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1970

West signed Rugby League great, John Raper, to be Captain / Coach in 1970. With 6 losses and 2 draws West battled to make the semi finals, but they won the last 3 games in the Finals series, beating Maitland 21 – 14 in the Grand Final. In fact West played Maitland in all 3 Grand Finals, and a close 16 – 15 loss in Reserve Grade soured the day, but “just a little”. West’s First Grade side was “Tag” Spruce, Wayne Hore, John Cootes (3 tries), Gary Banks, Ken Smith, Grahame Morissey (try), Bob Adamson, Peter Howlett, John Raper, Dennis Rowston, Brian Carlin (3 goals), Allan Dagwell (try) and Tony Brown. The winning Third Grade side was Ian Bell, Ron Davie, Alan Wallis (field goal), Roger Dean (try), Peter McKerras, Paul Anderson, Frank Frasca, Brian Rooney, Al Druery (5 goals), John Barber (2 tries), Waka Mutu, Steve Lawson and Ray Campbell (try) and the winning coach was Brian Stanbridge. Players who first played for West in 1970 included Bob Adamson  - 92 games – Came to West from Manilla. Left West in 1972 and before returning in 1977 coached Yanco Wamoon and Griffith  to Premierships, Gary Banks – 67 games – South junior who played with North Sydney from 1967 to 1969. Gary was selected from South in 1996 to play for Australia,  John Raper – 40 games – St Goege “Legend” and Rugby  League “Immortal” John coached West in 1970, 1971 and 1972. He coached Kurri in 1973 and then returned to Sydney and coached Cronulla and Newtown. John “Bowler hat and all” played 33 tests for Australia and while at West’s captained NSW Country on a New Zealand tour. Larry Dagwell – 55 games was Allan’s cousin, Peter Howlett  -145 games – West junior who played 2 games for NSW. Ended his career with South.  Ron Davie – 89 games was in the RAAF  and Wayne Evans – 150 games. A West junior who went by the name of “Grumpy”.  The “40 year photo” of the 1970 winning team is below. BACK ROW Dennis Rowston, John Cootes, John Raper, Wayne Hore, Brian Carlin, Gary Banks, Tony Browne, “Tag” Spruce, Ken Smith  FRONT  ROW Peter Howlett, Grahame Morissey, Bob Adamson, Allan Dagwell – “All Present and Acounted For!”

 

Pre Season

Opponent

Result

 

 

Round 1

Central

Won 16 - 2

   

Round 2

Kurri

Won 15 - 7

   

Round 3

Cessnock

Won 15 - 7

   

Round 4

Waratah

Won 28 - 10

   

Round 5

Macquarie

Won 24 - 2

   

Round 6

Cessnock

Won 27 - 17

   

Round 7

Lakes

Lost 15 - 11

   

