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2010

2010 marked the Centenary Year of Rugby League in Newcastle, and the Centenary Year of West, as West, together with South, Central and North were the 4 teams in the inaugural 1910 competition. To mark the occasion a replica set of 1910 jumpers were purchased, a “Centenary” round of Rugby League was played on Saturday 15 May (West v South, and Central v Northern Blues), and a Centenary Dinner was held that night at West Leagues Club where a “Team of the Century” was announced. More of this on Page 2 – so what about the 2010 season. Dan Quinn (pictured left – 2014) took over as First Grade Captain / Coach. First Grade were “unlucky” in the Major Semi at Maitland when they were beaten in extra time. Reserve Grade were coached by Matt Marks and were eliminated in the semi final stage. Presidents Cup coached by Wayne March “got the chocolates” when they defeated Wyong 34 to 18 in the Grand Final. The winning West team was 1. Rhys Nixon (try)  2. Luke Poolman (2 tries)  3. Andrew Isaac  4. Clint Davies (pictured try bound in the GF) (2 tries and 1 goal) 5. Shane Bowman  6. Stephen Latu  7. Matt Redman (try and 2 goals)  13. Tom Hine  12. Matt Casserly  11. Blayde Hill  10. Nick Mahon  9. Jamie Thomson (try) 8. Mark Morrissey  14. Paul Brogan  15. Chris Carter  16. Todd Cooper  17. Harrison Ison  18. Matt McLaren and 19. Felise Taufua. Joel Penny was awarded the trophy for “Clubman of the Year”, and trophies for the “Most Outstanding Player in each Grade” were awarded to Joel Penny (Firsts), Danny Cooper (Reserves) and Matt Redman (Presidents Cup). The Centenary Game, West v South, was a bit of a “fizzer”, as it seemed that only one team wanted to play football. South had a player “dismissed”, and West went on to record an easy 50 to 8 win. On Sat 14 May 1910, South 18 def West 9 and on Sat 15 May 2010 West 50 def South 8. With the “score” being “one all” the “decider” will be played on Sat 12 May 2110. .......................(I wonder who wins?)

 

Opponent

Result

Reserves

Pres Cup

Round 1

Cessnock

Won 21 - 14

Won 60 - 6

Won 48 – 4

Round 2

Kurri

Won 24 - 10

Won 28 - 0

Won 30 - 0

Round 3

Northern Blues

Won 48 - 20

Won 82 - 6

Won 40 – 4

Round 4

Macquarie

Lost 28 - 24

Won 26 - 24

Won 36 – 8

Centenary Game

South

Won 50 - 8

Won 42 - 12

Lost 26 - 12

Round 6

Wyong

16 all Draw

Won 40 - 18

Lost 30 - 10

Round 7

Maitland

22 all Draw

Lost 38 - 8

Lost 40 – 16

Round 8

Central

Won 20 - 6

Lost 40 - 26

Won 30 – 20

Round 9

Wyong

Won 32 - 24

Won 48 - 0

Won 26 – 24

Round 10

Cessnock

Won 30 - 10

Won 42 - 12

Lost 20 – 10

Round 11

Kurri

Won 26 - 0

Won 24 - 4

Lost 52 – 32

Round 12

Northern Blues

Won 60 - 12

Won 30 - 6

Won 48 – 16

Round 13

Lakes

Won 62 - 0

Won 20 - 0

Won 16 – 12

Round 14

Macquarie

Won 36 - 10

Won 34 - 18

Won 44 – 18

Round 15

South

Won 24 - 16

Won 40 - 0

Won 48 – 6

Round 16

Central

Won 34 - 22

Won 48 - 8

Won 34 – 24

Round 17

Maitland

Lost 36 - 10

Lost 34 - 8

Won 24 – 10

Round 18

Lakes

Won 42 - 22

Won 52 - 12

Won 42 - 10

Qualifying Semi

Wyong

Won 24 - 22

Central 24  West 6

 

Minor Semi

   

Wyong 10  West 8

 

Major Semi

Maitland

Lost 22 - 18

 

West 28  Mait 14

FINAL

Cessnock

Lost 34 - 22

   

GRAND FINAL

Maitland 24   def  Cessnock 8

 

