2019 SEASON REVIEW | Western Suburbs Magpies

2019 SEASON REVIEW | Western Suburbs Magpies
Author
Tom Gibbs
Timestamp
Wed 30 Oct 2019, 01:13 PM

The Magpies were left wondering what could have been in 2019 after making a finals appearance last season, and with a 10thplaced finish there is room to improve for Western Suburbs if they are to make a post-season return.

Their 2019 campaign got off to flyer with comprehensive back-to-back wins over the Blacktown Workers and the Warriors by 19 and 38 points respectively, but consecutive victories eluded the Magpies for the rest of the season as a lack of consistency ultimately proved costly.

Having spent most of the season under the tutelage of first-grade veterans Josh Reynolds and Robbie Rochow, there is plenty to look forward to for the young talent in the side such as Tommy Talau, Kane Bradley, Watson Heleta and Oliver Clark.

Their highlight moment
Round 11 v South Sydney Rabbitohs - 30-18 W

HIGHLIGHTS | South Sydney v Western Suburbs Rd 11

HIGHLIGHTS | South Sydney v Western Suburbs Rd 11
While the Magpies’ seven wins were scattered throughout 2019, it was arguably the upset of the season over the second-placed Rabbitohs that was the most satisfying performance for Brett Hodgson’s men.

The Rabbitohs were of the best in the regular season alongside the Dragons, and as Jack Johns crossed over in the opening five minutes the Magpies’ four-game winless streak seemed set to continue.

However, the Magpies were quick to reply through Harrison O’Toole at the 10-minute mark before captain Kauri Aupouri-Puketapu followed up with a try of his own. Luke Garner scored a third before the break to give Western Suburbs an 18-12 lead at half-time.

The best part of the Magpies’ victory was seen in the next 40 minutes as they maintained high intensity on both sides of the ball, holding the Rabbitohs to a solitary 2nd-half try in their 30-18 win.

Simply their best

Watson Heleta

Watson Heleta reaped the rewards of a standout season at centre for the Magpies, earning both the Wests Tigers’ Canterbury Cup Player of the Year and Canterbury Cup Players’ Player awards.

Although it was a disappointing season for Western Suburbs, Heleta remained a constant feature in a line-up that experienced a host of changes in the outside backs as players came in and out of the first-grade side.

The Keebra Park graduate finished the 2019 season with eight tries, four try-assists and six line-breaks with an average 123.4 run metres. After another superb year at the Magpies, Heleta could well be in line for a first-grade debut in 2020.

Room for improvement

Consistency. Despite a strong two-win start in 2019, the Magpies continued to struggle to build any momentum after a victory. They will need to be able to string more results together if they are to secure a top-eight position and go deep into the finals next year.

Western Suburbs will also need to take advantage of their home fixtures next season after a finishing 2019 with a 5-5 record. Each top-eight side produced at least seven wins at home by the end of 2019, proving that building a home fortress can go a long way to future success for the Magpies.

Soward’s season grading

B-

I think Wests were unlucky at different stages of the season but in the end they unvelied some really strong talent, and a prime example if Tommy Talau who has a massive future in the game.

Their top squad is skinny so I imagine some of these guys will make their mark in the NRL soon enough so there’s some promising signs for the Tigers, and Magpies moving forward into 2020 and beyond.

This season grading is the opinion of Jamie Soward, based purely on performance factors throughout the 2019 season, and does not nessecarily reflect the views of NSWRL.

Who is Reggie’s coach next year?

@innsaneink said in 2019 SEASON REVIEW | Western Suburbs Magpies:

Who is Reggie’s coach next year?

Wayne Collins, I believe

@Sunnycoast_tiger said in 2019 SEASON REVIEW | Western Suburbs Magpies:

@innsaneink said in 2019 SEASON REVIEW | Western Suburbs Magpies:

Who is Reggie’s coach next year?

Wayne Collins, I believe

Aah yeh correct thnx sct

Should be a much better outfit next season, with decent young blood and people like Abbey pushing for a contract. Much stronger than previous years.

@balmain-boy said in 2019 SEASON REVIEW | Western Suburbs Magpies:

Should be a much better outfit next season, with decent young blood and people like Abbey pushing for a contract. Much stronger than previous years.

Sounds like new kid Reece Hoffman might be starting off in cc from his short video here…
https://twitter.com/WestsTigers/status/1207798136770457601?s=19

@WT2K said in 2019 SEASON REVIEW | Western Suburbs Magpies:

@balmain-boy said in 2019 SEASON REVIEW | Western Suburbs Magpies:

Should be a much better outfit next season, with decent young blood and people like Abbey pushing for a contract. Much stronger than previous years.

