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1975

Dennis Ward continued as Captain Coach in 1975 – and, yes, a third consecutive Grand for Dennis Ward, and a third loss. On this occasion West again lost to Lakes 30 – 17. However, an accolade to Dennis Ward – 3 Grand Finals in 3 years was a great achievement. Reserve Grade under Coach Greg Norgard defeated Lakes 12 -10. The West team was 1. K Hemsworth  (3 goals)  2. V Cronin  3. G Norgard  4. G Owen  5. N Freund  6. T Murphy  7. F Frasca  8. J Beecher  9. D Farr  10. L Scott  11. W Aoake  12. B Coughlin  13. K Hutchinson. Please note: West Reserves won the first game of the season 18 – 4 over Central but lost the 2 points for playing an unregistered player and the Grand Final try scorers are missing (perhaps someone can help). Third Grade under new Coach Jeff Savage, had a big win against North in the major semi final but were defeated 16 – 9 by North in the decider. Players who first appeared in West’s Grade teams in 1975 included local juniors Bill Carrig, Laurie Rixon and Barry Snushall. Dennis Duncan came to West from West Wyalong and became a long term player and official with the club.  Doug Farr came from South Newcastle, Terry Stevens (originally from South Grafton) came from the Sydney Roosters and Ron Sparks followed Dennis Ward from Manly. Another newcomer was a Bob McCarthy “lookalike” – indeed it was Bob’s brother Rick McCarthy who a valuable acquisition to the club. However the most colourful character to join West in 1975 was Sammy Aoake. Sammy came from New Zealand in 1969 and played Rugby Union before linking with South and Kurri. He joined West in 1975 and several clubs after West (he spent many seasons with Windale 2nd Division). Officially Sammy (2011 photo) played 18 seasons of Rugby League, but unofficially...who knows? Sammy Aoake will always be one of the great characters of Newcastle Rugby League. (Sammy Aoake – First played for West in 1975 – Last played in 1987 – 89 games in total)

Pre Season

Opponent

Result

 Opponent

Result

Round 1

South

Lost 8 - 3

Rd 4 - Macquarie

Won 21 - 5

Round 2

Waratah

Lost 16 - 2

Rd 5 - Central

Won 16 - 5

Round 3

Lakes

5 all Draw

Semi - Cessnock

Won 33 - 14

Pre Season Final – West 27 def South 11

Competition

Opponent

Result

Reserves

Thirds

Round 1

Central

Lost 16 - 7

Won 18 – 4 ##

Won 16 - 5

Round 2

North

Won 34 - 9

Won 17 - 12

Won 17 - 5

Round 3

Kurri

16 all Draw

Won 17 - 2

Won 17 - 8

Round 4

Waratah

Won 13 - 7

Won 36 - 0

Won 33 - 0

Round 5

Macquarie

Lost 23 - 15

Won 19 - 8

Won 19 - 5

Round 6

South

Won 32 - 17

Won 25 - 8

Lost 13 - 12

Round 7

Cessnock

Won 16 - 13

Lost 21 - 13

Won 23 - 0

Round 8

Lakes

Won 14 - 4

Won 28 - 7

Won 32 - 5

Round 9

Maitland

Won 17 - 10

Lost 14 - 10

Lost 19 - 10

Round 10

Central

Won 12 - 2

Won 23 - 0

Won 19 - 8

Round 11

North

Lost 35 - 14

Won 24 – 3

Lost 13 - 10

Round 12

Kurri

Won 22 - 12

Won 19 - 7

Lost 20 - 5

Round 13

Waratah

Won 38 - 12

Won 28 - 6

Won 35 - 0

Round 14

Macquarie

Lost 17 - 12

Won 21 - 10

Won 24 - 4

Round 15

Cessnock

Lost 34 - 12

Won 15 - 5

Lost 12 - 8

Round 16

Lakes

Won 31 - 14

Lost 13 - 7

Won 17 - 11

Round 17

Maitland

Won 18 - 12

Won 23 - 19

Won 24 - 14

Round 18

South

Won 16 - 13

Won 31 - 3

Won 44 - 2

Major Semi

Lakes

Lost 28 - 9

West 25 Mait 16

North 27  West 9

Final

North

Won 23 - 12

 

West 28 Mait 19

GRAND FINAL

Lakes 30     West 17

West 12 def Lakes 10

North 16 West 9

 

