Monday, April 29, 2013

Ron Massey Cup - Rnd 4 Match Review

The Entrance travelled down the F3 last Saturday to take on a Western Suburbs side looking to atone for two
straights defeats.

It was Wests who started the better, however, with Wests Tigers NSW Cup star Taqele Nayaravaro opening the scoring after a short side raid. David Attua landed the conversion and Wests were up 6-0 after 5 minutes.

The Entrance only took 5 minutes to hit back though, with a determined, burrowing run from Tigers hooker Troy Woodley paying dividends. Jake Fitzpatrick opened his account for the afternoon and the opening 12 minutes had yielded just as many points.

The Entrance were quickly in again, with former Magpie Rhys Pritchard showing a fantastic in and away.

Fitzpatrick was on target, the Tigers leading the Magpies 12-6 on 18 minutes.

Wests weren’t about to let their faithful down and quickly hit back with a left side spread allowing Tala Mapesone to collect his second of the season. David Attua was unsuccessful with the conversion, and The Entrance led 12-10 after a quarter of the game.

Wests were quickly in again through Fusti Toutai, who capitalised of a fantastic break from Nayaravaro. Attua was again unsuccessful and Wests held a fragile 14-12 lead.

The heat at Campbelltown was conducive to more attack than defence, and it only took The Entrance five minutes to find a way back into the game, with Jake Fitzpatrick sliding through some feeble Magpies defence to score. Fitzpatrick converted his own try, and the game was fast resembling a game of touch rather than rugby league.

Wests, however, had the last say, with Taqele Nayaravaro using his considerable frame to score his
second try, easily beating the cover after a break from Magpies fullback Jy Hitchcock. Attua failed with the
conversion attempt and, despite Wests scoring four tries to three, went to halftime locked at 18 all.

Western Suburbs were first to score in the second half despite The Entrance dominating the opening stages,
with popular forward Tom Morrison using his strength to pull defenders down with him in the ingoal to score
his first of the season. David Attua was on target and Wests led 24-18.

However, that was as good as it got for the home side.

Ten minutes later, The Entrance had their fourth try, with interchange hooker Scott Jones catching the Magpie markers sleeping to burrow over under the posts. Jake Fitzpatrick added the extras and the Tigers and Magpies were locked up again at 24-all.

The Entrance were quick to add to their total, with Scott Peachy capitalising on a bomb, dropped by Tuiniua Paiaaua. Fitzpatrick was doing it easy, guiding the Tigers to a 30-24 lead.

The final 15 minutes became a black, white and gold procession. Robbie Daniels and Brad Chatfield added
quick tries before Troy Adam showed enormous strength to find a way to the line. Fitzpatrick was successful with all three conversion attempts, and The Entrance and flown out to a 48-24 lead with eight minutes to play.

Robbie Daniels finished the second half demolition job with his second try after a neat backline movement for the Tigers. Jake Fitzpatrick added the extras for The Entrance and a 30 point win.

For The Entrance, Jake Fitzpatrick was a maestro with ball in hand, while the two Troys, Adam and Woodley,
got through plenty of tough stuff in the middle. For the Magpies, Taqele Nayaravaro was head and shoulders
above the rest of the Magpie side, with Fusi Toutai and Jerome Mose showing plenty of character on a losing

Next week The Entrance are at home to Guildford, while Wests head to North Sydney Oval to take on Burwood-
North Ryde United, both games on Sunday.

THE ENTRANCE 54 (Robbie Daniels 2, Rhys Pritchard,
Scott Peachy, Jake Fitzpatrick, Troy Woodley, Troy
Adam, Scott Jones, Brad Chatfield tries; Jake Fitzpatrick
9 from 9) DEF WESTERN SUBURBS 24 (Taqele
Nayaravaro 2, Tala Mapesone, Tom Morrison, Fusi
Toutai tries; David Attua 2 from 5)
Penalties: Wests 3 The Entrance 9
Halftime: Wests 18 The Entrance 18

Western Suburbs
20. Jy Hitchcock
2. Tuiniua Paiaaua
16. Tala Mapesone
22. Taqele Nayaravaro
5. Amanono Tovio
6. Nathan Rumsby
7. David Attua
12. Tom Morrison
17. Joel Jasmin
8. Dean Rysko (C)
3. Fusi Toutai
11. Jerome Mose
4. Mason Harrison
9. Matt Jones
13. Todd Makejev
15. Jamie Anyskiewicz
21. Jai Karam

The Entrance
4. Rhys Pritchard
2. Scott Peachy
3. Robbie Daniels
18. William Gordon
5. Harley Ridge
6. Jake Fitzpatrick
19. Jye Newton
17. Orine Toutaki
9. Troy Woodley
10. Ryan Dalziel
11. Ryan Jowett
12. Alan Munro
13. Troy Adam
8. Sinbad Kali
14. Scott Jones
15. Brad Chatfield
16. Sebastian Vourlos

Harold Matthews Finals Match Report

After going through the season undefeated, Western Suburbs suffered a 54-10 loss to Parramatta in the Harold Matthews Preliminary Final at St Mary’s Leagues Stadium yesterday.
The Magpies could not hold out an impressive Eels outfit that will now face South Sydney in the decider next weekend.

Despite finishing the regular season in fifth place, the Eels came out firing and went into the half time break with a 32-0 lead.

Eels centre Mark Griffiths ran in an impressive five tries and troubled the Wests defence with every touch.
Following the 32-0 half time lead, the Eels added another two tries before the Magpies got on the board through winger Harrison Coskerie.

With the score out to 48-4, Magpies second-rower Eddie Kendall scored in the corner with just three minutes remaining.

Five-eighth Hose Leuea landed an impressive goal from the touchline to make it 48-10 in what looked as though it would be the final score.
However, the Eels went over again in the dying stages with Interchange player Cameron King helping his side crack the half-century.

Parramatta 54 (Griffiths 5, Fagaloa-Time, Tramontana, Doolan, Dargan, King tries; Fonua, Dargan goals) defeated Western Suburbs 10 (Coskerie, Kendall tries; Leuea goal)

Article thanks to Wests Tigers

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Flashback: Wests v Broncos.