West 34  Wyong 18

Centenary Dinner

On Saturday evening 15 May a Dinner was held at West Leagues Club to celebrate the Centenary of the Western Suburbs Rugby League Football Club. The function was attended by over 400 guests. The guest speaker on the night was former Australian Player, Peter Sterling. He gave an outstanding “off the cuff” address. This was followed by an article in the Newcastle Herald on the Thursday after the dinner, and the article is reproduced on Page 3. During the evening West’s “Team of the Century” was announced. This team, selected by veteran Newcastle Herald Sports Reporter, George Piggford, was

Fullbacks           Scott Bradley           Geoff Spruce

Wingers             Brett Cullen              Neil Gibson

Centres              John Cootes             Dan Davies

5/8                     Paul Skovgaard

Halfbacks           Tony Price                Dennis Ward

Locks                 David Howell            Peter Howlett

2nd Row              Ray Johnson           John Raper ©

Front Row          John Hobby              Steve Smith

Hookers             Allan Buman            Allan Dagwell

Manager             Glen Maloney

Rosellas Rise to the Occasion         By Peter Sterling

Newcastle Morning Herald          20 May 2010

I’ve been to many rugby league functions but few as enjoyable as last weekend’s Western Suburbs anniversary. In a celebration of 100yeras as a foundation member of the Newcastle competition, the Rosellas gave an insight as to why they have developed into the most successful of organizations. Despite 500 being in attendance it still managed to be a somewhat intimate evening, reflecting how close and tight the club continues to be. The warm relationship between past and present players and with officials was particularly obvious. For someone who played his first game of rugby league as a six year old second rower just up the road at Raymond Terrace, I found the whole night to be a nostalgia trip. It reminded me of a childhood that was spent heading to No 1 Sportsground for the weekend match of the day and listening Noel Harrison calling games on NBN at night. That was also a time when, even though many of my heroes were running around for Manly in Sydney (sad. I know), most of them were part of the Newcastle comp – plenty were there in person on Saturday night. Now I wasn’t a West faithful – I was more a supporter of the Terrace Magpies on the local scene – however, I was a big fan of the likes of Peter Howlett, Mick Trypas, John Barber, John Hobby, Allan Dagwell and, of course, Father John Cootes. When it came to other clubs there was plenty of admiration for Maitland, who were a formidable outfit at that time and won premiership titles in 1969 and 71. I remember how excited I was to find out that my dad was doing some dental work for the great Terry Pannowitz and that we actually got to go around to his house one school night. It has been very disappointing to watch the Pumpkin Pickers struggle for their existence after these heady days. As part of the festivities respected league reporter George Piggford was given the unenviable task of sorting through the multitude of players who have worn the red, white and green jersey to determine a Team of the Century. There were a criterion of number of games played but most important, it was a 17 man squad chosen on value given to the club. Somehow George must have got the mix right, because it was received enthusiastically. It spanned Dan “Laddo” Davies, who began his career at West in 1915, through to Brett Cullen, who finished up in 2004. The highest profile member was Johnny Raper, league Immortal and perhaps the greatest player to ever lace a boot. He was captain coach for three seasons after heading up from Sydney to continue the most illustrious of careers. I told the story of how I’d been to Chook’s 50th birthday at which his wife, Carol, had told of a near death experience. She said that she had nearly drowned one day and along the lines of what many believe her whole life flashed before her eyes. During this life threatening experience her whole life did pass before her and with tongue firmly planted in cheek she lamented that “John wasn’t in it”. He continues to be the life of the party but I wouldn’t surpise if he was seen around the streets of Newcastle early on Sunday morning “running out” the night before. Raper’s 1970 World Cup teammate John Cootes was as dapper as ever and still looks fit enough to pull on a boot. Along with Allan Buman and Dennis Ward, Cootes played Test football while representing the Rosellas. He was a superb athlete and an inspiration to plenty of us young players in our formative years. So too Dennis Ward, who like Raper, came to Newcastle after enjoying plenty of success in the big smoke. As a former Sea Eagle he was a particular favourite of mine and was part of one of rugby league’s most infamous and controversial referring decisions.  In the 1972 World Cup the Australians took on France, and in a set move Ward chipped the ball back to the blind side where, in one of the most incredible efforts, Graeme Langlands dived full length to regather and “score” in the corner. The French referee disallowed the try solely because he couldn’t believe that anyone could physically achieve what Langlands had done, and possibly be on side.  Instead of being dudded by such a shocking call it would now be regarded as one of the greatest tries. Possibly the biggest ovation of the night was afforded to hooker Allan Dagwell, the only man to play more than 300 first grade games for the club.  He was the last player read out, cut the cake and given the distinction of being acknowledged as West’s most valuable player in their history. I recall what a big deal it was for him to be named for NSW for the 2nd and 3rd games against Queensland in 1975. In doing so he was given the nod in front of the lights of George Piggins and Elwin Walters. After meeting the man for the 1st time I decided that next time I was in his company, I would make sure Wendell Sailor was with me, to learn the meaning of the word humility. It was quite surreal to leave the function on Saturday night to the strains of John Cootes on stage playing his guitar and singing the club song. The last time I’d heard him sing was on my vinyl 45 titled “The Man in Black”. Now that’s nostalgia.