For a better quality page of the 1976 season (colour, photos etc) click on 1976

          1976

Brian Moore (ex Newtown and Macquarie) came in as First Grade Coach in 1976. West finished 2nd in the Premiership and were beaten 22 – 15 by South in the Grand Final. Reserve Grade were also beaten in the Grand Final 20 – 12 by Lakes. However Third Grade, under coach, Brian Warby, were Major and Minor Premiers. They defeated North 39 – 2 in the Grand Final. The West team was 1. J Hulbert  2. N Freund (3 tries)  3. R Christie (try)  4. W King (2 tries)  5. V Cronin (6 goals)  6. W Evans (2 tries) 7. P Anderson  8. G Gidley  9. J O’Donohue (try) 10. J Budin  11. K Hutchinson  12. D Duncan  13. G Skeers. Four players came to West in 1976 who would make a great contribution to the Rosellas. Jon Hulbert came from Dungog. He is one of only 2 players to play 100 games for West in First Grade and Reserve Grade (the other being Greg Price). Tim Lawrence came from Gunnedah, and played 75 games from 1976 to 1980. The sons of the publican from Sandy Hollow, Mick (pictured) and Owen Wallace also arrived in 1976. In future years both of Mick’s sons, Shaun and Jason, would follow in their father’s footsteps at West. In some regards the 1976 season was “un4ortunate” – because West lost their 4th successive First Grade Grand Final. However, “stand back a foot or so” and realise the significant achievement in reaching 4 successive Grand Finals!

Pre Season

Opponent

Result

 Opponent

Result

Round 1

Lakes

Won 7 - 2

Rd 4 - North

Lost 10 - 8

Round 2

Cessnock

Won 16 - 4

Rd 5 - Central

Won 21 - 11

Round 3

Maitland

Lost 17 - 10

Play off – 3 v 4 – West 21   South 15

Competition

Opponent

Result

Reserves

Thirds

Round 1

North

Won 12 - 11

Lost 9 - 5

Lost 10 - 4

Round 2

Waratah

Lost 18 - 17

Lost 15 - 9

Won 26 - 11

Round 3

Cessnock

Won 12 - 9

Won 26 - 11

Won 25 - 8

Round 4

Lakes

Won 14 - 10

Won 14 - 2

Won 18 - 15

Round 5

Kurri

Won 16 - 15

Won 16 - 2

18 all Draw

Round 6

Macquarie

Won 54 - 10

Won 29 - 10

Won 28 - 2

Round 7

Central

Won 19 - 10

Won 18 - 8

Won 14 - 12

Round 8

South

Lost 17 - 6

Won 20 - 10

Won 11 - 10

Round 9

Maitland

Won 33 - 20

Lost 10 - 7

Won 12 - 3

Round 10

Waratah

Won 14 - 5

Won 21 - 14

Won 15 - 13

Round 11

North

Lost 17 - 7

Won 13 - 12

Won 17 - 5

Round 12

Cessnock

Won 34 - 10

Won 35 - 0

Won 23 - 11

Round 13

Lakes

Won 25 - 11

15 all Draw

Won 21 - 11

Round 14

Kurri

Lost 18 - 11

Won 10 - 8

Won 34 - 5

Round 15

Macquarie

Won 49 - 7

Won 43 - 2

Won 61 - 7

Round 16

Central

Lost 38 - 6

Lost 19 - 12

Won 16 - 11

Round 17

South

Won 15 - 13

Won 12 - 9

Won 23 - 5

Round 18

Maitland

Lost 18 - 10

Won 32 - 9

Won 21 - 13

Major Semi

Lakes

Won 22 - 17

West 24  North 15

West 31 – Nth 12

GRAND FINAL

South 22   West 15

Lakes 20 West 12

West 39 North

 

