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1980

David Howell took over as Captain Coach in 1980, while South champion, John Anderson was appointed Reserve Grade Captain / Coach. The Third Grade coach was Bob Haydon. West came within 1 point – yes one point, of being Major Premiers in all 3 grades (with West losing to Cessnock by 1 point in Reserve Grade). In First Grade West 17 def Cessnock 13. The West team was 1. Robert Wharton (4 goals).  2. Dean Lance (2 tries)  3. Owen Wallace  4. Tim Lawrence  5. Mal Graham  6. Brad Finnigan  7. Bob Paton  8. David Howell  9. Steve Smith  10. Mick Wallace (try)  11. Geoff Coburn  12. Bob Haydon and 13 Steve Poulton. In Third Grade West 26 def Cessnock 11. The winning West side was 1. Chris Wright (try)  2. Glenn Frew  3. Rob Christie  4. Ian Thompson  5. Neville Freund (try)  6. “Fish” Taylor (try)  7. Grahame Morrissey  8. Doug Farr  9. Richard Hamment  10. Paul Ferry (try)  11. Ian Ross (try and 3 goals)  12. Dennis Duncan (c)  13. Gary Broadhead. Four West players – David Howell, Steve Smith, Owen Wallace and Ken Groves were selected in the Newcastle rep side. On the debit side - from the 1980 AGM Booklet (West v Waratah – Rd 10)

“What a sad blow it was for Allan Dagwell (pictured – Centenary Dinner 2010) to receive a serious injury that ended his playing career. It is beyond comprehension the manner in which Allan received his injury, as he was one of the cleanest players to have played the code. At the time Allan received his injury, he was playing his 301st First Grade game for the club, and in doing so Allan has not only made history in the annals of the club, but has created a record that may never be surpassed.”

                                                (It is better not to tell what happened ..let’s just say... a very unfortunate incident.)

The 3 significant newcomers to the club in 1980 were Brad Finnigan (Young) and Steve Poulton (Lakes). John Anderson was Captain/ Coach of Reserve Grade but was injured in the 2nd last competition game. Had John been able to play in the Reserve Grade Grand Final (again from the AGM Booklet) “the result would have been reversed”. So after a very successful 1980 season West looked forward to 1981.

Pre Season

Opponent

Result

 Opponent

Result

Round 1

Macquarie

Won 27 - 5

Rd 4 – Maitland

Lost 12 - 9

Round 2

South

Won 16 - 15

   

Round 3

Central

Lost 18 - 17

Play Off for 3rd – West 15  Central 10

Competition

Opponent

Result

Reserves

Thirds

Round 1

Waratah

Won 11 - 5

Lost 19 - 14

Lost 14 - 11

Round 2

Lakes

Won 16 - 8

Won 21 - 0

Won 20 - 0

Round 3

Kurri

4 all Draw

Won 11 - 0

Won 8 - 7

Round 4

Central

Won 19 - 11

Lost 22 - 21

Won 11 - 5

Round 5

North

Won 20 - 12

Won 24 - 11

Won 10 - 3

Round 6

Macquarie

Won 27 - 18

Won 19 - 17

Lost 22 - 10

Round 7

Cessnock

Lost 25 - 10

Won 22 - 14

11 all Draw

Round 8

Maitland

Won 28 - 10

Won 21 - 13

14 all Draw

Round 9

South

14 all Draw

Won 21 - 8

Won 15 - 7

Round 10

Waratah

Won 30 - 5

Won 20 - 17

Won 15 - 8

Round 11

Lakes

Won 30 - 12

Won 35 - 17

Won 21 - 10

Round 12

Kurri

Lost 22 - 6

Won 19 - 13

Won 31 - 8

Round 13

Central

Lost 18 - 6

Won 18 - 9

Won 13 - 9

Round 14

North

Won 11 - 5

Won 27 - 12

Won 29 - 15

Round 15

Macquarie

Won 21 - 11

Won 36 - 8

13 all Draw

Round 16

Cessnock

16 all Draw

Lost 31 - 18

Won 20 - 12

Round 17

Maitland

Won 31 - 16

Lost 22 - 13

Won 25 - 11

Round 18

South

Won 19 - 4

Won 69 - 2

Lost 18 - 9

Prelim Semi

Cessnock

Won 22 - 16

Waratah 32 West 14

West 38  Macq 18

Minor Semi

   

West 24 Maitland 10

 