On Friday 26th April 1991, Western Suburbs recorded their first ever win (and would turn out to be one of only two victories) against the Brisbane Broncos with a nail-biting 17-16 win under lights at Campbelltown Stadium. The Broncos were reduced to 12 men at around the 15 minute mark when the incumbent Australian tesst hooker, Kerrod Walters was sent off after an altercation with Graeme Wynn (subsequently, Kerrod's older brother Steve Walters became the Australian hooker and Kerrod never played for Australia again).

The Broncos scored 3 tries to 2 but it was the goalkicking of Jason Taylor who managed 4 from 4 plus a field goal that sealed the Magpies their win.

Wests 17 ( Gillespie, Cosatto tries: Taylor 4 goals and a field goal) def Brisbane 16 (Langer, Plowman, Johns tries: Matterson 2 goals)

Scrums: Wests 10-5. Penalties: Brisbnae 8-5

Crowd: 10357. Referee: Greg McCallum

Picture shows Jason Taylor getting his kick away with Broncos forward Mark Hohn ready to pounce.

Wests Tigers kicked off their NRL debut season with a 24 all draw with the Broncos at Campbelltown Stadium back on Sunday February 6, 2000. Hopefully tonight we can exceed that crowd of 15,376

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Lawrence has fond family memories supporting his team

Wests Tigers centre Chris Lawrence can't wait to run out in front of his home crowd at Campbelltown Sports Stadium to take on the Brisbane Broncos.

Lawrence is encouraging families to take advantage of a special $50 ticket offer with a free upgrade to silver category seating.

"I'm really looking forward to it, being a local junior I always getting to play at Campbelltown," said Lawrence.

"I'm looking forward to a big crowd and hopefully getting a win for them.

"$50 tickets for families is a great deal so hopefully they get down there.

"I remember as a young kid watching the Magpies with my family."


Meet Benji, Keith and Lote at Macarthur Square this Friday

Macarthur Square in Campbelltown will be a buzz of excitement on Friday, April 26, as Wests Tigers stars Benji Marshall, Lote Tuqiri and Keith Galloway assist in a banner making competition.

Tying in nicely with the school holidays, Wests Tigers Members and supporters are invited to come along to the Kellicar Lane precinct (near outdoor dining restaurants) to design their very own banner.

The best entry will be chosen at half time of our blockbuster match against the Broncos at Campbelltown Sports Stadium the following night (Saturday April 27).

The banner making will take place between 1-3pm, with the only rules being that you need to include either Meriton or Hyundai and make it as bright as possible with Wests Tigers colours!

Materials will be provided to make the banners, but you are welcome to bring your own.
If are unable to make it to Macarthur Square but still want to enter, bring your banner along to the game and it will still be in the running to win.

Marshall, Tuqiri, and Galloway will be meeting fans from 1pm in between a range of activities. Don't forget to check out our official Gearzone store on level 1 to purchase tickets and pick up the latest Wests Tigers merchandise range.

Monday, April 22, 2013

Magpies and Wests Tigers together this Saturday

Wests Tigers will be looking for the support of Members as we take on Brisbane in a pre-origin blockbuster under lights at Campbelltown Sports Stadium on Saturday, April 27th. As a bonus for Wests fans, the Magpies Ron Massey Cup will also take the field prior to the Under 20's game.

Wests Tigers players are already itching to get back out on the field and make a statement against the Broncos after a disappointing loss to St George-Illawarra.

There will be a wealth of Representative talent on show with likes of Robbie Farah, Aaron Woods and Chris Lawrence going head to head with Broncos stars Sam Thaiday, Justin Hodges, Matt Gillett and Corey Parker.

After narrowly losing to the Dragons in Round 6, the team need their fans to get behind them as they face an in-form Brisbane outfit.

Special ticket prices are on offer and are great value, with Silver and Bronze seating at just $20 for an Adult (Concession $15, Child $10).

You can buy tickets from our Gearzone stores in Concord and Campbelltown; or online

Gates open: 3:15pm
3:15pm Ron Massey Cup - Western Suburbs v The Entrance
5:15pm Holden Cup - Wests Tigers v Brisbane Broncos
7:30pm NRL - Wests Tigers v Brisbane Broncos


Wests Tigers today held a hugely successful school holiday clinic in Camden.

Youngsters from across the South West were treated to a day of fun and fitness at Kirkham Oval, Camden, which was recently awarded a large development grant with the help of Wests Tigers and the NRL.
Hundreds of kids enjoyed a great day out in Wests Tigers heartland.

The clinic wasn't just a chance to have fun, but also an opportunity for kids to develop their footballing skills to possibly emulate local hero James Tedesco, who played fullback for City Origin on Sunday.

Wests Tigers play the Brisbane Broncos at Campbelltown Stadium on Saturday night in a game billed as a chance to catch some of the stars of State of Origin in Campbelltown.

Brisbane feature Kangaroos Sam Thaiday and Justin Hodges, as well as likely Maroons Corey Parker and Matt Gillett, amongst others.

Wests Tigers will hold another clinic in the next school holidays.

In the lead up to the Wests Tigers' big clash with Brisbane Broncos at Campbelltown Stadium, the Club is celebrating big funding grants to community rugby league clubs in the region.

Wests Tigers front rower Matt Groat along with club staff joined the NSW Minister for Sport and Recreation, Graham Annesley and representatives of the NRL to award funding grants to the Camden, Thirlmere and Campbelltown Collegians clubs.

Each club has received significant funding grants from State and Local Government for essential home ground upgrades which were achieved with the assistance of Wests Tigers and the NRL.

Wests Tigers Development Manager Ben Rogers worked in conjunction with the NRL's former Wests Tigers centre John Wilson to secure the funding.

"We've been successful with three out of three grants," said Rogers.

"In conjunction with the NRL, we've helped them write their grant application, which has never really been done before.

"As you can see from the results, it's been a great boost for the community and local rugby league."

John Wilson, now working in Game Development for the NRL, began working through the process with Rogers in late 2012.

"We got together and had a look at the needs of the area and what we're trying to do in the south west corridor," said Wilson.

"As we know, it'a a growth area and it's a good opportunity for the Wests Tigers to really branch out at a number of levels in community, game development and also their government operations.

"Under the new structure that we've undertaken, it allows us better access to identify the areas that we need and to work in with these junior clubs in where they need to grow."

