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1965

Brian Carlin took over as West Coach in 1965 from “Charger” Walls. West had a successful season winning Reserves and Thirds and being beaten by Maitland 19 – 12 in the Final. Reserve Grade beat Maitland 22 -11 in the deferred Grand Final. The West team was 1. B Spruce (try), 2. K Orr (try), 3. G Gaegler, 4. G Walsh,  5. M Alchin, 6. B Stanbridge (5 goals), 7. M Gallagher, 8. P Clarke, 9. G Alchin, 10.D Howlett, 11. K Davies, 12. M Page and 13. G Savage (try). J Cooper must have been a reserve because he scored a try. Third Grade defeated Maitland 30 – 15 in the Grand Final. The West team was 1. J Gardiner, 2. B Westbury (try), 3. E Snelson (6 goals) ,4. L Cox, 5. J Bowe, 6. B Martin (try), 7. J Cooper (2 tries), 8. A Glover (try), 9. K Emerton (try), 10.N Tarrant, 11. R Campbell, 12. K Duncan and 13. G Savage. New players to the club in 1965 included West Juniors Mick Gallagher and Wayne Hore. Mick went on to play 104 games for West and tasted 1st Grade success in 1966 when West 31 def Cessnock 7. Wayne Hore went on to play 181 games for West, and tasted First Grade success in1966 and 1970, when West 21 def Maitland 14. “Bomber” Hore is one of the “foundation stones” that underpins the West Rosellas. At the time of writing (Feb 2014) “Bomber” is beginning his 24th year as President of the WSRLFC – a remarkable achievement. Brian Stanbridge also joined West from Kurri, and became West’s most successful coach ever. Part of West’s folklore is the State Cup game against St George at Kogarah Oval on 23 May (and just incidentally – I was there). Apparently West hooker Allan Buman played in the annual City v Country game at the SCG the day before. Apparently, “Charger” Walls was on the West bus going to Kogarah, and because he was not selected in the team, he had a rum...or two...or three...or more. On arriving at Kogarah Oval it was found that “Charger” had to play, because Allan Buman had suffered an injury in the City v Country game. Apparently all was going to plan until the first scrum, when the entire St George front row reeled back in horror from the “foul” smell emanating from the West hooker.

Date

Opponent

Result

Reserves

Thirds

13 Apr

Macquarie

Won 22 -17

Won 33 - 7

Won 29 - 6

20 Apr

Cessnock

Lost 15 - 10

Won 26 - 16

Won 20 - 6

25 Apr

South

Won 23 - 10

Lost 15 - 9

Won 11 - 0

8 May

Waratah

Won 27 - 13

Won 17 - 16

Won 38 - 6

15 May

North

Lost 15 - 9

Won 16 - 12

Won 32 - 0

29 May

Lakes

Won 9 - 5

Won 14 - 2

Won 20 - 4

5 Jun

Kurri

Lost 24 - 5

Lost 14 - 7

Won 9 - 6

13 Jun

Maitland

Won 21 - 19

Won 23 – 7

Lost 14 - 3

19 Jun

Central

Won 11 - 6

Lost 15 - 6

Won 9 - 2

27 Jun

Macquarie

Won 9 - 6

Won 10 - 6

Won 22 - 3

2 Jul

Cessnock

Won 15 - 9

Won 27 - 0

Won 15 - 2

11 Jul

South

Won 14 - 5

Won 17 - 5

Won 16 - 7

17 Jul

Maitland

Won 23 - 8

7 all Draw

Lost 15 - 6

24 Jul

Waratah

Lost 25 - 14

Won 26 - 3

Won 45 - 0

1 Aug

North

Lost 17 - 14

Won 27 - 6

Won 28 - 3

8 Aug

Central

Won 14 - 3

Won 29 - 7

Won 20 - 2

15 Aug

Lakes

Won 32 - 16

9 all Draw

Won 32 - 0

21 Aug

Kurri

Won 30 - 8

Lost 18 - 15

Won on Forfeit

28 Aug

Minor Semi

West 25  Nth 7

   

4 Sep

Major Semis

 

Mait 26   West 16

West 17  Mait 17

11 Sep

Finals

Mait 19   West 12

West 6    South 6

 

11 Sep

Maj Semi Rep

   

West 18   Mait 2

18 Sep

Final Replay

 

