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Seasons 1940 to 1944

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1940

West tasted success in 1940 – they defeated North 10 to 6 in the Reserve Grade Grand Final. Although finishing 3rd after the premiership rounds West were able to defeat North 15 – 6 in the semi’s, South 8 – 3 in the final, before winning the Grand Final. The winning West team was C Hincks (goal), J Bell (try), A Peattie, A Payne, J Redman, E Clarke, K Wilkinson, W Screen, G Young, W Harding, A Ravelli, N Hanlon and A Jones (try). In 1st grade West had 7 wins to finish 6th in the competition. In an all coalfields Grand Final Kurri 12 def Cessnock 5.In the Club Championship West finished 5th behind North, Kurri, Cessnock and Waratah. West sides in 1940 were strengthened by good juniors coming from the Belmont area. Col Maxwell had move to St George, and the First grade coach was Dick Welshman. However, during the 1940 season Adolf Hitler was splashing his war paint in Europe, and this would impact on the next few years of Rugby League in Newcastle.

Round

Opponent

Result

1 - 20 April

Waratah

Lost 23 - 14

2 - 24 April

Maitland

Lost 7 - 4

3 – 27 April

Morpeth

Won 39 - 10

4 - 5 May

Central

Won 7 - 0

5 - 11 May

East

Lost 11 - 5

6 - 18 May

Cessnock

Lost 43 - 5

7 – 25 May

Kurri

Lost 25 - 12

8 - 1 June

South

Won 20 - 19

9 - 8 June

North

Lost 26 - 2

10 - 22 June

Waratah

Lost 27 - 18

11 - 29 June

Maitland

Won 25 -22

12 - 6 July

Morpeth

Won 43 – 26

13 - 13 July

Central

Lost 22 - 11

14 - 20 July

East

Won 14 - 10

15 - 27 July

Cessnock

Lost 11 - 9

16 - 3 August

Kurri

Lost 15 - 3

17 - 17 August

South

Won 5 - 2

18 - 24 August

North

Lost 61 - 23

Grand Final – 21 September

 

Kurri 12 def  Cessnock 5

Point Score

Kurri 32   North 30   Cessnock 28   Waratah 22   Central 20

West 14   East 13   Maitland 10   South 9   Morpeth 2       

 

1941

The 1941 season saw many West players heading off to the war front. These included the 1940 First Grade coach Dick Welshman, Bill Iles, Bokum Phillips, Tommy Tucker, Ian Barnett, Geoff Hughes and Joe Brown. The departure of Dick Welshman was a distinct loss to the Rosellas, as this solidly built player was an extremely capable lock forward. But worse was to come, when the Air Force announced that Welshman had paid the ultimate sacrifice while fighting for his country. Ossie Screen took over as First Grade coach in 1941. West finished 3rd last in First Grade, but made the Reserve Grade Grand Final only to be defeated 8 to 7 by South. In the Club Championship West finished 5th behind South, Cessnock, North and Central. In the State Cup knockout series West defeated Waratah 18 – 3, but were then defeated by North 18 – 4. In the final of the State Cup Newtown defeated Central 17 – 7 in the final at District Park on 6 April. A couple of interesting names in the 6 stone 7lbs Newcastle school rep team – a Noel Dagwell (father of Allan Dagwell) and an Australian player of the future, Ian Johnstone. However, there was a significant event that occurred on 7 December 1941 when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbour – this was to impact heavily on the 1942 season.

Round

Opponent

Result

1 – 19 April

Central

14 all draw

2 – 25/26 April

Maitland

Won 37 -20

3 – 3 May

Cessnock

Lost 33 – 0

4 – 10 May

South

15 all draw

5 – 17 May

Waratah

Won 12 - 9

6 – 24 May

Morpeth

Lost 17 - 14

7 – 31 May

Kurri

Lost 9 - 4

8 – 7 June

North

Lost 13 - 12

9 – 14 June

East

Won 16 - 7

10 – 16 June

Central

Lost 21 - 13

11 – 21 June

Maitland

Won 19 - 14

12 – 28 June

Cessnock

Won 12 - 5

13 – 5 July

South

Lost 11 - 8

14 – 12 July

Morpeth

Lost 14 - 8

15 – 19 July

Waratah

Lost 34 - 13

16 – 26 July

Kurri

Lost 11 - 7

17 – 2 August

North

Lost 75 - 10

18 – 9 August

East

Won 18 – 11

 

