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The draw to be released about a week after the NRL draw. 


Junior Tia Kilifi and Matt Mundine join Wenty

Ray Moujali from the Bulldogs back to the Newtown Jets 

annav3 Newtown Jets RLFC ‏@newtownrlfc

The Newtown Jets resumed training this evening. New faces included Ben Jones (ex-Roosters and Cowboys), Matt Mundine (ex-Souths and Penrith)

Another new face at Newtown Jets training was Ivan Penehe, a winger and centre formerly with the NZ Warriors and Auckland Vulcans. 


[h=1]Canberra raid Mounties[/h]
MOUNTIES back-rowers Pat Galea and Scott Jones have been rewarded for their outstanding 2012 seasons through pre-season contracts with Mounties partner club, the Canberra Raiders.
The pair were standouts in the NSW Cup this year and started pre-season training with the green machine on November 9.
They will remain in with the full-time squad until the Christmas break, then return to Mounties for their 2013 season.
Galea is a former two-time Bundaberg Red Cup player of the year.
He will pull on the black and gold for a sixth season after his break-out year 2012 as captain.
NZ Maori team member Jones was a real find for coach Steve Ghosn in the run to the 2012 finals after moving from Western Australia.

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Trying not to sound to display favouritism towards Manly but I think we'll finally have a strong line on paper 


[h=1]Bulldog comes home: McGlinchy returns to Eagles Nest[/h]
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16 Nov 12 @ 05:52pm by Jon Geddes

THE Sea Eagles have struck back at arch-rivals Canterbury by pinching promising international centre Dean McGlinchy from the Bulldogs' kennel.
The powerhouse 22-year-old Avalon junior who is in the Italian rugby league World Cup squad has returned home to the northern beaches after the last three years at Belmore and could prove a surprise packet next season.

McGlinchy's signing comes after Canterbury poached a number of Sea Eagles staff following Des Hasler's defection to Belmore.

``It is good to be back, I feel revitalised and this is like a fresh new start,'' McGlinchy told the Manly Daily.
``And it's only a short drive from Avalon down to Narrabeen after driving for an hour to get to Belmore.''
While McGlinchy enjoyed his time at the Bulldogs, he has always been a peninsula boy at heart.
``I've lived at Avalon since I was born and it's good to be back in the community,'' he said.

He started playing for the local footy team when he was six and stayed there until he was 16.

He was a member of the Sea Eagles under-17 development squad and was set to play SG Ball with Daly Cherry-Evans, Kieran Foran and Darcy Lussick before breaking his hand.

McGlinchy then spent two years with the Tigers SG Ball side before spending three years with the Bulldogs NSW Cup squad.
While he will start in the NSW Cup side, McGlinchy's goal is to crack the NRL squad.
``I'm pretty committed at the moment. I've been doing extra training on my own as well as the sessions with Manly,'' he said.
`` I feel really settled in.''

McGlinchy qualified for the Italian side through his mother who is Italian-German and he he recently played against Fiji.

Sea Eagles head strength and conditioning guru Don Singe is excited about the potential he sees in McGlinchy.
''Physically Dean is a beast,'' Singe said.
``He is a big strong, fast, aggressive player and he obviously works hard himself.
``I will train him for repeat ability so that he is like a Steve Matai and can just go again and again.'' 


2013 VB NSW Cup draw update
For the first time in the history of the VB NSW Cup, the NSWRL will have the luxury of working with a fixed NRL draw, as it looks to formalise its own schedule for the upcoming 2013 season.
Following a dramatic climax to 2012, the 2013 season is already being eagerly anticipated despite it still being some three and a half months away.
Bob Saunders, Manager of the VB NSW Cup, knows he will have his hands full with the complexities of the draw but is looking forward to the challenge and also the season ahead.
“We are now in a somewhat fortunate position where we will have the benefit of seeing the first 20 rounds of the NRL draw prior to the formulation of our VB NSW Cup draw,” Mr Saunders said.
“This will present us with the opportunity to better schedule our matches for both our competing clubs and also their respective fan bases.
“In years gone past there have been instances where an NRL side and their VB NSW Cup affiliate have had scheduling clashes which has prevented fans and players from being able to both watch and play in these matches.
“We will certainly be looking to be as diligent as possible in relation to the marrying up of our (VB NSW Cup) draw and the NRL draw where possible to help benefit all stakeholders as best as we can, but of course with this said, there will always be instances where there is some cross over, and clubs and fans alike will need to be understanding of that.
Mr Saunders also pointed out that the draw formulation process is of the utmost importance and cannot be rushed, therefore ruling out an exact time and date for its upcoming release.
“Obviously we have looked at some preliminary scheduling however the process will really begin in earnest for us when we have the final confirmation of the NRL draw.
“We, like most rugby league lovers, are eagerly anticipating its release, and expect it to be forthcoming in the next few days, and from that point, we would aim for our draw to be made available to our clubs and the greater public as soon as possible.”
And there is no wonder that the VB NSW Cup draw is one of the most anticipated of recent memory, with new sides in the Wyong Roos and the Wests Tigers joining the fold as well as more marquee matches being taken to the bush being mooted as well.
As per usual you will get all of your VB NSW Cup news first here at and you can also follow us on twitter @NSWRL for all the latest. 