Wests Tigers are this week preparing for Saturday night's Broncos clash with a multitude of high profile appearances in the Campbelltown area.


Macarthur Square in Campbelltown will be a buzz of excitement on Friday April 26 as Wests Tigers stars Benji Marshall, Lote Tuqiri and Keith Galloway assist in a banner making competition.

Tying in nicely with the school holidays, Wests Tigers Members and supporters are invited to come along to “Centrecourt” at the shopping centre to design their very own banner.

The best entry will be chosen at half time of our blockbuster match against the Broncos at Campbelltown Sports Stadium the following night (Saturday April 27).

The banner making will take place between 1-3pm, with the only rules being that you need to include either Meriton or Hyundai and make it as bright as possible with Wests Tigers colours!

Materials will be provided to make the banners, but you are welcome to bring your own.

If are unable to make it to Macarthur Square but still want to enter, bring your banner along to the game and it will still be in the running to win.

Marshall, Tuqiri, and Galloway will also be making appearances at our Gearzone store, where you can pick up the latest Wests Tigers merchandise range.


Saturday, April 20, 2013

Rnd 3 - Ron Massey Cup Match Review

It was a case of black and white Déjà vu for Wests, as Blacktown recovered from a slow start to spank Wests 46-26 at HE Laybutt Reserve.

The match started promisingly for the boys from Campbelltown, with a barnstorming kick return from Tala Mapesone creating the opportunity for David Attua to touch down three tackles later. Attua missed the fairly simply conversion attempt, but the Magpies were still up 4-0 in as many minutes.

Wests posted their second try three minutes later, with some weak Blacktown defence exposed by Tom Morrison, whose strong run on the right flank resulted in points. Attua converted the second time round, with the Magpies leading 10-0.

Blacktown showed plenty of grit and resilience but it was the Magpies next to score, with a magnificent long ball from Nathan Rumsby to Tuiniua Paiaaua and a step to match from Paiaaua as he posted the black and white’s third try of the afternoon. Attua was successful with the two points, taking Wests to 16-0.

Just like last week, Wests led 16-0 after half an hour. And just like last week, Wests conceded three soft tries in the last ten minutes before half time.

The first came from a Bradlee Cummings intercept, fortunately for Blacktown as Wests had numbers on their left side. Jarrod Brackenhoffer converted from in front to pull the margin back to 16-6.

Workers were in again four minutes later, with James Davies stretching out through some tired and feeble Wests defence to score under the posts. Brackenhoffer again added the two and Blacktown were back in the game at 16-12.

Right on half time, Wests chose to spread the ball, but a knock on and quick ball movement saw the ball shifted to Waqa Blake, who had too much pace for a gallant Dean Rysko. Brackenhoffer added his third conversion from in front and Blacktown somehow found themselves up 18-16 at the interval.

The second half was only seven minutes old when Blacktown posted their fourth try. A kick through was badly fumbled by the Magpies, with Bradlee Cummings on hand to register his second of the afternoon. Brackenhoffer easily concerted and Blacktown skipped out to a 24-16 lead.

Wests were determined to ensure the game didn’t get away from them this week, and they nearly found the line on fifteen minutes only to be held up. From the ensuing play the ball, the Wests Tigers combinations paid dividends, with a wonderful ball from Adrian Haangana finding a barnstorming Inno Innoesio to score under the posts. David Attua added the extras and Wests were back to within two.

However, all the Magpie’s work was undone on the hour, with a lightning fast Fakeo Dibeci running around a compressed Magpies defence before making Sam Aiga look like a statue to score under the posts. Brackenhoffer duly put Blacktown back out to an eight point lead with his conversion.

Five minutes later, Blacktown all but sealed the game with a last tackle passing movement resulting in a rather soft Jean Le Knox out wide. Brackenhoffer missed the tricky conversion attempt, Blacktown up 34-22 with just over ten minutes to play.

Wests weren’t done though, and Inno Innoesio showed some incredible strength to carry three defenders over the line as he scored his second of the game. David Attua failed with the conversion, and although Wests only trailed 34-26 with 11 minutes on the clock, the margin clearly weighed them down.

Blacktown finished off the match with a try for Jarrod Brackenhoffer despite howls of protest from the Wests faithful over a forward pass in the lead up and a second for Fakeo Dibeci, who capitalised off a neat inside pass from Bradlee Cummings. Brackenhoffer was successful with both conversion attempts, Blacktown posting a comfortable 20 point victory.

For Blacktown, Jarrod Brackenhoffer was a thorn in the side of the Wests defence, whileJake Attard and Michael Ross led the way in the pack. For the Magpies, Soni Passi was a human wrecking ball, beating the first tackle every time, while Adrian Haangana and, yet again, Dean Rysko, had big games.

Next week Blacktown head to McCredie Park to face off against Guildford, while the Magpies fly back to their nest in Campbelltown to take on The Entrance.

BLACKTOWN 46 (Bradlee Cummings 2,, Fakeo Dibeci 2 James Davies, Waqa Blake, Jean Le Knox, Jarrod Brackenhoffer tries; Jarrod Brackenhoffer 7 from 8) DEF WESTERN SUBURBS 26 (Inno Innoesio 2, David Attua, Tom Morrison, Tuiniua Paiaaua tries; David Attua 3 from 5)

Penalties: Wests 4 Blacktown 3

Halftime: Blacktown 18 Wests 16

Western Suburbs

1. Sam Aiga
2. Tuiniua Paiaaua
3. Fusi Toutai
11. Mason Harrison
16. Tala Mapesone
6. Nathan Rumsby
7. David Attua
18. Soni Passi
9. Matt Jones
10. Dean Rysko
22. Luke Williams
12. Tom Morrison
13. Adrian Haangana

4. Jerome Mose
14. Matiasi Toutai
17. Joel Jasmin
20. Inno Innoesio


1. Scott Buckley
23. Derek Goulding
2. Waqa Blake
4. Jean Le Knox
5. Fakeo Debici
6. Jarrod Brackenhoffer
22. Bradlee Cummings
8. Michael Ross
9. Jake Attard
10. Josh Butfield
17. Chad Grant
13. Bradley Cheshire
11. Jake Shearer

14. James Davies
16. Willie Laufalau
18. Dwayne Moseley
19. David Andjelic

By Keith Topolski 

Members to choose 2014 Jersey

Wests Tigers are embarking on industry leading initiative, in a first for NRL clubs.

