Save Our Sides Protest Rally - Campbelltown

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Wow, never expected all the media coverage on this issue.
I didn't get to eat breakfast until 4pm as I was constantly taking phone calls lol
 

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To the Western Suburbs Magpies, good luck with it.
Saw this day coming in 1999 though.
Shame for the individual players who will miss out.

And as far as 1st grade goes, If I lived in or near Campbelltown I'd be spewing that there is not 6 games played there (as a minimum) each year. Should not have sold out on that one.
 

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How West was lost
SHED a tear for the final demise of the Western Suburbs Magpies and make it heavy on the nostalgia, light on the reality. The truth is the Magpies have been dead since 1999 when the joint venture with Balmain Tigers was first announced, just no one wanted to identify the body.

The Tigers got the better of it then - the Tiger, the predominantly black and gold colours, the ethos - and Magpies officials have always felt more than a little aggrieved because of it. Now news has emerged that the Magpies' NSW Cup team is entering its final season this year, and possibly sooner, bringing to an end a run that goes all the way back to 1908 but seems much longer, on account there hasn't been a lap of honour for more than half of those years.

Since the joint venture the Magpies have been playing in NSW Cup as part of the partnership terms in what was a well-intentioned bid to retain the Western Suburbs and Balmain Tigers identities, but never really came close to doing that.

How many Magpies fans, threatening to now walk away after reading the news yesterday, ever went to see the Western Suburbs Magpies play?

There were more significant concerns yesterday.

The question was rightfully pondered about what the death of the Magpies might do for rugby league in the Greater Western Suburbs - the Campbelltown kind, not the Lidcombe kind - particularly in light of the Godzilla-like threat of that other team marketing itself to the ratepayers of Greater Western Sydney.

Outrage was considered as the first appropriate response before being quickly discarded.

Concern was next, replaced by confusion and ultimately frustration.

Once again, rugby league's incompetency is mostly one of its own doing, and the demise of the Magpies falls directly under that.

For a long while the Wests Tigers headed the partnership of the Wests Leagues Club at Ashfield (which funds the NSW Cup and SG Ball and Harold Matthews rep teams) and Wests Leagues Club at Campbelltown (which supports Wests' entire junior rugby league), which didn't run nearly so smoothly as it sounds.

At best, it was dysfunctional. Indeed, for all the anger shown towards the Wests Tigers' front office, it is hard to believe why they hung on this long. In trying to honour the joint-venture agreement, both NSW Cup clubs suffered, as well as the NRL team.

It continued until Tim Sheens realised more harm than good was being done and declared that rather than split his fringe first-graders between the Magpies and Balmain he would send them all to one club, where they stood a greater chance of helping each other improve. He chose Balmain Ryde Eastwood.

Yet funding them still cost towards $1 million a season. Given NRL clubs like Sydney Roosters, Parramatta, Penrith and Souths have made partnerships with Sydney A Grade clubs such as Wentworthville and Windsor to bring down costs, you can see the cost of honouring the joint-venture agreement made 13 years ago.

Most importantly, rugby league is not abandoning another heartland, as some believe. Not so long ago the Wests junior league merged with Group 6 in a joint A-grade competition that boasted 59 open-age teams.It was strong and vibrant, until internal politics, once again, brought it crashing down. Since then ARL chief executive Geoff Carr has employed troubleshooter Brian Canavan to investigate Group 6's concerns in the hope of getting them back to a combined competition next season.

Mostly, while the Magpies might soon be gone, the players won't be.

"From a development and pathway point of view the game is still developing and the pathways are still there," said NRL development and integration manager Andrew Hill.

It is the price of progress.

Nobody misses Glebe anymore
http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/sport/nrl/how-west-was-lost/story-e6frexnr-1226242159632
 

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remember what manly did to norths, balmain are gonna do the same to the magpies
 

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For over a decade now I've been saying that we should extend an arm of friendship and confederacy to the Illawarra and Macarthur areas.

I still think "Southern Sharks" has a pretty nice ring to it.
 
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For over a decade now I've been saying that we should extend an arm of friendship and confederacy to the Illawarra and Macarthur areas.

I still think "Southern Sharks" has a pretty nice ring to it.

lol I have been saying the same thing fitz, I think you would be gobsmacked if you had seen the boundaries when we first started up.

As for the playing for the SS not so sure about that.
 

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For over a decade now I've been saying that we should extend an arm of friendship and confederacy to the Illawarra and Macarthur areas.

I still think "Southern Sharks" has a pretty nice ring to it.

I'm prepared to change the name from "Shark Park" to "Macarthur Park".
 

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At least it'll be used to being left out in the rain.
 

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I worked with the West NSW Cup team 3 years ago and they treated badly. Their head coach is now co-coaching with Balmain's NSW cup team. Their best player moved to the Tigers last year. Would love to see the Magpies still have a team. Shame what is happening.
 

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For over a decade now I've been saying that we should extend an arm of friendship and confederacy to the Illawarra and Macarthur areas.

I still think "Southern Sharks" has a pretty nice ring to it.

Maybe for reserve grade but definitely not for first grade
 

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No chance of the Sharks having Wests as our feeder side rather than the Storm venture?
 

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Why we feel let down in pictures.....



8 games in the inner city, 4 in the South West
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The proud Magpies on the Shoulders....
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became the vanishing Magpie on the cuff of the sleeve...
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the main jersey has a distinct Balmain feel yet the alternative jersey is a nothing design
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Why do Magpies have to play for Balmain to get a chance at making the Wests Tigers teams...
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Maybe if the Wests side felt like they were being treated fairly, there would be greater support for a joint venture Wests Tigers team in the NSW Cup.

Maybe the Wests Tigers should have done a better job at selling it to us... not dictating terms.

To quote the famous Magpie legend Noel Kelly... "time and time again the Wests side gets the rough end of the stick"
 

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Galah... i was trying to be nice about your plight in my earlier post...

now it seems i have to be a bit more forward. and i will cos i speak my mind even though some here dont like it.

you are wasting your time crying about your teams issues in a Sharks forum mate, our club is on life support with a glimmer of hope with our development proposal. if you are looking for sympathy you are barking up the wrong tree.

sorry mate but i simply dont care.
 
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