Competition

Opponent

Result

Reserves

Thirds

Round 1

Waratah

Lost 19 - 9

Lost 16 - 13

Won 41 - 0

Round 2

North

Won 16 - 7

Won 12 - 5

Won 20 - 4

Round 3

Cessnock

Won 16 - 15

Lost 9 - 6

Drew 15 - 15

Round 4

Lakes

Lost 17 - 15

Won 26 - 11

Won 19 - 3

Round 5

Kurri

Won 19 - 13

Won 21 -7

Won 22 - 2

Round 6

Macquarie

Won 27 - 11

Won 13 - 12

Won 22 - 4

Round 7

Central

Won 46 - 15

Won 26 - 4

Won 21 - 12

Round 8

South

Won 22 - 7

Lost 9 - 8

Won 5 - 2

Round 9

Maitland

Lost 20 - 9

Lost 12 - 5

Lost 12 - 7

Round 10

Waratah

Won 22 - 17

Won 19 - 3

Won 25 - 4

Round 11

North

Won 11 - 10

Drew 8 - 8

Won 22 - 2

Round 12

Cessnock

Won 25 - 10

Won 9 - 8

Lost 10 - 5

Round 13

Lakes

Lost 21 - 7

Won 29 - 13

Won 20 - 11

Round 14

Kurri

Lost 21 - 5

Won 21 - 3

Won 32 - 2

Round 15

Macquarie

Lost 22 - 16

Won 38 - 3

Won 21 - 0

Round 16

Central

Won 34 - 15

Drew 5 - 5

Lost 7 - 6

Round 17

South

Drew 19 - 19

Won 18 - 11

Won 17 - 11

Round 18

Maitland

Drew 22 - 22

Won 6 - 0

Lost 2 - 0

Semi

North

Won 28 - 3

Mait, Lost 17 - 6

Mait Won 21 - 4

Final

Lakes

Won 35 - 16

Won 17 - 14

 

GRAND FINAL

Maitland

Won 21 - 14

Lost 16 - 15

Won 24 - 5

 

1971

After the high of 1970 West failed to make the semi finals in First Grade in 1970 – indeed they lost the last 5 games of the season. John Raper was again Captain / Coach of First Grade, while Brian Stanbridge and Neil Gibson coached the Reserve Grade side and Third Grade side to Premiership wins. The winning Reserve Grade side was C John, B Warby (2 goals), R Davie, C Pritchard, V Puodziunas (try), G Dagwell (try), P Anderson, P Howlett (try), K Smith (try), G Cook, A Wiggs, S Lawson and W Mutu. The winning Third Grade side was I Bell, W Hore (try), A Wallis, R Cronin, N Fletcher (try), F Frasca, L Dagwell, K Campbell, W Hollingsworth, W Evans, N Beri, A Dagwell, A Druery (2 goals) and L Scott (try). Players who first played for West in 1971 included West junior Gary Broadhead (152 games), Greg Cook (105games – Greg was from Darlington Point near Griffith and was one of the most versatile players to ever play for West), Les Perry (38 games – Les was a North Newcastle junior who joined West from the Canterbury Bulldogs) and the pictured Peter Perkins (120 games. Peter was a goal kicking centre who joined West from Maitland Rugby Union).

Pre Season

Opponent

Result

 

 

Round 1

South

Lost 15 - 13

   

Round 2

Maitland

Won 19 - 16

   

Round 3

Kurri

Won 14 - 4

   

Round 4

Waratah

Won 18 - 5

   

Round 5

Central

Won 38 - 0

   

Round 6

Lakes

Won 20 - 12

   

Final

North

Won 27 - 6

   

Competition

Opponent

Result

Reserves

Thirds

Round 1

Central

Won 37 - 23

Lost 10 - 8

Won 63 - 5

Round 2

Cessnock

Won 21 - 14

Won 18 - 13

Won 7 - 5

Round 3

South

Won 25 - 21

Won 22 - 15

Lost 11 – 3

Round 4

Macquarie

Won 40 - 8

Won 25 - 10

Won 21 - 12

Round 5

Lakes

Won 24 - 21

Lost 17 - 12

Lost 15 - 6

Round 6

North

Lost 31 - 13

Won 32 - 2

Won 23 - 2

Round 7

Maitland

Lost 15 - 11

Lost 17 - 6

Won 10 - 5

Round 8

Waratah

Lost 20 - 6

Won 35 - 5

Won 18 - 2

Round 9

Kurri

Won 29 - 10

Won 18 - 10

Won 22 - 6

Round 10

Central

Won 41 - 20

Won 20 - 10

Won 34 - 8

Round 11

Cessnock

Won 39 - 18

Won 34 - 10

Won 21 - 9

Round 12

South

Won 25 - 14

Lost 10 - 7

Lost 23 - 15

Round 13

Macquarie

Won 26 - 11

Won 36 - 10

Won 22 - 11

Round 14

Lakes

Lost 28 - 10

Won 37 - 8

Won 9 - 2

Round 15

Waratah

Lost 19 - 0

Won 30 - 3

Won 17 - 4

Round 16

Maitland

Lost 20 - 11

Won 12 - 7

Lost 15 - 9

Round 17

North

Lost 21 - 18

Won 33 - 16

Won 23 - 4

Round 18

Kurri

Lost 25 - 10

Won 35 - 5

Won 62 - 0

Semi

Maitland

 

