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Seasons 1945 to 1949

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1945

West made the First Grade final only to be defeated 14 – 13 by South, although they scored 3 tries to 2. Minor Premiers Kurri then defeated South 7 – 4 in the Grand Final. In the State Cup West raised eyebrows when they defeated the South Sydney Rabbitohs 10 -2 in the first round. West were then beaten by Eastern Suburbs Roosters 32 – 18 in the second round. The defeated West team in the final was O Screen, J Hain, R Snushall, A Maddison, R Percival, C “Bo” Anderson, M Freeman, P Kirby, K Owens, C Probert, R Buckley, K Banks and G Sanderson. West Under 18’s continued to impress. From the Newcastle Morning Herald “Many spectators who saw the game at District Park last week predict a very fine future for Ian Johnson who plays in the centre position. This lad is an outstanding footballer and his handling and tackling are something many older players could well take a pattern off. In addition he is an excellent goal kick.” (Johnson was selected from Parramatta in 1949 to represent Australia on a tour of New Zealand.)

Round

Opponent

Result

1 – 21 April

Cessnock

Won 20 - 9

2 – 28 April

North

Won 7 - 5

3 – 5 May

South

Won 34 - 4

4 – 12 May

Maitland

Won 21 - 13

5 – 19 May

Central

Lost 22 - 6

6 – 26 May

Waratah

Lost 35 - 20

7 – 2 June

Kurri

Lost 26 - 16

8 – 16 June

Cessnock

Lost 8 - 0

9 – 23 June

North

Won 16 - 14

10 – 30 June

South

12 all draw

11 – 7 July

Maitland

Won 23 - 2

12 – 14 July

Central

Won 35 - 2

13 – 28 July

Waratah

Won 11 - 5

14 – 4 August

Kurri

Lost 33 - 2

 

 

 

11 August – Play off for 4th

 

West 19 def Cessnock 8

 

 

 

25 August – Semi Final

 

West 8 def Waratah 7

 

 

 

1 September – Final

 

South 14 def West 13

 

1946

West came within one game of ending their first grade drought when they made it through to the Grand Final only to be beaten by Minor Premiers South 11 – 3 in the Grand Final. West beat Kurri in the semi final, then beat South in the final. As South were Minor Premiers they were allowed to challenge West in the Grand Final but alas……One bright feature of the 1946 season was that West qualified for the semi finals in all 3 grades – almost unheard of by West in the 1940’s (but certainly commonplace from the 1960’s onwards). West’s Grand Final team was O Screen, R Snushall, C Maxwell (Try), I Johnson, J Redman, H Banks, G Freeman, A Peattie, T Pittman, G Maddison, A Kentish, G Sanderson and J Rodgers. West also gained more players in the Newcastle team that played the Englishmen than any other club. All 3 West representatives (Ossie Screen, Tom Pittman and Alan Maddison) played “colossal” football and helped Newcastle to a thrilling 18 – 13 win. (See Newcastle Team photo below) In other games in 1946 West defeated Northern Group by over 40 points in a game played at Bellingen on 15 June. On 17 June West defeated Urunga at Urunga and on 1 September Armidale defeated West 32 – 5 at Armidale. Also, on 21 July there was a special Testimonial game at District Park to honour Ossie Screen from West and Dave “Doody” Woods from South. West won this Testimonial game by 24 – 11.

Round

Opponent

Result

1 – 13 April

Cessnock

Won 13 - 0

2 – 20 April

South

Won 14 - 12

3 – 25 April

Maitland

Won 14 - 11

4 – 4 May

Waratah

9 all draw

5 – 11 May

North

Lost 12 - 2

6 – 18 May

Kurri

Won 17 - 6

7 – 25 May

Central

Won 12 - 4

8 – 1 June

Cessnock

Won 20 - 7

9 – 8 June

South

Lost 12 - 11

10 – 22 June

Waratah

Lost  9 - 6

11 – 29 June

North

Won 23 - 5

12 – 6 July

Kurri

Lost 23 - 2

13 – 13 July

Central

Won 18 - 2

14 – 20 July

Maitland

Won 49 - 16

 

 

 

3 August – Semi Final

 

West 35 def Kurri 4

 

 

 

10 August - Final

 

West 24 def South 9

 

 

 

17 August – Grand Final

 

South 11 def West 3

 

1947

In 1947 Lakes United entered the competition to make 9 teams and a bye. Lakes created some kind of record by taking out the First Grade Minor and Major Premierships in their first year. West shared the Minor Premiership with Lakes but were beaten 14 – 13 in the Minor Premiership play off. Five of Lakes players were former West players, but all games between West and Lakes were played in great spirit. West failed to make the Grand Final in First Grade, but they were semi finalist in all 3 grades, and they did win the Club Championship – a forerunner of things to come. West’s team in the 1947 final when they were defeated by North was I Johnson, K Hahn, A Maddison, C Maxwell, R Snushall, H Banks, M Brogden, C Anderson, A Webster, J Rodgers, A Kentish, K Banks and R Mann. Ken Banks made his return to West in 1947 after a season with St George, and Mick Brogden, son of former West player (and government bus driver) Perc Brogden, made his First Grade debut. (Do you remember Mick’s brother Fred, and Fred’s wife Marge Presland, who worked in Paynes butcher shop in Regent Street, New Lambton for many, many years?) During May of 1947 West played away games against Kempsey and Werris Creek.

