BIG Wests Magpies News for Season 2021

Wednesday 11 November 2020

Wests Magpies returning to spiritual home of Lidcombe Oval and new NSWRL Participation for 2021

A Message to Members and Supporters of Western Suburbs District Rugby League Football Club (WSDRLFC)

Western Suburbs Magpies is excited to advise its members and supporters of some notable changes planned for the club as well as new competition participation for Season 2021.

Western Suburbs Magpies has secured a hire agreement with Cumberland Council for 2021 to make Lidcombe Oval our primary home ground for training sessions and most match days.

In addition to our continuing participation at the highest level in the NSWRL (which is the NSW State Cup), the club is also planning on fielding a team for the Ron Massey Cup (which may become a City team/Country team Presidents Cup format in 2021).

WSDRLFC has taken the initiative to get the mighty Magpies back to their much-loved spiritual home and has developed a self-supporting business model to field a RMC team without further financial impost on Wests Ashfield Leagues who are primary financial supporters of the Magpies and continue to heavily invest in Rugby League propagation and development.

Although COVID has affected many Rugby League teams and competitions, we hope for some form of normality with competition structures in 2021. This includes request to NSWRL for alignment to all Magpies grades wherever possible to ensure optimal patronage. Pending COVID situation in 2021, Wests Magpies NSW State Cup team will still feature as curtain raisers to selected NRL Matches. TV Coverage for NSW State Cup 2021 is not certain at this time but the Magpies will be there somewhere on your screens.

Although not finalised at this time, a NSWRL Ron Massey Cup 2021 Competition (like what took place in 2020 Presidents Cup) will see the Western Suburbs Magpies travel to face teams throughout Country NSW and potentially over to Fiji. This competition is also planned to be streamed on-line for promotion and to assist those unable to attend in person to follow the team throughout the season.

After some years out of the Dressing room sheds, our current General Manger Leo Epifania will return to head coaching role for new Western Suburbs Magpies RMC team. Being Magpie Head Coach is something Leo believes is his greatest strength. Importantly, the club is also re-building a group of both long serving and new volunteers to assist both on and off the field.

Our intended use of Lidcombe Oval will feature standard home games for RMC, selected NSW State Cup matches and holding  of Marquee events such as our annual ‘Return to Lidcombe’. Having a hire on the venue allows Wests Magpies to host associated teams and competitions such as Jersey Flegg, Harvey Norman Women’s and potentially some Junior Representative matches.

We will retain our connection to Campbelltown and the Macarthur via our Magpies HM & SGB Junior Representative Squads and Development teams who remain based in the area. Draw alignments and COVID situation pending, Wests Magpies will continue to play selected games at Campbelltown Sports Stadium (such as Magpies state cup prior to NRL).

We look forward to seeing you at the ground in 2021 to cheer on our Magpies teams at ALL levels and help make our commitment to bring the Magpies back to its spiritual home bring its rewards both on and off the field.

Board of Directors

*The clubs plan and intentions in this statement are subject to the 2021 Global/Local status of COVID in and any related impacts to RL competitions and attendance restrictions for public gatherings in 2021.

NSWRL Competition structures and formats may also be subject to change. NSW State Cup has been confirmed as a 10 team competition for 2021.

BIG Wests Magpies News for Season 2021