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1985

Gary Martine continued as First Grade Captain / Coach in 1985, while Steve Smith took over the Reserve Grade side and Tony Murphy the Third Grade side. The successes in 1984 were harder to come by in 1985. All teams reached the semi finals, with First Grade and Third Grade going down by 2 points in the Final, and Reserve Grade being beaten by Lakes in the Grand Final. A number of West Juniors played their first grade games in 1985. These included Paul Bowen (who went on to play 223 games for West), David Ashman (136 games), Lorn McDougall (142 games), Wayne Moylan (from Kotara – 124 games), Ian Hextall (from Kotara – 75 games) and Tim Butler (71 games). The main out of club signing was Greg Eager from North Newcastle. The awards for the Most Outstanding Player in each grade were won by Peter Webber (Firsts). Peter Dedman (Reserves) and Shayne Brennan (Thirds), while the Clubman of the Year was awarded to Wayne Newling for “his contribution to Rugby League, dedication to training, and assisting in all Social Committee fund raising activities”. On the representative front Gary Martine, Craig Dedman, Greg Eager, Shane Matthew, Mitchell Knight and John Farrar (pictured 2013) all represented Newcastle.  Interestingly, at the time of writing (May 2014) John Farrar is still heavily involved in the football club – indeed in many respects he is still  “doing the hard yards” for the club. Against most yard sticks 1985 was a most successful year. However although Lower Grade Premierships would be forthcoming most years, it would not be until 1992 that West again tasted success in First Grade.

Pre Season

Opponent

Result

 Opponent

Result

Round 1

Lakes

Won 10 - 6

Rd 4 – Maitland

Won 24 - 4

Round 2

North

Won 30 - 2

 

Round 3

Central

Won 36 - 0

Final  – South 32    West 16

Competition

Opponent

Result

Reserves

Thirds

Round 1

Kurri

24 all Draw

Won 60 - 6

Won 38 - 10

Round 2

Macquarie

Won 44 - 22

Won 28 - 14

Won 59 – 8

Round 3

Maitland

Won 36 - 8

Lost 28 - 22

Won 22 – 16

Round 4

Waratah

Won 6 - 0

Lost 8 - 4

8 all Draw

Round 5

North

Won 40 - 0

Won 26 - 22

Won 22 – 14

Round 6

Cessnock

Lost 18 - 16

Lost 18 - 10

Lost 34 - 26

Round 7

South

Won 30 - 16

Lost 24 - 16

Lost 29 – 2

Round 8

Lakes

Won 22 - 14

Lost 44 - 4

Lost 24 – 16

Round 9

Central

Won 26 - 12

Won 48 - 4

Lost 48 – 6

Round 10

Kurri

Won 42 - 8

Won 30 - 14

Won 20 – 8

Round 11

Macquarie

Won 36 - 12

Won 64 - 2

Won 62 – 12

Round 12

Maitland

Won 36 - 12

Won 28 – 12

Won 14 – 12

Round 13

Waratah

Won 32 - 18

Lost 22 - 18

Lost 26 – 6

Round 14

North

Won 24 - 14

Won 34 - 13

Lost 10 – 0

Round 15

Cessnock

Lost 28 - 14

Won 30 - 18

Won 24 – 16

Round 16

South

Lost 21 - 16

Won 24 - 6

Won 14 – 2

Round 17

Lakes

Won 10 - 4

Lost 22 - 8

Won 20 – 4

Round 18

Central

Won 34 - 26

Won 50 - 4

Won 58 - 2

Preliminary Semi

Lakes

Lost 14 - 10

West 32 W’tah 10

W’tah 15  West 14

Minor Semi Final

Kurri

Won 24 - 8

 

West 19  M’land 6

Major Semi Final

   

West 22   Lakes 16

 

Final

Cessnock

Lost 20 - 18

 

Lakes 8    West 6

GRAND FINAL

Lakes 12   def   Cessnock 6

Lakes 10    West 2

 

 

For better quality pages of the 1986 season (photos , colour etc) click on 1986

These pages contain some of "Slim's" poem - a big file - may take a little time to open