For a better quality page of the 1977 season (clour, photos etc) click on 1977

1977

Brian Moore was again the coach in 1977 and as the results show West First Grade failed to make the semis for the first time since 1963. West played in the Reserve Grade and Third Grade Grand Finals. In Reserve Grade the Wayne Hore coached side lost 17 – 15 to Cessnock in a very close game, whilst in 3rd Grade the Minor Premiers and Brian Warby coached side lost 27 – 9 in the Grand Final. New players to West in 1977 included West Juniors Wayne “Fish” Taylor, Chris Wright, Paul Brady and Geoff Coburn. Coburn (pictured left) went on to play for Parramatta and Newtown before returning to West to finish his football career. Steve Bowden came from Lakes and Robert Wharton (a Souths junior) came from Parramatta. Strong forward Russell Petrie came from Narrabri. Glenn Frew played for Lakes and Stockton as a junior before coming to West as an Under 14. Glenn has the distinction of playing First Grade in his first year in grade. Unfortunately in the 2nd game an attempted tackle on Cessnock prop Warren Jowett left Glenn (yes there are 2 n’s in Glenn) with a broken leg. Have I forgotten any new players in 1977......yep Graeme Wynn and Steve Smith. Apparently, Jack Aitcheson and some other officials went to Tamworth in 1976 to entice Country Firsts centre, Ashley Barnett, from Warialda, to join West in 1977. Things didn’t work out with Ashley (he decided to stay on the Warialda farm), but the West officials noticed an Under 18 “running around” for Werris Creek in Under 18’s...and he was outstanding...so outstanding in fact that after joining West in 1977 Graeme Wynn went onto a great career with St George. Steve Smith (pictured right) came from Balmain as a “top” front row forward. Smith went on to play 132 games for West and was selected in West’s  “Team of the Century” in 2010. Anyone else?? David Howell gets his own page...that’s how good he was!

Pre Season

Opponent

Result

 Opponent

Result

Round 1

Kurri

RAIN

Rd 4 - Lakes

Won 21 - 0

Round 2

Waratah

Lost 6 - 4

Rd 5 - Macquarie

Won 28 -6

Round 3

Maitland

Lost 20 - 9

Play off – 3 v 4 – West 25   South 13

Competition

Opponent

Result

Reserves

Thirds

Round 1

Macquarie

Won 31 - 9

Won 35 - 18

Won 22 - 9

Round 2

Cessnock

Won 19 - 18

Won 14 - 10

Won 25 - 11

Round 3

Lakes

Won 42 - 0

Lost 15 - 8

5 all Draw

Round 4

North

Lost 15 - 12

Lost 23 - 18

Won 9 - 3

Round 5

Waratah

Won 15 - 3

Won 8 - 7

Lost 15 - 7

Round 6

Maitland

Won 27 - 9

Won 24 - 0

10 all Draw

Round 7

South

Lost 17 - 10

Won 12 - 3

Won 12 - 3

Round 8

Central

Won 35 - 13

Won 29 - 17

Won 14 - 7

Round 9

Kurri

Lost 12 - 11

Won 11- 10

Lost 15 - 10

Round 10

Macquarie

Won 22 - 3

Won 31 - 10

Won 23 - 18

Round 11

Cessnock

Lost 14 - 6

Lost 12 - 10

Won 17 - 7

Round 12

Lakes

Won 20 - 7

Lost 22 - 19

Lost 10 - 3

Round 13

North

Won 22 - 13

Won 26 - 11

Won 13 - 7

Round 14

Waratah

Lost 20 - 12

Lost 13 - 11

Won 15 - 11

Round 15

Maitland

Won 22 - 10

Lost 17 - 11

Won 16 - 14

Round 16

South

10 all Draw

Won 20 - 12

Won 16 - 7

Round 17

Central

Lost 8 - 5

8 all Draw

Won 36 - 11

Round 18

Kurri

Won 9 - 7

Won 14 - 3

Won 50 - 0

Minor Semi

   

West 12  North 2

 

Major Semi

     

Mait 6  West 5

Final

 

West 23   Lakes 15

West 14 North 5

GRAND FINAL

Cessnock 21   Maitland 17

Cess 17    West 15

Mait 27   West 9

David “Chook” Howell

David Howell was born in Young and attended Young Christian Brothers High School. He was an outstanding schoolboy player, and excelled in either the lock or 5/8 positions. Even as a youngster he was described as “rugged”. David played 2 years for the Young Cherrypickers in Under 16’s, and 2 years in Under 18’s. These 4 years resulted in 4 Grand Final wins. David then played grade with Young where he slotted straight into First Grade. He had 2 seasons at Forbes (in 1972 and 1973), before returning to Young in 1974...and, yes, Young won the comp! He stayed with Young until 1976 but then chance played a part in David joining West. After retiring from rugby league at the end of the 1971 season the “Prince of Hookers”, Allan Buman, bought