annav3 NSWRL ‏@NSWRL

Pirtek have signed on as major (front of jersey) sponsor for @wentymagpies for 2013. A wonderful coup for a great club! 


Jerome McKenzie named Wenty's Rookie of the Year


21/11/2012 2:07:42 PM

New Parramatta Eels signing Jerome McKenzie scooped the pool at the Wentworthville Magpies presentation dinner last night.
McKenzie was awarded with the club’s Rookie of the Year award and he also secured best back in the VB NSW Cup side.
After previously having only played A Grade football for the club, McKenzie began the season in the Bundaberg Red Cup but soon progressed into the VB NSW Cup where he excelled under Coach Brett Cook.
Many VB NSW Cup fans remember his performance against the Illawarra Cutters at Parramatta Stadium where McKenzie chased down well know speedster, Michael Lett, in a short number of strides.
Parramatta coaching staff must have been paying attention that day because McKenzie recently signed a contract with the Eels to train with the fulltime squad under Ricky Stuart.
“Jerome is a perfect example of how our pathways work,” NSWRL General Manager Geoff Carr said.
“From A Grade, Jerome had his chance in the Bundaberg Red Cup and VB NSW Cup and now he has picked up and NRL contract as a result.
“The VB NSW Cup produced 36 debutants for the NRL this year and we hope Jerome can kick off that list in 2013 at Parramatta.”
In what was a successful year for the Magpies, the club won both the Sydney Shield and Bundaberg Red Cup Competitions and featured in the VB NSW Cup Final Series, eventually being knocked out by Canterbury-Bankstown in week two.
You can watch some of Jerome's tries on the videos under the related items tab.
A full list of awards is as follows:
Best & Fairest: Jake Mullaney
Best Forward & Coaches Award: Danny Howard
Best Back: Jerome McKenzie
Bundaberg Red Cup
Best and Fairest: Peter Prime
Best Forward: Mitch Stanfield
Best Back: Brendan Waters
Coaches Award: Dean Rykso
Club awards
Rookie of the Year: Jerome McKenzie
Ray Stellar award for Club person of the year: Tim Wynn 


Vulcans unveil Swann as new coach
Auckland Vulcans

4/12/2012 11:30:00 AM

Willie Swann’s coaching career has received another boost following confirmation he has been appointed as the Auckland Vulcans’ new coach for the 2013 New South Wales Cup campaign.

He steps into the role to replace 2012 Vulcans coach Ricky Henry, who was last month named as one of the Vodafone Warriors’ two assistant NRL coaches.

In announcing Swann’s signing, Vodafone Warriors general manager football operations Dean Bell and Vulcans general manager Steve Brewster also jointly confirmed 2010 Vulcans coach Brent Gemmell will work alongside Swann as assistant coach next season.

Swann has earned his third coaching promotion this year. In February he was appointed Vodafone Warriors development coach following Henry’s departure to coach the Vulcans and just last month the former Vodafone Warriors player was named as the Vodafone Junior Warriors’ assistant coach for the 2013 NYC season. Now he takes another step up.

“Willie has shown great potential as a coach working his way through the Auckland club scene and then through the Vodafone Warriors’ system,” said Bell.
“Following our in-season and post-season reviews this year, we’re making a bigger investment than ever in the Vulcans.

“In line with (head coach) Matt Elliott’s whole of club vision, it’s critical for our coaching and player pathways that our approach through all of our teams is fully integrated. Through Willie’s appointment, we’re able to maintain consistency in our coaching approach.”

Brewster said Swann’s graduation underlined the Auckland Rugby League’s commitment to raising the level for both local coaches and players through the Vulcans.

“A number of players and coaches have benefited from the opportunity provided by the Vulcans,” he said.
“Our last two coaches Richie Blackmore and now Ricky Henry have come through the Auckland Rugby League system at club level, have coached the Vulcans and have gone on to coaching roles at a higher level.
“Willie has done the same. His appointment reinforces the opportunities on offer to coaches through both the ARL and the Vodafone Warriors.”