Major Semi

Kurri

Won 19 - 9

 

Cess 16  West 8

Final

   

West 17 Waratah 13

West 21  Macq 19

GRAND FINAL

West 17 def Cessnock 13

Cessnock 15 West 14

West 26  Cess 11

 

For a better quality page of the 1981 season (colour, photos etc) click on 1981

1981

David Howell was again in charge of First Grade, John Anderson was again in charge of Reserve Grade whilst Dennis Duncan took on the position of Under 23’s Coach. In the First Grade Grand Final West 13 def Cessnock 2. The West team (pictured) was 1. Peter Walsh (2 goals)  2. John Hulbert  3. Dean Lance  4. Mal Graham  5. Allan Lennan  6. Brad Finnigan  7. Peter Duggan (try)  8. David Howell  9. Gary Martine (try)  10. Ron Broderick  11. Ken Groves  12. Wayne Newling  13. Steve Smith  14. Bob Paton (try). A few things to note about 1981. Under 23’s were introduced instead of Third Grade (what goes around comes around..at the time of writing, April 2014, we have under 23’s again). West were also beaten in all 3 grades by Macquarie in Round 3 – a rare event indeed. A record number of 36 new players first played with West in 1981. These included the West Magpies trio of Peter Walsh, Ron Broderick and Peter Duggan who were recommended to West by Allan Bell (of Knights fame). Col Bice, David Morris and Ashley Hardes were West Juniors, while Craig  and Peter Dedman were Kotara Juniors. Gary Martine (formerly with South) came to West from Mascot B Grade and South Sydney U 20’s. (Martine then went to Paramatta in 1982 only to return in 1984 as West’s successful First Grade Captain / Coach). Shaun Sunerton arrived from Macquarie and the “energiser” Wayne Newling came from Maitland. David Howell, Ken Groves, Mal Graham, Peter Walsh and Dean Lance all achieved representative honours. Two years – two wins – 1982? Would it be three years for 3 wins? YOU BETCHA!!

Pre Season

Opponent

Result

 Opponent

Result

Round 1

South

Won 42 - 0

Rd 4 – Central

Won 25 - 15

Round 2

Kurri

Won 24 - 2

   

Round 3

Waratah

Won 17 - 5

Play Off for 1st – Cessnock 28 def West 8

Competition

Opponent

Result

Reserves

Under 23’s

Round 1

South

Won 25 - 13

Won 24 - 23

Won 16 - 0

Round 2

Maitland

Lost 28 - 10

Won 30 - 7

Won 31 - 0

Round 3

Macquarie

Lost 33 - 11

Lost 28 - 9

Lost 14 - 10

Round 4

Kurri

Won 9 - 8

Lost 22 - 16

Lost 15 - 10

Round 5

North

Won 19 - 5

Lost 10 - 5

Won 15 - 10

Round 6

Central

Won 44 - 11

Won 21 - 0

Won 7 - 0

Round 7

Cessnock

Lost 22 - 16

Won 18 - 14

Lost 21 - 17

Round 8

Waratah

Won 23 - 8

Lost 12 - 5

Lost 23 - 14

Round 9

Lakes

Won 27 - 16

Won 36 - 5

9 all Draw

Round 10

South

Won 38 - 5

Won 32 - 7

Won 35 - 8

Round 11

Maitland

Won 27 - 5

Won 21 - 12

Won 24 - 3

Round 12

Macquarie

Won 24 - 10

Lost 25 - 18

Lost 27 - 19

Round 13

Kurri

Won 20 -9

Won 24 - 18

Lost 18 - 2

Round 14

North

Won 36 - 5

Won 25 - 15

Won 16 -11

Round 15

Central

Won 35 - 8

Won 23 - 5

Won 15 - 12

Round 16

Cessnock

Won 24 - 12

Lost 18 - 7

Won 9 - 7

Round 17

Waratah

Won 21 - 0

Won 26 - 16

Lost 28 - 8

Round 18

Lakes

Won 44 - 7

Won 42 - 8

Lost 22 - 15

Elimination Semi

   

Waratah 21 West 5

Lakes 24 West 10

Major Semi Final

Kurri

Won 37 - 11

   

GRAND FINAL

West 13 def Cessnock 2

 

 

 