West 17   South 3

GF  West 30 Mait 15

26 Sep

Grand Final

 

West 22   Mait 11

 

 

1966

What a year!  For the first time West were Major Premiers in all 3 grades as well as being Club Champions. West welcomed new Captain / Coach, John Hobby (pictured) from Eugowra. Originally from Coolah, John was a tough lock or 2nd row forward. He is regarded by many, along with Rex Elvin, David Howell and John Cootes as West’s best ever signings. Indeed Rex Elvin, David Howell and John Hobby all won Premierships in their 1st year with West. In the 1st Grade Grand Final, West 31 def Cess 9. The West team was 1. “Monty” Spruce  2. M Alchin (2 tries) 3. W Hore (try)  4. R Hensby (try)  5. J McLaughlin (try)  6. “Tag” Spruce 7. M Gallagher  8. J Hobby (try, goal)  9. D Rowston  10.  R Johnson  11. J Richards  12. A Buman  13. R Davies (4 goals). In Reserve Grade, West 19 def Maitland 9. The Reserve Grade side was 1. R Turner  2. ?? 3. G Sutcliffe 4. T Jukes (2 tries, FG)  5. O Kilpatrick  6. B Martin  7. K Hodgson (4 goals  8. G Alchin  9. K Emerton  10. K Partridge  11. G Whitmore (try)  12. A Dagwell  13 C Bakes  Res A Milton and R Walls. The deferred 3rd Grade Grand Final was played at DISTRICT PARK (yep, District Park, now defunct, behind the tennis courts at Broadmeadow). Brian Warby scored a Club Record of 6 tries in this Grand Final when West 41 def Kurri 0. The winning West side was 1. B Warby (6 tries) 2. G Ravelon  3. B Stanbridge (3 goals)  4. W Mahoney (try)  5. K Campbell (2 tries)  6. A Wallis  7. J Cooper (try) 8. D Howlett  9. G Whitmore 10. G McLachlan  11. G Savage (try) 12. H Hill  13. R Campbell Res K Davies (goal), B Smith, J Everleigh. Players to come into West grade in 1966 included West stalwart (and games record holder) Allan Dagwell, Jesmond lads, “larger than life” “Cas” Whitmore and Danny Armstrong and local junior Alan Wallis. George Ravelon came to West from Narrabri and centre, Bob Hensby (who later formed a great combination with John Cootes) came from the Roosters in Sydney.  

Date

Opponent

Result

Reserves

Thirds

9 Apr

Central

Won 24 - 11

Won 21 - 8

Won 9 - 2

16 Apr

Waratah

Won 26 - 13

Won 24 - 9

Won 33 - 2

23 Apr

Kurri

Won 24 - 7

Won 11 - 4

Won 8 - 0

30 Apr

South

Won 18 - 12

Won 23 - 0

Won 20 - 0

8 May

Macquarie

Lost 11 - 6

Won 5 - 2

Won 34 - 6

15 May

North

Won 20 - 15

Won 19 - 2

Won 30 - 2

22 May

Cessnock

Won 7 - 2

Won 54 - 7

Won 45 - 0

30 May

Lakes

Won 13 - 4

Won 19 - 13

Won 44 - 6

4 June

Maitland

Lost 11 - 6

Won 20 - 6

Won 7 - 2

18 Jun

Waratah

Lost 17 - 0

Won 39 - 0

Won 15 - 0

25 Jun

Kurri

Won 15 - 7

Won 27 - 2

Won 18 - 2

2 Jul

South

Won 32 - 10

Won 13 - 7

Won 25 - 2

10 Jul

Macquarie

Won 29 - 7

Won 46 - 19

Won 62 - 0

16 Jul

North

Won 16 - 7

Won 21 - 0

Won 19 - 4

23 Jul

Cessnock

Lost 22 - 3

Won 19 - 11

Won 15 - 7

30 Jul

Lakes

Won 11 - 9

Won 18 - 2

Won 21 - 2

6 Aug

Maitland

Lost 12 - 5

Won 14 - 3

4 all Draw

21 Aug

Central

Won 15 - 8

Won 18 - 0

Won 10 - 4

27 Aug

Major Semis

West 7  Cess 4

West 24   Mait 11

 

2 Sep

Major Semi

   

West 39   Kurri 4

9 Sep

Grand Finals

West 31   Cess 9

West 19  Mait 9

 

