Saturday, June 29, 2013

Magpies Christmas in July Merchandise Sale

Now is the time to get in and get stocked up in Black and White with these Christmas in July Specials!

Package deal: Grey Muscle T Shirt & Black Heritage T Shirt $25-00 for the set.

Beanie and scarf set $35-00.

Snap back caps $25-00 each.

Key rings $15-00 each or two for $20-00.

Stubby holders $10-00.

Hoodies $50-00.

Coffee Mugs $20-00.  

Beer Mugs $25-00

Limited edition polo shirts $30-00.

Spray jackets – sizes small and medium only $35-00.

Coach’s - jacket – 5XL only.  (Two in stock)

• Prices plus postage and handling.

Visit this page for more details and photos


Todays match between Western Suburbs and Windsor has been postponed to a future date due to bad weather.

Please pass this message on to anyone you know who was planning on attending this match.

We will keep you up to date on our Website, Facebook and Twitter in regards to when this match will now be held.

The Ashes Dinner at Wests Ashfield

Wests Ashfield Leagues Club will be holding a celebration dinner on Wednesday the 10th July 2013 to celebrate our own Michael Clarke captaining the Australian squad in the 2013 Ashes tour.

See the flyer below for more details.

Win $10,000 by entering the Magpies 250 Club

Western Suburbs Magpies are running a 250 club cash draw.  Only 250 tickets will be sold at a cost of $100-00 each.

PRIZE - $10,000-00 CASH.

To be drawn at 7pm on Wednesday 7 September 2013 at Wests Ashfield Leagues Club.
The winner does not have to be present to claim the prize.

The winner will be contacted by telephone and advertised at

Tickets can be purchased from Wests Magpies office, The Whitlam Leisure Centre, 90A Memorial Avenue Liverpool.  If you wish to take a book or two to sell, please ring Steve on 0423 454 661 or 9601 2002 and leave a message.

Western Suburbs District Rugby League Football Club Limited
ACN 003 390 467.  ABN 86 b737 410 058

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Wests Tigers School Holiday Clinics

Wests Tigers will hold junior clinics across our development areas these school holidays and give kids the chance to play on the same turf as their football heroes!

Youngsters will run through rugby league skills and drills in a fun environment at Leichhardt Oval, Campbelltown Sports Stadium or Loseby Park, Bowral.

Clinics cost just $25 and include a free lunch, ball and Wests Tigers hat to take home.
Register now to get involved in the fun, pick up new skills and get active with Wests Tigers!

Venue: Balmain
Date: Tuesday 9th July
Time: 10am – 1pm
Venue: Leichhardt Oval
Cost: $25 – includes lunch, ball and Wests Tigers hat
Register for Wests Tigers July Holiday Clinic - Balmain
Date: Monday 8th July
Time: 10am – 1pm

Venue: Campbelltown Sports Stadium
Cost: $25 – includes lunch, ball and Wests Tigers hat
Group 6/ Southern Highlands
Date: Thursday 4th July
Time: 10am – 1pm
Venue: Bowral
Cost: $25 – includes lunch, ball and Wests Tigers hat
Register for Wests Tigers July Holiday Clinic - Bowral or Campbelltown

Lawrence says winning every game is necessary

Wests Tigers centre, and Magpie junior Chris Lawrence says he side must treat every game as must-win as they look to claw their way back into the top 8.

Watch his interview here...

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Magpies - End of Year Golf Day

Join us for Western Suburbs Magpies Golf Day will be held on Wednesday the 14th of August 2013 at Camden Lakeside Country Club. All proceeds will be used to Develop our District Junior Rugby League Players.

Junior League Appreciation Round

The Wests Tigers NRL side received plenty of attention in their game against the Raiders on Saturday night for wearing “colourful socks” which were a part of our Junior League Appreciation Round celebrations.

Each NRL player pulled on their Junior Club’s socks in the game at Campbelltown Sports Stadium to recognise the importance that grassroots footy plays in Rugby League.

It proved a good omen, with the side recording a memorable 17-12 victory. Earlier in the evening, 15 Western Suburbs Junior League Clubs participated in the annual lap of honour with over 2000 parents and children taking part in the “March Past”.

Clubs embraced the “March Past” concept with colourful banners, mascots and even drums as the strong representation did a lap of the field following the Under 20s match.

Liverpool Catholic Club was awarded the “Loudest and Proudest” award on the night, winning a Wests Tigers “Money can’t buy” experience for the Round 20 match against the Manly Sea Eagles.