 

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2011

Craig Miller had previously coached West juniors and lower grades in the 1990’s with outstanding success. Craig returned as First Grade coach, while Wayne March took over as Reserve Grade Coach and Mark Morrissey took on the President’s Cup position. It was almost the perfect year for West. Club Champions, Major Premiers in the lower grades, and First Grade being beaten by a point in extra time. West “should have” “could have” won this game, but.....next year for sure! Reserve Grade defeated Wyong 32 – 10 in the Grand Final. The winning team was 1.Matt Redman (4 goals)  2. Todd Cooper (try) 3. Todd Mulville (3 tries)  4. Cleo Meredith  5. Dain Bamblett  6. Jamie Nowland (try)  7. Tim Penny (try)  13. Murray Parker (pictured below)  12. Ed Barber  11. Chad Reynolds  10. Sam Jobbins  9. Shaun Wallace  8. Robbie Clarkson  14. Tom Hine  15. Ryan Lippiart  16. Ryan Petro and 17. Dan Quinn. The Presidents Cup team beat South in a “close one” – 22 to 20. The West team was 1. Ryan Pywell  2. Luke Poolman  3. Clae Faulkner  4. Clint Davies (try) 5. Kyle Davies  6. Michael Croker (3 goals) 7. Nikko Roberts  13. Josh Gorton  12. Roberts Puliuvea (try) 11. Blayde Hill (try)  10. Jason Savin  9. Tom Lidden (try)  8. Liam Richards  14. Gareth Evans  15. Stephen Latu  16. Liam McKenna  17. Chris Carter  18. Luke Dureau and 19. Will Tammo’roi. New players to grade in 2011 included Gareth Evans, Brad Murray, Tim Penny, James Woolford and popular Englishman, Ed Barber. Cec Cavanagh was presented with the “Clubman of the Year” award, and the “Most Outstanding Players in each Grade” were Matt Thurston (Firsts), Daniel Foster (Reserves) and Tom Lidden (Pres Cup). The club was saddened by the passing of long term committee man Eric Stair, Leagues Club Director and long term staunch West supporter, Kevin McDougall, and Nita Maloney. Wayne March (pictured above left) deserves special recognition. Wayne was a West Junior who played 238 games for West from 1997 to 2010 – ranked equal 4th in West’s history, and only 2 games before the 2nd placed Tony Price on 240 games. Wayne also coached Presidents Cup in 2010, and Reserve Grade in 2011 and 2012 – for 3 Major and Minor Premierships. He also coached Under 19’s in 2008 to the Minor Premiership. “Hat’s Off” to a West legend – Wayne March!