Wests Tigers are pleased to announce that we are allowing our Members and fans to design our 2014 Home Jersey.

Following the success of the Women in League jersey design competition, which received over 70 entries, the Club has replicated the idea for the 2014 main strip.

Wests Tigers Members and fans have a chance to be involved by submitting their design for our new jersey, with the Club having the current design for the past three seasons.

Anybody can send their design in, with our Members eventually deciding on the finalists. The playing squad, combined with members of a selection committee, will have the final say on the design.

Entries will close on Wednesday May 1 so be quick!

CLICK HERE to download the entry form.

You can enter the competition by sending your entry to

105 Years Ago Today... We came to Play

One hundred and five years ago today, Western Suburbs played their first competition match when the inaugural NSWRL season of 1908 kicked off. Easter Monday, 20th April 1908 saw the NSWRL stage double headers at Wentworth Park and Birchgrove Oval. For Western Suburbs, it wasn't the start they wanted, going down to current joint-venture partner, Balmain by 24-0. (other results that famous day were Souths 11 def Norths 7 at Birchgrove whilst at Wentworth Park, Easts 32 def Newtown 16 and Glebe 8 def Newcastle 5).

The Wests team that day was

fullback: G Duffin; threequarters: C Blake, B Duggan, T Phelan, P Franks; halves: R Gormley, L Gormley; fowards: J Abercrombie, T Mount, J Stack (capt), E Mead, W Elliot, A Brown.

Western Suburbs would go onto to win just one match that year, a one point victory over Newtown.

Below is a team photo during the 1908 season.

Five years ago on this day in 2008, Western Suburbs and Balmain returned to Birchgrove Oval for the celebration of the Centenary of Rugby League.

On that day the tables were turned and Western Suburbs defeated Balmain 36-24 in their NSW Cup clash.


Friday, April 19, 2013

Photos from Gladiators Heritage Night

The Western Suburbs Magpies held a gala dinner to commemorate to 50th anniversary of the 1963 Grand Final between Wests and St George. A match immortalised with the post match embrace of Wests' Arthur Summons and Saints' Norm Provan.

Guests of Honour at this event include “The Gladiators” themselves Arthur Summons & Norm Provan plus special guest Tom Raudonikis.

Entertainment was provided by comedian Vince Sorrenti.

 Check out ALL the photos of the night with the link below.
Magpies Heritage Night Photos

Monday, April 15, 2013

Ron Massey Cup - Rnd 2 Match Review

Windsor overcame an early scare to dispatch Western Suburbs 50-22 last Saturday at Campbelltown Stadium.

The late inclusion of Wests Tigers young gun Matt Groat seemed to boost the enthusiasm of the young magpies and Groat made an immediate impact, touching down after just two minutes, a strong run up the middle of the Wolves defence ensuring that Windsor knew they were dealing with an NRL player. David Atuau added the extras from in front for an early 6-0 lead.

Wests showed plenty of enthusiasm and creativity, even if they occasionally lacked for execution, with the magpie’s energy also costing them some silly penalties.

However, Wests overcame this and added to their early lead on 20 minutes, with Adrian Haangana going through a gaping hole behind the Windsor markers to touch down. David Atuau converted from a simple position to extend the Wests lead to 12-0.

Seven minutes later, Wests were in again, Jerome Mose touching down out wide after an enormous show of strength by Mason Harrison to stand and offload. Atuau was unsuccessful with the far more difficult conversion attempt from fives metres inside the western touchline, the Magpies cruising at 16-0.

Then came a seven minute period leading into the break which shook the confidence of the black and whites to the core. Seven minutes before the break, Jake Butler-Fleming found himself with plenty of space to get around his opposite number to score. Liam Ayoub missed the conversion, Windsor trailing 16-4.

Four minutes later, a dummy half run from Liam Ayoub showed that Wests were also having problems marking up behind their markers, Ayoub darting through the gap and racing 60 metres despite the despairing dive of Sam Aiga. Ayoub converted his own try from in front to reduce the deficit to 16-10.

Then, just as the first half was winding down, Windsor kicked as the siren sounded, and what could only be described as a room service bounce found Eddie Aiona streaming through to collect the ball and touch down under the posts. Liam Ayoub added the extras to leave the Magpies and Wolves locked at 16-16 at the break.

The interval seemed to knock Wests around, with plenty of ill discipline and dropped ball in the second half.

Windsor took just 11 minutes to find the line, with Atonio Pelasasa strolling through some terrible defence to score. Liam Ayoub converted to put Windsor in front for the first time with just under half an hour remaining.

Two minutes later, Hutch Maiava was on the receiving end of a hot potato raid down the Wests left hand side to put Windsor out by more than a single score. Ayoub was doing it easy bynow, easily converting for a 28-16 lead.

The game took a dour turn across the next ten minutes, and the drop in intensity was shown up perfectly by Chris Satae, who strolled across field off a goal line drop out before finding a hole in the Magpie line. Ayoub added the extras for a 34-16 lead.

Windsor then turned on the flair three minutes later, with Nick Mataia darting down the right wing before kicking desperately in field, a surprisingly fast Krys Freeman backing up to dive on the loose ball for a try under the posts. Ayoub added his fifth goal of the day for a 40-16 lead with 13 minutes to play.

Five minutes later, Windsor found room on the left flank, with Kieren Croft outpacing Sam Aiga with a spectacular lunge for the corner. Liam Ayoub was unable to add the extras, Windsor leading 44-16 as the lights kicked in.

Four minutes later, a Ben Stewart grubber kick found Liam Ayoub steaming in to add his second of the day. He proceeded to convert his own try, and Windsor had hit the half century with four minutes on the clock.

A plucky Wests would have the last say, though, with a wide kick bouncing kindly for Fusi Toutai to score as time ticked over. David Atuau piloted the conversion through from the touchline for a 50-22 scoreline at fulltime.

Windsor’s halves dominated, with Hutch Maiava leading the way in the pack. For the Magpies, Sam Aiga and Dean Rysko again led the way, with Inno Innoesio showing great enthusiasm off the bench.

Next weekend, Windsor head home to face off against Guildford, while Wests head up the M7 to face off against Blacktown.