 

 

Final – 6 September

 

Cessnock 18 def South 3

                    

1942

In 1942 one of West’s major gains was Tom (Wimpy) Pittman from Belmont. He was a fine attacking footballer, but strong defence was his real strength. The Army was camped in Lambton Park and West also gained Pat Kirby from Lismore. Because of the Japanese involvement in the war the Army took over New Lambton Oval, and West’s games were played at the Rotunda ground at Lambton Park. Training was difficult because of blackout conditions, which caused new coach, Cec Hinks plenty of problems. On the administration side of the club, Tom Farrell took over as President, and Harry Harding took over as Treasurer. The 1942 season was marred by the war, with both the Maitland and East clubs not fielding teams because of the lack of players.  West failed to reach the semi finals in either 1st or Reserve grades. On 2 August West played the Army Reserves and were beaten 9 to 2. However, West 1st grade beat Army 16 – 6. The West team was O Screen, C Maxwell, B Melville, P Kirby, K Donne, D Buckley, K Froome, T Pittman, S Luxford, J Rodgers, A Ravelli, G Sanderson and E Fox. It was now 20 years since West had been Major Premiers in First Grade. Would they have to wait another 20 years to taste success – not one your nelly! They would only have to wait another 19 years!!

Round

Opponent

Result

1 – 2 May

North

Lost 33 - 16

2 – 9 May

Cessnock

Lost 12 - 2

3 – 16 May

Morpeth

Won 18 - 3

4  - 23 May

Central

Won 13 - 2

5 – 30 May

South

Lost 18 - 7

6 – 6 June

Bye

 

7 – 13 June

East

Lost 22 - 18

8 – 20 June

Kurri

Lost 16 - 7

9 – 27 June

Waratah

Lost 15 - 12

10 – 11 July

North

Won 18 - 0

11 – 18 July

Cessnock

Won 9 - 6

12 – 25 July

Morpeth

Won 15 - 9

13 – 8 August

Central

Won 16 - 2

10 August

East withdrew

 

14 – 15 August

South

Lost 16 – 7

15 -22 August

Bye

 

16 – 29 August

Kurri

Won on a forfeit

17 – 5 September

Waratah

Lost 11 - 4

18 – 12 September

No games played

 

 

 

 

3 October – Grand Final

 

Waratah 18 def South 11

 

1943

In 1943 the Newcastle Rugby League reduced the number of teams from 10 to 8. The Eastern Suburbs club was disbanded, with its boundary being shared by North and South. Also, Maitland and Morpeth merged to form a new club called Maitland United. West were fortunate in gaining the services of Dick Dunn from Eastern Suburbs in Sydney. West started the season with 5 straight wins, but faded in the second round to figure in a 3 way contest for 3rd place. Eventually, West were defeated 17 – 7 by the Grand Final winners, South Newcastle. The West team was T Screen (Goal), R Snushall, O Screen (Goal), D Hubbuck, F Brown, M Brennan, K Donne, A Peattie, J Rodgers (Try), T Pittman, W Jones, K Banks and G Sanderson. In Reserve Grade West finished 4th but lost to South 3 – 0 in the semi final. South won Firsts, Reserves and the Club Championship. In the State Cup knockout series West were defeated 43 – 13 in the first round by the eventual winners Balmain. In other games West defeated Army Ack Ack 18 – 13 on 2 May at Belmont Oval.