As well as the Junior League Appreciation celebrations, Wests Tigers were awarded the annual League Legends trophy that celebrates the 1989 Grand Final between Balmain and Canberra.

The launch of the new Merchandise promotion, “We score, you score” also featured following the match, with each Wests Tigers try earning 5% (to a maximum of 30%) off all purchases.

Members and supporters were quick to snap up the 15% off (three tries) deal, which ended at 8am this morning.

List of Western Suburbs Junior Clubs that participated in the March Past:

- All Saints JRLFC
- Campbelltown City JRLFC
- Campbelltown Collegians JRLFC
- Campbelltown Warriors JRLFC
- Eaglevale St Andrews JRLFC
- East Campbelltown JRLFC
- Glenquarie All Stars JRLFC
- Hinchinbrook JRLFC
- Ingleburn Bulldogs JRLFC
- Ingleburn RSL JRLFC
- Liverpool Catholic Club JRLFC
- Liverpool Titans JRLFC
- Macarthur Saints JRLFC
- Minto Cobras JRLFC
- Valley United JRLFC

Monday, June 24, 2013

Rnd 12 - Ron Massey Cup - Match Review

The crowd at Campbelltown were left scratching their heads at how Auburn managed to escape with a thrilling 26-22 victory over a desperately unlucky Western Suburbs Magpies last Saturday.

Head Coach Leo Epifania thought his side had the upper hand for most of what can only be best described as a very tight match, but some crucial errors in the last ten minutes cost his team dearly.

Going into the match with seven players missing from the previous round due to injury was always going to be a big ask against the more fancied Auburn Warriors but he was proud of the way the boys took up the challenge, they never gave up.

The Magpies came out flying with back to back penalties seeing them held up on three minutes. From their next set, Nathan Waters placed a bomb perfectly for Tala Mapesone to reach above the pack to open the scoring. Michael Stevens slotted the touchline conversion and, after as many minutes, Wests led 6-0.

The momentum swung almost immediately to the Warriors; however the Magpie defence held firm until the 18th minute, when Chris Salem took the opportunity to wrap around the play the ball and touch down, a right foot step proving elusive for the Magpie markers on a slippery surface. Lindon McGrady was unsuccessful with the conversion attempt, Wests leading 6-4 at the quarter mark.

Wests nearly hit back on their next set, however the grubber rolled dead. Rather than embracing their chance, Auburn threw caution to the wind, and a wayward pass found Tala Mapesone standing in the Warriors backline, the Wests flanker having too much speed over 50 metres for the cover. Stevens added the extras, Wests out to 12-4 after 25 minutes. Auburn had a golden opportunity to hit back almost immediately, but Wests were able to knock the ball loose from their grasp.

The game ground to a stalemate until four minutes to the break, when a floating ball from Gerard McCallum found a steaming Heka Nanai running an almost perfect line to get Auburn within a single try. McGrady halved the Wests lead again and the Magpies, although with one last opportunity to score, went to the sheds up 12-10.

After trading penalties to start the second stanza, the Warriors settled first, with a fantastic pass from Lindon McGrady sending Chris Salem in for his second of the day. McGrady potted the conversion, Auburn hitting the lead for the first time 16-12 six minutes into the second half.

Neither side could capitalise on their scoring chances for a lengthy period of the second half, with Auburn’s line speed match by Wests’ physicality without the ball. However, Auburn’s line speed proved their undoing at the hour mark, with a left hand spread from Wests finding some gaps in the line, Sam Aiga taking advantage to dart down the flank and grab a try. Stevens sprayed the conversion attempt wide, Wests locking the game up with 20 to go.

The black and whites quickly had another five minutes later. A last tackle kick from Stevens rebounded off the Warriors, catching everyone standing still except for Magpies hooker Dayne Craig, who bolted through to touch down under the posts. Stevens successfully converted, Wests seizing the momentum to lead by six with 15 minutes to play.

Wests played a smart grinding game to try and see the 80 minutes out from there, however Auburn found their way back in to the contest with a bad bounce allowing Ray Tafokitau to bring Auburn to within two points. McGrady tied the game up from adjacent to the posts.

With time running down, Wests set themselves to attack Auburn’s halves who were setting for the point. However, Warriors hooker Luke Ferry had other ideas, and scooted from dummy half to catch the Wests markers unawares to seal the match. Although Lindon McGrady was unsuccessful with the conversion attempt, Auburn hung on to record a most unlikely victory.

