Wests Magpies Ron Massey Cup 2014

Rnd 1 - Ron Massey Cup Team
Auburn Warriors Vs Western Suburbs Magpies
Lidcombe Oval, Saturday, March 22
Kick-off: 5.00pm
Referee: Ryan Jackson



Darren Maroon , there is a name that old Western Suburbs Magpies supporters remember well for all the wrong reasons

Nu Akeripa? Haven’t seen him in a while. He’s bloody good.

That Wests side has some quality about it. Junior Vai Vai is a former first grader and the forward pack is full of former NYC players. Are they technically still a feeder club to us? Could we call up Junior Vai Vai to NSW Cup and NRL on the off chance he starts carving up? I mean, he did beat his girlfriend, so maybe not actually stuff him.

Warriors centre pairing is strong lol.

@happy tiger:

Darren Maroon , there is a name that old Western Suburbs Magpies supporters remember well for all the wrong reasons

Sorry wrong Darren

Was thinking of Darren Brown

Yes, Western Suburbs Magpies continue to be a feeder to the Wests Tigers ( as it should be ) :sign:

Western Suburbs have opened their 2014 Ron Massey Cup season with a 30-24 loss against the Auburn Warriors at Lidcombe Oval.

Wests started with plenty of enthusiasm and, despite Auburn making a 30 metre raid on their opening last tackle, registered first points as Shane Lalogafau shook off no less than six Warriors defenders to score. Dayne Craig slotted the conversion and the Magpies led 6-0 after five minutes.

Sustained attacking pressure paid off for the Magpies seven minutes later, when Michael Stevens ran to the line and dummied his way through to touch down. Dayne Craig converted in Thurston-esque fashion to put Wests up by a dozen after as many minutes.

Auburn needed to hit back and did so five minutes later through a sweeping 80 metre movement which finished off with Fiteli Fatai registering Auburn’s first try of 2014, despite howls of protest from Western Suburbs over a pass which appeared to travel forward. Lindon McGrady added the extras and halfway through the first half, Wests led 12-6.

Only three minutes later Auburn squared the ledger as Lindon McGrady showed deft footwork to beat the Magpies defence, McGrady converting his own try.

Wests went close on the half hour as a grubber kick was batted back in from beyond the Auburn dead ball line, however the bounce was unfavourable for the black and whites and the 12-all scoreline remained at the interval.

Wests began the second half as they did the first, with Dayne Craig dummying and barging his way over the line after just one minute. Craig converted his own try for an 18-12 advantage.

Auburn hit back five minutes later as a right side backline movement found hulking forward Pat Mafi, who pushed his way over. McGrady kept his 100% success rate going and levelled the scores.

58 minutes had elapsed when the game reached its most controversial moment, as Auburn failed to provide a dummy half after a long range break. However, rather than Jerome Mose being rewarded for swooping on the loose ball, official Ryan Jackson saw fit to dispatch the Magpies centre for ten minutes.

Auburn took full advantage two minutes later, as Brendon Mafi forced his way over the line. McGrady put Auburn up by six with the kick splitting the posts.

From the restart, Auburn went the distance to score after a left side break, Lindon McGrady backing up on the inside to touch down under the posts. McGrady’s conversion left Auburn ahead 30-18 with 18 minutes to play.

Wests refused to go away and fought hard t get back into the game. With five minutes remaining, they were duly rewarded as Soni Passi evoked memories of last year’s epic semi final win over Cabramatta by refusing to go down, touching down despite five Warriors desperately hanging on. Dayne Craig converted and Wests were within six with four minutes to play, although that was as close as the black and whites got, Auburn emerging 30-24 winners.

Magpies coach Leo Epifania was disappointed in defensive lapses which led to the 12 point deficit, but was still pleased with the grit and determination Wests showed to fight back and almost steal a point. Epifania said he was looking for more intensity in defence from the Magpies as well.

Next week Auburn host The Entrance at Lidcombe Oval, while Western Suburbs head up the Northern Road for a show down against the Windsor Wolves, both matches kicking off at 3pm Saturday.

