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Seasons 1955 to 1959

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1955

The 1955 season saw West have their most successful season since the Second World War. Ex Kangaroo, Charlie Gill, coached the First Grade side to second place on the points table with 10 wins and 7 losses. Reserve Grade under coach Gordon Freeman recorded 8 wins whilst Third Grade under coach Don Hardy won 6 games. All in all West won a total of 24 games for the season – a big improvement as a club over previous years. New players at the start of the season included Doug Isenhood (South), Eric Fitzgibbons (Nambucca Heads), Brian Bower (from the Sunday comp), whilst Col Curry returned from Cowra and Neil Gibson returned after sorting out his problems with Parramatta. At the Awards night the best players in each grade were acknowledged – Kevin Vipen (First Grade), Brian Bower (Reserve Grade) and Geoff Bice (Third Grade). Col Curry also represented Newcastle against the Frenchmen..and scored 2 tries. In the Junior grades, West won 14 consecutive games to finish Minor and Major Premiers in Under 20’s. The under 16 team did one better – they went through the whole season undefeated. Indeed in a “one off” game at the end of the season they defeated “The Rest of Newcastle”. With such success in 1955, there was much expectation about the 1956 season, but alas……..

Round

Opponent

Result

1 – 9 April

Waratah

Won 15 – 5

2 – 16 April

North

Lost 20 - 16

3 – 25 April

Maitland

Lost 31 - 13

4 – 7 May

Kurri

Lost 8 - 2

5 – 14 May

Central

Lost 12 - 4

6 – 21 May

Cessnock

Lost 46 - 8

7 – 28 May

Bye

 

8 – 4 June

South

Won 24 - 2

9 – 11 June

Lakes

Won 21 - 7

10 – 18 June

North

Won 19 - 14

11 – 25 June

Waratah

Won 20 - 7

12 – 2 July

Central

Won 18 - 3

9 July

Newcastle 17 def France 15 – Crowd  20 824

13 – 16 July

Maitland

Won 26 - 19

14 – 23 July

Cessnock

Lost 15 - 12

15 – 30 July

Bye

 

16 – 6 August

South

Won 37 -13

17 – 13 August

Lakes

Won 23 - 20

18 – 20 August

Kurri

Won 28 - 12

10 September

Semi Final        Maitland 19 def West 16

17 September

Final            Cessnock 9 def Maitland 7

 

1956

Coming into 1956 Charlie Gill was again elected as First Grade Coach, whilst the “biggest” signing was “big” John Lightfoot from Waratah, whilst another key signing was Warren Turvey – son of West fullback from the early thirties, Ern “Ikey” Turner. First Grade played 15 games for 5 wins and 10 losses. Reserve Grade was coached by Ron Vipen and won 13 games and lost 4 to finish second in the competition, but were beaten in the final. Les Cook coached the Third grade that won 9 games and made the semi finals. Seasons trophies went to Captain / Coach Charlie Gill in First Grade, Kevin Vipen (Reserves) and Roy Anderson(Thirds).The most improved player went to Ron “Charger” Walls. Jack Fitzpatrick represented Newcastle against the New Zealand Maoris. Don Howie showed his points scoring ability by scoring 144 points for the year, and fullback, Don Bentlin, played his 100th First Grade game for the club. In the juniors West Under 16’s again went through the competition undefeated, and beat South 15 – 3 in the Final. During the year they scored 457 points to 59 against, and the best players were Allan Buman, Kev Duncan, Ian Sills, Robert Spruce, Ross Fairhall, Ivan Leggett and Dave Brown. Dave Brown represented St George and NSW and returned to Newcastle to play with the “Butcher Boys”, Central Newcastle. 

Round

Opponent

Date

1 – 7 April

North

Lost 22 - 15

2 – 14 April

Lakes

Lost 31 - 16

3 – 21 April

Kurri

Won 15 - 10

4 – 28 April

Waratah

Won 19 - 17

5 – 5 May

South

Won 24 - 19

12 May

Manly 23 def Newcastle Coalfields 16

6 – 19 May

Maitland

Lost 32 - 5

7 – 26 May

Central

Lost 15 - 13

8 – 2 June

Bye

 

9 – 9 June

Cessnock

Lost 28 – 13

10 – 16 June

Lakes

Lost 17 - 14

11 – 23 June

North

Match abandoned - rain

12 – 30 June

Waratah

Lost 16 - 15

13 – 7 July

Kurri

Won 25 - 18

14 – 14 July

Central

Lost 22 - 20

15 – 21 July

South

Won 24 - 22

16 – 28 July

Cessnock

Lost 24 - 9

17 – 4 August

Bye

 

18 – 11 August

Maitland

Lost 13 - 10

18 August

Newcastle 19 def Maoris 15

1 September – Semi Finals

Res Gr South 12 def West 8

Third Gr Mait 24 def West 13

15 September

Final        Maitland 16 def Cessnock 9

 