For a better quality page of the 1982 season (colour, photos etc) click on 1982

1982

David Howell was again in charge of First Grade, John Anderson was again in charge of Reserve Grade whilst Glen Frew took on the position of Under 23’s Coach. West nearly had the “clean sweep”, but  were beaten in the 3rd Grade Grand Final by South after being Minor Premiers. First Grade made it “3 in a row” when they defeated Kurri 21 to 14 in the Grand Final played at the International Sports Centre. David Howell suffered an eye injury in the 3rd last round and was unable to take his place in the team. The winning West team was 1. Peter Walsh (3 goals)  2. Jon Hulbert (try)  3. Craig Dedman (try)  4. Ron Gibbs (3 tries)  5. Allan Lennan  6. Brad Finnigan  7. Bob Paton  8.  Craig Duffy  9. Mick Wallace  10. Ron Broderick  11. Steve Smith  12. Rod Bright  13. Brett Nixon  and 14. Peter Johnston. Reserve Grade defeated defeated Maitland 21 to 10. The West team was 1. Ian Thompson (try)  2. Peter Stevenson  3. Neil Toohey (try) 4. Brett Kondratiew  5. Michael Wilson (try)  6. Paul Grob  7. Peter Duggan (try and 3 goals)  8. Gary James  9. Wayne Aoake (try)  10. Peter Johnston  11. Brendan Barber  12. Jim McKenna  and 13. Russell Petrie. New players to West in 1982 included Steve Coburn, Ken Daly and Steve Donohue (Kotara Bears), Glen Murray and Peter Stevenson (Glendale), Craig Duffy (Nth Sydney), Paul Grob (North N’Cle), Peter Johnston (Kempsey), Michael Street (Lakes) and Mitchell Knight (West Juniors). The biggest signing was centre Ron Gibbs (from Bourke then Dubbo) who went on to a very successful career in Sydney. At the Newcastle League Presentations West scooped the pool with Bob Paton “winning the car”, and David Howell, Ron Gibbs and Kim Paras winning awards. (You’d win money on guessing the names of West’s four award winners at the NRL Presentations in 1982). Kim Paras? –  was West’s winning entrant in “Miss Newcastle Rugby League!

Pre Season

Opponent

Result

 Opponent

Result

Round 1

Maitland

Won 12 - 7

Rd 4 – North

Won 23 - 3

Round 2

Central

Won 19 - 0

   

Round 3

Cessnock

Won 22 - 10

Play Off for 1st – Lakes 24  West 14

Competition

Opponent

Result

Reserves

Under 23’s

Round 1

Maitland

Won 25 - 8

Won 31 - 10

Won 31 - 8

Round 2

Cessnock

Won 23 - 22

Lost 15 - 2

Won 23 - 22

Round 3

Central

Won 35 - 7

Won 57 - 0

Won 51 - 0

Round 4

Lakes

Won 14 - 12

Won 22 - 17

Lost 30 - 13

Round 5

Kurri

Lost 15 - 12

Won 22 - 17

Won 36 - 0

Round 6

North

Won 36 - 8

Won 24 - 12

Won 32 - 0

Round 7

Waratah

Won 29 - 17

Won 44 - 9

Won 22 - 10

Round 8

South

Won 16 - 10

Won 16 - 6

Won 15 - 0

Round 9

Macquarie

Won 31 - 23

Won 22 - 5

Won 23 - 18

Round 10

Maitland

Lost 24 - 9

Won 25 - 10

Won 27 - 7

Round 11

Cessnock

Won 25 - 10

Lost 18 - 14

Won 23 - 8

Round 12

Central

Won 24 - 15

Won 37 - 5

Won 24 - 3

Round 13

Lakes

Won 14 - 7

Lost 17 - 8

13 all Draw

Round 14

Kurri

10 all Draw

Won 16 - 12

Won 27 - 5

Round 15

North

Won 30 - 15

Won 36 - 10

Won 25 - 6

Round 16

Waratah

Won 48 - 3

Won 34 - 10

Won 27 - 13

Round 17

South

Won 31 - 10

Won 39 - 8

Lost 17 - 9

Round 18

Macquarie

Won 15 - 14

Won 41 - 6

Won 23 - 3

Preliminary Semi

   

West 39    Lakes 3

 

Major Semi Final

Kurri

Won 22 - 12

West 28 Cessnock 15

South 27 West 8

Final

     

West 15 Lakes 10

GRAND FINAL

West 21 def Kurri 14

West 21 Maitland 10

South 16 West 10

 