 

Opponent

Result

Reserves

Pres Cup

Round 1

Cessnock

Lost 20 - 18

Won 32 - 6

Won 58 – 12

Round 2

Kurri

Won 24 - 10

Won 24 - 10

Won 36 – 4

Round 3

Wyong

Won 24 - 20

Won 14 - 8

Won 64 – 4

Round 4

Lakes

Lost 32 - 10

Won 44 - 0

Won 80 – 4

Round 5

Northern Blues

Won 80 - 4

Won 52 - 0

Won 50 – 0

Round 6

Central C’town

Won 46 - 10

Won 36 - 0

Won 60 – 5

Round 7

Maitland

Won 20 - 6

Lost 22 - 16

Lost 26 – 10

Round 8

Macquarie

Won 52 - 12

Lost 24 - 6

Won 24 – 6

Round 9

South

Lost 33 - 22

Won 32 - 8

Won 28 – 24

Round 10

Kurri

Won 26 - 16

Won 44 - 6

Won 32 – 8

Round 11

Wyong

Won 52 - 12

Won 28 - 0

Won 28 – 4

Round 12

Lakes

Won 44 - 20

Won 64 - 0

Won 70 – 6

Round 13

Northern Blues

Won 44 - 0

Won 66 - 0

Won by Forfeit

Round 14

Central C’town

Won 28 - 18

Won 74 - 0

Won 72 – 10

Round 15

Maitland

Lost 14 - 12

Won 72 - 16

Won 60 – 6

Round 16

Macquarie

Won 38 - 16

Won 40 - 6

Won 42 – 28

Round 17

Cessnock

Won 60 - 0

Won 46 - 6

Won by Forfeit

Round 18

South

Won 14 - 12

Won 22 - 4

Lost 30 – 16

Qualifying Semi

South

Won 36 - 12

   

Major Semi

Maitland

Lost 24 - 22

West 18 Wyong 10

West 30  Mait 22

FINAL

Wyong

Won 44 - 12

   

GRAND FINAL

Maitland 19   def  West 18

West 32 Wyong 10

West 22  South 20

 

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2012

What a season! Three losses in Round 1 – and three wins on Grand Final day. The 2012 West teams emulated the teams of 1966, 1984, 1992 and 2002 by winning all 3 Grand Finals. The winning coaches were Craig Miller (Firsts), Wayne March (Reserves) and Mark Morrissey (Pres Cup). The winning First Grade team that defeated Cessnock 16 to 14  was 1. Joel Penny  2. Jermaine Ale  3. Simon Williams  4. Steve Gordon  5. Callan Richardson  6. Tom Lidden (try) 7. Zac Walsh (2 goals) 13. Todd Hurrell (try) 12. Mark Farrar  11. Peter Mannion (try)  10. Ryan Petro  9. Matt Thurston  8. Jack Afamasaga  14. James Woolford  15. Colin Clarke  16. Dean MacBain and 17. Matt Herman. Reserve Grade defeated Maitland 46 – 0. The winning Reserve Grade side was 1. Garth Ross (2 tries) 2. Ryan Pywell  3. Dain Bamblett (try and 5 goals)  4. Ryan Lippiart  5. Luke Poolman (try) 6. Jason Wallace (try) 7. Ryan Walsh  13. Justin Laurie  12. Chad Reynolds (try and goal)  11. Shane Anttilla (try)  10. Sam Jobbins  9. Tim Penny  8. David Dryden (goal)  14. Stephen Latu  15. Liam Richards  16. Josh Phillips and 17. Malcolm Green (try). Presidents Cup defeated Wyong 28 – 10. The winning Presidents Cup team was 1. Matt Redman (4 goals) 2. Kyle Davies  3. Khaele Bowen  4. Michael Croker  5. Thomas Woolford (try)  6. Todd Cooper (try)  7. Brad Murray  13. Josh Phillips (try)  12. Blayde Hill (try) 11. Clint Davies  10. Sean Blackford  9. Liam McKenna  8. Malcolm Green  14. Josh Gorton (try)  15. Sam O’Shannessy  16. Blaize Fuller  17. Ashley Hunter  18. Tyler Bice and 19. Daniel Ross. The wonderful Trish Evenden photo below was taken at the suggestion of Craig Miller – “just in case” West won all 3 grades. The photo, of all West players and officials, was taken on the Friday evening before the Grand Finals at No 1 Sportsground. It is just a great photo that now hands proudly in West Leagues Club.