WINDSOR 50 (Liam Ayoub 2, Jake Butler-Fleming, Eddie Aiona, Atonio Pelasasa, Hutch Maiava, Chris Satae, Krys Freeman, Kieren Croft tries; Liam Ayoub 7 from 9) DEF WESTS 22 (Matt Groat, Adrian Haangana, Jerome Mose, Fusi Toutai tries; David Atuau 3 from 4)

Penalties: Wests 6 Windsor 6

Halftime: Wests 16 Windsor 16

Western Suburbs

1. Sam Aiga
2. Tuiniua Paiaaua
3. Fusi Toutai
11. Mason Harrison
16. Tala Mapesone
6. Nathan Rumsby
15. David Atuau
8. Dean Rysko
9. Matt Jones
22. Matt Groat
4. Jerome Mose
12. Tom Morrison
13. Adrian Haangana

14. Matiasi Toutai
10. Seffa Silafau
20. Inno Innoesio
18. Soni Passi


1. Adam Williams
2. Nick Mataia
11. Kieren Croft
4. Jake Butler-Fleming
5. Eddie Aiono
6. Ben Stewart ©
7. Liam Ayoub
17. Sam Hollis
9. Krys Freeman
18. Felise Kini Taukafa
8. Ryan Tramonte
12. Shenelle Haumono
13. Rangi Tangiloa
14. Chris Satae
15. Atonio Pelasasa
16. Iszak Taalili
10. Hutch Maiava

Match report by Keith Topolski 

Auction: Match Worn WT Magpie Heritage Jerseys

Wests Tigers Heritage jerseys from our blockbuster match against the St George-Illawarra Dragons are now up for auction.

The game-worn Western Suburbs themed jerseys will be signed by the players and are a great collectors item for any passionate supporter.

The jerseys celebrate 50 years since the 1963 Grand Final, where Western Suburbs controversially lost to St George 8-3 amidst the Dragons’ 11-straight premiership run.

These jerseys are an exclusive item and a rare opportunity.

The 25 jerseys are now open for bidding.

Each jersey has a reserve price of $400, which will need to be met before the auction closes at 7pm Sunday April 21.


Magpie Shaun Spence makes NRL Debut

Wests Tigers second rower Shaun Spence was a mixture of emotions after making his NRL debut in a losing side. Spence had previously thought his career had been cut short by injury, but fought back to run out onto the hallowed turf of the SCG.

Watch his post match interview on Wests Tigers TV

  • Date of Birth: 11 October, 1991 
  • Height: 190 cm
  • Weight: 106 kg
  • Position: Second Row
  • Rep. Honours: Nil
  • Junior Clubs: Griffith Black and Whites
  • Previous Clubs: Western Suburbs Magpies
  • FG Debut: 14th April 2013. Wests Tigers vs Dragons
  • Club Debut: 14th April 2013. Wests Tigers vs Dragons
    Shaun is one of the rising quality back-rowers at Wests Tigers who made a strong impression in his first season in 2010.

    A hard trainer with a high work rate, he is a strong leader amongst his team-mates.

    Shaun is studying a Bachelor of Business course at UWS.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Magpie Mascot Returns For Heritage Match

Its been a long time coming but wests magpies very own mascot Morris the Magpie will make a triumphant return to the big time on sunday in the hertiage match at the SCG between wests tigers & st george illawarra. Since the merger morris the magpie hasnt been seen at too many NRL fixtures but former magpie and current chairmen Mick Liubinskas & mangager of football operations Steve Reeves pulled some strings and made a call to morris and he accepted with a squark !! All you kiddies on the fence make sure you say hi to him and get as many photos as you can.

The match celebrates the 50th Anniversary of the 1963 grand final match between the wests magpies & st george dragons which many say wests were robbed.

I haven't forgiven him: Kelly

Australian Hooker of the Century and Wests legend Noel Kelly has lost none of the famous fire which saw him develop a reputation as one of the most fearsome players in the rugby league world.

Wests Tigers will this week celebrate the 50th anniversary of Western Suburbs' famous 8-3 loss to the mighty St George in the 1963 Grand Final at the SCG.

Controversy surrounding the referring performance of Darcy Lawler persists to this day, with Kelly and others still convinced Lawler had a wager on a St George victory.

"Having been there, having seen it all take place, it's pretty hard to forget," said Kelly.
"We were never going to win, simple as that."

An apparent try for Wests was ruled out and Johnny King scored a try for St George after appearing to be tackled by two Wests players.

"He's been told to get up," said Kelly. "The referee told him to get up and he was telling us to get off him.
"No I haven't forgiven him, how could I?

"We were all struggling, battling to work and play. We were getting no money to play, getting belted every weekend.

"To see yourself in a position to win… If Wests were to have won that Grand Final all that images of Ian Walsh and blokes like that holding up the trophy, that would have been us.

"That would have been Arthur Summons standing up there."

Kelly and the other stars from that famous Grand Final became part of arguably the greatest Kangaroo side to ever go on tour, claiming the Ashes in England for the first time following a 50-12 destruction of the previously all conquering British.

Wests and St George players made up a large part of that touring side and the friendships formed in the earlier 1960s are testament to power of Rugby League ability to bring people together.

"The 60's were the greatest days, I'd do it all again," said Kelly.

"We're all great mates. Our wives are too. When we'd play them at the SCG, all our wives would sit together.

"I still go out and see Reg Gasnier and the others."

3pm on Sunday will be a special time for Kelly and his mates as the two sides make their way on to the SCG they've graced so many times before.

"It just makes you feel good to walk out there," said Kelly.

"I enjoy watching the young players get their chance. They've got plenty of guts.

"We should never have left the SCG."

Lawrence proud to pull on Magpie Jersey Again

Wests Tigers centre Chris Lawrence was the guest columnist for the weekly 'Tiger Talk' column.
The colum is part of a weekly Tiger Talk feature in the Campbelltown Advertiser each Wednesday.

We may have been beaten but I know we walked off AAMI Park on Monday night proud of our performance.

No one likes to get beaten in professional sport. You work so hard all week in preparing for a match and then it comes down to an 80 minute performance.

For us on Monday night, I thought we played very well against the Melbourne Storm but the pressure of not seeing much ball and doing plenty of defensive work told in the back end.