For a better quality page of the 1983 season (colour, photos etc) click on 1983

1983

Ron Broderick took over as First Grade Captain / Coach in 1983, while John Anderson was again in charge of Reserve Grade whilst Gary Leo took on the position of Under 23’s Coach. Not the best of years for West – indeed for 2 weeks during the season (Rounds 10 and 11) West failed to win one of the 6 games. This was a highly unusual occurrence – so unusual that it may not have happened again since 1983 and 2014 (the time of writing). Just a few players made their grade appearance with West in 1983. Those that went on to play a significant number of games for West were West Juniors Peter Haggerty (159 games) and Russell Kilpatrick (55 games), former South’s player and Kotara Junior Steve Power (63 games) and Union recruit (I think), Mick Little (45 games). I suppose that if you analyse the season’s results – won the Pre Season, Finalists in First Grade and Semi Finalists in Reserve Grade it was a pretty good season. It certainly provided the impetus for the 1984 season to be “cranked up” from “pretty good” to “almost perfect”. Indeed 1984 was a great season for West! At Presentation Night in 1983 the awards for the Most Outstanding Player in each grade were received by Peter Johnston (First Grade), David Mills (Reserve Grade) and Mitchell Knight (Under 23’s). The “Clubman of the Year” was awarded to Jon Hulbert. (NB Jon Hulbert and Greg Price are the only 2 players to have played 100 + games in both First Grade and Reserve Grade for West. – quite a remarkable achievement). As an aside, Hulbert was the “MC” at the 2014 Players Reunion with his excellent interview of Allan Dagwell and Karl Hutchinson.

 

Pre Season

Opponent

Result

 Opponent

Result

Round 1

Central

Won 32 - 10

Rd 4 – Macquarie

Won 20 - 18

Round 2

North

Won 28 - 8

   

Round 3

Lakes

Lost 14 - 4

Play Off for 1st – West 20 def Lakes 15

Competition

Opponent

Result

Reserves

Under 23’s

Round 1

Cessnock

Won 21 - 11

Lost 34 - 6

Won 26 - 20

Round 2

Lakes

Won 24 - 12

Lost 28 - 18

Lost 35 - 4

Round 3

Waratah

Won 26 - 18

Won 26 - 12

Won 18 - 10

Round 4

Kurri

Won 32 - 12

Lost 32 - 6

Lost 17 - 16

Round 5

Macquarie

Won 44 - 8

Won 32 - 20

Lost 24 - 22

Round 6

North

Won 32 - 8

26 all Draw

Lost 34 - 22

Round 7

South

Won 12 - 10

Won 52 - 2

Won 40 - 6

Round 8

Maitland

Lost 42 - 14

Won 26 - 22

Won 42 – 18

Round 9

Central

Won 26 - 12

Won 20 - 16

Lost 15 – 2

Round 10

Cessnock

Lost 42 - 8

Lost 30 - 26

Lost 20 – 12

Round 11

Lakes

8 all Draw

Lost 44 - 2

Lost 42 - 0

Round 12

Waratah

Won 40 - 10

Won 20 - 8

Lost 26 – 20

Round 13

Kurri

14 all Draw

Lost 32 - 16

Won 26 – 10

Round 14

Macquarie

Lost 22 - 19

Won 40 - 12

Lost 16 – 14

Round 15

North

Lost 28 - 16

Won 30 - 2

Won 28 – 22

Round 16

South

Won 34 - 8

Won 48 - 4

Won 48 – 4

Round 17

Maitland

Won 26 - 14

Lost 30 - 20

Won 32 – 14

Round 18

Central

Won 22 - 11

Won 54 - 10

Lost 32 - 10

Elimination Semi

   

West 42    Kurri 6

 

Preliminary Semi

Lakes

Won 24 - 20

   

Minor Semi Final

   

West 24 Maitland 24

 

Semi Replay

   

Maitland 12  West 8

 

Major Semi Final

Maitland

Lost 34 - 12

   

Final

Cessnock 19 def West 12

 

 

GRAND FINAL

Maitland 20  Cessnock 12

 

 

 