 

Opponent

Result

Reserves

Pres Cup

Round 1

Maitland

Lost 26 - 10

Lost 16 - 12

Lost 42 – 6

Round 2

South

Won 28 - 22

Lost 26 - 22

Won 26 – 18

Round 3

Lakes

Won 44 - 10

Lost 18 - 16

Won 32 – 16

Round 4

Wyong

Won 28 - 18

Won 24 - 16

Won 46 – 12

Round 5

Cessnock

Lost 22 - 8

Won 26 - 14

Won 30 – 12

Round 6

Kurri

Won 34 - 18

Won 44 - 10

Won 26 – 8

Round 7

Macquarie

Lost 22 - 4

Won 23 - 22

Won 42 – 18

Round 8

Port Stephens

Won 52 - 4

Won 74 - 4

Won by Forfeit

Round 9

Maitland

Lost 34 - 28

Won 38 - 6

Won 58 – 10

Round 10

Central

Won 26 - 16

Won 58 - 4

Won 52 – 12

Round 11

Lakes

Won 28 - 22

Won 54 - 4

Won 46 – 12

Round 12

South

Won 22 - 14

Won 40 - 26

Won 34 – 4

Round 13

Cessnock

Won 56 - 14

Won 48 - 0

Won 58 – 16

Round 14

Wyong

Won 20 - 16

Won 12 - 10

Won 20 - 4

Round 15

Macquarie

Won 58 - 18

Won 28 - 6

Won 50 – 12

Round 16

Central

Won 18 - 12

Won 44 - 6

Won 74 – 0

Round 17

Kurri

Won 54 - 0

Won 94 - 0

Won by Forfeit

Round 18

Port Stephens

Won 68 - 12

Won by Forfeit

Won by Forfeit

Qualifying Semi

Macquarie

Won 42 - 22

   

Major Semi

Cessnock

Lost 19 - 18

West 24  Mait 0

West 26 Wyong 20

FINAL

Maitland

Won 36 - 6

   

GRAND FINAL

West 16   def   Cessnock 14

West 46 Mait 0

West 28 Wyong 10

     

 

 

For a better quality 2013 page(colour, photos etc) click on 2013

2013

Two changes in 2013 – Wyong decided to play in the NSW Cup, and the Newcastle League elected to play Under 18’s on game day. West were Club Champions and went “back to back” by winning the First Grade under coach Craig Miller (pictured left 2014). West defeated Kurri by 21 to 8 in the First Grade Grand Final. The winning West team was 1. Joel Penny (try)  2. Justin Smith  3. Jermaine Ale (try)  4. Simon Williams  5. Mitch Williams  6. Steve Gordon (2 goals)  7. Brad Murray (fg)  13. Lucas Miller  12. Peter Mannion (try)  11. Warren Schillings (try)  10. Ryan Petro  9. Matt Thurston  8. Jake Finn  14. Matt Herman  15. James Woolford  16. Matt Kennedy and 17. Colin Clarke. Reserve Grade, under coach Mark Morrissey, were Minor Premiers, but lost the Grand Final to Macquarie. Both the Under 23’s, coached by Dave Stewart, and the Under 18’s, coached by Paul McLaren lost in the Final. Craig “Barney” Miller deserves special recognition. After successfully coaching West Junior sides, he coached West Thirds to a Premiership in 1995, West Reserves to Premierships in 1996 and 1997. He then had time away from West, where he was Assistant Coach of the Knights (assistant to Michael Hagan). Returning to West in 2011 as First Grade Coach, West were unluckily beaten in extra time by Maitland and West won again in 2012 and 2013. (At the time of writing - 28 June 2014 - West are unbeaten at the half way mark of the competition – so the 2014 First Grade season looks promising). 2013 would have been especially pleasing for Craig, as his son Lucas was a member of the winning team. During 2013 Garth Ross (pictured right by Trish Evenden scoring the “record breaking” try) broke Brett Cullen’s try scoring record with his 2 tries against Kurri in the 2nd round. A former West Junior, Ross retired after the 2013 season, playing for 15 years (237 games) with a Club Record of 235 tries. He was a member of the 2004 First Grade winning GF team. Dain Bamblett was awarded the trophy for “Clubman of the Year”, and the trophies for the “Most Outstanding Players in each Grade” were awarded to Matt Thurston (Firsts), Brett Jarrett (Reserves) and Gareth Evans (Under 23’s)