1986

Paul Merlo took over as First Grade Captain / Coach in 1986, with Steve Smith being in charge of Reserve Grade and Brendan Barber being appointed Captain / Coach of Third Grade. First Grade won 15 out of 18 games in the competition rounds and finished 2nd in the competition, but unfortunately were defeated in both their semi final appearances. Reserve Grade defeated South in the Grand Final 8 to 6, and Third Grade had an “up and down” year and where eliminated in the Semi Finals. The winning West Reserve Grade side was 1. Jon Hulbert  2. Wayne Moylan (try)  3. Phil Elliott (2 goals)  4. Roger Pearson  5. Peter Hill  6. Peter Haggerty  7. Glen Campbell  8. Ashley Hardes  9. Wayne Dawson  10. Craig Dodd  11. Greg Harrison  12. Graham Russell  13. Brett Nixon. Some of those who made their first appearance in grade in 1986 included Paul Merlo (South), Phil Elliott (Goulburn), “Smokey” Dawson (Tamworth, Craig Higgins (Raymond Terrace) and West unior, Craig Dodd. A couple of deaths in 1986 are worth mentioning. Firstly, Warren Cunningham. Warren formed a friendship with Glen Maloney, and he played a big part in attracting many players to West, the most notable of whom was John Cootes. (So now you know who was responsible for bring John Cootes to West – Warren Cunningham!) Secondly, Arthur “Slim” Hunter. Arthur was a tireless worker for West but is most famous as being the composer of the current West song, and of many “West” poems. A small collection of Slim’s poems appears on the 2nd , 3rd and 4th page of this document. West’s “Clubman of the Year” was awarded to Dr Michael Braggett (pictured) for “his continued support and dedication to all concerned with Rugby League in general, and The Western Suburbs RLFC in particular”.

Pre Season

Opponent

Result

 Opponent

Result

Round 1

Kurri

Won 6 - 0

Rd 3 - Waratah

Won 12 - 4

Round 2

Cessnock

Won 24 - 10

Final  – West 24    Lakes 12

Competition

Opponent

Result

Reserves

Thirds

Round 1

Macquarie

Won 12 - 2

Won 24 - 22

Won 22 – 8

Round 2

Kurri

Won 24 - 0

Won 24 - 20

Lost 14 – 8

Round 3

North

Won 52 - 3

Won 42 - 8

Won 22 – 0

Round 4

South

Won 24 - 20

Lost 24 - 12

Lost 28 – 8

Round 5

Central

Won 10 - 0

14 all Draw

Lost 22 – 6

Round 6

Waratah

Won 46 - 20

Lost 32 - 20

Lost 22 – 10

Round 7

Maitland

Won 42 - 2

Won 41 - 20

Lost 13 – 10

Round 8

Lakes

Lost 29 - 4

Lost 26 - 20

Won 26 – 6

Round 9

Cessnock

Lost 16 - 12

Won 38 - 16

Won 14 - 10

Round 10

Central

Won 22 - 16

Won 28 - 10

Won 20 – 16

Round 11

Macquarie

Won 20 - 8

Won 28 - 14

Won 34 – 6

Round 12

Kurri

Won 24 - 16

Won 50 - 4

Won 22 – 6

Round 13

North

Won 70 - 4

Won 68 - 12

Won 46 – 0

Round 14

South

Won 24 - 12

Lost 12 - 10

Won 12 – 8

Round 15

Waratah

Won 26 - 16

Won 28 - 18

Lost 23 – 8

Round 16

Maitland

Won 40 - 0

Won 22 - 0

Won 14 – 6

Round 17

Lakes

Lost 32 - 6

Lost 14 - 10

Won 18 – 10

Round 18

Cessnock

Won 24 - 16

Won 62 - 18

Won 10 - 4

Preliminary Semi

Cessnock

Lost 15 - 0

West 24   M’land 13

West 12    Kurri 12

Prel Semi Replay

     

Kurri 22   West 18

Minor Semi Final

South

Lost 20 - 6

West 19   W’tah 18

 

Final

   

West 24   Lakes 12

 

GRAND FINAL

Lakes 4 def South 0

West 8  South 6  

 

 