Round

Opponent

Result

1 – 24 April

North

Won 15 - 6

2 – 1 May

Maitland

Won 17 - 9

3 – 8 May

Waratah

Won 10 - 2

4 – 15 May

Kurri

Won 9 - 5

5 – 22 May

South

Won 22 - 13

6 – 29 May

Central

Lost 12 - 8

7 – 5 June

Cessnock

Won 6 - 3

8 – 19 June

North

Won 29 - 2

9 – 26 June

Maitland

Won 8 - 7

10 – 3 July

Waratah

Lost 29 - 3

11 – 10 July

Kurri

Lost 15 - 6

12 – 17 July

South

Lost 8 - 4

13 – 24 July

Central

Won 28 - 5

R 14 – 31 July

Cessnock

Lost 18 - 10

 

 

 

Final – 28 August

 

South 9 def Waratah 0

                

1944

Cecil Hincks was again West’s coach in 1944. The team had 6 wins, 6 losses and 2 draws to finish 4th in the competition. However, strong semi final form allowed the team to meet Minor Premiers Waratah / Mayfield in the final at New Lambton Oval – the score being Waratah 18 def West 15. The West team was O Screen (2 goals), G Godfrey, J Nesbitt (Try), F Brown (Goal), A Maddison (Try), E Sutherland, G Freeman, S Tarrant, K Owens, G Maddison (Try), G Sanderson, K Banks and J Rodgers. (Note that George Maddison was the father of Ken and Keith Maddison.) In the State Cup tie West were defeated 31 – 18 by the eventual winners, St George. West Reserves also made the final only to be beaten 18 – 17 by North. In a couple of sidelights to 1944, West Under 18’s were Minor and Major Premiers, and one of the stars was Jim De Courcey, who went on to play First Grade for West and cricket for Australia. Also, a “splinter” team, the Lambton rebels, played social rugby league of a Sunday using the rotunda ground at Lambton Park as their home ground.

Round

Opponent

Result

1 – 29 April

North

6 all draw

2 – 6 May

Cessnock

Won 16 – 9

3 – 13 May

Waratah

Lost 13 – 10

4 – 20 May

Maitland

Lost 12 – 5

5 – 27 May

Kurri

Won 15 – 8

6 – 3 June

South

Lost 32 – 8

7 – 10 June

Central

12 all draw

8 – 1 July

North

Won 14 – 0

9 – 8 July

Cessnock

Won 19 – 13

10 – 15 July

Waratah

Lost 21 – 6

11 – 22 July

Maitland

Won 26 – 9

12 – 29 July

Kurri

Lost 13 – 8

13 – 5 August

South

Lost 11 – 3

14 – 12 August

Central

Won 26 – 8

 

 

 

Semi Final – 26 August

 

West 18 def South 12

 

 

 

Final – 2 September

 

Waratah 18 def West 15

 

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Nicole Stanfield

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Lorena Rogers

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Kristy  Houghton

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Hayley Wright

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Jacqui Dudgeon

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Grace Gallagher

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Sarah Ross

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Zac Hudson

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Grant Walsh

Grant Walsh

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Cale Smith

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Uiti Baker

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Ben Stone

Ben Stone

Chad Redman

Chad Redman

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Jordan Hammond

Jordan Hammond

William Sheely

William Sheely

Manu Matoka

Manu Matoka

Rhiannon Howard

Rhiannon Howard

Talent all round for our half back

James Wilson

James Wilson

U 19's "Player of the Year" James Wilson returns in 2017

Sam Keenan

Sam Keenan

Sam Keenan is back in 2017

Brad Tighe

Brad Tighe

Brad Tighe returns in 2017

Jack Geddes

Jack Geddes

West junior Jack Geddes is back in 2017

Willis Alatini

Willis Alatini

Willis Alatini...back again in 2017

Tim Holman

Tim Holman

Tim Holman (from Bathurst) is on board again in 2017.

Joel Brown

Joel Brown

Joel Brown ..with West...again in 2017.

Luke Single

Luke Single

Luke Single...with West again in 2017.

Chris Knight

Chris Knight

Chris Knight signs on again in 2017.

Nick Mahon

Nick Mahon

West Junior, Nick Mahon, returns in 2017.

Mark Taufua

Mark Taufua

Burly prop, Mark Taufua, is with West again in 2017

David Dryden

David Dryden

David Dryden re signs for 2017

Luke Poolman

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Jade Porter

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Warren Schillings

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