For Auburn, Gerard McCallum, Lindon McGrady and Luke Ferry were head and shoulders above the rest. For Wests Magpies Leos Best three were Adrian Ha'angana, Dayne Craig and Dean Rysko.

Next weekend, Auburn host Guildford at Lidcombe, while Wests head up the Northern Road to face off against Windsor.

AUBURN 26 (Chris Salem 2, Luke Ferry, Heka Nani, Ray Tafokitau tries; Lindon McGrady 3 from 5) def WESTERN SUBURBS 22 (Tala Mapesone 2, Sam Aiga, Dayne Craig tries; Michael Stevens 3 from 4)

Penalties: Wests 7 Auburn 8.

Halftime: Wests 12 Auburn 10

Western Suburbs
1. Chris Standing
2. Tuiniua Paiaaua
3. Sam Aiga
4. Jerome Mose
5. Tala Mapesone
6. Michael Stevens
7. Nathan Waters
8. Dean Rysko
9. Dayne Craig
18. Shane Lalogafau
11. Mason Talolua
20. Adrian Haangana
13. Sonny Bristow

14. Frederick Tevaga
15. David Atuau
16. Sean Connor
19. Luke Williams

Auburn Warriors

1. Cliff Nye
23. Keiron Pope
3. Ray Tafokitau
4. Heka Nanai
5. Harmony Hunt
6. Lindon McGrady
22. Gerard McCallum
8. Sione Tovo
9. Luke Ferry
20. Tupou Iongi
19. Rajan Opetai-Halls
12. Chris Salem
13. Damien Mostyn

14. Henry Ah-Sam
15. Will Mitchell
16. Jayson Gerecs
17. Daniel Tuulau

Monday, June 17, 2013

Wests Tigers v Raiders - $10 Ticket Deal!

Wests Tigers are offering a great value ticket offer for our Round 15 clash against the Canberra Raiders at Campbelltown Sports Stadium, with all General Admission pre-sale tickets just $10!

Watch Wests Tigers stars Benji Marshall and Braith Anasta go up against a Canberra Raiders side boasting Terry Campese and Reece Robinson in what is shaping to be an entertaining evening of footy.

You can take the whole family along next weekend for just $40; with four games being played it’s great value!

In the lead up to the NRL match, check out the Ron Massey Cup, NSW Cup and Under 20s fixtures in a bonanza of Rugby League action at Campbelltown Sports Stadium.

This offer is only available for pre-sale tickets and will NOT be available at the gate. Don’t miss out!

Wests Tigers are pleased to provide supporters with the match day information for the clash against Canberra Raiders at Campbelltown Sports Stadium on Saturday, June 22.

1.15pm: Gates open
1.15pm: Ron Massey Cup: Wests Magpies v Auburn Warriors
3.10pm: NSW Cup: Wests Tigers v Auckland Vulcans
5.15pm: Holden Cup: Wests Tigers v Canberra Raiders
7.30pm: NRL: Wests Tigers v Canberra Raiders

Wests Tigers are offering a great value ticket offer for just $40 for a family or $10 adults.
This offer is only available for pre-sale tickets and will NOT be available at the gate. Don’t miss out!


You can buy tickets by calling 1300 12 10 12 or at our Gearzone stores located at Concord Oval and Macarthur Square Campbelltown.

Supporters will be able to purchase Wests Tigers merchandise at the following locations.
- Merchandise Van at the Pembroke Road entrance
- Merchandise marquee at the Leumeah Road entrance

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Rnd 11 - Ron Massey Cup - Match Review

Cabramatta showed enormous energy to overcome Western Suburbs 38-10 last weekend at Leichhardt Oval.  The score line certainly did not reflect Wests Magpies commitment, but the mounting injury toll throughout the game did not help them.

Cabramatta opened the scoring after ten minutes, with a try to Jason Gray after a right hand spread. Gray missed his conversion attempt, Cabramatta jumping to a 4-0 lead.

From the kick-off, Wests were penalised for offside, however, for the second time in two penalties, Cabramatta failed to find touch.

Cabra made amends five minutes later, with a try to hooker Trent Trotter, who found space after a run around to scoot through. Jason Gray was successful on this occasion, Cabra leading 10-0 after 17 minutes.

Error free football was the emphasis for the next ten minutes until Cabramatta posted their third try, with Danny Barakat on the end of a long range try from inside Cabra’s own half. Jason Gray slotted the two points, and Cabramatta led 16-0 after 27 minutes.

