsend missed another conversion attempt but the Sharks had regained the lead 16-14 and that would remain the half time score.

Wests coach, Jason Williams instilled into his side to believe in themselves and to reduce any unforced errors. For once, despite the Sharks first try, the defence of the Magpies was holding firm.

Wests started the second half in the best possible fashion when Jackson scored his second try of the afternoon just 3 minutes in. For the second time in the game, Cronulla were penalised for being in front of the kicker from a goal line drop out. From the resulting play, Jackson proved too strong close to the line to score near the posts. Touma was on target with the extras and the Magpies had regained the lead 20-16.

Cronulla levelled at the 47th minute mark when Fonua sliced through the defence on an angled 20m run to the tryline. Townsend failed to convert and the score was locked up at 20 all.

The next 10 minutes saw some see-soaring play from both sides on the back of errors and a crucial error at the 59 minute mark was made by Wests on their 20m line when they were bungled into touch on a kick retrieve. From the resulting scrum win, Cronulla worked the ball to the eastern grandstand side before interchange player Carlos Hotene scored in the corner. Townsend converted from the sideline and Cronulla were back in front 26-20 and extended the lead at the 64th minute to 32-20 when former Wests Magpies Jersey Flegg player & local Campbelltown junior, Willie Mataka scored in the Western grandstand corner after an angled run by Tyrone Peachey who held the ball up just long enough to draw the defence and pop the ball to Mataka.

However the never-say-die Magpie spirit then kicked in when Daniel La Manna scored in the 70th minute after he regathered his own grubber kick after a ricochet off a Cronulla player. Touma missed the conversion but the Magpies would ensure a grandstand finish when centre Joe Uluibau, playing his first game for the Magpies after starting the year in Bundaberg Cup with Burwood/North Ryde, scored out wide at the end of a passing movement at the 75th minute. Touma was unable to add the extras but it was now Cronulla 32 Wests 28.

The Sharks finished any hope of an upset win by the Magpies when Fonua scored his match sealer at the 78th minute.

For the Magpies, it was their most impressive performance of the year by far and against a side that had won 3 out of their last 4 matches against quality opposition. It truly was a tremendous team performance today by the Magpies and with an ounce of luck, would have secured the two points and their first win.
Trent Touma, who returned to the Magpies, was able to direct the team around the park and Nigel Millgate, who has played halfback all season to date, did an outstanding job in the dummy half role. Both shared the kicking duties and this was one area the Magpies did very well today. Tuki Jackson deserves special praise for his barnstorming runs and Seffa Silafau had the crowd on its feet whenever he charged into the defence. Five-eighth Chris Nay had a terrific game whilst Zoram Watene gave his usual high standard performance at fullback before slotting to the wing late in the game.
The performance of Wests was even more impressive when you consider front rower Jay Maseuli suffered a knee injury very early in the game was took no further part in the game leaving the Magpies with only three interchange players for approx 65 minutes of the match.

For Cronulla, their best two were centre Ricky Leutele and second rower Sam Tagataese. Whilst Fonua scored a hatrick of tries, it was Leutele who was causing trouble for the Wests defence out wide every time he touched the ball. He was able to beat the first tackle on numerous occasions.
The form of the Sharks NRL forward pack is no doubt the reason Tagataese cannot get a start in the top grade. Just like Ricky Leutele, Sam was a constant headache for the Wests defence. Young forwards Tohu Harris and Tyrone Peachey also had outstanding games with Peachey in particular looking like a rising star of the future.

The Magpies tackled North Sydney at North Sydney Oval in the second stage of the Foundation Round next Sunday with the earlier game between Newtown and BRET.