1957

The 1957 season brought a complete change of the Coaching Staff at West. Horrie Marjoribanks was appointed First Grade coach, Doug Fishlock (Reserves) and Wal Harding (Thirds).  All three grades missed out on the semi final, with Don Howie being the top point scorer in First Grade with 86 points, and Neil Gibson the top try scorer with 12 tries. Noel Dagwell returned to the club from Central, and he, and Si Brown, represented Newcastle against St George. Trophy winners for the year were Jack Everleigh (First), Dick Maddison (Reserves) and Harry Parkinson (Thirds). In the Junior Grades the new Under 16’s were not as successful as the previous year, winning only 2 games, and the Under 20’s after battling for players early, scraped into the semi finals. However, the Under 18’s, under coach Ken Mogg were undefeated Minor and Major Premiers, beating Lakes 34 to 2 in a Grand Final replay. Many great West names in this Under 18 side – “Wagga” Johnson, Viv Hodge, Ian Sills, Allan Buman, Ted Curtis, Bob Darcy, Ivan Leggett and Ernie Snelson just to name a few. Just remember that Junior Rugby League was “big time” in the 1950’s and 1960’s. Headquarters of the Junior Rugby League was at District Park behind the tennis courts..and the Grandstands were…two tram carriages…and the dressing sheds looked like an iron shearing shed!! THOSE WERE THE DAYS!

Round

Opponent

Result

  • 6 April

Waratah

Won 24 – 8

2 – 13 April

Central

Lost 9 - 8

3 – 20 April

Bye

 

4 – 27 April

Maitland

Lost 26 - 14

5 – 4 May

Lakes

Won 25 - 22

11 May

St George 42 def Newcastle 23

6 – 18 May

Cessnock

Lost 16 - 14

7 – 25 May

Kurri

Won 25 - 3

8 -1 June

South

Lost 19 - 12

9 – 15 June

North

Won 21 - 15

10 – 22 June

Waratah

Won 10 - 7

11 – 29 June

Central

Lost 14 - 8

12 – 6 July

Bye

 

13 – 13 July

Maitland

Won 22 - 15

14 – 20 July

Lakes

Won 31 - 16

15 – 27 July

Cessnock

West lost – Score ??

16 – 3 August

Kurri

9 all draw

17 – 10 August

South

Lost 16 - 11

18 – 17 August

North

Lost 38 - 10

 

 

 

Grand Final

Maitland 17 def Kurri 12

 

1958

In 1958 JJ “Mo” Wilson vacated the President’s chair, and Harry Harding took over as President – a position he would hold until 1975. Jack Everleigh was appointed First Grade Coach, and Cec Cavanagh was recruited from Rugby Union, and “Wagga” Johnson made his grade appearance. West had a very light pack, but ran equal 4th in the competition, but lost the 4th place play off to North 27 – 10. Neil Gibson was selected to play for Newcastle against the English Tourists on 24 May, and “Charger” Walls was selected in the Newcastle team for the return match against England at Maitland. Noel Dagwell returned to the club after a season coaching at Quirindi, and pint sized John Allen made his First Grade debut. Si Brown led the point scores with 113 points, and Neil Gibson led the try scorers with 14 tries. Both Reserve Grade, coached by John Lightfoot, and Third Grade, coached by Brian Bower, both failed to make the semi finals. Trophy winners for the year were “Charger” Walls (First Grade), Brian Bower (Reserve Grade) and 17yo Graham Hardes (Third Grade). For West Juniors it was also a lean year, with the Under 18’s doing the best although they were beaten in the Grand Final. “Mo” Wilson was awarded Life Membership of the Football Club for his sterling efforts over many years, and Ron Vipen was also awarded Life Membership for playing 100 Grade games.

Round

Opponent

Result

1 – 5 April

North

Won 26 - 13

2 – 12 April

Bye

 

3 – 19 April

Maitland

Lost 19 - 6

4 – 25 April

Kurri

Won 47 - 14

5 – 3 May

Waratah

Won 17 - 16

10 May

St George 41 def N’Cle 1 14

West (Syd) 42 def N’Cle 2 8

6 – 17 May

Lakes

Won 18 - 14

24 May

England 35 def Newcastle 16

7 – 31 May

South

Lost 24 - 14

8 – 14 June

Central

Won 33 - 9

9 – 21 June

Cessnock

Lost 9 - 6

10 – 28 June

Bye

 

11 – 5 July

Maitland

Lost 30 - 13

12 – 12 July

Kurri

Won 27 - 16

13 – 19 July

Waratah

Won 14 - 7

14 – 26 July

Lakes

Lost 19 - 12

15 – 2 August

South

Won 23 – 16

16 – 9 August

Central

Won 26 - 10

17 – 16 August

North

Lost 16 - 10

17 August

England 30 def Newcastle 10

18 – 24 August

Cessnock

Lost 43 - 13

31 August

Play off for 4th    North 27 def West 10

27 September

Grand Final          Maitland 22 def Cessnock 7

 

1959

The 50th year of West Rugby League brought very few results – with only Third Grade making the semi finals. Third Grade, coached by Neil Gibson, went down to Lakes 13 – 7 in the final. First Grade coach was Jack Everleigh, whilst Reserve Grade coach was Si Brown. Col Curry came back to West from Waratah won the award for Best First Grade player. A young Barry Martin (from Cascade – where is Cascade? Well it’s a small town in the middle of Lowanna, Ulong, Megan, Moonpar and Wild Cattle Creek….Does that help?..Best really to “Google” it) won the most improved player in the club, and Brian Bower, Ian Sills and Col Law shared the Reserve Grade award. Bill Gray took out the Third Grade honours. Three West players, “Charger” Walls, Viv Hodge and “Wagga” Johnson represented Newcastle against the visiting Manly side. In the Juniors, West again won the Under 20’s when they defeated North in the Grand Final, whilst the Under 18’s were semi finalists. In the Under 16’s a young Wayne Hore was showing signs of being a good footballer ..and what an asset he has been to the Western Suburbs RLFC!!