Cabramatta almost added to their tally from the restart, but Pierce Sanford couldn’t hold the ball under a strong tackle from Tuiniua Paiaaua.

The two-blues did add their fourth try just four minutes later when Judah Lavula touched down. Jason Gray added the extras and Cabra held their 22-0 break into the interval.

From the ensuing set Cabras Judah Lavula barged his way through the Wests defence to grab his second of the afternoon. Jason Gray was successful with the conversion, Cabra out to a 28-0 lead with just three minutes elapsed in the second half.  The lack of fit interchange players was taking its toll on the Magpies players, but they continued to put their best foot forward.

Wests nearly had their first after Cabramatta coughed up the ball on the restart, but the Cabramatta defence rushed up well to defuse the situation.

Cabramatta’s defence started showing signs of weakness as Tom Morrison made healthy yards through the middle. However, the last tackle kick was a little too big and Cabramatta were off the hook.

The Blues took their reprieve with both hands, and a bustling run by Ivan Penehe allowed Don Thompson to zoom up inside to touch down. Jason Gray added his fifth goal of the afternoon, Cabramatta 34-0 up with just under half an hour to play.

Back and forth football became the mantra as both sides looked to play an expansive game, and when the referee called a knock-on against Wests in covering a Cabramatta kick, the Blues field position paid off, with Jason Gray touching down in the right corner despite heavy attention from the cover defence. Gray couldn’t convert his own try, but the Blues held a healthy 38-0 lead with 20 minutes to play.

Wests resolve strengthened and they nearly got on the board with 15 minutes left, but Chris Toripo diffused a Nathan Waters kick to force a drop out, Wests unable to capitalise after a lucky deflection found James Trotter behind the Cabra defensive line.

A dusty pass from Wests with 11 minutes to go had Cabramatta eyes lighting up, however the enthusiasm proved excessive, with Tom Morrison going on a 60 metre run before being cut down. From the play-the-ball, Cabramatta somehow recovered to knock down an inside pass from Chris Standing.

Wests were determined to finish the game strongly when Nathan Waters threw a long ball which almost saw Sam Aiga break through. On the next tackle, Mason Talolua found space and sent a looping pass on for Sam Aiga to register the Magpies’ first points of the day. Michael Stevens slotted the two, Cabra maintaining  a 38-6 lead with six to play.

Wests struck again quickly from the restart, Nathan Waters showing that perseverance pays off with a bomb finding Tuiniua Paiaaua without a marker after Cabra compressed their defence. Michael Stevens hit the post from the touchline,  Cabra up 38-10 with four minutes remaining.

Wests were showing plenty of pluck in the dying minutes, and a Nathan Waters  chip kick was touched by Cabramatta, the Blues fortunate that Chris Standing was  adjudged to have knocked on, Cabramatta running out with a 38-10 win.

For the Blues, the Trotter brothers showed plenty of energy with Max Napa leading  the way in the pack

For Wests Magpies, Nathan Waters had his hands in everything, while Tom  Morrison, Jerome Mose and Dean Rysko had strong games.  Wests Magpies  showed plenty of courage throughout the game.

Several injuries prevented Wests players coming back into the action and as a  result they finished the game with twelve players on the paddock. 

In what may be  a first, all of Wests Magpies front row forwards were injured in the first half.  The
team battled on for long periods without any fit interchange players before another player succumb to injury which left the Magpies with 12 players to finish off the last  15 minutes of the game. It is a credit to the players that they scored 10 unanswered  points during this period.

Head Coach, Leo Epifania stated he could not have been more proud of the boys for  their never ‘give up’ attitude.

CABRAMATTA 38 (Jason Gray 2, Judah Lavula 2, Don Thompson, Danny Barakat,
Trent Trotter tries; Jason Gray 5 from 7) def WESTERN SUBURBS 10 (Sam Aiga,
Tuiniua Paiaaua tries; Michael Stevens 1 from 2) Penalties: Wests 5 Cabramatta 6.

Halftime score: Wests 0 Cabramatta 22.

Western Suburbs

14. Chris Standing
2. Tuiniua Paiaaua
3. Sam Aiga
4. Jerome Mose
1. Amanono Tovio
6. Michael Stevens
7. Nathan Waters
8. Dean Rysko
9. Dayne Craig
10. Matiasi Toutai
11. Mason Talolua
12. Tom Morrison
21. Seffa Silafau

15. Todd Makejev
16. David Atuau
17. Edwin Connor
18. Tenisio Ahovelo


1. Don Thompson
2. Jason Gray
3. Pierce Sarsford
4. Danny Barakat
14. Chris Toripo
6. James Trotter
20. Ernest Alo
8. Max Napa
9. Trent Trotter
19. Judah Lavula
11. Nick Eshmanm
15. Matt Hall
13. Henry Taufaao

12. Tuki Jackson
16. Pat Lennard
17. Ivan Penehe
18. John Lopali

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Wests Leagues Club Campbelltown Statement

Notice regarding Wests Tigers.