a hotel in Tumut. David Howell, by chance, met Allan Buman, and Allan Buman (not by chance) met with Glen Maloney, and thus David joined West in 1977. His West record is most impressive. Played 1977 to 1983...116 games (114 in First Grade)...10 tries....and 3 or 4 Premieships...yep, we’ll call it FOUR!  In 1978 Bob Adamson was the coach, but could not play in the Grand Final. Thus David was Captain of the side that defeated South 23 – 16 in the Grand Final. In 1970, as Captain / Coach, David led the side to an impressive 17 – 3 win over Cessnock. The same again in 1981, when West 13 def Cessnock 2. In 1982 David was again Captain / Coach, and although playing throughout the year, an eye injury kept David out of the Grand Final side. The result? West 21 – Kurri 14. At the time of writing (16 March 2014) David was watching West as late as yesterday in West’s first trial game of the 2014 season. If anyone deserves the special status at it is David Howell – the Cherrypicker who turned Rosella!. Of course, when anyone mentions David Howell’s name...the reply is usually the same...”David Howell was the toughest man to ever play for West”...and that may be true..but it would be better put if the response was “David Howell was one of the greatest players to ever play for West”. In 2010 David Howell took his place amongst West greats when he was selected in West’s “Team of the Century”.  The name “chook”?.....as David explained..”Howell to fowl...fowl to chook”

“West Legend” – “David Howell!

 

For a better quality page of the 1978 season (colour, photos etc) click on 1978

1978

Bob Adamson took over as Captain/ Coach in 1978 with immediate success. West were Minor Premiers and defeated South 23 – 16 in the Grand Final. However Adamson broke his hand in the round 12 game against Macquarie and his playing season was over. So David Howell captained the team for the remainder of the season. The winning West team was 1. Paul Slattery  2. Bill Carrig (try)  3. Owen Wallace  4. Tim Lawrence  5. Michael Bond  6. David Howell  7. Rob Darcy  8. Terry Stevens  9. Graeme Wynn (try and 7 goals)  10. Mick Wallace  11. Geoff Coburn  12. Allan Dagwell  13. Steve Smith. In an unusual feature of the Grand Final West scored 2 tries and kicked 7, yes seven, goals. Something unusual in Third Grade also – 3 consecutive draws and 4 draws for the season! Only a few new players joined West in 1978. Some were Trevor Priestley who came from West juniors, Greg Harrison, who went on to play 228 games, came from Kotara juniors and Michael Bond came from Forbes. The other notable player to arrive in 1978 was Allan Lennan who went on to play 118 games for West (someone will know where Allan came from). All in all it was a pretty good year, and another year when West were not beaten in all 3 grades on the one day, although in Round 5 we came awfully close. Allan Dagwell (pictured) played in the 1970 winning Grand Final team, and then “backed up” with this winning 1978 team. Dagwell played a record 332 games for West (301 in First Grade) from1966 to 1980...a record that will never be broken (says he in April 2014).

Pre Season

Opponent

Result

 Opponent

Result

Round 1

Kurri

3 all Draw

Rd 4 – Lakes

Won 21 - 10

Round 2

South

Won 10 - 2

Rd 5 - Cessnock

Lost 20 - 5

Round 3

Maitland

Won 17 - 11

Final  West 26 – Central 14

Competition

Opponent

Result

Reserves

Thirds

Round 1

Kurri

Won 23 - 10

Won 18 - 0

Won 20 - 3

Round 2

Maitland

Won 31 - 0

Won 15 - 8

Won 22 - 13

Round 3

Cessnock

Lost 18 - 14

Lost 17 - 13

Won 8 -7

Round 4

Central

Won 40 - 7

Lost 17 - 16

12 all Draw

Round 5

Lakes

Lost 18 - 12

Lost 30 - 9

10 all Draw

Round 6

North

Lost 17 - 7

Won 7 - 6

10 all Draw

Round 7

Waratah

Won 25 - 18

Lost 17 - 16

Won 19 - 0

Round 8

South

Won 15 - 10

Won 26 - 7

Won 23 - 10

Round 9

Macquarie

Won 23 - 10

Won 22 - 21

Won 12 - 9

Round 10

Maitland

Won 26 - 10

Lost 14 - 11

Won 22 - 13

Round 11

Cessnock

Won 18 - 14

Lost 22 - 10

Lost 33 - 7

Round 12

Macquarie

Lost 17 - 14

Lost 18 - 15

Won 17 - 7

Round 13

Lakes

Won 30 - 4

13 all Draw

Lost 14 - 12

Round 14

North

Won 13 - 6

Won 30 - 7

Lost 17 - 13

Round 15

Waratah

Won 36 - 14

Won 27 - 23

Won 18 - 9

Round 16

Central

Won 26 - 5

Lost 17 - 12

Won 40 - 8

Round 17

South

Won 12 - 5

Won 36 - 16

15 all Draw

Round 18

Kurri

Won 27 - 3

Won 27 - 18

Won 46 - 0

Minor Semi

     