Cronulla 36 (Fonua 3, Leutele, Mills, Mataka, Hotene tries: Townsend 4 goals) def Western Suburbs 28 (Jackson 2, Watene, D La Manna, Uluibau tries: Touma 4 goals),

Half time - Cronulla 16 Wests 14

Penalties: 9all
Scrums: Wests - 6 Cronulla 4

Goal kickers - Cronulla, Chad Townsend  4/8 - Wests, Trent Touma 4/6

Western Suburbs

1 Zoram Watene
2 Tarrant Mariner
20 Joe Uluibau
4 Greg Davis
5 Michael La Manna
6 Chris Nay
19 Trent Touma
8 Seffa Silafau
7 Nigel Millgate
24 Jay Maseuli
11 Daniel La Manna
3 Michael Lekkas
13 Tom Morrison

9 Henry Godinet
10 Latu Fifita
21 Tuki Jackson
25 Keanu Rogers


1 Callum Tutauha'
17 Sosaia Feki
3 Ricky Leutele
4 Mahe Fonua
5 Stewart Mills
18 Maurice Blair
7 Chad Townsend
12 Sam Tagataese
9 Jake Hawkins
20 Solo Alone
11 Tohu Harris
14 Will Mataka
13 Tyrone Peachey

6 Sam Duggan
19 Carlos Hotene
21 Dylon Cartwright
23 Grahame Clark

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Group 6 Annual Mid-Season Dinner

Group 6's annual Mid Season Dinner is coming up.

This is a great opportunity for clubs to get together in a social atmosphere and enjoy this great game of ours.

Date: Saturday, 28th August

Venue: Bargo Sports Club

Time: 6.30pm for a 7.00pm start.

Contact: Your club's Committee or Stephen Hazelton for more information.

Stephen Hazelton

Phone: 0450 010 770


Sunday, July 15, 2012

Match Report Rnd 19 VB NSW Cup - Newtown v Western Suburbs

After a two week layoff courtesy of a two byes, a refreshed Western Suburbs Magpies outfit travelled to Henson Park to take on the Newtown Jets in Game 2 of the Tom Raudonikis Cup for 2012 and it was the Jets  who prevailed scoring a convincing 60-8 victory on a glorious sunny Sydney afternoon in front of a very healthy crowd who turned up to see two of the great foundation clubs of rugby league.

The Jets were keen to end a four game loosing streak whilst the Magpies just needed to believe in themselves and get the basic things right to secure their first win of the year.

The Magpies had a try disallowed in the 6th minute when a final pass to winger Tuki Jackson was ruled forward. However the Magpies didn't have to wait to long to draw first blood when former Kingsgrove Colts player Henry Godinet scored from dummy half  in the 8th minute of play on the back of barnstorming runs by Seffa Silafau & Henry Iuta. The conversion attempt by Nigel Millgate went wide and it was Wests up 4-0.

The Jets scored their first of 10 tries for the afternoon at the 17 minute mark after Wests coughed up possession on their 40m line. After winning the scrum, the Jets were able to work the ball in good field position when former Auckland Vulcans forward, Saulala Houma was able to smash his way through the defence 10m out to score under the sticks. Halfback Blake Lazarus converted for a 6-4 lead.

The Jets were in again just two minutes later after Wests gave away a penalty on the first tackle from the kickoff. Fullback Alofa Alofa scored near the posts after a great run by the #9 Glenn Dumbrell who busted the Wests defence and put Alofa away to score. Lazarus added the extras for a 12-4 scoreline.

Glenn Dumbrell was causing headaches for Wests around the play-the-ball and was rewarded in the 26th minute when he scored besides the posts after pulling out of a high attempted tackle close to the line. Lazarus made no mistake and it was 18-4 in favour of the Jets and that remained the score at halftime.

Wests had some crucial lapses in defence during the first half which led to the Jets scoring and was something that they needed to remedy if they were to make a game of it.

The second half was only a minute old when Newtown increased their lead. Five-eigth Mark Kheirallah sliced through the Wests defence near halfway and raced away to score in the scoreboard corner. Lazarus converted from the sideline and Newtown now led 24-4.