Round

Opponent

Result

1 – 4 April

Lakes

Lost 42 - 8

2 – 11 April

Central

Won 17 - 9

3 – 18 April

North

Lost 23 - 12

4 – 25 April

Bye

 

5 – 2 May

Maitland

Lost 36 - 14

6 – 9 May

South

Lost 24 - 16

16 May

KO Semi West 15 def North 8     KO Final Cessnock 6 def West 0

16 May

N’Cle 1 32 def Nth Sydney 30    N’Cle 2 17 drew with Manly 17

7 – 23 May

Waratah

Won 22 - 15

30 May

New Zealand 25 def Newcastle 6

8 – 6 June

Kurri

Won 17 - 9

9 – 13 June

Cessnock

Lost 21 - 13

10 – 20 June

Lakes

Lost 21 - 13

11 – 27 June

Central

Won 22 - 8

12 – 4 July

North

Lost 21 - 14

13 – 11 July

Bye

 

14 – 18 July

Maitland

Lost 8 - 3

15 – 26 July

South

Won 11 - 0

16 – 1 August

Waratah

Won 18 - 10

17 – 8 August

Kurri

Won 15  - 12

18 – 15 August

Cessnock

Lost 12 - 8

22 August

Reserve Grade Play off for 4th   South 10 def West 9

12 September

Third Grade Final        Lakes 13 def West 7

12 September

First Grade Final      North 13 def Maitland 12

Ryan Lamb

Ryan Lamb

Ryan Lamb returns to West in 2014

Nick Mahon

Nick Mahon

West Junior, Nick Mahon, returns in 2014

Mark Taufua

Mark Taufua

Burly prop, Mark Taufua, is with West in 2014

Larry Taufua

Larry Taufua

Larry Taufua is a welcome addition to West..

Scott Blanch

Scott Blanch

Scott Blanch joins West in 2014

Blaize Fuller

Blaize Fuller

Talented West Junior Blaize Fuller returns in 2014

Jack Yates

Jack Yates

Jack Yates begins his 2nd season with West

Matt McLaren

Matt McLaren

Matt McLaren begins season NO 5 with West in 2014

Jackson Hill

Jackson Hill

Jackson Hill returns from Penrith

Tim Penny

Tim Penny

Tim Penny begins season no 4 with West in 2014

Brad Murray

Brad Murray

Brad Murray has been with West since 2011

Lucas Miller

Lucas Miller

Lucas Miller begins his 2nd season in grade in 2014

Justin Smith

Justin Smith

Justin Smith begins his 3rd season with West in 2014

Callan Richardson

Callan Richardson

Classy winger, Callan Richardson, begins his 3rd season with West

Mal Green

Mal Green

Mal Green joined West in 2012 from Tathra, and plays on in 2014

Dain Bamblett

Dain Bamblett

Dain Bamblett begins his 8th season with West

Peter Mannion

Peter Mannion

Peter Mannion begins his 8th season with West in 2014.

Liam McKenna

Liam McKenna

West junior, Liam McKenna, begins his 6th season with West in 2014..

Jed Hill

Jed Hill

West Junior, Jed Hill, begins his 2nd season

James Woolford

James Woolford

James Woolford begins his 4th season with West...

Colin Clarke

Colin Clarke

Colin Clarke begins his 12th season with West..

Josh Gorton

Josh Gorton

West Junior. Josh Gorton, begins his 7th season with West

David Dryden

David Dryden

David Dryden has played 97 games for West

Steve Gordon

Steve Gordon

West Junior, and Country centre,is on board in 2014

Jake Finn

Jake Finn

Jake Finn arrived at West in 2013 from the Canterbury Bulldogs...

Mitch Williams

Mitch Williams

Mitch Williams joined West from the Knights

Clint Davies

Clint Davies

Clint Davies returns for his 7th season in grade...

Luke Poolman

Luke Poolman

West Junior, Luke Poolman, has played 135 games for West

Mark Farrar

Mark Farrar

West Junior, Mark Farrar, has won 2 premierships with West.

Jade Porter

Jade Porter

Jade Porter joins West from Maitland for the 2013 season.....

Warren Schillings

Warren Schillings

Warren Schillings returns to West again in 2014.....

Jermaine Ale

Jermaine Ale

Jermaine Ale returns again in 2014....

Ryan Petro

Ryan Petro

West junior, Ryan Petro, returns in 2014....

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