A Message to Members and Supporters of Western Suburbs District Rugby League Football Club (WSDRLFC)
For some years now, Western Suburbs Magpies has been partnering with Wests Tigers to directly operate our Junior Development Teams and Junior Representative Harold Matthews & SG Ball Squads.
As has been stated for many years, Western Suburbs Magpies promotes a pathway to NRL via the Wests Tigers. In other words, we aspire for Rugby League Juniors from Macarthur region to develop into first grade players for Wests Tigers.
In 2019, both Western Suburbs Magpies (and Balmain Tigers) introduced Wests Tigers branding into their respective Junior Representative Jersey designs. The designs featuring club sponsors such as Victa, will retain traditional Black with White V strips representing the heritage of Wests Magpies to help keep the traditions alive. This will continue into season 2021 in both on-field and off-field apparel. The attached images are what our 2021 Junior Reps range will look like. These will be manufactured from our new supplier Steeden.
What are some of the reasons we have Wests Tigers branding in our Junior Reps gear?
The Junior Representative players of today were born after the NRL era of Western Suburbs Magpies and to help address that first-grade affiliation we feel the Wests Tigers branding helps better connect the players to our pathways to NRL.
The independent Junior League District was renamed to Wests Tigers Macarthur Junior Rugby League in 2018.
NRL brands are in an elite group with Wests Tigers being 1 of only 16 teams. Kids of course aspire to play first grade.
Western Suburbs Magpies are very much part of Wests Tigers. After 20 years, it has become a strong RL brand.
We are now majority owners of the Wests Tigers. We want Wests Magpies boys growing into Wests Tigers men.
Will Wests Magpies NSW State Cup Jerseys be changing to same designs also?
No. NSW State Cup have their own Jersey designs. Magpies State Cup is our showcase team where continuation of Wests Magpies tradition and heritage is on full display this includes having the Wests Magpies at NRL onto game days and where possible as well as Free to Air and Pay TV.
NSW State Cup jerseys will not feature such WT co-branding like the Junior Reps (apart from a Wests Tigers logo)
COVID policies & NSWRL rules pending, we look forward to seeing you at the ground in 2021 to cheer on our Junior Magpies teams who are hungry for Rugby League after a very disrupted 2020.