Won 12 - 0

Won 6 - 1

GRAND FINAL

 

Mait 30 Lakes 19

West 16 – Mait 12

West 13 – Lks 8

 

1972

John Raper continued on as Coach in 1972 and the successful season ended in the Final when West were beaten 21 – 20 by Cessnock. However Reserve Grade, coached by Brian Stanbridge, defeated Maitland 12 – 5 in the Grand Final, and Third Grade, coached by Neil Gibson, scored an impressive 40 -7 win over South. The winning Reserve Grade side was P Gilfeather, P Cootes (try), R Cronin, M McDermott, G White (try and 3 goals), G Morrissey, P Anderson, D Rowston, P Burt, G Dagwell, K Smith (c), S Lawson and P Maher. The winning Third Grade side was B Warby (try and 7 goals), R Davie (try), C Pritchard (try), G Owens (2 tries), R Dunstan, D Higgins, J Keysell (try), P Kachel (try), R Dean, K Campbell (try and goal), K Partridge, P Walls and W Mutu. Newcomers to the club in 1972 included West juniors Peter Burt (2nd row) and Greg Owens Centre), two from Lakes (John Cook - prop and Peter Cootes winger), “Chudley” Loades (prop) from Waratah and Michael McDermott from Macquarie. There were a couple of surprise signings as well – none more than North’s enforcer Karl Hutchinson (prop) (pictured), who went on to play 181 games for West. West signed the 2 back rowers from the victorious 1971 Coonamble team (Frank Fish and current 2013 Sec Michael McEntyre) as well as half back Kevin Hardy from Taree and Lakes junior, centre Des Kimmorley (father of Brett) who played 2 games for NSW in 1971. So all in all a Good year. (A little aside - the team photo is the 1970 Newcastle Boys Junior High School Under 14 Premiership winning side with Captain Greg Owens (front, middle) featured. Greg was Captain, so they say, because he was the only West player in the team. Good one Coach! You do the Maths – Junior High Under 14’s 1970, West Grade 1972)

Pre Season

Opponent

Result

 Opponent

Result

Round 1

Kurri

Drew 10 all

Rd 5 - Waratah

Lost 17 - 11

Round 2

Cessnock

Won 25 -8

Semi – Maitland

Won 22 - 20

Round 3

South

Won 9 - 0

Final - South

Won 23 - 20

Round 4

Central

Won 13 - 10

   