The Storm are not premiers and world club champions for no reason. However I thought we threw plenty at them in attack and we looked dangerous at times.

Our defence was much better than the previous week’s loss to Manly.

We took plenty of confidence out of our performance and we will look to capitalise on this when we take on the rejuvenated St George-Illawarra Dragons at the Sydney Cricket Ground this Sunday.

As a Magpies junior, I will be very proud again to pull on the Western Suburbs heritage jersey as the Club celebrates the 50th anniversary of the 1963 Grand Final between the Magpies and the Dragons.

The Dragons won the premiership that year but the match is well remembered for the famous ‘Gladiators’ photo of rivals captains Arthur Summons (Wests) and Norm Provan (St George).

I speak on behalf of all my team-mates when I say we are very much looking forward to playing on the hallowed turf of the SCG.

Having played there before and being a sports lover myself, it is a just a wonderful feeling to be able to run onto the turf that has graced so many champions in the past.

You can’t help but get caught up in the history of the SCG, especially in the dressing rooms where you see endless records of Test cricket centuries scored there and some of the names that have sat there before us. It certainly does give you a lift.

Wests Tigers have planned a huge range of entertainment and activities to mark the occasion and I encourage plenty of our fans to head out to the SCG for what will be a wonderful day.

Players from the 1963 Grand Final will do a lap of honour before the main game too. It is always great to remember our past champions so make sure you give them a warm round of applause.

Tickets are still available for the match. I can’t wait for Sunday.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Pre-order your Wests Tigers Heritage Jersey now

The 2013 Magpies inspired Heritage jersey, celebrating 50 years since the 1963 Grand Final, will be worn by the Wests Tigers in this Sunday’s big game against the Dragons at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

I think all Wests supporters will agree the design looks great!

Well you can be the first to grab the Heritage strip (RRP $160) by pre-ordering, with stock to arrive by May 15.
Pre-ordering is easy, simply email or call (02)8741 3300.

Also our exciting new Wests Tigers Winter range is in-store now.

Get yourself a new hoodie or polo in one of our Gearzone stores, located at Macarthur Square Campbelltown or Concord Oval.

Alternatively, you can purchase the new range at the big game on Sunday, with the Merchandise marquee being set up inside Gate E.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

R.I.P Jake Kedzlie

The teenage grandson of Western Suburbs legend Tommy Raudonikis died in hospital after suffering critical head injuries during a weekend match on the NSW north coast.

The family of Jake Kedzlie, 15, made the agonising decision to switch off his life support on Monday morning after he was struck in the head during an Under 16s match in Toormina, just south of Coffs Harbour, on Saturday.

On behalf of all the Wests Magpies community (our Board, Wests Ashfield, players, coaches , officials , members and supporters), we offer both Tommy and the rest of Jakes family our condolences and support during this tough time. 

Monday, April 8, 2013

Heritage Round Blockbuster at SCG

Wests Tigers are expecting the biggest crowd of the season to pack the Sydney Cricket Ground for the blockbuster Heritage Round 6 fixture against St George-Illawarra Dragons.

Wests Tigers are out for revenge against St George-Illawarra when we take on the Dragons at the SCG 50 years after the legendary 1963 Grand Final.

Both clubs will wear replica 1963 jerseys on Sunday, April 14 3.00pm at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
In a game that went down in infamy, the mighty St George defeated Western Suburbs 8-3 on their way to 11 consecutive premierships, in a game shrouded in refereeing controversy.

The Grand Final is also famous for providing the stage for the most famous photo in Australian Rugby League - the Gladiators image, which now adorns the NRL trophy.

The Gladiators, Wests halfback Arthur Summons and St George enforcer Norm Provan, will be on hand at the SCG with a host of other legends from the era in what will be a truly special occasion.

Wests Tigers are encouraging supporters to secure their seats early in anticipation of the huge crowd expected.

Book your ticket now!!!

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Wonderful Wests Weekend

What a "WONDERFUL WESTS WEEKEND" do we have install for you this APRIL 12-14 !!!

First we'll serve you up "The Gladiators" gala dinner at Wests Ashfield this Friday night.

Then double your pleasure with TWO Western Suburbs Magpies games on Saturday at Campbelltown Stadium.

Finally on Sunday we knock you for SIX when Wests Tigers take to the SCG wearing Magpie jerseys in the NRL Heritage Round.

FRIDAY - 12th April

1963 GrandFinal between Wests and St George

Guests of Honour:
“The Gladiators” Arthur Summons & Norm Provan
Special Guest: Tom Raudonikis

Featuring: Vince Sorrenti
Date: Friday, April 12th 2013
Time: 7pm for 7:30pm start
Dress: Lounge Suit
Venue: Wests Ashfield Leagues Club
Tickets: $120 p/h or Table of 8 for $850

Each table is hosted by your own Magpie Legend
Steve Broughton, Ray Cashmere, Neville Charlton, Trevor Cogger, Bob Cooper, Peter Dimond, John Dorahy, Ian Freeman, Steve Georgallis, David Gillespie, John Hayes, Noel Kelly, Stephen Knight, George Moroko, Don Parish, Ian Schubert, John Skandalis, Wayne Smith & Harry Wells.

Tickets NOW AVAILABLE from
or call 1300 12 10 12 or from Wests Ashfield Leagues Club.

SATURDAY - 13th April

Western Suburbs Magpies Harold Matthews vs Penrith Panthers - 10am Campbelltown Stadium
Western Subuirbs Magpies Ron Massey Cup vs Windsor Wolves - 5pm Campbelltown Stadium

SUNDAY - 14th April

Gates Open: 12:30PM
Wests Tigers vs St George Illawarra - NYC Kick Off: 12:45PM
Wests Tigers vs St George Illawarra - NRL Kick Off: 3:00PM

Junior League passes will be accepted at the match.

Both the Wests Tigers and St George Illawarra Dragons will celebrate the 50 year since the 1963 Grand Final at the Sydney Cricket Ground between St George and Western Suburbs. The two sides will take the field in Heritage playing strips.