Western Suburbs League Club (Campbelltown) Ltd has announced that it has resigned from its involvement in the Wests Football Group (WFG) and in turn Wests Tigers.

Wests Campbelltown was a one third shareholder within the WFG whilst Wests Ashfield has been two thirds. WFG shall continue to retain 50% of the Joint Venture.

Some may see the withdrawal of Wests Campbelltown as a streamlining of ownership and now Wests Ashfield shall control 5 of the 10 votes at Wests Tigers (Wests Campbelltown held just one of the ten Wests Tigers Board positions).

Wests Campbelltown wants to be a sponsor of the Campbelltown home games rather than be involved with just 1/10th control at Board level with running that business.

Our commitment to the Wests Junior Rugby League Group 6 and the Referees shall remain unchanged at approximately $260,000 per annum.

Wests Campbelltown shall continue to foster rugby league and looks forward to working closely with Wests Tigers.

Monday, June 10, 2013

Rnd 10 - Ron Massey Cup - Match Review

Wentworthville secured the points last Sunday at Ringrose Park with an absorbing 21-14 victory over a gallant Western Suburbs Magpies.

Wests adopted a grinding approach in the first 20 minutes with former Illawarra Cutter Nathan Waters providing strong guidance in the halves. Not knowing what to expect from Wests’ new signing, Wentworthville also took a cautious approach.

Almost to the second as the first quarter of the match passed, Wentowrthville found the line with a blind side raid forcing Jai Karam to shoot in off the wing, allowing Domonic Reardon to break away before drawing Amanono Tovio and sending Cecil Mackenzie on his way. Ben Fritz converted from in front to put Wenty up 6-0.

From the kick-off, Wenty marched down field and took advantage from a second set of possession after a bomb was put to ground by Wests, with Joses Rika barging over from dummy half. Fritz potted the conversion from adjacent to the posts, and Wenty had posted two converted tries in five minutes to lead 12-0 after 25 minutes.

With old habits looking like they had returned, Wests needed to be next on the board and they very nearly found the line on 33 minutes after a bomb, only to be called back by the referee for stealing the ball, much to the chagrin of the Wests faithful basking in the Sunday afternoon sun.

Wests did find the line four minutes later, though, with a bomb to the eastern touchline being plucked out of the air by Tala Mapesone, who spun and reached out to touch down a mere matter of centimetres inside the touchline. David Atuau pulled the conversion attempt wide, Wentworthville maintaining their 12-4 lead into half time.

Wests knew they had to start the second half well to avoid the problems of previous weeks and they did just that, Dayne Craig burrowing over untouched after five minutes as Nathan Waters marshalled a huge backline move. David Atuau was unsuccessful with the conversion attempt, Wenty holding onto a four point break.

Wenty struggled to hold a buoyant Wests at bay but did so and were duly rewarded for their efforts on 57 minutes, with Arthur Takapu crossing after Wenty secured the ball off a huge tackle by Taunaola Kei. Ben Fritz missed with the conversion attempt, Wenty moving back out to 16-8 with 20 minutes to play.

Rather than go into their shell, Wests chased the game with a renewed vigour and, after consecutive drop outs by Wentworthville, found space down the left side with Tuiniua Paiaaua capitalising off a good second man play. Michael Stevens slotted the tricky conversion attempt at Wests were back in it at 16-14 with 11 minutes to go.

Wenty threw caution to the wind and were nearly found out with an intercept, however Wests could not hold onto the ball. From the scrum, Wenty set up to the right, and from the first tackle, found Solomone Lasalo wrapping around behind the play the ball, Lasalo proving too strong so close to the line. James Boustani pulled the conversion wide, Wenty nervously defending a 20-14 lead with just under two minutes left.

An attempted short kick-off by Wests was cleaned up by Wenty, and a full set of hit-ups to the posts allowed James Boustani to seal the match with a field goal from 30 metres out.

For Wenty, Joses Rika, Taunaola Kei and Matthew Hunt led the way, while for Wests, the strength was all in the forwards, with Matiasi Toutai, Dean Rysko and Tom Morrison laying the platform for the boys from Campbelltown.