For a better quality page of the 1984 season (colour, photos etc) click on 1984

1984

What a year – winning all 3 Grand Finals! The First Grade Captain / Coach was Gary Martine, who had played in the winning West 1981 side, and then went to Parramatta. Reserve Grade were again coached by John Anderson, while Russell Petrie took over as the Third Grade coach ...Under 23’s? ...GONE. The winning West First Grade team (West 10 def Lakes 2) was 1. Shane Matthews  2. Mitchell Knight  3. Craig Dedman  4. Steve Gaffney  5. Glen Murray (try)  6. Neville Elwin (goal)  7. Peter Webber  8. Steve Prest  9. Mal Graham  10. Gary Martine (try)  11. John Farrar  12. Wayne Newling  13. Guy Keenan (the smallest prop in history)  14. John Cook and 15. Paul Brady (who replaced Neville Elwin in the 10th min after scoring 4 tries in the Reserve Grade Grand Final). The winning Reserve Grade team (West 32 Waratah 14) was 1. Jon Hulbert  2. Wayne Nichols (6 goals)  3. Paul Brady (4 tries)  4. David Morris  5. Merv Newman  6. Peter Haggerty  7. Bob Paton  8. Craig Duffy  9. Col Bice  10. Brett Nixon  11. Russell Kilpatrick  12. Ken Daly  13. Michael Street  14. Peter Dedman and 15. Tony Henderson (try). The winning Third Grade side (West 17 def Maitland 0 ) was 1. Mitchell Webb  2. Chris Wright  3. Tony Murphy  4. Peter Hill  5. Doug Gordon (try)  6. Glen Frew  7. Glen Campbell (try)  8. David Mills  9.  Greg Harrison  10. Brad Gibson (try and 2 goals) 11. Russell Petrie  12. Graham Russell and  13. Steve Donohue. Newcomers to West grade teams in 1984 included Neville Elwin (Oberon to Manly to Macquarie to West), Shane Matthews (Garah near Moree to Maitland to West), Steve Gaffney (Forbes to Nth Sydney to West), John Farrar ( Cowra to the Roosters to Nth Newcastle to West), John Cook from Maitland, Steve Prest and Guy Keenan from Young, Graham Russell from Nth Newcastle and West Juniors, Peter Hill (Cardiff), Peter Webber (Kotara) and Doug Gordon. “4 Point tries” commenced in 1983 so these were West’s first Grand Final wins under the new points structure. (HELP : Who kicked the Field Goal in the 3rd Grade Grand Final?)

Pre Season

Opponent

Result

 Opponent

Result

Round 1

Lakes

Lost 16 - 2

Rd 3 – Maitland

Won 20 - 0

Round 2

Macquarie

Won 30 - 2

Play Off  – West 16  Cessnock 14

Competition

Opponent

Result

Reserves

Thirds

Round 1

Waratah

Won 36 - 16

Won 24 - 0

Won 18 - 2

Round 2

Lakes

Won 6 - 0

Won 14 - 8

Lost 18 - 8

Round 3

Cessnock

Won 24 – 15

Won 13 - 10

Won 38 - 6

Round 4

North

Won 34 - 16

Won 62 - 12

Won 40 - 2

Round 5

Macquarie

Won 14 - 10

Won 24 - 4

Won 24 - 6

Round 6

Kurri

Lost 17 - 12

Won 38 - 6

Won 30 - 10

Round 7

Central

Won 18 - 4

Won 30 - 14

Won 56 - 6

Round 8

Maitland

Won 76 - 10

Won 40 - 12

Won 38 - 10

Round 9

South

Won 11 - 10

Won 38 - 2

Won 18 - 0

Round 10

Waratah

Won 36 - 14

Won 40 - 28

Won 24 - 6

Round 11

Lakes

Lost 38 - 6

Lost 50 - 6

Won 20 - 16

Round 12

Cessnock

Won 39 - 6

Lost 28 – 16

Won 10 - 0

Round 13

North

Won 22 - 10

Won 26 - 16

Won 20 - 0

Round 14

Macquarie

Won 40 - 16

Won 68 - 16

Won 14 - 4

Round 15

Kurri

Won 30 - 18

Won 40 - 16

Won 22 - 14

Round 16

Central

Won 10 - 7

Won 42 - 20

Won 44 - 0

Round 17

Maitland

Lost 17 - 10

18 all Draw

Lost 28 - 20

Round 18

South

Won 16 - 14

Won 80 - 10

Won 64 - 5

Preliminary Semi

Kurri

Won 36 - 14

West 34     Waratah 6

 

Major Semi Final

Lakes

Won 36 - 16

West 22      Lakes 12

Maitland 14 West 12

Final

     

West 12    Lakes 6

GRAND FINAL

West 10     Lakes 2

West 32    Waratah 14

West 17 – Maitland 0

 

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