Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Assistant Coach/Strength & Conditioning coach

Western Suburbs District Rugby League Football Club 'Wests Magpies' are looking for and assistant coach/strength and conditioning coach for their senior team which is entered in the  2013 'Ron Massey' Competition.

The successful applicant should have completed at least the level 1 coaching/strength and conditioning course and have a willingness to undertake a level 2 course in the relevant discipline.

The team trains at Durant Oval, Warwick Farm Monday, Tuesday and Thursdays from 5.30pm.

Please send your resume which should include your coaching history and relevant courses to by 30 January 2013.

Get On Board - Magpies Limited edition Sponsors T-Shirt

Western Suburbs District Rugby League Club Limited is providing an exciting new design for their limited edition t-shirts. The back of the t-shirt will display Wests Magpies logos past and present with the front and sleeves reserved for sponsors to record their support by exhibiting their name or logo.

The cost is $350.00 which includes the artwork.

What do you receive for your generous sponsorship?

* One limited edition t-shirt

* Acknowledgement at all of our home games

* Acknowledgement on the official Western Suburbs Magpies website

For further information, please ring Steve Reeves, Wests Magpies on 02 9601 2002 or simply reply via

Thank you for your support.

Player signings for 2013

The Western Suburbs Magpies are pleased to announce the following signings for the 2013 Ron Massey Cup side with more signings to come -

 Chase Mason - fullback/wing/goalkicker
 Amanono Tovio - wing
 Sam Aiga - centre
 Fusi Toutai - centre
 Dean Rysko - second row/lock
 Mason Harrison second row/lock
 Tom Morrison - prop
 Agreed to terms -
 Matt Jones - hooker

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Tad Bits of Magpie Pride


"There was not one Wests player I did not want to play with... not one dud. I loved Wests. It is the greatest club in the world. To put on a Wests Jumper is equal to wearing an Australian jumper." Noel Kelly

"We're going to be competitive and we're going to find that Western Suburbs spirit. We are going to make clubs hate coming to Campbelltown... they'll just hate it." Tom Raudonikis

"There is nothing sweeter in the world than the smell of silvertail blood through a broken nose" J. Donnelly, Lidcombe Oval 1978

(Arthur Mountier pictured)

 "Training was conducted in the twilight, and dressing room amenities consisted of one shed - with one cold shower recess. Light was provided by either kerosene lamps or by candlelight. The wives of Ted Mead and Bill Elliot took it in turns to supply the candles." - Rugby League Wests Style 1908

Wests were the first Rugby League Club in Australia to officially adopt a mascot. In 1928 they officially became known as the Western Suburbs Magpies. 

I would say to Dallas in the dressing room, " I do not know if you are tough enough to handle these blokes."
Dallas blood would boil. There were times when I knew I was one second away from a smack in the jaw.- Roy Masters, first grade coach 1978-81 

"I played every game in 1939 and I got 17 pounds, 7 shillings and 7 pense. We would have played for nothing - the club spirit was fantastic. I loved the blokes I played with. I loved it at Wests'' Jimmy Sharman Jnr

Wests started the 1933 season in fine style winning 4 and drawing one of their first 6 matches. It was then that the Kangaroo tourists left for England.

The Magpies lost virtually their entire backline when Frank McMillan, Cliff Pearce, Alan Ridley, Les Mead and Vic Hey where selected to tour. Wests would not win another game and collected the wooden spoon.

With all of their stars back on deck Wests turned the tables and won the 1934 premiership. The first and only team to do so in First Grade.

Every time a team raises the NRL Premiership Trophy they are raising a part of Wests.

The famous trophy features an embrace of Arthur Summons (Wests) and Norm Provan (St George) after the wet and muddy 1963 grand final.

The 50th anniversary of this event will be celebrated this year.

Show your passion for this great club! Get to the games this year and cheer on the boys and consider becoming a member.  Just $30 a year gets you free entry to all Magpie home games. Sign up online, its quick, easy and safe backed by PayPal.

Click here to become a member! 

Wests Tigers NSW Cup Trial Matches

The Wests Tigers NSW Cup side will be holding two trial matches in 2013 prior to the season kick off against Wentworthville and Newtown.

Wests Tigers V Wentworthville Magpies
16/2/13, 3pm, Leichhardt Oval

Wests Tigers V Newtown Jets
23/2/13, 3.30pm, Allianz Stadium

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Is there a plumber in the house?

The Western Suburbs Magpies are in urgent need for a plumber to do a few simple jobs for us. We need a sink and water fountain installed at Durant Oval, Warwick Farm.

If you can help out our club please ring 9601 2002. If the office is unattended leave a message on the answering machine and Steve Reeves will return your call

Lets get everyone up to speed...

Ok, people have been hanging for information about this season so hopefully this helps fill in some of the blanks.