 

Opponent

Result

Reserves

Under 23’s

Under 18’s

Rd 1

Cessnock

Won 24 - 20

Won 34 - 10

Won 36 – 22

Lost 30 – 24

Rd 2

Maitland

Won 36 - 22

Won 34 - 12

Won 20 – 12

Won 20 – 12

Rd 3

Port Stephens

Won 40 - 12

Won 50 - 6

Lost 28 – 20

Won 46 – 20

Rd 4

Lakes

Won 62 - 4

Won 44 - 6

Won 30 – 0

Won 32 – 18

Rd 5

Central

Lost 18 - 14

Won 26 - 22

Lost 30 – 12

BYE

Rd 6

Kurri

Lost 26 - 22

Won 46 - 10

Won 44 – 4

Won 44 – 16

Rd 7

South

Won 44 - 16

Won 34 - 20

Lost 32 - 18

Won 28 - 22

Rd 8

Macquarie

Won 36 - 16

Lost 22 - 20

Won 42 - 4

Won 42 - 10

Rd 9

Cessnock

Lost 26 - 16

14 all Draw

Won 20 - 14

Lost 36 – 0

Rd 10

Port Stephens

Won 38 - 22

Won 56 - 8

Won 24 - 12

Lost 28 – 24

Rd 11

Lakes

Won 44 - 14

Won 68 - 0

Won 60 - 4

Lost 36 – 32

Rd 12

Central

Won 36 - 22

Won 86 - 12

22 all Draw

BYE

Rd 13

Kurri

Won 28 - 6

Won 42 - 6

Won Forfeit

Won 40 – 16

Rd 14

Maitland

36 all Draw

Won 96 - 0

Won 50 - 0

Won 34 – 22

Rd 15

South

Lost 29 - 6

Won 22 - 12

Won 20 - 14

Won 23 – 16

Rd 18

Macquarie

Won 34 - 6

Won 59 - 14

Won 36 - 0

Won Forfeit

Qual Semi

     

West 22 Sth 20

West 24 Cess 20

Major Semi

South

Won 22 - 12

West 28  Sth 20

Cen 24 West 16

Mait 20 West 4

FINAL

     

Sth 34   West 4

Lkes 30 West 22

GR FINAL

West 21    def    Kurri 8

Mac 32 West 16

 

 

 

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2014

Another great year for West! First Grade went “back to back to back” – so coach Craig Miller joined Tony Price (1997, 1998, 1999) and David Howell (1980, 1981, 1982), in winning “3 in a row”. First Grade were Minor Premiers and defeated Cessnock 22 – 8 in the Grand Final. The West team was 1. Justin Smith (try)  2. Callan Richardson  3. Simon Williams  4. Steve Gordon  5. Ryan Lamb (try)  6. Jade Porter  7. Brad Murray (3 goals)  13. Lucas Miller  12. Peter Mannion (see next page)  11. Warren Schillings  10. Ryan Petro  9. James Woolford (try)  8. Mark Taufua (c)  14. Jake Finn, 15. David Dryden  16. Mark Farrar (try) and 17. Liam McKenna. Reserve Grade under Captain / Coach Colin Clarke were also Minor and Major Premiers, and they defeated Central 28 – 22 in the Grand Final. The winning Reserve Grade team was 1. Dain Bamblett (4 goals)  2. Kyle Davies  3. Simon Dall  4. Michael Hendry (try)  5. Luke Poolman  6. Tim Penny (try)  7. Matt McLaren  13. Josh Gorton  12. Jackson Hill  11. Matt Casserly  10. Malcolm Green  9. Nathan Lo Monaco (2 tries)  8. Colin Clarke (CC) (try) 15. Nick Mahon  16. Gareth Evans  17. Jack Yates  18. Dylan Jones  19. Scott Blanch and 20. Larry Taufua. To top off a great day West Under 18’s defeated Maitland 16 – 8. Congratulations to coach Brett Pennell. Interestingly sons of former West First Grade Premiership winners (Bobby Treacy – son of Darren, and Frazer Price – son of Tony) were members of the winning team. West’s “Third Grade Team” – our Under 23’s were eliminated at the semi final stage of the competition. West’s major signing for the year, prop Mark Taufua (pictured)  (from the Sharks, but previously the Knights) played right up to his reputation, and at Presentation Night he was awarded the Trophy for the “Most Outstanding Player in First Grade”. The Reserve Grade award went to coach, Colin Clarke, while the Under 23’s award went to Gareth Evans. The “Clubman of the Year” trophy was awarded to David Locker (and he was chuffed)! Some drama towards the end of the year, when First Grade coach, Craig Miller, signed on to coach Cessnock from 2015. Miller leaves West with a great record over the years ... something like 9 teams, 8 Grand Final wins..and we wish him well...but certainly not “all the best” – Cessnock have never beaten West in a Grand Final and we’d like that to continue. Special mention should be made of Colin Clarke, who played his 200th game for the club, and Luke Poolman his 150th. Mark Farrar and Murray Parker were awarded Life Membership of the club by playing 120 grade games.