Incredibly, the Jets scored within the next set of six from the kickoff. A great offload by Josh Ailaomai near halfway to centre Usaia O'Sulivan who split the defence before passing to his winger, former Parramatta U20 player, Daniel Tupou who scored outwide. Another conversion by Lazarus made to score 30-4.

Wests were the next to score at the 50 minute mark when winger Michael La Manna scored after centre Michael Lekkas was able to stand in a tackle and offload to classy five-eighth Chris Nay who gave a sweet pass back on the inside to La Manna who ran around towards the posts to score. Nigel Millgate's conversion attempt hit the post and that was the last scoring Wests were to do for the rest of the afternoon.

Newtown scored at the 56 minute mark when Dylan Napa scored from a last tackle play after Ailaomai bumped off two attempted tackles before passing to Napa who scored under the sticks. Lazarus made no mistake with the conversion and its was now 36-4.

A penalty near halfway to Newtown saw them find touch close to the Wests 20m line and winger Daniel Tupou scored his second try for the afternoon at the 60 minute mark after a simple passing movement  saw him cross the line out wide but he was able to improve his position to near the posts leaving Blake Lazarus with an easy conversion for a 42-4 scoreline.

Newtown scored three tries in the final 10 minutes the first to Usaia O'Sullivan after a great chip over the top was regathered by Lazarus, the next try was by Kheirallah accelerated through a gap on Wests 20m line and finally to former Windsor, Western Suburbs and Balmain Ryde-Eastwood forward Andrew Pearn near fulltime with all three tries being converted for a final scoreline of 60-8 in favour of Newtown.

For Wests, Tom Morrison would have given Robbie Farah's tackle count in Origin 2 a run for its money and Seffa Silafau also had a great defensive game as well hitting the line hard with his hitups. Henry Godinet was busy around the rucks in defence whilst Henry Iuta continues to impress every game with his ability stand in tackles and offload. Chris Nay has made a complete recovery from his knee injury in the first game of the season and Wests season may have been different had he not succumb to that injury.Winger Tuki Jackson had a big game and was able to burst through tackles several times and the ever reliable Zoram Watene at fullback also had a strong game.

For Newtown, whilst they had no regular NRL first graders in their squad today, they still had a quality team run onto the paddock with several seasoned NSW Cup players and their experience was there to see.
The forwards today were led by Ahmad Ellaz, Josh Ailaomoi who is contracted to the Sydney Roosters after coming across from the Newcastle Knights U20 from last year and Andrew Pearn whilst their halves combination of Kheirallah and Lazarus is one of the best in the competition. Winger Daniel Tupou has first grade stamped all over him and their dummy halves, Glenn Dumbrell and former Wests player Kurt Kara slot into their roles with perfection.

Wests host Cronulla at Campbelltown Stadium next saturday, 21st July with kickoff at 3pm.

Fulltime - Newtown 60 (Tupou 2, Kheirallah 2, Houma, Alofa, Dumbrell, Napa, O'Sullivan, Pearn tries: Lazarus 8, Kheirallah 2 goals) def Wests 8 (Godinet, M La Manna tries)

Halftime - Newtown 18 Wests 4

Scrums - Newtown 10 Wests 6
Penalties - Newtown 7 Wests 7

Goalkickers - Newtown, Blake Lazarus 8/8 Mark Kheirallah 2/2 - Wests, Nigel Millgate 0/2

18 Alofa Alofa
2 Daniel Tupou
3 Usaia O'Sullivan
4 Jack Littlejohn
16 Louis Vaiotu
6 Mark Kheirallah
7 Blake Lazarus
17 Saulala Houma
9 Glenn Dumbrell
10 Andrew Pearn
11 Josh Ailaomai
19 Nick Ehsman
13 Ahmed Ellaz

8 Issac Liu
14 Dylan Napa
15 Kurt Kara
21 Issac Maiota

1 Zoram Watene
21 Tuki Jackson
3 Greg Davis
4 Michael Lekkas
5 Michael La Manna
6 Chris Nay
7 Nigel Millgate
8 Seffa Silafau
9 Henry Godinet
10 Latu Fifita
19 Daniel La Manna
17 Henry Iuta
13 Tom Morrison

14 Terrence Green
15 Francis Tupu
16 Jay Maseuli
18 Tom Pritchard

Friday, July 13, 2012

Campbelltown Warriors - Women in League Round

Campbelltown Warriors will be hosting their Women in League Round this Saturday 14th July to raise money for the McGrath Foundation and Campbelltown Hospital Oncology Ward.