While the win was Wentworthville’s seventh straight, Wests made them work for it, and indeed can lay claim to being the only side beaten by Wenty on their streak to get within single figures.

Next week, Wenty will travel to Guildford to aim to eight in a row, while Wests head to Leichhardt Oval to take on another giant of the competition in Cabramatta.

WENTWORTHVILLE 21 (Cecil Mackenzie, Joses Rika, Arthur Takapu, Solomone Lasalo tries; Ben Fritz 2 from 3, James Boustani 0 from 1, James Boustani field goal) def WESTERN SUBURBS 14 (Tala Mapesone, Dayne Craig, Tuiniua Paiaaua tries; David Atuau 0 from 2, Michael Stevens 1 from 1)

Penalties: Wests 3 Wenty 3

Halftime: Wests 4 Wenty 12

Western Suburbs

1. Amanono Tovio
2. Tuiniua Paiaaua
3. Sam Aiga
4. Jerome Mose
7. Jai Karam
6. David Atuau
21. Nathan Waters
15. Todd Makejev
9. Dayne Craig
10. Matiasi Toutai
11. Mason Talolua
12. Tom Morrison
8. Dean Rysko (C)

17. Tala Mapesone
18. Frederick Tevaga
20. Michael Stevens
22. Tenisio Ahovelo


20. Ben Fritz
2. Domonic Reardon
3. Cecil Mackenzie
21. Joses Rika
5. Arthur Takapu
16. Simon Greaves
7. Matthew Place
8. Walter Vaeau
9. Matthew Hunt
15. Tim Hunt
11. Solomone Lasalo
12. Daniel Penese
13. Mitchell Stanfield (C)

14. Netani Suka
18. James Boustani
19. Lionel O’Malley
24. Taunaola Kei

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Have you got your Wests Heritage Jersey Yet?

The Wests Tigers official Wests Heritage Jersey as worn in the 2013 Heritage Round at the SCG is now available at the Wests Tigers Shop. Get yours today!

Click here to go to Wests Tigers Shop

Mayer faces big ask in restoring Wests Tigers' fortunes

Grant Mayer has been charged with turning around the fortunes of the Wests Tigers after being appointed as the club's chief operating officer.

Mayer is expected to be formally announced in the position on Monday after holding the role of general manager of commercial operations since October last year.

The Tigers are on the lookout for a new chief executive and Mayer will run the club on an interim basis once Stephen Humphreys leaves the post.

''Grant will be the ultimate go-to man in terms of day-to-day administration,'' Tigers chairman Mike Bailey said. ''There are many things we need to consider as a football club, including sponsorship, etc, and he will have to step into the main role even though he won't be stepping into the chief executive's role.''

Mayer has extensive experience in sports administration. He was the chief executive of the Sea Eagles when they tasted premiership success, held a senior position at the Bulldogs and spent almost three years at the GWS Giants as their general manager of commercial operations.

''The board has shown some faith in me and given me a great opportunity to help the club,'' Mayer said. ''The fact I've done it before, at CEO level at a couple of clubs, means it's nothing new to me and I'm looking forward to the challenge.''

Mayer's priority will be to find a replacement for Humphreys, and the board is likely to sign off on the recruiting process this week. There are plenty of other challenges for the bottom-placed club, including recruitment and retention. He said one of his priorities would be to resolve the long-term future of star playmaker Benji Marshall.

''There are three Rs in rugby league - retention, recruitment and revenue,'' Mayer said. ''That's what I will be focusing on in the next period, making sure we get that right. The fans have been exceptionally patient and I can assure them is they'll get my 100 per cent commitment while the board goes through the process.
''You can probably add an extra 'R' and that's resilient, which is exactly what the Tigers fans are.''

Mayer, who worked with Mick Potter during a stint at the Catalans Dragons, believes the coach can turn the club's fortunes around in his debut NRL season. ''Knowing Mick as I do, he's been around coaching and football for a long time and he understands the situation,'' he said. ''It is a process and he's come on board at a time when the coaching group and the football team itself has been put together by his predecessor. He's also suffering injuries like no other club before. He's got his own challenges but he is certainly up to the challenge.''

$25 Magpie T-Shirt Sale

We now have 2 great T-Shirts on sale for Wests supporters to buy. The "Magpie Muscle" and "1963 Grandfinal T-shirts are now available for just $25 each.