AUBURN 30 (Lindon McGrady 2, Fiteli Fatai, Pat Mafi, Brendon Mafi tries; Lindon McGrady 5 from 5) def WESTERN SUBURBS 24 (Shane Lalogafau, Michael Stevens, Dayne Craig, Soni Passi tries; Dayne Craig 4 from 4)

Penalties: Auburn 11 Wests 9

Halftime: Auburn 12 Wests 12

Western Suburbs

16. Brenton Cowen
1. Sam Aiga
3. Rusty Bristow
4. Jerome Mose
5. Junior Vaivai
6. Andrew Sultana
7. Michael Stevens
18. Soni Passi
9. Dayne Craig
10. Jarrod Szczudlo
11. Nu Akeripa
12. Shane Lalogafau
13. Tunui Maurangi

14. David Atuau
19. Fred Tevago
20. Alan McGrath
21. Elemeleki Tuamalolo


1. Fiteli Fatai
19. Sam Gerrey-Burgess
3. Heka Nanai
4. Matt Utai
5. Sione Kaiveleta
6. Lindon McGrady
7. Sam Refaai
8. Sione Tovo
9. Luke Ferry
10. Tupou Iongi
11. Hala Akaoula
16. Pat Mafi
13. Wilson Faanoi

12. Brendon Mafi
14. Jordan Bowles
15. Conrad Ta’a Kimoeaka
21. Joe Mua

How did Jarrod Szczudlo go?, never seen him play but there were big wraps on him before a couple of injuries!.


How did Jarrod Szczudlo go?, never seen him play but there were big wraps on him before a couple of injuries!.

It’ll take him a year I feel to get back to his best after so many injuries. Certainly good enough for NSW Cup.

A thrilling game at Sportingbet Stadium saw Western Suburbs emerge with a hard fought 20-16 victory over Windsor.

The Magpies opened their account on eleven minutes with a backline move bring cut off by a storming Shane Lalogafau coming back on a glorious angle to score alongside the posts. Dayne Craig appears to be relishing his new kicking duties, splitting the uprights and leaving Wests ahead 6-0.

Western Suburbs were playing an expansive game shifting the ball touchline to touchline and their exploration struck gold on the quarter hour as Akeripa got outside his man and found Tala Mapesone via Junior Vaivai, Mapesone showing too much strength for three cover defenders. Dayne Craig shaved the upright with his kick from barely a metre in from the Western touchline, Wests up 10-0 after 17 minutes.

Windsor responded almost immediately off the back of a double-error from Wests via a knock-on and penalty, with Shenelle Haumono hitting the line at speed and crashing over. Iain Roiccardi was successful with the two, Wndsor back to within four at the quarter mark.

Windsor started to dominate the play the ball and their speed at the ruck paid dividends when hooker Vila Halafihi dummied his way through the line and motored 25 metres to go over. Iain Riccardi’s successful conversion put Windsor in the lead 12-10 with 12 minutes to oranges.

Both sides had opportunities to score in front of the break, however both opportunities, on the Windsor left/Wests right side went to ground, the Wolves carrying their two point advantage into halftime.

Just five minutes elapsed before Windsor had a chance to touch down, as hooker Vila Halafihi failed to control the ball as he looked to ground it.
Wests took advantage of their reprieve and after a wonderful passing movement, David Atuau was unable to get a dummy half poass away, but managed barge over himself. Michael Stevens added the extras and Wests retook the lead 16-12 with 13 minutes gone second half.

Three quarters of the game had elapsed when a Wests kick deflected fortuitously for Rusty Bristow but, under pressure from the covering defence, Bristow was unable to find Jerome Mose in support, Bristow’s pass heading into touch.

Wests nearly touched down three minutes later, after a great left side raid, but Jack Madden’s efforts were in vain as he was dispossessed as he stepped through Windsor’s line, just a metre out.

Windsor felt aggrieved with ten minutes remaining after a steal call went against Hutch Maiava, allowing Wests to regain possession. The Magpies rolled downfield with plenty of forward runs, and a Michael Stevens offload sent Dayne Craig over in the North East corner. Craig was horribly unlucky to pull his kick across the face, Wests however still ahead 20-12 with nine minutes remaining.