South 15 West 8

Major Semi

Macquarie

Won 29 - 0

   

GRAND FINAL

West 23 South 16

 

 

 

For a better quality page (colour, photos etc) of the 1979 season click on 1979

1979

Bob Adamson was again Captain / Coach in 1979 and First Grade finished 6th with 9 wins and 9 losses. Reserve Grade under coach, Doug Farr were Minor and Major Premiers and Third Grade, under Captain / Coach Karl Hutchinson (pictured), were really hard done by...I mean really hard done by...to be beaten 10 -9 by Central with a penalty goal after the bell for an incorrect scrum feed. (In fact, in my corner of the field, I saw the West feed go into the Central 2nd row so as to avoid a penalty, and West still got penalised...tough I say..tough! As you can see this decision still annoys me 35 years later.) The winning Reserve Grade side was 1. Allan Lennan  2. Stephen Nelmes  3. Tony Murphy  4. Dean Lance  5. Ron Bailey  6. Ted Sulkowicz  7. Bob Paton  8. Doug Farr  9. Glen Willetts  10. Trevor Priestley  11. Steve Smith  12. Bob Hayden  13. Brendan Barber. The score was 29 – 6 over Maitland, and tries were scored by A Lennan, T Murphy, D Farr, B Paton, R Bailey while T Sulkowicz kicked 7 goals. Players who first played with West in 1970 included Glendale junior, Brett Nixon, who went on to play over 200 games for the club. Ken Groves (Queensland), Dean Lance (Narrabri), Mal Graham (Wauchope), Glen Willetts (Maitland), Bob Hayden and Bob Paton (Nelson Bay) and West juniors Ian Ross and Wayne Nichols also joined West. Dean Lance went on to a successful NRL career with the Canberra Raiders. West failed to make the First Grade semi finals in 1979 and at the time of writing (April 2014) this has not happened again – a great record really! Would West’s fortunes change in 1980?....YOU BETCHA!

Pre Season

Opponent

Result

 Opponent

Result

Round 1

South

14 all Draw

Rd 4 – Macquarie

Won 19 - 7

Round 2

North

Won 7 - 5

   

Round 3

Maitland

Won 14 - 9

Final  West 13 – Kurri 13

Competition

Opponent

Result

Reserves

Thirds

Round 1

Cessnock

Lost 19 - 6

Won 25 - 13

Lost 10 - 3

Round 2

Lakes

Lost 36 - 5

Won 25 - 16

Won 13 - 9

Round 3

Waratah

Won 25 - 10

Won 28 - 27

Won 23 - 8

Round 4

Kurri

Won 27 - 18

Won 23 - 16

Won 17 - 16

Round 5

Macquarie

Won 14 - 10

Won 41 - 0

Won 24 - 3

Round 6

North

Lost 19 - 10

Lost 17 - 7

Won 13 - 6

Round 7

South

Won 22 - 11

Won 38 - 13

Won 12 - 8

Round 8

Maitland

Lost 16 - 10

Lost 14 - 13

Won 29 - 2

Round 9

Central

Won 22 - 9

Won 16 - 6

Lost 8 - 2

Round 10

Cessnock

Won 31 - 10

Lost 17 - 14

Won 22 - 2

Round 11

Lakes

Lost 25 - 13

Won 18 - 17

Lost 19 - 12

Round 12

Waratah

Won 19 - 13

Won 18 - 10

Won 7 - 3

Round 13

Kurri

Lost 8 - 6

Won 20 - 13

Won 18 - 2

Round 14

Macquarie

Lost 22 - 13

Won 27 - 5

Won 47 - 2

Round 15

North

Lost 17 - 6

Won 15 - 14

Won 16 - 15

Round 16

South

Won 32 - 7

Won 31 - 11

Won 35 - 2

Round 17

Maitland

Won 15 - 8

Lost 14 - 13

Won 8 - 5

Round 18

Central

Lost 23 - 17

Won 43 - 0

Won 23 - 5

Major Semi

   

West 26 Maitland 7

West 21 Lakes 15

GRAND FINAL

 

West 29 Maitland 6

Central 10 West 9

 

 

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