Swann, who played for the Vodafone Warriors’ colts and reserve grade sides in 1995-1996, is one of three from the family with connections with the Vodafone Warriors. While he didn’t play at first-grade level for the club, his brother Anthony and cousin Logan both did, as well as playing for the Kiwis.

Usually a halfback, Willie Swann pursued coaching after a playing career which was highlighted by professional stints in England with the Warrington Wolves (1996-1998), Rochdale Hornets (1999-2000) and Leigh Centurions (2000-2005). A Junior Kiwi in 1993, he represented Toa Samoa at the 1995 and 2000 World Cups.
Also a qualified teacher, he’s a dean at Liston College in Auckland. He coached the East Coast Bays Barracudas in the Auckland club competition from 2009-2011 and last year he was appointed as head coach at his old club Marist for the 2012 season before joining the Vodafone Warriors.

Three other Vulcans positions have also been confirmed with Mick Lacey re-appointed as the football manager and Nick Webb and Simon Keepa appointed the team’s trainer and physio respectively.

With Swann moving to his new role, Kelvin Wright becomes the Vodafone Junior Warriors’ new assistant coach. Wright stepped into the coaching scene last year after a long and successful playing career including representing New Zealand Residents, Auckland, the Vulcans and Mount Albert. He began coaching with the Otara Scorpions in the Auckland competition last year before guiding the Bay Roskill Vikings in the Fox Memorial premiership this season. 


[h=5]SIGNING NEWS - Mounties is pleased to announce the signing of Ben & Casey Elllis.
The Ellis brothers bring a wealth of experience to the front row with Ben recently playing a starring role in the Bundaberg Red Cup representative teams win over Italy in Griffith. We welcome both lads to the club and wish them an exciting year.[/h] 

annav3 MountiesRLFC ‏@MountiesRLFC

SIGNING NEWS - Mounties is pleased to welcome back the enigmatic, multi talented try scoring cavalier Michael Bani to the club 


[h=1]Angry Western Suburbs may split from Balmain in NSW Cup[/h]

THE seemingly happy marriage between Balmain and Western Suburbs is starting to crack. The Daily Telegraph can reveal that Western Suburbs members will vote this week on whether to split from Balmain at NSW Cup level next season.

Western Suburbs district rugby league football club has called a general meeting this Saturday from 9am where a member's resolution will read: "That the Western Suburbs Rugby League Football Club do not become part of a joint venture agreement with Balmain Rugby League Club to form a team called Wests Tigers in the NSW State Cup in 2013."

There is no indication the split will reach NRL level, but it certainly appears there are simmering tensions between the two clubs.

It's widely known that old club loyalties often cause animosity on the NRL club's board.

Wests will retain their identity this coming year by competing in the third-tier Bundy Cup competition -- but the club wants to stay in the NSW Cup as the Magpies.

Western Suburbs played this year in the NSW Cup, but did not win a game.

Remarkably, former Wests Tigers coach Tim Sheens moved his fringe players back to Balmain Ryde-Eastwood, not Wests.

Balmain Ryde-Eastwood eventually made the NSW Cup grand final.

Rather that have two feeder teams in the NSW Cup, club officials have decided to field a Wests Tigers side.

Wests loyalists aren't happy.

"This was put forward by the members so we are obliged to follow it through," said Magpies director Bob Cairns.

"A lot of members when the joint venture was first mooted wanted to keep the Magpies in the State Cup."

Wests have about 300 voting members.

Meanwhile, a Sydney mayor has angrily hit out at suggestions rugby league will shortly shift away from Leichhardt Oval.

The State Government's stadium strategy -- which will significantly reduce investment into suburban grounds -- could spell the end for local grounds like Leichhardt Oval, Brookvale Oval, Campelltown Stadium, Kogarah Oval and Centrebet Stadium.

Tigers CEO Stephen Humphreys suggested Leichhardt may soon be unable to host NRL games -- a statement that angered Leichhardt mayor Darcy Byrne.

"Leichhardt Oval is the most popular and iconic rugby league venue in Australia. The idea that the Tigers should cease playing games there altogether is ludicrous," Byrne said.

"The four games played there at present is not enough. To be frank, the Tigers may have made the finals more often in recent years if they had played more games at their spiritual home.

"The club's members, fans and local residents overwhelming support more, not less, games at Leichhardt.

"The Government, NRL and Wests Tigers need to listen to what the fans want and ensure that this famous ground is not abandoned.

"Council owns the ground and I will be inviting the club to sit down with me to discuss what is needed to keep the Tigers at Leichhardt.

"This should include expanding community use of the ground through children and youth programs."

In 2010, the Federal Government spent more than $3 million into upgrading corporate facilities at Leichhardt Oval. 