A major raffle with about 10 prizes, including a large flat-screen TV donated by Harvey Norman will running all day.

Worrell Park, Junction rd, Ruse from 9am and a carwash at Carwash on Blaxland,  6 Blaxland rd, Campbelltown on Sunday 15th July from 9am.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Game 2 Tom Raudonikis Cup - Newtown v Western Suburbs

Game 2 Tom Raudonikis Cup

Newtown currently hold the Tom Raudonikis Cup and with their win earlier this year, have retained the cup for another year.
But can the Magpies inflict the Jets 5th straight loss and at the same time, win their first game of the year?
Or will the Jets turn their season around with a win against the Magpies?

Newtown Jets Vs Western Suburbs Magpies
Henson Park, Saturday..., July 14
Kick-off: 3.00pm
Referee: Daniel Olford

Newtown Team List

1. Roger Tuivasa-Sheck
2. Daniel Tupou
3. Usaia O'Sullivan
4. Jack Littlejohn
5. Samiu Latu
6. Mark Kheirallah
7. Blake Lazarus
8. Isaac Liu
9. Glenn Dumbrell
10. Andrew Pearn
11. Josh Ailaomai
12. Brad Barrett
13. Ahmad Ellaz

14. Dylan Napa
15. Kurt Kara
17. Saulala Houma
18. Alofa Alofa
19. Nick Ehsman

COACH: Greg Matterson

Western Suburbs Team List

1. Zoram Watene
2. Tuki Jackson
3. Greg Davis
4. Michael Lekkas
5. Michael La Manna
6. Chris Nay
7. Nigel Millgate ©
8. Seffa Silafau
9. Henry Godinet
10. Latu Fifita
11. Keanu Rogers
12. Alan Daly
13. Tom Morrison

14. Terrence Green
15. Francis Tupu
16. Jay Maseuli
17. Henry Iuta
18. Tom Pritchard
19. Daniel La Manna
20. Zach Campbell

COACH: Jason Williams

Monday, July 9, 2012

2 for 1 Ticket deal for Wests Tigers Match

Get down to our GearZone store in Macarthur Square on Tuesday 10 July where ALL DAY you can purchase (2) General Admission Tickets for the price of (1) to our Round 19 game against the Panthers on Saturday 14 July at Campbelltown Sports Stadium.

You will receive (2) General Admission tickets at our match day price of just $30, plus you will also have the opportunity to meet Chris Lawrence and Gareth Ellis who will be in store between 10am – 11am signing autographs!

For anyone who purchases one of our special $50 Family Passes to next Saturday night’s game between 10am - 11am, you will go into the draw to be flag bearers and form the guard of honor as the players run onto the field on Saturday night.

So get down to GearZone on Tuesday, stock up on your Wests Tigers merchandise, say hi to the boys, grab your tickets and watch Wests Tigers roar their way to the FINALS!

Gearzone Macarthur
Level 1 Macarthur Square
200 Gilchrist Drive
Campbelltown, NSW 2560
Telephone: 02 4626 3506

Friday, July 6, 2012

Press Release: Seeking more details

The Board of Western Suburbs District Rugby League Football Club Ltd. wishes to advise its membership that the Joint Venture Football Operations Subcommittee is further reviewing information regarding possible arrangements for the 2013 competition.

We regret having to delay the distribution of any recommendations, but the Board considers it is important that Western Suburbs can ensure all that stakeholders will be represented in an equal manner.