HEAD COACH UPDATE - Wests Magpies are pleased to announce that Leo Epifania has agreed to coach Wests Magpies RM Team for 2013. As you know Leo is a former Wests Magpies and Illawarra 1st grade player. He also had a stint playing in France before coaching in the UK. Leo has enjoyed outstanding success coaching Wests Magpies NSW Cup in previous years. He made this decision after declining an offer from Wests Tigers to be part of their NSW Cup coaching group. Leo's role includes recruitment. :clap:

CONTRACTED PLAYERS - I will up date the forum on Monday night with those players we have signed for the coming season but I can announce that Dean RYSKO, Sam AIGA, Tom MORRISON and Amanono TOVIO have been contracted. Only put pen to paper with others on Thursday night.

ASSISTANT COACH/STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING COACH - I advertised with the RLCM for an assistant coach/strength and conditioning coach for this team. Resumes have to be in by 30 January 2013 with those called for interview being notified in due course. The successful applicant must have extensive coaching/strength and conditioning experience and hold at least a level 1 coaching course/strength and conditioning course and be willing to undertake the level 2 course.

WESTS TIGERS EXCESS PLAYERS/TRAINING/VOLUNTEERS - Wests Tigers have agreed to send back excess players from their NSW Cup and NYC. Our team has been training three days a week - from 5.30pm Durant Oval Warwick Farm each Monday, Tuesday and Thursday. Leo also had the players at training at 8am this morning for a bit of extra work. We are lucky to have the following volunteers working with us at each training session - Dave and Valerie Mc Ewan, Bluey Schafer, Jeff Aplitt, Horrie Jowsey, Charlie Tuxford and John Harbon. They are a great help to Leo and give up many hours of their spare time. :hey:

JERSEYS AND MERCHANDISE - Warren Carney, CSM, a former Wests Magpies and St George Dragons player has come on board as our preferred gear and merchandise supplier for the season. We are in the process of putting the final touches on the design of things like beer and coffee mugs, key rings, stubby holders, scarfs, hoodies, caps etc etc When finalised, details and prices will be advertised on the forum and our official web site.

MERCHANDISE DISPLAY - We are setting up a display area in the room attached to our office at The Whitlam Centre. Once up and running, people can come in and have a look at whats on offer. We have also located some old framed items, Lidcombe Oval lockers etc which we will be selling. They will also be on display.

LIMITED EDITION T SHIRT - Still waiting to hear from our supporters who may have found individuals/businesses to sponsor our T shirt at a cost of $350-00. Come on ladies and gents, you must know someone who will support this initiative.

SEASON LAUNCH/CELEBRATION OF THE HERITAGE ROUND/1964 GRAND FINAL - Friday 12 April 2013 at Wests Ashfield Leagues Club. This will be a great night of entertainment. A current player or former playing great will be seated on each table and as such you will have the opportunity to have a chat and talk about the old days. DETAILS re how to book a table or participate as an individual will be on both web sites soon. PUT THE DATE IN YOUR DIARY NOW.

We will be producing a specially designbed T shirt for this event. I will display the design once completed. I am sure you will be very impressed with the layout. It will be sold at the function and at the ground on Sunday 14 April 2013. A similar t shirt was produced in 2012 and it sold out very quickly. Wests Tigers have generously given us permission to set up a stall at the SCG to sell these shirts.

WE NEED A PLUMBER - are any of you plumbers. We need a sink and water fountain installed at Durant Oval, Warwick Farm. Simply ring 9601 2002. If the office is unattended leave a message on the answering maching and I will return your call. :agree:

Wests Tigers NSW Cup team will be coached by Paul Fletcher, Jason Williams and Joe Thomas. We wish them well for the coming season.

Leo Epifania returns as Western Suburbs Magpies coach

The Western Suburbs Magpies are pleased to announce that Leo "The Ledge" Epifania will coach our Ron Massey Cup (formerly called the Bundaberg Red Cup) team in 2013.

Leo is a Magpie man through and through with black and white blood pumping through his veins. A former Wests junior from Enfield Federals who played Presidents Cup in the early 80's for Wests before being graded in what was then called third grade in 1983 and making his first grade debut in 1984 and playing on until 1986. After playing and coaching stints in France, England and NSW Country he eventually returned to Wests to coach the Jersey Flegg side from 2004-06 then the NSW Cup side from 2007-2011. In 2012 he was assistant coach at Balmain/Ryde-Eastwood.

Welcome home Leo.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Group 6 Clubs Recruiting Well

NATHAN Hindmarsh has officially confirmed he will play for the Moss Vale Dragons this year and will be on the field for their first match of the season.
The Dragons will take on local rivals Mittagong Lions at Community Oval on March 24 and Moss Vale president Greg Maloney said the match was a priority for Hindmarsh.

Hindmarsh agreed to play for the Dragons in early December last year, but finalised his contract details closer to Christmas.

Maloney said it was a massive boost for the club after they struggled last season and could only field a second division team.

While his commitments to Fox Sports and the NRL will prevent him from playing every match throughout the season, Maloney said he would be available for most games.

The club's Ross Webb said it was not only about his contribution on the field but what he could teach the younger players.

"The big thing with Nathan playing is not only what he brings as a player but what he and Scott Geddes will be able to teach young players like Aaron Cummings, Jordan Grey, Jack Webb plus our under-18s side," he said.