 

 

Opponent

Result

Reserves

Under 23’s

Under 18’s

Rd 1

Kurri

Won 26 - 12

Won 42 - 12

Won 32 - 0

Lost 18 - 4

Rd 2

Central

Won 32 - 12

Won 40 - 12

Lost 34 - 32

Won 46 - 8

Rd 3

Port Stephens

Won 66 - 0

Won 54 - 4

BYE

Won 52 - 20

Rd 4

South

Won 20 - 4

26 all Draw

Lost 32 - 4

BYE

Rd 5

BYE

 

(Under 18’s v Maitland White)

Won 66 - 16

Rd 6

Cessnock

Won 12 - 10

Won 50 - 16

Won 22 - 18

22 all Draw

Rd 7

Macquarie

Won 28 - 20

Won 28 - 12

Lost 36 - 12

Won 42 - 0

Rd 8

Maitland

Won 26 - 24

Won 44 - 14

Won 48 - 10

Lost 24 - 12

Rd 9

Kurri

Won 30 - 20

Won 70 - 1

Won 62 - 6

Lost 20 - 18

Rd 10

Port Stephens

Won 46 - 10

Won 56 - 0

BYE

Won 60 - 0

Rd 11

Lakes

Won 28 - 20

Lost 24 - 22

Lost 10 - 6

Won 18 - 8

Rd 12

Central

Lost 22 - 18

Won 56 - 6

Lost 26 - 22

Won 30 - 14

Rd 13

South

Lost 30 - 6

Lost 18 - 16

Lost 20 - 4

BYE

Rd 14

BYE

 

(Under 18’s v Maitland White)

Won 32 - 12

Rd 15

Lakes

Won 48 - 8

Won 18 - 8

Won 30 - 18

Lost 24 - 22

Rd 16

Cessnock

Lost 22 - 6

Won 42 - 18

Won 34 - 22

Won 48 - 10

Rd 17

Macquarie

Lost 26 - 6

Won 30 - 14

Lost 26 - 12

Won 30 - 10

Rd 18

Maitland

Won 36 - 4

Won 26 - 16

Won 68 - 0

Lost 15 - 14

Elim Semi

     

West 18  Cess 16

 

Qual Semi

     

 

West 14   Lakes 4

Minor Semi

     

Cen 35 West 12

 

Major Semi

South

Won 22 - 10

West 20  Sth 12

 

West 26   Mait 14

GR FINAL

West 22 def Cessnock 8

West 28  Cent 22

Cent 17 Sth 16

West 16   Mait 8

 