Further questions are being put by Board members to the Football Operations Subcommittee to seek additional information regarding all issues that are currently being considered.

When sufficient details are provided, it is proposed that they will then be reviewed and discussed at a General Meeting.

Board & Management
Western Suburbs District Rugby League Football Club Ltd.

A Subtle Turf War

Looking at the new A league franchise the western Sydney wanderers it had me thinking . Western Sydney is a very big area. It stretches out from Parramatta, to Penrith, down to Bankstown, and even Campbelltown is regarded as a part of Western Sydney.  Football (soccer) and AFL have targeted sydneys west  rugby leagues heartland in a battle against the NRL. Well it hasn’t been officially declared a battle yet as all codes have said theres no reason to ditch your supported side to follow another team & code, all can co-exist together. They may well do but can corporate support stretch that far ? only time will tell. And technically they can co exist at a spectator level , this is more a battle to influence kids at grassroots level not for established supporters. If you see the colour schemes for all the footy codes in the west its clearly the AFL & Football Australia have strategically tried to win the hearts of  NRL fans by selecting colours for their teams that mimic those in the NRL. The GWS club have an orange,white & charcoal colour scheme clearly trying to win over & target wests tigers fans & the newly formed Sydney wanderers have a black/white & red colour scheme trying to influence Penrith (who are predominately black) and possibly old north Sydney & wests magpie fans.

With the GWS club training base at blacktown and their home ground at skoda stadium at homebush its not far from camp concorde the wests tigers base. The Sydney wanderers are in talks with the Parramatta stadium trust to set up base their, another strategic move to infiltrate behind enemy lines. We can see both with GWS and the Sydney wanderers they have established an identity and based themselves strategically to NRL clubs ,many shots have been fired from all sides no one’s been killed yet, but it’s anticipated that soon somebody will be. Im sure the media will let us know as they are the main culprits of hyping this “turf war” between the footy codes.

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Group 6 - Round 13

Here are Group 6's matches to be played this week.

Saturday, 7th July

Kevin Walsh Oval, Jamberoo

11.30am 2nd Div Jamberoo V Bowral

Sunday, 8th July

Warragamba Showground, Warragamba

11.30am U/18-1's Macarthur Bulls V Mittagong

1.00pm U/18-2's Warragamba V Mittagong

2.30pm 2nd Div Warragamba V Campbelltown Eagles

Robertson Showground, Robertson

11.30am U/18-2's Moss Vale V Camden

1.00pm 2nd Div Moss Vale V Bargo

2.30pm 2nd Div Robertson V Mt Annan-Currans Hill

Dudley Chesham Oval, The Oaks

11.30am U/18-1's The Oaks V Narellan

1.00pm Res Grade The Oaks V Campbelltown Eagles

2.30pm 1st Grade The Oaks V Campbelltown Eagles

Fullwood Reserve, Claymore

11.30am U/18-2's Campbelltown Eagles V Thirlmere-Tahmoor

1.00pm Res Grade Campbelltown City Kangaroos V Thirlmere-Tahmoor

2.30pm 1st Grade Campbelltown City Kangaroos V Thirlmere-Tahmoor

Narellan Sports Ground, Narellan

11.30am 2nd Div Macarthur Bulls V Bundanoon

1.00pm Res Grade Narellan V Oakdale

2.30pm 1st Grade Narellan V Oakdale

Victoria Park, Picton

11.30am U/18-1's Picton V Camden

1.00pm Res Grade Picton V Mittagong

2.30pm 1st Grade Picton V Mittagong

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Camden Ram's 50th Anniversary Dinner

Celebrate 50 years of Camden Junior Rugby League est. 1963

When: Saturday 18th Ausgust 2012

Where: Wests Leagues Club, Leumeah

Time: 6.45pm for 7.00pm start

MC: Andrew Johns


The dinner is being held by the Rams Senior Club with proceeds going to Camden Juniors.

Come along and celebrate 50 years of a great Group 6 Club!