A high tackle penalty for Windsor piggybacked them downfield, an overlap on the right side allowing Hamish Pomare to score agonisingly close to the touchline. Iain Riccardi’s kick was pulled across the face, leaving Wests clinging desperately to a 20-16 lead with five to go.

Windsor nearly scored from the restart through a full set, but Wests scrambled well to kill of the bat down off a Windsor bomb 20 out from their own line.

Wests had one last scoring chance, a Stevens grubber through the line finding Windsor at sea, but Daniel Abou-Sleiman was unable to soccer successfully, the ball travelling dead. Windsor’s last gasp chip kick finding Abou-Sleiman just 30 seconds later, Wests hanging on for a much deserved 20-16 victory.

For Wests, Dayne Craig, Junior Vaivai and Nu Akeripa were unbelievable, while for Windsor, Vila Halafihi led the pack well, ably supported by Eli Makaui and Shenelle Haumono.

WESTERN SUBURBS 20 (Shane Lalogafau, Tala Mapesone, David Atuau, Dayne Craig tries; Dayne Craig 1 from 3, Michael Stevens 1 from 1) def WINDSOR 16 (Shenelle Haumono, Vila Halafihi, Hamish Pomare tries; Iain Riccardi 2 from 3)

Penalties: Wests 6 Windsor 7

Halftime: Wests 10 Windsor 12

Western Suburbs

15. Daniel Abou-Sleiman
2. Tala Mapasone
22, Junior Vaivai
3. Rusty Bristow
4. Jerome Mose
14. Jack Madden
7. Michael Stevens
13. Tunui Maurangi
9. Dayne Craig
19. Fred Tevago
11. Nu Akeripa
12. Shane Lalogafau
17. Andy Fiagatusa

6. David Atuau
10. Soni Paasi
16. Ronnie Palumbo
18. Dwayne Lemafa


1. Nayah Freeman
14. PJ Cartwright
3. Kieran Croft
15. Hamish Pomare
5. Chris Aunese-Scanlan
6. Jarrod Brackenhofer
7. Eli Makaui
8. Hutch Maiava
9. Vila Halafihi
24. Pat Hollis
25. Iain Riccardi
11. Ryan Tramonte ©
12. Shenelle Haumono

10. Mitch Clark
13. Dave Cowhan
17. Ryan Cusack
18. Moses Leota

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Hutch Maiava!, where has he been since 2005?.

Western Suburbs served the coldest of revenge dishes up at a wet Leichhardt Oval last Sunday, handing defending champs Wentworthville their first loss of 2014 with a 42-10 thumping.

Wentworthville began the game full of enterprise, their first set seeing a chip from inside their own half on the last tackle, with only Trent Jennings rushing back preventing a surprise raid from Wenty bearing fruit.

Wests’ first good chance came after 12 minutes, when Saia Tanginoa was bent back awkwardly in a tackle, the ball spilling loose. However, despite much enterprise, the last tackle kick was killed by Wenty, just half a metre from their own line.

The weather took its toll as both sides exchanged handling errors and Wests almost made enty pay after 16 minutes, a grubber from Michael Stevens desperately batted dead.From the ensuing drop out, Wests set up to go both sides and a left side raid seemed dead until Shane Lalogafau offloaded to Junior Vaivai, the ball going on to Jerome Mose to touch down. Dayne Craig nailed the touchline conversion for a 21st minute lead of 6-0 to Wests.

Back to back penalties from the kick off to Wests piggybacked them into Wenty’s end, with a series of hitups denting Wentworthville’s line, Andy Fiagatusa busting over to score adjacent to the uprights. Dayne Craig had no problems with the kick, Wests ahead 12-0.

Wests continued to show attacking flair and almost touched down again in the 26th minute, Wentworthville choosing to concede a penalty rather than let the ball fly. From the ensuing penalty, a right side spread was snuffed out before Andrew Sultana fired the ball across the face, Dayne Craig bursting onto it to notch his third of the year, before converting his own try. Suddenly, Wests held an 18-0 lead, which they took through the final ten minutes into halftime.