Young Peter

Every so often a pretty unassuming footballer arrives at the club…does his thing…and it is only after a few years that you think…what an asset to the club. Young Peter is one of those players. Why “Young” Peter …pretty obvious really…Peter hails from Young. He was born in Leeton, moved to Young when he was 12 months old, then played for the Young Tigers as an Under 10, and then the Young Cherrypickers from  U 12’s to First Grade. Now Pete can “play a bit”. He has of now (Sep 2014) played 135 games for West, with 132 of those in First Grade. He has played in 4 winning First Grade Grand Final sides…2008 West 12 def Cessnock 10, 2012 West 16 def Cessnock 14, 2013 West 21 def Kurri 8, 2014 West 22 def Cessnock 8. Josh Leeson (Newcastle Herald League Reporter) summed it up pretty well when he selected Peter in his 2014 “Team of the Year”. His No 12 was Peter Mannion (West)…After years of consistent performances Mannion has finally received his rewards this season with selection in the Newcastle Rebels and NSW Country teams. Mannion is one of the best “edge runners” in the competition and was a constant threat to rival defensive lines…So it was West who brought the best out of Peter?...well he could play a bit when he came. Peter (pictured as a “Cherrypicker” U 18) was Captain of Group 9 and Riverina Under 18’s, and played NSW Country U 18’s. Then he went to West Tigers where he played Jersey Flegg and Premier League in 2004 and 2005, In 2006 his uncle Steve Prest (1984 FG Grand Final, No 8 S Prest, West 10 def Lakes 2) suggested?...well told really…Peter to come to West. There are many attributes to Peter, but 3 stand out. Although he is as “tough as they come”, I can never remember him being as much as cautioned for foul play..”Play Hard, Play Fair” his Grandfather from Wombat..(Where’sWombat?…Google it..it might surprise you) always told him, and it was good to see the “Wombat Grandparents” at the 2014 Grand Final. Another thing that impresses me about Peter (and I even asked him about this)…is when the opposition kicks the ball downfield, and we need a forward back there to “take it up”, it nearly always is Peter Mannion who is back there first to “take the ball up”. When asked about this Peter shrugged his shoulders a little bit, and said something like “It’s just what I do..I like to get back there..it’s just part of my job”. The 3rd…for some reason, “fingers crossed”, Peter very rarely succumbs to injury. He’s an international player…no, really he is…in 2011 he played for Saint Gaudens in France, and also played in America! Peter is not the most famous Young player to play for West. that honour belongs to David Howell ….but after 4 Grand Final wins…any more?...Peter is very nearly of the “Chook” status.

Teagan Barry

Teagan Barry

Multi talented Teagan Barry...

Nicole Stanfield

Nicole Stanfield

Recently from Sydney Nicole joins West's LT team.....

Lorena Rogers

Lorena Rogers

Kristy  Houghton

Kristy Houghton

Kristy Houghton - with her soccer skills no wonder she can kick goals

Hayley Wright

Hayley Wright

Hayley Wright was always going to play for West...

Jacqui Dudgeon

Jacqui Dudgeon

Multi talented Jacqui Dudgeon joins League Tag with West

Grace Gallagher

Grace Gallagher

Sarah Ross

Sarah Ross

Sara Ross, mum of two...count me in for League Tag

Zac Hudson

Zac Hudson

Zac Hudson begins his 2nd season with West in 2017

Grant Walsh

Grant Walsh

Walsh...what a famous half back name..welcome to grade Grant

Cale Smith

Cale Smith

Cale Smith begins his 3rd year with West in 2017

Uiti Baker

Uiti Baker

Ben Stone

Ben Stone

Chad Redman

Chad Redman

Chad is back with West again in 2017

Jordan Hammond

Jordan Hammond

William Sheely

William Sheely

Manu Matoka

Manu Matoka

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

Brad Tighe returns in 2017

Jack Geddes

Jack Geddes

West junior Jack Geddes is back in 2017

Willis Alatini

Willis Alatini

Willis Alatini...back again in 2017

Tim Holman

Tim Holman

Tim Holman (from Bathurst) is on board again in 2017.

Joel Brown

Joel Brown

Joel Brown ..with West...again in 2017.

Luke Single

Luke Single

Luke Single...with West again in 2017.

Chris Knight

Chris Knight

Chris Knight signs on again in 2017.

Nick Mahon

Nick Mahon

West Junior, Nick Mahon, returns in 2017.

Mark Taufua

Mark Taufua

Burly prop, Mark Taufua, is with West again in 2017

David Dryden

David Dryden

David Dryden re signs for 2017

Luke Poolman

Luke Poolman

WHAT ABOUT LUKE! In 2017 Luke Poolman begins his 13th season with West.

Jade Porter

Jade Porter

After a great 2016, Jade Porter is back in 2017....

Warren Schillings

Warren Schillings

Warren Schillings returns to West again in 2017.....

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