The 1963 Grand Final T-shirt features the 1963 Magpie retro logo on the front, the Summons and Provan embrace on the sleeve and on the back the team line ups from that historic mud covered match.

 The Magpie Muscle T-Shirt is a modern design which also features the famous muscle flexing magpie on the shirts sleeve.

Both these T-shirts are available to purchase at Wests Magpies home games at Campbelltown Stadium including the 22nd of June when the Wests Tigers take on the Canberra Raiders, and the Wests Magpies take on the Auburn Warriors.

Alternative call the Magpies Office on (02) 9601 2002 or email

Magpies to play prior to Wests Tigers

The Western Suburbs Magpies are proud to announce that they will be the opening game prior to the Wests Tigers NRL clash with the Canberra raiders on Saturday the 22nd of June.

Round 12 - 22 June 2013 Wests Magpies vs Auburn Warriors at Campbelltown Kick off time 1.15pm.  (We play before Wests Tigers NSW Cup, NYC 20's and NRL.)

Round 14 - 6 July 2013 Wests Magpies vs. Blacktown Workers at Campbelltown Kick off time 1.15pm.  (We play before Wests Tigers NSW Cup who play at 3pm.)

New Signings

Western Suburbs Magpies are pleased to announce that the following players have been signed for the 2013 season.  With the exception of Sonny Bristow, the players have come to us from Campbelltown Eagles.

# Dayne Craig - hooker/utility.
Tenisio Keni Ahovelo - back row/wing.
# Michael Stevens - halves.
# Mason Taloula - back row.
# Fredrick Tevaga - prop.
# Sonny Bristow - lock.

# indicates Wests Junior

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Rnd 9 - Ron Massey Cup - Match Review

Western Suburbs overcame a sluggish start in wet and windy conditions to down Guildford 26-24 last weekend at Lidcombe Oval.

Wests were quick to apply the pressure to the Owls and capitalised early, with a perfectly executed run around play enticing Guildford to break their line, David Atuau slicing through to open the scoring for the afternoon. Jai Karam slotted the conversion attempt and Wests were up 6-0 after nine minutes.

Guildford responded eight minutes later, with Dylan McKeown taking advantage of a split in the Magpie marker defence to send former Magpie SG Ball captain Mitchell Brassington on his way. Brassington converted his own try to level the scores after 18 minutes.

The heavens opened and forced both sides to play a grinding game which seemed to suit Guildford better. Wests tried to halt the momentum by belting through on a David Atuau kick, perhaps a little too quickly though, as Corey Makelim burst through a tiny hole in the Wests line and motored 50 metres before putting Mitchell Brassington over for his second. Brassington again added the extras from in front and Guildford led 12-6 with ten minutes to the break.

A Magpie knock-on gave Guildford an opportunity to add to their tally just two minutes later, and the right side movement saw John Folau get around his opposite before providing a Gidley-esque pass for Halaufu Lavaka to sneak over in the corner. Brassington had his gold rather than maroon boots on, piloting the conversion over from touch to put Guildford 12 clear with 7 minutes to the interval.

Guildford looked to play their hand a little too aggressively, though, and a short ball from Dylan McKeown was put down by Chad McGill. From the ensuing set, Magpies centre Sam Aiga pinned his ears back and, in an effort that would have done Dallas Donnelly proud, somehow found the line with several Guildford defenders hanging on. Jai Karam pushed the conversion across the face of the goal, Guildford hanging on to their 18-10 lead through to oranges.

Western Suburbs were desperate to start the second half well in defence to ensure they stayed in the contest but Owls halfback Mark Daoud had other ideas, coming up with a booming 40-20 to put Wests on the back foot early. Wests admirably withstood the first attacking opportunity for either side in the second stanza, holding up both Chad McGill and Luke Vescio before taking possession back.

After this, the standard of the game matched the conditions, with both sides guilty of handling errors compounded by penalties, although these errors could be explained by too much effort rather than a lack of it.

Wests needed to score first in the second stanza and did so after 52 minutes, with a left hand move seeing Amanono Tovio drift across field and, despite howls of protests for obstruction by the Guildford faithful, a short ball found winger Tuiniua Paiaaua, who stretched out to touch down despite the attention of Corey Makelim. Jai Karam’s conversion attempt was high enough but not long enough, Wests getting back to within four points, a very gettable margin with 27 minutes on the clock.