17 Sep

Grand Final

   

West 41   Kurri 0

1967

West nearly won all 3 again in 1967 – with First Grade unluckily beaten in the Grand Final by a couple of points. Reserve Grade defeated Lakes 21 – 9 in the Grand Final. The winning West team was 1. C John (try)  2. R Turner (try) 3. O Kilpatrick  4. D Armstrong  5. B Warby (goal)  6. B Martin  7. K Hodgson (5 goals) 8. G Walsh  9. K Partridge  10. K Emerton  11. G Savage (try)  12. A Dagwell  13. G McLachlan. Kevin Hodgson was Captain / Coach of this impressive team that lost 1 game during the season. Third Grade under Captain / Coach Brian Stanbridge also lost one game, and won the Grand Final 16 – 10 over North. The winning team was 1. W Smith  2. A Milton  3. B Stanbridge (6 goals) 4. D Howlett  5. K Campbell  6. A Wallis  7. J Cooper  8. W Mahoney  9. G Ravelon  10. D Bullen  11. R Campbell  12. H Hill  13. R Gilson (goal, field goal) Reserves I Paul, N Tarrant, K Davies. Players first appearing in grade in 1967 inc West Juniors Garry Dagwell, Chris John and Peter “Sherm” Holmes, who was the first player to wear pink football laces. But the biggest name to appear in 1967 was Father John Cootes. Cootes (pictured) was a Roman Catholic Priest and whilst studying in Rome he played Rugby Union with Lazio. He was a very talented player. On his return to Newcastle he played with West, and he represented Australia from West...that’s how talented he was! Cootes could do anything. On 7 May at Waratah Oval, goalkicker Rob Davies was dismissed from the field (yep, sent off). Coach John Hobby then missed one from in front. Then John Cootes kicked (I reckon) 11 from 11, but the Newcastle Herald said 11 from 15. Anyway, Cootes could score tries and kick goals, and from that day he was West’s goalkicker. All in all a very good year with just 2 points denying us a great year...and all the better with the arrival of John Cootes!.

Date

Opponent

Result

Reserves

Thirds

1 Apr

Macquarie

Won 27 - 19

Won 19 - 6

Won 28 - 2

8 Apr

Cessnock

Won 20 - 16

Won 23 - 4

Won 52 - 0

15 Apr

South

Lost 14 - 7

Won 13 - 12

Lost 9 - 5

23 Apr

Maitland

Won 17 - 15

Won 14 - 4

Won 14 - 9

29 Apr

North

Lost 23 - 6

Won 22 - 8

Won 22 - 4

7 May

Waratah

Won 46 - 18

Won 10 - 6

Won 28 - 5

14 May

Central

Won 15 - 6

Won 44 - 2

Won 12 - 0

21 May

Lakes

Won 23 - 10

Won 29 - 7

Won 31 - 0

28 May

Kurri

Won 17 - 9

Won 21 - 0

Won 18 - 6

4 Jun

Macquarie

Lost 15 - 11

Won 26 - 10

Won 43 - 2

10 Jun

Cessnock

Won 21 - 13

Won 11 - 7

Won 13 - 4

17 Jun

South

Won 29 - 5

Won 16 - 4

Won 14 - 0

1 Jul

North

Won 8 - 7

Won 17 - 7

Won 9 - 5

9 Jul

Waratah

Won 43 - 4

Won 37 - 7

Won 16 - 7

15 Jul

Central

Won 25 - 13

Won 24 - 2

Won 17 - 4

23 Jul

Lakes

Won 25 - 21

Lost 9 - 6

Won 14 - 6

30 Jul

Kurri

Won 34 - 2

Won 37 - 4

Won 32 - 0

5 Aug

Maitland

Won 10 - 6

Won 32 - 6

Won 6 - 5

13Aug

Major Semis

West 16  North 7

West 24   Lakes 9

North 11   West 2

19 Aug

Final

   

West 19  South 2

9 Sep

Grand Finals

North 13  West 11

West 19  Lakes 9

West 16  North 10

 

