Friday, January 24, 2014

Wests winger David Nofoaluma's inspiration to succeed

Read how Magpie junior and Wests Tigers winger David Nofoaluma credits his grandfather as his inspiration to achieve his dreams of becoming an NRL star.

NRL boss Dave Smith tours Macarthur

Western Suburbs Magpies former Chairman Jim Marsden has taken NRL CEO Dave Smith to Campbelltown and Oran Park Town to meet with local, state and federal politicians and businessmen, as well as Wests Tigers chief executive Grant Mayer.

The visit was to highlight the NRL's need to focus more of its efforts on Sydneys South West Corridor as an untapped resource of fans, officials and players.

Smith acknowledged the Macarthur region as the game's "natural heartland" but refused to "interfere" with the Wests Tigers' commitments to the region, which receives just four NRL season games at Campbelltown Sports Stadium.

"The reason I'm here is not to tell the Wests Tigers where to play their games," he said.

"I think it (Campbelltown) is one of the most significant growth areas of Sydney.

"I met with Grant a couple of times last week and they're considering all of their options."

The visit comes after a period of discontent between the Wests Tigers, local fans and some local politicians over the club's commitment to the region.

"After this meeting the NRL will be aware of the population explosion," he said.

"If they ignore it they do so at their own peril."

Marsden - a key figure in the merger between Western Suburbs and Balmain in 1999 - lamented the lack of games NRL games at Campbelltown in recent years.

"It'd be great to have a team focused in the area more so than the Wests Tigers are currently," he said.

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Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Cabramatta International Nines - Feb 1st

The Western Suburbs Magpies have confirmed their entry in the 2014 Cabramatta International Nines. The competition is shaping up as one of the best on record with a number of high quality teams already confirming their involvement in the tournament.

With up to 30 teams expected to participate in the Nine-a-side tournament, a truly international flavor is already evident with the return of a Papua New Guinean development side set to join Japan, Fiji , Cook Islands and the Philippines in taking on Indigenous Australian and Ron Massey Cup sides.

With this year’s tournament taking place at the beginning of February, Rugby League International Federation and NSWRL Centre of Excellence Development Manager, Tas Baitieri, says Rugby League fans can be genuinely excited about the quality of teams who will be participating in 2014.

“The Cabramatta International Nines is always a great way to showcase the development of our emerging Rugby League nations,” Mr Baitieri said.

“After a highly successful Rugby League World Cup in Europe, this is a great opportunity for fans to come and see the emerging nations do battle with our Ron Massey Cup sides.

“To be able to see the talent that exists across the broad spectrum of the Rugby League family is one of the most enjoyable aspects of our game.

“With the NRL Auckland Nines set to become a major annual event on the Rugby League calendar, the Cabramatta International Nines is the perfect way for people to come and experience the Nine-a-side version of the game.”

The Cabramatta International Nines will take place at New Era Stadium on February 1, 2014.

Junior Magpie Trials

Make sure you take the chance to get out and support the junior Western Suburbs Magpies in their trials for the 2014 Harold Matthews and SG Ball competitions!

Friday 24 January at St. Greg's Campbelltown (U/15s and U/17s development squads will alslo be playing)

Matts @ 4pm vs Canterbury

Ball @ 6pm v Canterbury

Saturday 1 February at Kirkham Park, Camden (U/14s, U/15s, U/17s development squads and SWSAS Matts will also be playing)

Matts @ 5pm v Parramatta

Ball @ 6-30pm v Parramatta

Saturday 8 February at Remondis Stadium (U/14s, U/15s, U/17s development squads will also be playing)

Matts @ 9-30am v Cronula

Ball @ 11am v Cronulla

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

RMC delegates meet over 2014

Delegates from both the Ron Massey Cup and True Blue Chemical Sydney Shield clubs came together at the Cabramatta Rugby League club yesterday as anticipation for season 2014 really began to hit full swing.

Representatives launched into a full days briefing that consisted of everything from the format of the 2014 OAMPS Pre-Season Cup to the presentation of the newly updated New South Wales Rugby League Competitions Operations Manual.

David Norman, Manager of the Ron Massey Cup and True Blue Chemicals Sydney Shield competitions, values the opportunity to bring these stakeholders together under the one roof.

“Days like yesterday are vitally important for our competitions,” Mr Norman said.

“A lot of work at both ends of the spectrum goes into the successful running of these competitions and meetings such as this one allow both the league and its stakeholders to appropriately communicate any matters that need to be heard.

“Yesterday saw us cover a raft of issues such as scheduling for the 2014 season, policies and procedures surrounding our PPIS (Player Points Index System) as well as other very important topics such as our anti-doping policy and our welfare and education programs.”

While definitive time lines for announcements surrounding the composition of the competitions and their draws are yet to be set in stone, the following details for 2014 were tabled to the clubs yesterday.


- The season will begin in earnest in late February (22nd/23rd) with the running of the OAMPS Pre-Season Cup.

- The pre-season competition will run in a knock out format and last one month in duration.

- This month is also viewed as the period for official trials, and as clubs are eliminated from the OAMPS Pre-Season Cup, they will be able to schedule any additional trials that they wish to play accordingly.


- Both competitions will be played over 22 Premiership rounds culminating in a four week finals series.

- The season will kick off on the weekend of the 22nd/23rd March.

- The Grand Finals for both competitions will be played alongside the Grand Final of the VB NSW Cup at a venue that is yet to be determined on the last weekend in September.


- The Ron Massey Cup Rep side will be out for revenge against the QLD Bushrangers when they once again face off mid-season at a time and venue that is yet to be determined.

- It also proposed that the Ron Massey Cup Rep team will play an end of season match as they did in 2013 against a Fiji residents side, however the exact make up of this fixture is yet to be confirmed.

In terms of the scheduling and when fans may expect a completed draw, Mr Norman had this to say on the issue.

“We understand there is always a great deal of excitement and anticipation around draw announcements,”

“But more so than ever before, in 2014, we are looking to provide the best synergy possible between our draws and the other competitions that run in conjunction with us.

“As most people are aware, we have a number of clubs such as Wentworthville and Mounties for example, that are affected by scheduling from the NRL right down to Sydney Shield.

“With the announcement of the 2014 NRL draw in the past 24 hours, our football operations staff is now able to take that and look to see how best we can marry up the draws of our competitions to allow our fans and our stakeholders the best possible outcomes in terms of alignment.

“This is not an easy job and takes quite a bit of consultation across the board, but fans can be sure that we will be working around the clock to provide a draw that best serves everyone.

“The 2013 season was one of our most hard fought and exciting to date, and I am confident that we have a product that is affable and easily accessible to all league lovers, and by creating the best draw possible, hopefully even more people than ever before will be able to experience our wonderful competitions.”

To stay up to speed with all of the Ron Massey Cup and True Blue Chemicals Sydney Shield news, be sure to follow @NSWRL on twitter and join the conversation using the #RMCup and #TBCSS hashtags.