Wests looked to push to the right side five minutes later, but put the ball into touch rather than over the Guildford goal line. Mark Daoud only needed a split second with a very nifty turn of speed to dart 60 odd metres to score Guildford’s fourth of the afternoon. Mitchell Brassington again added the extras, Guildford getting out to a double digit lead with 20 minutes to play.

Guildford settled into a neat rhythm and were provided an opportunity to post their fifth try after a late tackle penalty; however the ball went to ground. Wests secured a penalty for stealing the ball and took full advantage. David Atuau found space to send Mason Talolua away down the left, who found Dayne Craig backing up on the inside to score. Jai Karam added the extras, and Wests were back in touch at 24-20.

Guildford kicked off and Wests looked to repeat the dose down the left side, trying their luck immediately. Another long Atuau ball found Sam Aiga, who flew through the line before finding Tuiniua Paiaaua on the inside, who raced the last 20 metres to level the scores much to the delight of the Magpies faithful. Jai Karam added the extras to put Wests up 26-24 with 10 minutes left.

Guildford had three opportunities to steal the win, but the Magpies defence held firm.

For Wests, it was a case of same old same old, with Dean Rysko a towering figure, while Jerome Mose and David Atuau showed enormous enthusiasm and control. For the Owls, Mitchell Brassington was far and away the best, while Luke Vescio and Corey Makelim could also hold their heads very high.

The match provided a victory for Magpies coach Leo Epifania over his old boss Steve Ghosn, the two going back to, ironically enough, the days of Western Suburbs playing out of Lidcombe Oval.

Next weekend Wests go to Wentworthville on Sunday, while Guildford will host Mounties on Saturday.

WESTERN SUBURBS 26 (Tuiniua Paiaaua 2, David Atuau, Sam Aiga, Dayne Craig tries; Jai Karam 3 from 5) def GUILDFORD 24 (Mitchell Brassington 2, Halaufu Lavaka, Mark Daoud tries; Mitchell Brassington 4 from 4)

Penalties: Wests 5 Guildford 5

Halftime: Wests 10 Guildford 18

Western Suburbs

1. Amanono Tovio
2. Tuiniua Paaiaua
3. Sam Aiga
20. Jake Pearce
11. Jerome Mose
6. David Atuau
7. Jai Karam
8. Dean Rysko (C)
15. Dayne Craig
14. Matiasi Toutai
13. Sonny Bristow
19. Mason Talolua
10. Todd Makejev

9. Matt Jones
16. Joel Jasmine
17. Tala Mapesone
22. Frederick Tevaga


1. Corey Makelim
2. Sam Manuleleua
3. John Folau
4. James Tuitahi
5. Halaufu Lavaka
6. Mitchell Brassington
7. Mark Daoud
8. Charlie Farah
14. Michael Luong
10. Chad McGill
11. Dylan McKeown
16. Grant Jordon
13. Jordon Latham

9. Luke Vescio
12. Jordon Abouhaider
15. Will Bugden
17. William Siali

Centre of excellence hopes for Macarthur

WESTS Tigers chairman Mike Bailey wants to better promote and retain local rugby league talent by establishing a centre of excellence in the Macarthur region.

The current NRL squad features several local players including James Tedesco (Menangle), David Nofoaluma (Ruse), Chris Lawrence (Eagle Vale), and Sauaso Sue (Macquarie Fields).

Mr Bailey told the Advertiser "the initiative still required the trigger to be pulled" but he conceded the club could not afford to ignore the expanding population in the catchment.

"The Macarthur area is an area we want to embrace more strongly than perhaps we've done in the past," he said.

"It's a growing area but it's our area.

"It's not just about us, it's about the community. Our major goal is a Wests Tigers academy in the Macarthur region."

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May 28, 2013, 3:23 p.m

Wests Tigers Junior League Movie Night

The Wests Tigers will be holding a movie night to support “grassroots footy” in the Western Suburbs and Group 6 districts.

Members of the Wests Tigers playing squad will be in attendance on the night, with your chance to mingle with the team before the movie.

Tickets will be available for purchase online via tomorrow (Wednesday 29th May).

All tickets purchased will receive a General Admission ticket to our next home game against the Canberra Raiders at Campbelltown Sports Stadium on June 22.

Proceeds will go towards junior Clubs in the area.

Movie: Fast and Furious 6
Date: Wednesday 19th June
Time: 6pm (Movie begins at 7pm)
Venue: Events Cinemas Macarthur Square
Cost: $39.00 includes Movie Ticket + Small Popcorn + Small Coke + General Admission ticket to Wests Tigers v Raiders at Campbelltown Stadium on June 22.