Wentworthville needed to score first in the second stanza, and they weren’t up to the task, as Wests continued to play a exploratory brand of football not suited to the conditions, a last tackle kick from Dayne Craig playing pinball before Michael Stevens planted it. Dayne Craig split the uprights and Wenty faced an Everest like task, Wests leading 24-0 just six minutes into the second half.

Wenty’s hands just couldn’t take a trick, a last tackle kick from Michael Stevens being put to ground, Inno Innoesio toeing the ball through to touch down with ten minutes gone in the second. Dayne Craig finally proved human, pushing the kick wide, leaving the 28-0 advantage intact with half an hour to play.

Wentworthville finally fought fire with fire, giving the ball some air and nearly found success down the left side, but Joe Metapuku dropped the ball over the line in a strong tackle in attempting to ground it. Wests won a penalty on the ensuing set and worked downfield quickly, Dayne Craig popping out of dummy half and showing great strength to score from ten metres out, his kick successful for a 34-0 lead with 22 minutes to go.

Despite the conditions, expansive football was working and Wentworthville finally found their way over the, Ben Fritz on the end of a scrum move. Henry Raiwalui’s conversion successful, Wests led 34-6 with twelve minutes remaining.

Wenty started falling off tackles and Shane Lalogafau took advantage to break through, Wentworthville conceding the penalty. Dayne Craig took the two and Wests extended their lead to 30.

From the kick-off, Wests worked downfield and Ronnie Palumbo muscled his way in out wide, Craig’s conversion successful, Wests broke 40 with six minutes left.

Failing to complete their set from the kick-off, Wests handed possession back to Wentworthville, Patrick Maetele going through some tiring defence on the right side. Henry Raiwalui pushed the kick wide, Wests holding their 42-10 through to the end.

WESTERN SUBURBS 42 (Dayne Craig 2, Jerome Mose, Andy Fiagatusa, Michael Stevens, Inno Innoesio, Ronnie Palumbo tries; Dayne Craig 7 from 😎 def WENTWOBRTHVILLE 10 (Ben Fritz, Patrick Mataele tries; Henry Raiwalui 1 from 2)

Penalties: Wests 7 Wentworthville 6

Halftime: Wests 18 Wentworthville 0

Western Suburbs

1. Sam Aiga
15. Trent Jennings
4. Junior Vaivai
11. Nu Akeripa
5. Jerome Mose
6. Andrew Sultana
7. Michael Stevens
10. Soni Paasi
9. Dayne Craig
12. Shane Lalogafau
3. Rusty Bristow
16. Inno Innoesio
20. Andy Fiagatusa

8. Jarrad Szczudlo
17. Andrew Vela
19. Fred Tevago
22. Ronnie Palumbo


14. Blake Cook
21. Ben Fritz
20. Patrick Mataele
4. Daniel Barakat
5. Saia Tanginoa
6. Henry Raiwalui
7. Brendan Waters
17. Walter Vaeau
9. Sam Gorman
10. Nathan Armit
11. Solomone Lasalu
12. Valu Nasio
13. Joe Metapuku

15. Chris Chalmers
16. Nick Kassis
19. Toby Evans
22. Mitch Stanfield

Well done to Wests on a comprehensive win and good to see Andrew Vela named on the bench for his long awaited comeback.

Andrew Vela is in our top squad right?

Would want to be carving this comp up in a hurry if his future prospects are any good despite coming back from long term injury.

Funny I was looking around NSW Cup for depth centre signings and honestly Junior Vaivai is probably better than them all from what I remember of him. Hard to believe he isn’t too good for this comp.


Andrew Vela is in our top squad right?

Would want to be carving this comp up in a hurry if his future prospects are any good despite coming back from long term injury.

Funny I was looking around NSW Cup for depth centre signings and honestly Junior Vaivai is probably better than them all from what I remember of him. Hard to believe he isn’t too good for this comp.

Vela hasn’t really played for the last 2 years so I expect he’ll take awhile to get back into the swing of things.

Yeah I agree but I’d like to at least see him get back into the swing of things in second grade, not like third and a half grade. If he can’t force his way into the NSW Cup side quickly I’d be worried is all I’m saying.

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