Rugby League is about giving opportunities to people of all classes. It isn't elitist like some other codes. Rugby League has always been about judging players on character and talent, not wealth status.
Stephen Humpheries has made comments that players need dedication to make it in the NRL and we do not disagree with this.
However there is dedication, and there is reality.
need to make sure the vast amounts of talent in the lower socioeconomic
groups of the Macarthur district, OUR district, have as much access to
the NRL as does those that can financially afford to travel to Concord 3
or 4 times a week for training.
Dedication is important, but working full time, putting food on the
table, paying bills, rising fuel costs and even purchasing train tickets
is another reality Wests Tigers would like us to disregard.
Magpies Club has survived for over 104 years as the battlers club, a
club for everyone, where anyone from any walk of life can feel welcomed.
The Wests Tigers should cherish this history and our ability to be
inclusive as the Magpies are one of the last living treasures in the
game that goes back to day 1.
By agreeing to Wests Tigers proposal to remove the
Western Suburbs Magpies from the NSW Cup, we will essential send our
club down a road that will lead to its certain death.
We will have Life Members who will soon be life members of nothing.
We will have players who have spilt blood, sweat and tears for a club that soon wont exist
Life long volunteers and supporters efforts will have all been in vein.
have been told the Magpies jersey will live on through the Wests Tigers
NSW Cup team, they couldn't even keep the Magpie on the NRL teams
We have been told the Campbelltown area is of great importance, yet
the Wests Tigers don't train there, and only play a measly 4 NRL games
Do not believe the promises. They have a history of breaking them.
And don't be fooled that this is about saving the club $400,000. This is about control.
Wests Tigers want the Magpies gone. They want me and you gone. They
don't like us being the thorn in their side, reminding them that the
Macarthur area deserves better, reminding them that the joint venture is
not just a reincarnation of Balmain. Reminding them it is 50 / 50 joint
venture made up of TWO foundation clubs.
Wests Tigers colours are not just Black and Gold. They are Black, WHITE and Gold.
find it an insult on the local communities intelligence to say people
don't know who the Magpies are. Players from the area know exactly who
the Magpies are. They are their pathway to the NRL. Their pathway to the
Our 104 year old club deserves the respect it has earnt through the good
years, and through the tough years.
The future of Wests Magpies and
Wests Tigers is in the South West of Sydney. We need to integrate better into
the community, into the local Rugby League grassroots of the Wests Junior League and Group 6 if we
are ever going to survive long term. Taking everything to Concord goes
completely against this.
The Western Suburbs Magpies therefor
still has a very important part to play. They should be providing local
junior and senior representative sides to an area crying out for
recognition. Providing that Pathway to Success for the local players,
coaches and trainers as they have been since 1987, no matter what their
financial status is.
Just because Balmain can no longer pay its bills, does not mean the Magpies and the district it represents should suffer for it.
Finally I want everyone to remember the Western Suburbs Magpies is the members club. It is a democracy.
We agreed to the Joint Venture back in 1999 by a democratic vote. As
part of that agreement with members, the board entered into the Joint
Venture on condition that the Magpies retain their role as a fully
functioning football club, with Magpie sides in the NSWRL competitions
at ALL LEVELS including the Reserve Grade, which is now known as the
To go against that decision made by the members in 1999 it must be voted on at a correctly called General Meeting.
group of members have produced the required signatures demanding that
any decision to remove the Magpies from the NSW Cup must be voted on by
If the board does indeed decide to go ahead and kill-off the Magpies
NSW Cup side, I urge that the board allows the rights of members be
formally acknowledged as requested and that a proper Extraordinary
General Meeting be called, and a vote taken on this very important
If we members vote to continue in the NSW Cup, the ball is now in
Wests Ashfields court for funding, and they have published in the media
that they will ALWAYS fund the Magpies. We will then put those words to
the test. But if we as a football club kill off the Magpies, then Wests
Ashfield can simply wipe their hands of the issue claiming it was the
football clubs decision.
So remember it is the members run this club, not the boards. Don't let them forget it.