[h=1]Cutters Ready For 2013[/h]

Thursday 13 December 2012 6:00 AM
The Illawarra Cutters will head into 2013 with some familiar faces both on and off the field.
Fullback Michael Lett wowed the crowds with his blistering speed and elusiveness when he joined the Cutters mid-way through 2012.
He scored an incredible 17 tries to lead the Cutters and added a spark to their attack that resulted in an 8 match winning streak and a finals appearance in their first ever season.

He will be joined by centre Chris Astill, who made a name for himself in the centres and was awarded the 2012 Coach’s Award at the Cutters Presentation Evening in September.

Winger Jack Twist will also return for the Cutters after an impressive debut campaign while Jason Raper and Michael Crockett will ensure Head Coach Paul McGregor has plenty of speed out wide.

In the halves young five eighth Jared Allen showed plenty of promise at five eighth and will look to improve in 2013.

The Cutters added James Grehan to their squad towards the back end of 2012 and he proved a handy acquisition, scoring tries in his first three matches for the club.

Joshua Toole will also look to build on 2012 and push for a spot in McGregor’s starting line-up after spending much of the season coming off the bench.

Up front Jarrad Hickey is a big prop with some deft ball skills, and a player McGregor said he was keen to work with during the pre-season period.
Hickey’s experience at NRL and UK Super League level, as well as with the Cutters in 2012, will be vital due to the number of new faces in the forward pack.

Off the field, McGregor has managed to retain the bulk of his staff and will again be assisted in the coaching/training duties by Peter Reed and Dane Dorahy.

Team Manager Barry Doherty will ensure everything is organised at training and on match days, while Nathan Pickworth returns as physiotherapist, with Brad Gallagher assisting.

Phil Driscoll will again complete his match day trainers’ role.

Crunching the numbers will be Scott Murphy and Mick Dupille who provide McGregor with all sorts of stats throughout the season.
Adam Bagnall will again maintain the Cutters social network sites and website in his role as media liaison.

Two new staff member are conditioner Steve Wallace and trainer Bluey Forster, both of whom previously worked with McGregor at Wests Illawarra in the local Illawarra Coal League.

Doctors Ben Greenhalgh and Kerry Gomes, ground announcer Gary Harlow and ground manager Paul Brockley round out the Cutters 2013 staff members.

The Cutters will continue pre- season training up until Christmas and have scheduled three trial matches in early 2013 where players will look to impress before McGregor settles on his final squad. 


Newtown Jets facebook page

[h=5]Our pre season trial matches have been confirmed:

Saturday, 9th February 2013
Canterbury-Bankstown v Newtown
Belmore Oval
Kick-off time to be confirmed this week.

Sunday, 17th February 2013
Newtown v Manly-Warringah
Henson Park
Kick-off: 5.00pm.

Saturday, 23rd February 2013
Wests Tigers v Newtown
Allianz Stadium
Kick-off time to be confirmed.


Despite operating as a joint-venture for 13 years, Wests Tigers remains mired in political infighting between Balmain and Western Suburbs. That was illustrated by a Western Suburbs RLFC extraordinary general meeting on Saturday at which a motion was passed to attempt to field a separate Magpies team in the NSW Cup next season. The motion prevailed despite the rich Wests Ashfield leagues club having stated it would only fund a Magpies squad in the third-tier Bundy Cup competition next year. The Wests Ashfield board will now consider the proposal, but will more than likely reject it.

Read more: 


TRIAL NEWS - Mounties will play the Canterbury Bulldogs in a home trial on the 23rd February in the NSW Cup, more details to come soon.. 


[h=5]Details emerging about NSW Cup draw for 2013.

Mounties first 4 rounds are Wenty, Manly, Cronulla and Newcastle with Round 1 being played at Parramatta Stadium and televised live on Fox.[/h] 


[h=5]A correction to our earlier tweet. Our opening trial v the Bulldogs is on 10 February, not the 9th.

Also, the draw will be out shortly but as a teaser, our opening three matches are Illawarra (away), Auckland (Eden Park) and then home v Norths on 23rd March.[/h] 


Cheers thanks :) I wonder why it isn't in the official website 

annav3 Wests Magpies ‏@westsmagpies.

The Magpies are looking for volunteers to help out where ever possible in 2013. If you are available to help call Bob Cairns on 0414 946 330 



Auckland Vulcans coach Willie Swann today announced an 'open trial' will be held at Cornwall Park on January 26, kicking off at 11:00am.

How to register:

Register at Cornwall Park at from 9:30am on the day.


Pre-register by texting: Vulcans to 021 552 363, stating your name, Date of Birth & playing position.

Players must bring their own boots, sox & shorts. 


Dunno. It is a bit weird isn't it. Its a great little find though, its even got all the TV games highlighted. 

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