Concord Oval kickstart
Inner West Courier 23 April 2019
A $5 million funding commitment from a Shorten Labor Government would be a “final piece in the puzzle” to complete the $52 million transformation of Concord Oval.
The redevelopment will be underpinned by a Wests Tigers “Centre of Excellence”, four indoor basketball courts, a gym, crèche, cafe and better training and changeroom facilities for the Tigers, West Harbour Rugby and Inter Lions Soccer clubs.
A development application will be submitted shortly while construction is set to start around February or March next year and will take between 18 months to two years to complete.
Labor candidate for Reid, Sam Crosby, a lifelong Tigers fan, said the $5 million would “kick the project off and allow it to go live”.
“If you walk through the facility here I don’t think it’s wrong to say that for a team of the stature, history and prominence of the Tigers, the training facilities just aren’t up to scratch,” he said.
“We need to bring them into the 21st century.”
The NSW Liberals have already committed $43 million to the project with Canada Bay Council to fund the remaining $4 million if Labor wins the federal election. The Federal Liberals are yet to commit any cash to the project.
Former NSW Liberal premier Barry O’Farrell, who was last month appointed as the chair of Wests Tigers, described the current state of the oval as “substandard”. Mr O’Farrell reaffirmed the Tigers “future is here in Sydney” after recent reports the club could be one potential side to be relocated to Brisbane or Perth as the NRL looks to expand.
“This commitment by Sam Crosby for which we’re very grateful, will be another sign that the Wests Tigers football club is here to say,” Mr O’Farrell told the Courier.
Mr O’Farrell said the club had moved on after being fined $750,000 and following CEO Justin Pascoe’s deregistration for failing to declare a post-career ambassadorial agreement with Robbie Farah.
“I think the fresh start was when the NRL handed down its decision and the club said they accepted the decision wholeheartedly,” Mr O’Farrell said. “You’ve just got to get on with it.
“I’m delighted to be here to lend my support to what is by any measure a great club. “I have never seen a bunch of people working so hard together in one direction and that includes management, the football department and the players, both men and women.”
Mr Pascoe will return to the club next month.
Report: Phil Gould set to parts ways with Penrith Panthers
By George Vlotis
an hour ago
NRL great Phil Gould reportedly feels his role at Penrith Panthers has become “redundant” and the club is in “good hands” under coach Ivan Cleary, as speculation mounts over the NRL guru’s imminent departure from the franchise.
It is understood Gould has spoken with Panthers management, with the general manager of football proposing that he step down from his role, effectively bringing an end to his eight years at the club.
NRL.com reports the Panthers’ board will ratify the decision on Wednesday in an official capacity.
While club chief Brian Fletcher confirmed that Gould was still currently employed by Penrith, Nine’s chief rugby league journalist Danny Weidler reported that Gould felt his time was coming to an end.
“I just talked to Panthers CEO Brian Fletcher,” Weidler tweeted. “He [Fletcher] said: ‘I’ve talked to Gus. He feels his position is now redundant and the club is in good hands with Ivan Cleary as coach. I’ll be taking his position to the board tomorrow’,” Weidler tweeted.
Gould was pivotal in his role as football manager of the Panthers ushering in an era of youth talent development and the founding of the Panthers centre of football excellence.
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I don’t know about most overrated player but the most underrated player id Elijah Taylor. His natural defensive attributes would have held the side together and was certainly the main missing factor. I am tipping that he, along with Benji, will be selected against the Titans. Others to get a first grade run will be Nofo and Dylan Smith. Mbye, I hope, doesn’t ever again shift away from the fullback.role.
Tomorrow is Tuesday. What sort of team is Madge gong to put together, especially if Farah can’t play? Jennings and Fonua have to go - the oppositions have detected their dreadful lack of speed on the wings and are reaping the rewards. Missing Farah for most of the match was a catasrophe with Moses a ridiculous dummy half replacement. Unfortunately Corey never looked like a real fullback today. The long period between this and the last match certainly didn’t help and the majority of the team had stage fright.
Farah’s head injury has knocked the team for six. They have been like Brown’s cows in the middle defence and Parra has taken tremendous advantage from it. Mage had to have a plan at half time. Bring MBye back to fullback or at worse five eighth and put Reynolds at dummy half.