Competition

Opponent

Result

Reserves

Thirds

Round 1

Waratah

Won 25 - 16

Lost 38 - 14

Won 18 - 10

Round 2

Kurri

Drew 15 all

Won 40 - 10

Won 26 - 13

Round 3

Cessnock

Won 23 - 9

Won 31 - 12

Lost 20 - 0

Round 4

Lakes

Lost 16 - 13

Won 11 - 4

Won 39 - 0

Round 5

North

Won 40 - 9

Lost 45 - 9

Lost 16 - 8

Round 6

Macquarie

Lost 31 - 16

Won 16 - 10

Won 23 - 16

Round 7

Central

Won 26 - 3

Won 23 - 13

Won 16 - 10

Round 8

South

Won 27 - 15

Lost 26 - 9

Won 16 - 12

Round 9

Maitland

Lost 26 - 2

Won 25 - 18

Won 13 - 9

Round 10

Waratah

Won 25 - 17

Won 37 - 8

Won 41 - 5

Round 11

Kurri

Won 13 - 3

Won 17 - 5

Won 41 - 0

Round 12

Cessnock

Won 22 - 11

Lost 22 - 2

Won 14 - 9

Round 13

Lakes

Won 31 - 11

Won 17 - 16

Won 21 - 4

Round 14

North

Won 31 - 2

Won 36 - 5

Won 12 - 11

Round 15

Macquarie

Lost 35 - 26

Won 17 - 11

Won 49 - 3

Round 16

Central

Won 37 - 7

Won 21 - 16

Won 23 - 9

Round 17

South

Lost 32 - 12

Won 23 - 12

Lost 21 - 10

Round 18

Maitland

Lost 30 - 12

Lost 23 - 18

Won 27 - 8

Semi

South

Won 26 - 12

Mait Lost 24 - 17

Mait Won 15 - 14

Final

Cessnock

Lost 21 - 20

Macq Won 11 - 9

 

GRAND FINAL

Cessnock 18   Maitland 10

West 12 – Mait 5

West 40 – Sth 7

 

1973

Dennis Ward came to West from Manly as Captain / Coach in 1973. West had a successful year making two Grand Finals. The First Grade loss was particularly hard to take as West only lost 4 games all year. However no one would have expected this loss to be a series of Grand Final losses under West’s “unluckiest” coach ever. Ward himself had a successful year. At the end of the season he was chosen from West to represent Australia on the Kangaroo tour of England. West fielded a number of new players in 1973. These included juniors Brendan Barber, Ken Blackwell, Paul Slattery and Rob Christie as well as half back Robert “Jacky” Wright (pictured), from Cardiff, who went on to play 127 games for West. Two former Waratah players joined West – forward Mick Trypas (from Canterbury) and centre Greg Norgard (from Sth Sydney). Rangy forward, Mick Goldman, came from Rugby Union, whilst goal kicking fullback, Keith Hemsworth (221 points in 1973) joined West from Coonamble. A very good 5/8, Woy Woy junior, John Monie joined West from Cronulla. Monie went onto First Grade coaching positions at Parramatta, Wigan, Auckland and the London Broncos. Interestingly, as 2013 draws to a close, Brendan Barber still “runs on” for West each week in his position of “runner, trainer, first aid man...” for the mighty Rosellas. Quite a good innings from the West veteran!

Pre Season

Opponent

Result

 Opponent

Result

Round 1

Cessnock

Won 15 - 10

Rd 5 - Central

Won 20 - 7

Round 2

Maitland

Won 19 - 12

Semi - Cessnock

Lost 15 - 13

Round 3

Waratah

Won 12 - 10

P/O 3rd - South

Won 25 - 17

Round 4

South

Won 21 - 14

   

Competition

Opponent

Result

Reserves

Thirds

Round 1

Maitland

Won 20 - 8

Won 24 - 20

Won 18 - 15

Round 2

Lakes

Won 27 -14

Won 28 - 13

Won 36 - 2

Round 3

Waratah

Won 27 - 7

Won 24 - 7

Won 17 - 14

Round 4

South

Lost 17 - 16

Lost 20 - 19

Won 11 - 10

Round 5

North

Won 51 - 15

Won 30 - 4

Won 30 - 7

Round 6

Kurri

Won 25 - 20

Won 21 - 13

Won 19 - 3

Round 7

Macquarie

Won 40 - 2

Drew 19 - 19

Won 25 - 4

Round 8

Cessnock

Won 21 - 3

Won 15 - 14

Won 9 - 2

Round 9

Central

Won 27 - 10

Lost 16 - 10

Won 28 - 8

Round 10

Maitland

Won 20 - 13

Won 24 - 8

Lost 11 - 8

Round 11

Lakes

Won 11 - 10

Won 23 - 8

Won 20 - 7

Round 12

Waratah

Lost 25 - 15

Won 15 - 3

Won 50 - 3

Round 13

South

Won 20 - 3

Lost 18 - 14

Won 23 - 8

Round 14

North

Won 45 - 6

Won 33 - 13

Lost 24 - 5

Round 15

Kurri

Lost 26 - 2

Lost 18 - 17

Won 41 - 2

Round 16

Macquarie

Won 31 - 10

Won 43 - 3

Won 31 - 5

Round 17

Cessnock

Won 31 - 8

Lost 15 - 12

Won 35 - 10

Round 18

Central

Won 18 - 12

Won 16 - 0

Won 31 - 0

Semi

Waratah

Won 30 - 10

South 21 West 12

West 11  South 10

Final

Cessnock

     