Players from the 1963 Grand Final will do a lap of honour – led by the NSW Police Pipe Band.
At half-time of the NRL, over 1600 kids from schools across NSW will take the field as part of the Dance Spectacular. The Hyundai Velosters will also be racing during the break of the NRL.
Junior League games will be taking place at half-time in the Under 20s game.
St Gregory's choir will be performing the national anthem.
The game will also have the largest big screen in the southern hemisphere.
Other activities at the ground include a Jumping castle and face painters.

Wests! Wests! Wests!

Epifania philosophic about Magpies 2013 season

The Western Suburbs Magpies will make their debut in the Ron Massey Cup in season 2013, with the famous foundation club looking to rebuild through the third-tier competition.

Speaking with NSWRL Media, Coach Leo Epifania revealed the Magpies have had to ‘start from scratch’ leading into their Round One clash with Auburn this weekend.

“The way things have gone with Western Suburbs and joining the Ron Massey Cup means we’re back to square one,” Epifania said.

“We’ve had to put together a squad who weren’t concerned about money and were just focused on playing football and that’s a culture we’ve always tried to foster at the club.”

Epifania, a former Western Suburbs junior and first grade player, admitted that whilst the current situation wasn’t ideal, he was prepared to take the up the challenge of restoring the Magpies once again.

“I’ve been involved with Wests for a long time and we’ve had to do this a few times before.

“We’re not a team that’s kept 10 players from last year’s squad, and the way things are with the Wests Tigers merger means we sometimes don’t know where we are leading into a season.

“Ideally we’d like to have the core of a team in place but unfortunately rebuilding is just part of a coach’s job… we have a good crop of young guys here with a heap of potential who want to further their careers so it’s a positive time.”

Despite the difficulties associated with rebuilding an entire team, Epifania still has high aspirations for the foundation club and hopes the addition of new players will bring a sense of enthusiasm to the club.

“As a coach, I know no other way than to build towards the finals,” Epifania added.

“If I feel there a people or positions that aren’t cutting it and stopping us from achieving our goals then I’ll keep searching for the right squad until it comes together.

“I’m not expecting it to all come together for Round 1… but I’m hopeful we’ll get it right throughout the year and we’ll see progress sooner rather than later.”

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Match Report - Ron Massey Cup Round 1 - Western Suburbs Magpies v Auburn Warriors

Ron Massey Cup debutants Western Suburbs opened their 2013 account with a gritty 18-8 victory over Auburn at a damp and overcast Lidcombe Oval.

Auburn were hit with injury before kick-off, losing prop Hala Akauloa during the warm-up, and they struggled early to contain the initially enthusiastic Magpies.

Auburn had the first genuine opportunity of the match after seven minutes, with a break on their left flank for Harmony Hunt. However, Wests custodian Sam Aiga was not only up for the challenge, but flattened Hunt in the one on one challenge.

However, Auburn only had to wait five minutes for their next chance, and this time they took full advantage, with a sweeping backline movement catching Wests short on the Western side, a short kick in field finding Cliff Nye, who touched down just inside the Western touchline. Damien Mostyn was unsuccessful with the conversion attempt, Auburn up 4-0 on 13 minutes.

Auburn dominated the Magpies pack, with several poor attacking options from Wests punctuated by Auburn penalties and plenty of dropped ball from the Black and Whites. Although Auburn failed to make much impression on the Magpies in attack, their composure allowed for plenty of energy to be expended in a big defensive effort.

Auburn capitalised on consecutive penalties, first for a shoulder charge and then, off for hands on the ball on the very next tackle, to add to the score on the half hour, with a left side backline move finding an unmarked Fiteli Fatai, who scrambled over in the South-Eastern corner. Once again, though, Damien Mostyn found the difficult conversion attempt a bridge too far, and Auburn found themselves ahead 8-0 after 31 minutes.

The Magpies had their best first half chance after an awkward kick-off resulted in an Auburn knock-on, but poor handling ensured the try went begging. The remainder of the first half was marred by poor ball handling, with the Warriors going into half time up 8-0.

Both sides opened the second half full of energy, with Auburn unable to add to their first half tally despite some excellent backline movement. However, it only took five minutes for Wests to begin to control the momentum, with a high tackle penalty followed by a desperate lunge by Auburn to knock the ball on with the Magpies having two unmarked men on the outside.

The Magpies took advantage of their early momentum, with a strong run by Tala Mapesone seeing him carry two defenders over the line to score as Mapesone injured his shoulder. Late inclusion David Atuau was successful with his conversion attempt, bringing the Magpies back within two points at 8-6.

Both sides threw caution to the wind, with the Magpies determined to capitalise on their momentum, while the Warriors needed to halt the flow of the game. The Warriors started to get on top of the Magpies pack and on 61 minutes, the Warriors nearly got through some feeble defence. However, on the next tackle, the ball popped loose and, with Auburn’s attack having compressed, the Magpies immediately spun the ball to the left, with Tuiniua Paiaaua racing 50 metres to put the Magpies in front. The difficult conversion attempt was missed by David Atuau, Wests up 10-8 on the hour.

Auburn fullback Michael Gibson coughed up the ball after a tackle which looked a little high, however referee Scot Murray called a knock-on, and the Magpies took advantage at the end of the set. As Wests looked to pass wide, Auburn rushed up and Magpies five-eighth Nathan Rumsby had no choice but to kick for winger Amanono Tovio. Tovio showed incredible skill to not only mark the ball but to tip toe along the dead ball line before throwing it back in, with centre Fusi Toutai on hand to ground the loose ball. Atuau was again unsuccessful with the conversion attempt, Wests holding a 14-8 lead going into a tense last 15 minutes.

Despite Auburn’s need for a try, they never looked like breaking the Magpies line. There was no lack of effort on the Warrior’s part, but the scrambling defence for the Magpies was immense, even if their defence in the middle sometimes left a little to be desired.

As the Magpies sought to set up for a match-winning field goal, second rower Mason Harrison decide four was better than one, with a bustling charge, in which he beat the same two defenders twice, to score adjacent to the posts. David Atuau missed with the simple conversion attempt, Wests getting out to an 18-8 lead with just 30 seconds to play.

Auburn’s gallant attempt to claim a consolation try was in vain, with the short kick-off being knocked on.

For the Magpies, Sam Aiga was immense at the back in a sublime performance, while Soni Paasi and Dean Rysko led the way for the Magpie’s pack.