1968

West had another good year in 1968 with First Grade disapponting by losing their last 3 games of the season and failing to reach the Grand Final. Reserve Grade, again under coach Kevin Hodgson won the Grand Final by defeating North 15 – 9. The West team was 1. B Warby (3 goals)  2. K Campbell  3. D Armstrong  4.  R Cronin (try)  5. P Holmes  6. B Martin (try) 7. K Hodgson  8. D Rowston  9. B Carlin  10. K Partridge (try)  11. T Browne  12. M Page  13. G Waldie. Third Grade under coach Brian Stanbridge made it 5 consecutive Premierships, when they defeated South 12 – 0 (perhaps 12 – 6) in the Grand Final. The West team was 1. C John  2. A Milton (try)  3. G Walsh  4. E Ellum  5. R Dowse  6. W Weston  7. J Cooper  8. D Howlett  9. B Stanbridge ( 3 goals)  10. J Peterson  11. R Bullen (try)  12. L Bartholemew  13. R Campbell. In one of the smallest turnover of players recorded there were only 18 new players who played for West in 1968. The most notable of these were West United prop Tony Browne, utility Ken Smith and Waratah 5/8 David Higgins.

Ken Smith : Ken Smith was born in Ryde, and commenced his football career with the Burnside Schoolboys. He played Under 18’s with Concord West (coached by Harry Wells) and in 1959 he was approached to play First Grade Rugby League in Eugowra.  At Eugowra, Ian Walsh was the coach for the 1959 and 1960 seasons without any success…and then… John Hobby took over in 1962 with immediate success by taking out the Minor Premiership. 1963 was another excellent season, and Ken was chosen in the Group 11 team as five – eighth. In 1964 with John Hobby as Captain / Coach and Ken Smith as five eighth Eugowra won the Major titles. John Hobby joined West in 1966 (and won the Grand Final with a 31 – 7 win over Cessnock) whilst Ken Smith coached Eugowra. In 1967 Ken coached Coolah and in 1968 he joined John Hobby at West. At West Ken was so versatile that he played in the backs or the forwards. At West he also gained the nickname “Poppa” because of his resemblance to St George great “Poppa” Clay. In 1970 he had a great game on the wing in the John Raper coached team that defeated Maitland 21 – 14. He had a real winger’s game and capped it off with a grand try. In 1971 Ken won the “Best and Fairest” trophy for Reserve Grade. His willingness to play in any grade in any position was an object lesson to all the footballers at West.

Date

Opponent

Result

Reserves

Thirds

Caltex Pre Season Final – West 16  Central 14 (Kilpatrick, Hodgson tries, Cootes 5 goals)

21 Apr

Central

Won 16 - 15

Won 46 - 4

Won 18 - 8

27 Apr

North

Won 19 - 12

Won 39 - 4

Won 41 - 0

4 May

Kurri

Won 13 - 9

Won 16 - 6

Won 20 - 0

11 May

South

Won 19 - 5

Won 15 - 0

Won 6 - 5

19 May

Macquarie

Won 24 - 2

Won 21 - 8

Won 13 - 8

25 May

Waratah

Won 19 - 14

Won 14 - 0

Won 26 - 8

2 Jun

Cessnock

Won 35 - 12

Won 31 - 12

Won 30 - 0

9 Jun

Lakes

Won 12 - 2

Won 21 - 8

Won 22 - 2

15 Jun

Maitland

Won 34 - 17

Won 36 - 2

Lost 11 - 10

23 Jun

Central

Won 25 - 6

Won 32 - 7

Won 39 - 4

29 Jun

North

Won 19 - 7

Won 22 - 9

Won 17 - 2

6 Jul

Kurri

Won 30 - 7

Won 34 - 8

Won 15 - 11

13 Jul

South

Lost 10 - 3

Won 12 - 5

Won 14 - 4

20 Jul

Macquarie

Won 15 - 6

Won 43 - 2

Won 21 - 9

27 Jul

Waratah

Won 19 - 10

Won 37 - 2

Won 45 - 6

3 Aug

Cessnock

Won 35 - 7

Won 46 - 0

Won on forfeit

10 Aug

Lakes

11 all Draw

Won 19 - 9

Won 23 - 2

17 Aug

Maitland

Lost 27 - 18

Won 42 - 12

Won 15 - 9

31Aug

Major Semis

Lakes 20 West 18

West 36   South 6

South 7  West 6

7 Sep

Finals

South 13 West 11

 

West 22  Waratah 4

14 Sep

Grand Finals

South 9 Lakes 6

West 15  North 9

West 12  South 0

 