GRAND FINAL

Maitland 27      West 18

 

Sth 16  West 15

 

1974

Dennis Ward continued as Captain Coach in 1974 – a second Grand Final for Dennis Ward, and a second loss. On this occasion West lost to Lkaes 7 – 2 in the Grand Final. Reserve Grade also lost out in the Grand Final when they were defeated 19 – 14 by Macquarie. West Juniors Greg Hamilton, Ron Bailey, Rob Darcy and Neville Freund all played their first grade games in 1974, whilst Vince Cronin (a grandson of the great “Boki” Bell), came to West. Vince was a Central Junior, but this talented winger came to West via South Newcastle. Country born prop George Skeers joined West from Sydney. On the representative front Dennis Ward, George Skeers, Greg Owen, Peter Howlett and Karl Hutchinson represented Newcastle against Great Britain. Hutchinson went on to represent Country Seconds, whilst Peter Howlett was selected in the Country side to tour New Zealand. However the highlight of the year was the Testimonial Dinner held on 31 July 1974 honouring long term President, Harry Harding, Secretary, Glen Maloney and Treasurer Jack Bell. (see below)

Pre Season

Opponent

Result

 Opponent

Result

Round 1

Macquarie

Lost 14 - 11

Rd 4 - Waratah

Lost 10 - 4

Round 2

South

Lost 18 - 3

Rd 5 - Maitland

Lost 14 - 13

Round 3

Cessnock

Won 26 - 14

P/O 3rd - South

 

Competition

Opponent

Result

Reserves

Thirds

Round 1

Cessnock

Won 28 - 22

Won 21 - 13

Won 14 - 3

Round 2

Lakes

Won 20 - 14

Lost 18 - 11

Won 23 - 6

Round 3

Central

Won 28 - 18

Lost 26 - 9

Won 19 - 2

Round 4

Kurri

Won 19 - 11

Lost 15 - 10

Won 29 - 0

Round 5

Macquarie

Lost 14 - 12

Won 24 - 10

Won 29 - 10

Round 6

North

Won 20 - 17

Won 14 - 6

Won 7 - 0

Round 7

South

Won 20 - 5

Won 13 - 2

Won 19 - 2

Round 8

Maitland

Won 19 - 15

Lost 17 - 15

Lost 8 - 4

Round 9

Waratah

Won 33 - 8

Won 26 - 11

Won 21 - 4

Round 10

Cessnock

Won 25 - 16

Won 20 - 8

Won 15 - 5

Round 11

Lakes

Lost 31 - 8

Won 16 - 13

Lost 9 - 8

Round 12

Central

Drew 15 - 15

Won 19 - 11

Won 14 - 8

Round 13

Kurri

Won 24 - 10

Won 24 - 6

Won 24 - 2

Round 14

North

Won 32 - 23

Won 13 - 7

Lost 9 - 7

Round 15

South

Won 12 - 5

Won 16 - 2

Won 13 - 6

Round 16

Maitland

Won 18 - 10

Lost 8 - 0

Won 10 - 9

Round 17

Waratah

Won 29 - 23

Won 61 - 0

Won 36 - 0

Round 18

Macquarie

Won 26 - 15

Won 38 - 11

Won 18 - 0

Semi

Lakes

Lost 16 - 12

West 12 Lakes 11

West 16  Mait 20

Final

Macquarie

Won 20 - 13

 

West 9  Macq 14

GRAND FINAL

Lakes 7      West 2

Macq 19   West 14

 

 

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