For a better quality page of the 1987 season (colour, photos etc) click on 1987

1987

John McLeod, originally from Bundaberg, came to West from the West Magpies in Sydney to be the First Grade Captain / Coach in 1987. Jon Hulbert took over from Steve Smith as Reserve Grade Captain / Coach with Brendan Barber again appointed as the Third Grade coach. (NB Brendan is still involved in 2014 with West – he has been an “on field trainer” for many years). It is fair to say that First Grade had a “tumultuous” season, being eliminated at the semi final stage of the competition. Reserve Grade were very unlucky losing the Grand Final to a Maitland field goal, and the impressive Third Grade side carried their good form into the final series winning the Grand Final 28 points to 6 over South. The winning Third Grade team was 1. Paul Hoole (4 goals)  2. Shaun Martin  3. David Wilson  4. Greg Mitchell (try)  5. James Wesley (try)  6. Jason Smith  7. Glen Campbell (try)  8. David Ashman (try)  9. David Baldwin  10. Craig Dodd  11. Derek McVey  12. Greg Harrison  and 13. Steve Donohue (try). The team was captained by Steve Donohue, a Kotara junior, whose father was former South legend, Peter Donohue. In addition to John McLeod, some of the new players in 1987 were Peter Chapman from Taree Old Bar (154 games for West), West junior Greg Mitchell (134 games), Kotara junior Michael “Flash” Flanagan (115 games), Wallsend junior Brett Fellshaw (88 games) and Tony Amidy joined West from Greta Branxton via Maitland. Another Kotara Junior, Greg Harrison (pictured) was awarded the “Clubman of the Year” trophy in 1987 for “his services to the club as a player in all grades, and his continued support in all social activities”. Harrison was a great clubman who played “any grade – any time”, indeed his 228 games for the club were made up of 48 Firsts, 137 Reserves and 43 Thirds.

Pre Season

Opponent

Result

Opponent

Result

Round 1

Central

Lost 22 - 18

Rd 3 – Maitland

Won 8 - 4

Round 2

Waratah

Won 28 - 0

Final  – Central 31    West 28

Competition

Opponent

Result

Reserves

Thirds

Round 1

Maitland

Won 22 - 14

Lost 22 - 20

Lost 19 - 16

Round 2

Lakes

Lost 12 - 6

Lost 9 - 8

Won 15 - 12

Round 3

Waratah

Won 30 - 18

Won 40 - 26

Won 21 - 4

Round 4

South

Lost 18 - 16

8 all Draw

Won 15 - 2

Round 5

Macquarie

Won 36 - 26

Won 32 - 8

Lost 10 - 8

Round 6

Cessnock

Lost 31 - 14

Won 19 - 18

Won 16 - 8

Round 7

Central

14 all Draw

Lost 14 - 10

Won 18 - 14

Round 8

Kurri

Won 54 - 24

Won 44 - 12

Won 58 - 4

Round 9

North

Won 54 - 16

Won 80 - 12

Won 50 - 0

Round 10

Maitland

Won 32 - 12

Won 20 - 10

Won 36 - 4

Round 11

Lakes

Lost 32 - 6

Won 16 - 6

Won 21 - 10

Round 12

Waratah

Won 36 - 20

Won 24 - 20

Won 22 - 21

Round 13

South

Won 28 - 10

Won 24 - 14

18 all Draw

Round 14

Macquarie

Won 34 - 0

Won 22 - 16

Won 18 – 6

Round 15

Cessnock

Won 40 - 14

Won 24 - 4

Won 20 – 10

Round 16

Central

Lost 16 - 6

Won 20 - 12

Lost 32 - 18

Round 17

Kurri

Won 36 - 2

Won 46 - 18

Won 42 – 12

Round 18

North

Won 40 - 6

Won 52 - 12

Won 40 - 0

Preliminary Semi

Lakes

Lost 10 - 0

West 42 Central 6

 

Minor Semi Final

Cessnock

Lost 14 - 8

   

Major Semi Final

   

West 18  Lakes 16

West 31  Lakes 6

GRAND FINAL

Lakes 24 def South 16

M’land 19 West 18

West 28  South 6

 

For a better quality page of the 1988 season (Colour, photos etc) click on 1988

1988

Well that answers that question – and in answering the question one might ask “What about Third Grade?