"Put these players with the likes of Josh Champion, Damian Barton, Brett Cummings and Matt Conquest and things are looking very strong for the Dragons to put a competitive side on the park for 2013."

Andrew Bowie who has stepped into the role of first grade coach, previously played with Hindmarsh and also former South Sydney Rabbitoh Scott Geddes who will also be joining the club for 2013.

The big name stars have already attracted a number of players back to the club including halfback Shane Martin, Elliot Esquilant and Nick Wilkinson who returned from overseas.

Robert Wiya will also return from a shoulder injury he sustained in 2010.

"Things are looking quite bright for the club and I can see us fielding three good sides and being highly competitive. A few big names will make it interesting for spectators," Maloney said.

Training for Moss Vale starts this week on Tuesday nights (Lackey Park) and Friday Nights (Community Oval) at 6pm.

Meanwhile former wests magpies and wests tigers players Rocky Trimarchi & Shannon Gallant have reportedly signed with Narellan. Last years premiers and clayton cup holders East Campbelltown have remained largely unchanged but have lost fullback will dreves who is trialing with mounties whilst have made a play to sign Narellan player Ben Baker to cover his spot. Oakdale have recruited back 2011 premiership winning coach Brendan Reeves and will have former east campbelltown coach jason hazelton as his assistant.
Picton has also announced former wests magpies junior player Bryce Poisel will captain coach the first grade side and will be ably assisted by club veteran and stalwart Gary Dowse, they have resigned Kiel Shephard and Chris Young, prop Chris Bowers returning after a year at Kiama and halfback/hooker Tim Dengate from the Penrith Panthers  U20's .
Whilst nothing official from the club ,its reported via social media that Camden have installed former bulldogs player Mitch Newton as coach and will have another former team mate in Brent Sherwin as his assistant. The Oaks tigers have locked in league journeyman Leo Dynevor as first grade coach. Campbelltown City have reappointed Drew Dalton as captain coach and are currently in negoiations with players signings, they have however signed former oaks tigers winger nick sbezzi.
Appin are having a crack at first grade after many years as a 2nd division club and will be coached by former group 6 referee glen whiteman. Mittagong will be coached again by Scott Borg but have no news to report regarding their recrutiment. Thirlmere will be coached again by Dane Wooden but looks like they have lost their start signings from last year the Trotter Brothers who have linked with cabramatta this year.

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Wests Tigers first Trial Match in Bathurst

Wests Tigers will play Penrith Panthers in a trial match at Bathurst's Carrington Park as part of the Panthers' community carnival commitments for 2013.

Wests Tigers' first trial for the year, the February 8th match is likely to feature mostly second tier players from both sides.

Details for the game are as follows:
WHERE: Carrington Park Bathurst
WHEN: Friday 8th February 2013
TIME: Gates open 4pm
WHAT: 5pm Western Academy (U18s) versus Far West Academy, 6.30pm Penrith v Wests Tigers
ADMISSION: Adults $10, Concession $5, Under 16 admitted free

Pre-game tickets can be purchased from Bathurst Panthers reception 6330 0600
Tickets are also available at the gate
There are no grandstand bookings
Carrington Park is a licenced venue so full bar and canteen facilities available
No alcohol is to be taken into the ground
Parking will not be allowed within Carrington Park

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Welcome back CSM and Victor Sports

CSM International and Victor Sports have come back on board with the Magpies in 2013 and the club couldn't be happier.

CSM International will once again be supplying the Western Suburbs Magpies on-field and off-field players gear and a selected range of merchandise.

Victor Sports will again take up the role of being the Magpies official strapping supplier.

The Western Suburbs Magpies welcomes our returning corporate partners with open arms as together we look to rebuild our proud club and head towards a successful 2013 season in the Ron Massey Cup.

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Bundy Cup becomes Ron Massey Cup

THE long-neglected NSW Cup is set to receive a welcome profile boost in 2013, with weekly matches to be televised live as NRL curtain-raisers.

The Daily Telegraph has learned negotiations between the NSWRL and Fox Sports are well advanced to broadcast a selected match every round, which would herald the return of the traditional three-match program. The preferred timeslot for live broadcasts is 1.30pm on Saturday, before NYC and NRL fixtures at the same venue. The deal goes some way toward restoring the prestige of the senior feeder competition, which has languished in suburban and provincial ovals since the NYC's birth in 2008. But there could be further progress for the
NSW Cup beyond next year, with former NZRL boss Jim Doyle yesterday appointed to conduct a review of all feeder competitions. NRL club bosses have already made their preference for open-age football clear, believing it should replace under-20s matches as the established curtain-raiser.

The NSWRL has also confirmed the third-tier Bundaberg Cup will be re-named the Ron Massey Cup in response to the rum giant quitting its sponsorship at the end of this year.


Wednesday, January 2, 2013

FlashBack: Magpies on Barefoot Rugby League

Back in 2010 the television series Barefoot Rugby League came along to the Magpies NSW Cup training at Durrant Oval. With interviews from Steve Reeves, Chris Corby, George Keppa and Leo Epifania. Its definitely well worth watching again.