Wests coach Leo Epifania said that, while he was pleased with the big pick-up in enthusiasm in the second half, there was plenty of work still to do.

Next week, the Magpies return to Campbelltown to take on Windsor, with kick-off at 5pm Saturday, while Auburn head out to McCredie Oval to face against against another RMC debutant in Guildford.

WESTS 18 (Tala Mapesone, Tuiniua Paiaaua, Fusi Toutai, Mason Harrison tries; David Atuau 1 from 4) def AUBURN 8 (Cliff Nye, Fiteli Fatai tries; Damien Mostyn 0 from 2)

Halftime: Auburn 8-0

Penalties: Auburn 5 Wests 5

Western Suburbs

1. Sam Aiga
2. Tuiniua Paiaaua
16. Fusi Toutai
4. Jerome Mose
5. Amanono Tovio
6. Nathan Rumsby
15. David Atuau
8. Seffa Silafau
9. Matt Jones
10. Tom Morrison
11. Mason Harrison
12. Adrian Haangana
13. Dean Rysko

3. Tala Mapesone
14. Matiasi Toutai
17. Joel Jasmin
18. Soni Paasi

COACH: Leo Epifania


1. Michael Gibson
2. Cliff Nye
3. Harmony Hunt
4. Heka Nanai
5. Fiteli Fatai
6. Damien Mostyn
7. Jarrod Roberts
8. Tupou Iongi
9. Henry-Ah-Sam
20. Traydin Fonoia
11. Jayson Gerecs
12. Sione Tovo
13. Chris Salem

14. John Joseph
15. Alby Boaza
16. Fata Fotu-Moala
17. Ray Tafokitau

COACH: Darren Maroon

Friday, April 5, 2013

SCG Heritage Match Game Day Info

Wests Tigers wish to advise Members and fans of the following information ahead of the Round 6 match against the St George Illawarra Dragons at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Sunday, April 14.

Tickets are still available for the match. Tickets can be purchased through Wests Tigers Gearzone stores at Concord Oval and Macarthur Square, or by ringing 132 849.

There is also a special $50 Family pass ticket offer available for General Admission.

Gates Open: 12:30PM
NYC Kick Off: 12:45PM
NRL Kick Off: 3:00PM


Junior League passes will be accepted at the match.

Both the Wests Tigers and St George Illawarra Dragons will celebrate the 50 year since the 1963 Grand Final at the Sydney Cricket Ground between St George and Western Suburbs. The two sides will take the field in Heritage playing strips.

There is still some corporate seating available. Please call (02) 8741 3300 and ask for the sponsorship department.

Wests Tigers will have a merchandise marquee set up inside Gate E. Members are encouraged to use their vouchers on the day. All purchases over $20 will receive a Special Heritage Round gift (while stocks last).

All supporters are encouraged to travel to the match via public transport. For up to date travel information for buses, ferries and trains, please click here.

There is a limited amount of disability parking available. To enquire about availability and/or to make a booking, please call (02) 8741 3300.

Players from the 1963 Grand Final will do a lap of honour – led by the NSW Police Pipe Band.
At half-time of the NRL, over 1600 kids from schools across NSW will take the field as part of the Dance Spectacular. The Hyundai Velosters will also be racing during the break of the NRL.
Junior League games will be taking place at half-time in the Under 20s game.
St Gregory's choir will be performing the national anthem.
The game will also have the largest big screen in the southern hemisphere.
Other activities at the ground include a Jumping castle and face painters.

Supporters bus to the SCG for Magpies Heritage Match

The Wests Tigers are taking expressions of interest from our Members and fans that want to catch a Supporters bus to the SCG on Sunday April 14 for our Round 6 match.

Our Heritage Round game against the St George Illawarra Dragons is not one to be missed, however our bus will only operate if we get sufficient numbers.

There will be three pick up locations; Campbelltown Leagues Club at 10:15am, Wests Ashfield at 11:30am and the Old Balmain Leagues Club Rozelle at 12:10pm (all approximate times).

The bus is $20 for Wests Tigers Members and $25 for non-Members. The bus will reach the SCG at 12:30pm.


If you are interested in catching the bus to the SCG, please call (02) 8741 3300 or email by 5pm Thursday April 11. We will notify whether the Bus will be running on the Friday.

Thursday, April 4, 2013

WSDRLFC Membership Badges update

All current financial members of the Western Suburbs District Rugby League Football Club (WSDRLFC) have had their membership badges mailed out earlier today. Those who are not current financial members, will be notified shortly.

The club wishes to apologise for the delay in having the badges mailed out and greatly appreciates the patience of its members.

Thank you.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Leo names his team for Round 1

Western Suburbs head coach Leo Epifania has today named his team for the Magpies first match in the Ron Massey Cup when they take on the Auburn Warriors at Lidcombe Oval this Saturday at 3pm.

1. Sam Aiga
2. Tuiniua Paiaaua
3. Tala Mapesone
4. Jerome Mose
5. Amanono Tovio
6. Nathan Rumsby
7. Jhy Karam
8. Seffa Silafau
9. Matt Jones
10. Tom Morrison
11. Mason Harrison
12. Adrian Haangana
13. Dean Rysko

14. Matiasi Toutai
15. Todd Makejev
17. Joel Jasmin
18. Jamie Anyszkiewicz

COACH: Leo Epifania

The Ron Massey Cup is a third division competition behind the NRL and NSW Cup. It has previously been known as the Metropolitan Cup, Jim Beam Cup and Bundy Red Cup.

This year the Western Suburbs Magpies will be boosted by players who are not required for Wests Tigers duties.

We hope to see many Wests supporters at the game as we hope to turn around our fortunes after a disasterous 2012.

 Auburn Warriors Team List

1. Michael Gibson
2. Cliff Nye
3. Harmony Hunt
4. Heka Nanai
5. Fiteli Fatai
6. Damien Mostyn
7. Jarrod Roberts
8. Tupou Iongi
9. Henry-Ah-Sam
10. Hala Akauola
11. Jayson Gerecs
12. Sione Tovo
13. Chris Salem

14. John Joseph
15. Alby Boaza
16. Fata Fotu-Moala
17. Ray Tafokitau
18. Pat Mafi

19. Tyrone Shelley
20. Traydin Fonoia
21. Rajan Opetai Halls

COACH: Darren Maroon