The question – has West ever scored over 100 points in a game? The answer is a resounding YES! – just by looking at the results in Rounds 8 and 17. But the question still remains about Third Grade – 98 points in Rd 8 and 96 points in Rd 17 – missed by “this much”. Gary Martine returned as a non playing First Grade coach in 1988. Glen Armstrong took over as coach of Reserve Grade, while Brett Nixon took over the Third Grade side as a Playing Coach. First Grade were defeated finalists, whilst Reserve Grade won their Grand Final, whilst Third Grade went down to Maitland. The winning Reserve Grade side was 1. Peter Hill (2 tries)  2. Danny Brown  3. Brett Fellshaw (2 goals) 4. Peter Chapman  5. James Wesley  6. Darryl Benson  7. Tony Price  8. Lorn McDougall (try)  9. Scott Budden  10. Wayne Dawson (try)  11. Barry Loring  12. Graham Russell  and 13. Greg Harrison. The newcomers to the club in 1988 included 2 brothers who would play a combined total of 478 (yep FOUR HUNDRED and SEVENTY EIGHT) games for the club. No guesses for the names of the former Central youngsters – Tony Price played 240 and Greg Price (pictured) played 238 games for the club – a remarkable achievement. Other players to join were local juniors Wayne Hepple, Craig Lloyd and Peter Storey. Country players to join West included Peter Atkins (Taree) and Tim Morrison, and Craig Hubbard joined West from Lakes. The “Clubman of the Year” was awarded to Treasurer, Jack Bell, who had just begun his 39th (yep 39th) year as Treasurer. (Bell would hold that position until 1992. His 43 years as Treasurer makes him the longest serving Club Official on record).

Pre Season

Opponent

Result

Opponent

Result

Round 1

Central

Won 18 - 16

   

Round 2

Lakes

Won 15 - 0

Final  – West 15   South 14

Competition

Opponent

Result

Reserves

Thirds

Round 1

Central

Lost 28 - 20

Won 26 - 18

Won 14 – 10 ##

Round 2

Macquarie

18 all Draw

Won 32 - 0

Lost 8 - 6

Round 3

Maitland #

     

Round 4

Waratah #

     

Round 5

Lakes 

Lost 18 - 10

Won 40 - 10

Lost 26 - 16

Round 6

South #

     

Round 7

Cessnock

Won 34 - 28

Won 54 - 0

Won 22 - 14

Round 8

North

Won 116 - 2

Won 120 - 2

Won 98 – 0

Round 9

Kurri

Won 30 - 8

Won 38 - 8

Won 56 – 0

Round 10

Central

Lost 20 - 18

Won 26 - 8

Won 14 – 10

Round 11

Macquarie

Won 23 - 18

Won 30 - 6

Won 44 – 0

Round 12

Maitland

Won 32 - 6

Won 22 - 12

Won 22 – 19

Round 13

Waratah

Won 34 - 12

Won 32 - 12

Won 14 – 2

Round 14

Lakes 

Lost 18 - 9

Won 34 - 10

Lost 16 – 12

Round 15

South

Lost 15 - 8

Won 20 - 10

Won 12 – 10

Round 16

Cessnock

Won 16 - 4

Won 16 - 14

Lost 13 - 12

Round 17

North

Won 118 - 4

Won 114 - 0

Won 96 – 2

Round 18

Kurri

Lost 25 - 24

Won 56 - 2

Won 38 - 6

Elimination Semi

Maitland

Won 35 - 6

   

Preliminary Semi

     

Lakes 22   West 14

Minor Semi Final

Central

Won 13 - 8

   

Major Semi Final

   

M’land 19  West 12

M’land 10   West 8

Final

Lakes

Lost 16 - 10

West 30   Lakes 16

West 16   Lakes 8

GRAND FINAL

South 29 def Lakes 8

West 20  M’land 0

M’land 18  West 12

 