1969

John Hobby’s 4 year term came to an end, with one Premiership in 1966, three Minor Premierships (1966, 1967 and 1968) and 2nd in the points table in 1969. Hobby was one of West’s best players ever and his record as Captain / Coach speaks for itself. The Bill Lockett coached made it 5 in a row when they defeated South 14 – 8 in the Grand Final. The West team was 1. C John  2. B Warby (try, 4 goals)  3. I Bell  4. C Pritchard (try)  5. K Campbell  6. A Wallis  7. J Cooper  8. W Lockett 9. R Dean  10. T Browne  11. K Partridge  12. K Wright 13. B Carlin  Res G Ravelon.     The Brian Stanbridge coached Third Grade made it 6 in a row when they defeated Maitland 23 – 16 in the Grand Final. The West team was 1. P Gilfeather (try)  2. O Kilpatrick  3. T Kelly (try)  4. G Dagwell (try)  5. Bob Campbell  6. B Martin (try)  7. R Mitchell  8. B Stanbridge (4 goals) 9. J Peterson  10.  G Ravelon  11. W Mutu  12. B Rooney (try)  13. R Campbell. Many new faces joined West grdae in 1969. West juniors “Flea” Anderson, Ian Bell, Steve Lawson and the Jesmond soccer goalkeeper “Bull” Druery all debuted in grade. Manly Junior Frank Frasca came to Newcastle University and made his name with West (and with the “fruit” community in Newcastle). Roger Dean came from Coonabarabran, Col Pritchard came from Newtown via Narrandera and Eugowra, and Brisbane lad Victor Poudziunas came to West from RAAF Williamtown. Marist Brother student, and South Junior, John Barber also made his grade debut in 1969. But the “biggest” imports were Alby Wiggs and Neil Berri from New Zealand. Rumour has it that Glen Maloney went to New Zealand to persuade a goal kicking winger Ernie Wiggs (Alby’s brother) to come across the “dutch”. However he came back with 2 props, the bigger Alby Wiggs (pictured) and the smaller “Butch” Beri. Both players fitted in well, and played 3 seasons with West. They were soon joined at West by the popular Kiwi, Waka Mutu, who played 5 seasons with West mainly in the lower grades. All in all another successful season for West.

Date

Opponent

Result

Reserves

Thirds

20 Apr

Waratah

Won 55 - 3

Lost 25 - 12

12 all Draw

27 Apr

South

Lost 33 - 12

Lost 13 - 10

Won 13 - 0

4 May

Macquarie

Lost 12 - 9

Won 29 - 15

Won 11 - 3

11 May

Kurri

Won 24 - 5

Lost 21 - 16

Won 19 - 4

18 May

North

Won 24 - 14

Lost 15 - 7

5 all Draw

24 May

Cessnock

Won 29 - 14

Won 19 - 12

Won 23 - 9

31 May

Central

Won 8 - 7

Won 10 - 6

Won 31 - 2

7 Jun

Maitland

Lost 23 - 4

Won 18 - 14

Won 10 - 3

15 Jun

Lakes

Won 14 - 12

Lost 26 - 19

Won 14 - 3

29 Jun

South

Won 42 - 16

Lost 13 - 12

Won 17 - 7

5 Jul

Macquarie

Lost 10 - 5

Won 9 - 7

Won 36 - 3

12 Jul

Kurri

Lost 23 - 17

Won 34 - 4

Won 23 - 9

19 Jul

North

Won 17 - 14

Won 27 - 5

9 all Draw

26 Jul

Cessnock

Won 49 -11

Won 23 - 6

Won 67 - 0

2 Aug

Central

Won 36 - 20

Won 30 - 9

Won 54 - 0

10 Aug

Maitland

Won 22 - 7

Won 36 - 3

Won 20 - 4

17 Aug

Lakes

Lost 14 - 11

Won 16 - 13

Won 34 - 0

24 Aug

Waratah

Won 14 - 2

Won 40 - 3

Won 12 - 2

6 Sep

Major Semis

Mait 31  West 16

West 9   South 7

West 7   South 2

7 Sep

Final

Lakes 12   West 8

 

 

14 Sep

Grand Finals

Mait 19   Lakes 9

West 14   South 8

West 23   Mait 16

 

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Jordan Hammond

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Rhiannon Howard

Rhiannon Howard

Talent all round for our half back

James Wilson

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Sam Keenan

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Jack Geddes

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