Round

Opponent

Result

1 – 12 April

South

Lost 12 - 5

2 – 19 April

Kurri

Won 9 - 5

3 – 26 April

Cessnock

Won 17 - 5

4 – 3 May

North

Lost 28 - 12

5 – 10 May

Bye

 

6 – 17 May

Waratah

Won 22 - 7

7 – 24 May

Maitland

Won 11 - 2

8 – 14/16 June

Central

Won 30 - 19

9 – 21 June

Lakes

Won 25 - 10

10 – 28 June

South

Won 11 - 3

11 – 5 July

Kurri

Won 12 - 7

12 – 12 July

Cessnock

Won 42 - 10

13 – 19 July

North

Won 7 - 0

14 – 26 July

Bye

 

15 – 2 August

Waratah

Won 25 - 0

16 – 9 August

Maitland

Won 37 - 6

17 – 16 August

Central

Won 11 - 5

18 – 23 August

Lakes

Lost 18 - 7

 

 

 

30 August – Minor Prem Playoff

 

Lakes 14 def West 13

 

 

 

7 September – Semi Final

 

West 7 def Kurri 4

 

 

 

13 September  - Final

 

North 15 def West 4

                                                  

1948

In 1948 West were semifinalist in First Grade only to be beaten 12 – 7. The West team in the semi final was J De Courcey, T Sullivan (2 goals), A Maddison, C Anderson, K Hahn (Try), D Lewis, W Harding, G Maddison, R Walker, J Rodgers, K Banks, A Webster and D Hardy. West also made the Reserve Grade final only to be beaten by North 13 – 9, with Mr Jerry Lane being the referee. In the May Day challenge matches West defeated North (Sydney) by 21 – 15 on 9 May. West also played North at District Park on 18 July in a Testimonial match for Jim “Jewboy” Rodgers from West and Allan Russell from North. Some sidelights from the year included the farewelling of Col Maxwell and Keith Froome prior to sailing with the Australian Kangaroo team to England. Also, Kevin Hahn scored 17 tries in the season and (Australian cricketer) Jim De Courcey proved himself a worthy replacement for Ian Johnson at fullback. There was one great West name in the West third grade team that was defeated by Stockton in the semi final. One of the West players was a certain “Glen Maloney” – now departed, but now known as “Mr West”. Now the big statement. Glen Maloney was the most influential person in the history of the Western Suburbs RLFC – Discuss!

Round

Opponent

Result

1 – 10 April

Central

Won 14 - 4

2 – 17 April

Maitland

Won 32 - 5

3 – 26 April

Bye

 

4 – 15 May

Cessnock

Won 13 - 7

5 – 22 May

South

Lost 18 - 9

6 – 29 May

North

Lost 24 - 5

7 – 5 June

Waratah

Won 50 - 7

8 – 12 June

Lakes

Won 15 - 10

9 – 19 June

Kurri

Won 5 - 4

10 – 26 June

Central

Lost 5 - 4

11 – 3 July

Maitland

Won 28 - 9

12 – 10 July

Bye

 

13 – 17 July

Cessnock

Won 42 - 0

14 – 24 July

South

4 all draw

15 – 31 July

North

Lost 12 - 6

16 – 7 August

Waratah

Won 18 - 10

17 – 14 August

Lakes

Won 27 - 13

18 – 21 August

Kurri

Lost 21 - 5

 

 

 

28 August – Semi Final

 

North 12 def West 7

 

 

 

18 September – Grand Final

 

North 5 def Kurri 4

 

1949

Well 1949? – not a good year. First Grade – won 4, lost 10, drew 2 – 2nd last. Reserve Grade – won 3, lost 12, drew 1 – 3rd  - last. Third Grade – won 2, lost 14 – last. West also came 2nd last in the Club Championship, beating last placed Maitland by just 6 points. The First Grade Final was won by Minor Premiers Central 28 – 15 over Maitland, in a game refereed by Harry Gillard. Glen Maloney became Assistant Secretary.  Ossie Screen coached Cardiff, Reserve Grade 5/8, and “Charger” Walls, transferred back to Jesmond….. But there was other news. Secretary Jack Wilson and Assistant Secretary Glen Maloney were both presented with girls …Lorraine Wilson and Susan Maloney …what, no boys! Terry Sullivan returned to West from Warialda. Peter Gosper, brother of Olympian Terry Gosper, showed plenty of pace on the wing. But for those of us who can remember, the best news was that Waratah abattoir worker, Big John L (John Lightfoot) came to West from Waratah. What an impressive physique, what a man. John went on to play First Grade for Newtown from 1952 to 1955, eventually returning to West in 1956. Also, Don Bentlin came to West from Cardiff. This impressive footballer came as a centre, was played at 5/8 and later became an outstanding West fullback.

Round

Opponent

Result

1 – 23 April

Lakes

Lost 22 - 11

2 – 25 April

South

Lost 24 - 11

3 – 30 April

Kurri

Lost 29 - 7

4 – 7 May

North

Won 18 - 17

5 – 14 May

Waratah

Lost 41 - 7

6 – 21 May

Cessnock

Won 5 - 0

7 – 4 June

Maitland

Won 18 - 12

8 – 11 June

Bye

 

9 – 13 June

Central

Lost 20 - 5

10 – 2 July

South

12 all draw

11 – 9 July

Lakes

16 all draw

12 – 18 July

Kurri

Lost 24 - 10

13 – 23 July

North

Lost 11 - 5

14 – 30 July

Waratah

Lost 25 - 17

15 – 6 August

Cessnock

Lost 27 - 13

16 – 13 August

Maitland

Won 32 - 14

17 – 20 August

Bye

 

18 – 27 August

Central

Lost 26 - 6

 

 

 

1 October - Final

 

Central 28 def Kurri 15

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