For a better quality page of the 1989 season (colour, photos etc) click on 1989

1989

Mal Graham (pictured left 2013) took over as First Grade Captain Coach, while both Glen Armstrong and Brett Nixon continued on as the lower grade coaches. It was almost another perfect year for West – all 3 teams made the Grand Final, but First Grade were beaten by a pretty “handy” South side 20 points to 2. The winning Reserve Grade team was 1. Greg Mitchell (try)  2. Doug Gordon  3. Rod Muller  4. Greg Gleeson (try) 5. Wayne Hepple  6. Mal Clarke  7. Tony Price  13. Brett Hoad (try)  12. Scott Budden  11. Mark Blundell  10. Greg Price (try and 4 goals)  9. Greg Harrison  and 8. Mark Jager.  The winning Third Grade side was 1. Mark Picton (try)  2. Dean Carberry  3. Brett Fellshaw (try and 2 goals)  4. Peter Haggerty  5. Craig Button (try)  6. Darryl Benson  7. Graham Harman  13. Rod Hollis  12. Ken Daly  11. Col Bice  10. John Skeers  9. Paul Bowen and 8. Brett Nixon. Players new to the club in 1989 included Brett Hoad (161 games) fromWauchope, Anthony McDonnell (126 games) from Central, Rod Muller (136 games) from Taree, Darren Leaney from Coffs Harbour and local players, West junior, Peter Jenner (180 games) and Kotara junior, James Pappas (77 games). Brett Nixon (pictured right 2013) was awarded the trophy for “Clubman of the Year” for his “services to the club both on and off the field”. Indeed Brett played a major role with West Schoolboys and West seniors up until 2014 (the time of writing). The Most Outstanding Player in each Grade trophies were awarded to Anthony McDonnell (Firsts), Craig Dodd (Reserves) and Ken Daly (Thirds).

Pre Season

Opponent

Result

Opponent

Result

Round 1

Cessnock

Won 14 - 12

Rd 3 Kurri

Won 40 - 18

Round 2

Maitland

Lost 14 - 6

Play Off for 3rd  – West 40   Toronto 0

Competition

Opponent

Result

Reserves

Thirds

Round 1

North N Bay

8 all Draw

Won 38 - 0

Won 20 - 6

Round 2

Waratah

Won 22 - 6

Won 30 - 2

Won 38 – 12

Round 3

Toronto

Won 21 - 14

Won 40 - 20

Won 16 – 10

Round 4

Kurri

Won 30 - 26

Won 66 - 6

Won 42 – 6

Round 5

Lakes

Won 17 - 6

Won 20 - 8

Lost 16 – 12

Round 6

South

Lost 18 - 12

Won 14 - 12

Lost 26 – 6

Round 7

Central

Won 28 - 2

Won 24 - 0

Won 20 – 8

Round 8

Maitland

Won 49 - 13

Lost 18 - 8

24 all Draw

Round 9

North N Bay

Won 18 - 12

Won 36 - 2

Won 28 – 6

Round 10

Toronto

Lost 10 - 9

Won 28 - 2

Won 38 – 6

Round 11

Kurri

Won 50 - 6

Won 74 - 0

Won 70 – 0

Round 12

Cessnock

Won 12 - 6

Won 26 - 0

Won 32 – 0

Round 13

Lakes

Won 26 - 14

Won 25 - 2

Won 20 – 18

Round 14

South

Lost 30 - 4

Won 24 - 18

Lost 22 – 14

Round 15

Waratah

10 all Draw

10 all Draw

Won 10 – 8

Round 16

Central

Won 68 - 10

Won 40 - 12

22 all Draw

Round 17

Maitland

Won 16 - 10

Won 16 - 6

Won 16 – 10

Round 18

Cessnock

Won 14 - 8

Won 19 - 12

Won 26 - 6

Preliminary Semi

     

West 25  M’land 4

Major Semi Final

South

Lost 26 - 14

West 14 M’land 10

West 20  South 10

Final

Maitland

Won 25 - 4

   

GRAND FINAL

South 20    West 2

West 24 M’land 6

West 16   South 12

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Nicole Stanfield

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Lorena Rogers

Lorena Rogers

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Kristy Houghton

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Hayley Wright

Hayley Wright

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Sarah Ross

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U/19's

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U/19's

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Jesse Rushford

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Dan Stuart

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Zac Hudson

Zac Hudson

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Grant Walsh

Grant Walsh

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Ben Stone

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Chad Redman

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Jordan Hammond

William Sheely

William Sheely

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U/19's

Rhiannon Howard

Rhiannon Howard

Talent all round for our half back

James Wilson

James Wilson

U 19's "Player of the Year" James Wilson returns in 2017

Sam Keenan

Sam Keenan

Sam Keenan is back in 2017

Brad Tighe

Brad Tighe

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Jack Geddes

Jack Geddes

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Willis Alatini

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Chris Knight

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