Sounds like new kid Reece Hoffman might be starting off in cc from his short video here…
https://twitter.com/WestsTigers/status/1207798136770457601?s=19

I don’t rate him that highly tbh, he is solid but nothing special. Still young though and I could be proven wrong.

@Madge said in 2019 SEASON REVIEW | Western Suburbs Magpies:

@WT2K said in 2019 SEASON REVIEW | Western Suburbs Magpies:

@balmain-boy said in 2019 SEASON REVIEW | Western Suburbs Magpies:

Should be a much better outfit next season, with decent young blood and people like Abbey pushing for a contract. Much stronger than previous years.

Sounds like new kid Reece Hoffman might be starting off in cc from his short video here…
https://twitter.com/WestsTigers/status/1207798136770457601?s=19

I don’t rate him that highly tbh, he is solid but nothing special. Still young though and I could be proven wrong.

I rate him. Simpkin & Hoffman will be cogs in CC this season It’s certain. They live together up the road too, their combination will be important. More potential then frickin Kane McQuiggin & Luke Price anyways. To top it off…he was mentored by former tiger and the good Toko Delouise Hoeter @ Wynnum

He should have made the 20’s maroons but they’re stacked in the backs & he’s in Sydney.

https://www.qrl.com.au/news/2019/09/24/what-a-weapon---reece-hoffman/

@Ponyo said in 2019 SEASON REVIEW | Western Suburbs Magpies:

@Madge said in 2019 SEASON REVIEW | Western Suburbs Magpies:

@WT2K said in 2019 SEASON REVIEW | Western Suburbs Magpies:

@balmain-boy said in 2019 SEASON REVIEW | Western Suburbs Magpies:

Should be a much better outfit next season, with decent young blood and people like Abbey pushing for a contract. Much stronger than previous years.

Sounds like new kid Reece Hoffman might be starting off in cc from his short video here…
https://twitter.com/WestsTigers/status/1207798136770457601?s=19

I don’t rate him that highly tbh, he is solid but nothing special. Still young though and I could be proven wrong.

I rate him. Simpkin & Hoffman will be cogs in CC this season It’s certain. They live together up the road too, their combination will be important. More potential then frickin Kane McQuiggin & Luke Price anyways. To top it off…he was mentored by former tiger and the good Toko Delouise Hoeter @ Wynnum

I just don’t think he’s elusive, agile or quick at all tbh.

If Reece continues to grow, I’d say destined for the back row. He did put a lot of muscle on in recent years so perhaps the club will work with him on his speed and agility.

@ALX22 said in 2019 SEASON REVIEW | Western Suburbs Magpies:

If Reece continues to grow, I’d say destined for the back row. He did put a lot of muscle on in recent years so perhaps the club will work with him on his speed and agility.

He hasn’t debuted yet and already we’re talking about converting a centre to the back row. A new record.

Personally I will be making the effort to get out to more CC and flegg games next season. I’m genuinely excited too see some of the young guys we picked up play and develop in our colours, haven’t felt like that in a few seasons.

@balmain-boy said in 2019 SEASON REVIEW | Western Suburbs Magpies:

Should be a much better outfit next season, with decent young blood and people like Abbey pushing for a contract. Much stronger than previous years.

Agreed, they’ve got a lot more size about them too with some muscle up front.

@Madge said in 2019 SEASON REVIEW | Western Suburbs Magpies:

@Ponyo said in 2019 SEASON REVIEW | Western Suburbs Magpies:

@Madge said in 2019 SEASON REVIEW | Western Suburbs Magpies:

@WT2K said in 2019 SEASON REVIEW | Western Suburbs Magpies:

@balmain-boy said in 2019 SEASON REVIEW | Western Suburbs Magpies:

Should be a much better outfit next season, with decent young blood and people like Abbey pushing for a contract. Much stronger than previous years.

Sounds like new kid Reece Hoffman might be starting off in cc from his short video here…
https://twitter.com/WestsTigers/status/1207798136770457601?s=19

I don’t rate him that highly tbh, he is solid but nothing special. Still young though and I could be proven wrong.

I rate him. Simpkin & Hoffman will be cogs in CC this season It’s certain. They live together up the road too, their combination will be important. More potential then frickin Kane McQuiggin & Luke Price anyways. To top it off…he was mentored by former tiger and the good Toko Delouise Hoeter @ Wynnum

I just don’t think he’s elusive, agile or quick at all tbh.

He looked pretty elusive when he was ripping up opponents in the finals last season. Defence couldn’t contain him. Didn’t see his top speed though.

He’s played a season flegg already, there’s no point keeping him there. Our dev boys will all be in CC

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