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Pathways Wrap: Round 8

There were more highs than lows over the weekend for Wests Tigers pathways teams.

Let’s start with the highs.

Although losing the grand final it was a great achievement for our Macarthur Wests Tigers Under 16s team to make it to the decider in the Andrew Johns Cup, where they were beaten by the Central Coast Roosters in Cessnock on Sunday morning.  Hold your heads high fellas, a great effort all round.

Our Jersey Flegg team enjoyed a thumping win over Cronulla Sharks at Lidcombe Oval on Sunday, backing up the NRL team’s demolition of the Sharks the night before.

Wests Magpies remain unbeaten and at the top of the ladder in the Harold Matthews Cup, after defeating the Roosters in Camden.

And what about our two women’s teams who also played at Camden on Saturday, both enjoying big wins against the Bunnies. Well done ladies!

One of the biggest disappointments over the weekend was in the NSW Cup where our Magpies team went oh so close to beating Newtown Jets at Lidcombe Oval, playing for the Tom Raudonikis Cup. 

It was a last minute field goal that won it for the Jets but a huge improvement from the Magpies on their Round 2 loss in Canberra.


Knock On Effect NSW Cup 

Wests Magpies vs Newtown Jets

Coach – Aaron Payne

A disappointing result but a lot of improvements from Round 2 vs Canberra. We had plenty of opportunities to put the game out of reach for Newtown but found a way to keep them in the game.

If we had our last 10 minutes over again, we would do things differently. We will take the positives from the game and learn some valuable lessons around how to win.

Jersey Flegg Cup (U/21s) 

Wests Tigers vs Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks 

Coach – Leon Latulipe

It was a very pleasing result and a quality performance from the team. Kobie Wilson, Bailey Hodge, Chris Faagutu and Cayne Nicholas were just a few our standouts with Zak Clarke bagging 14 points with his kicking and try. It was certainly a positive response for us after last week's loss.

We hope to put in a similar performance against Parramatta this week.

SG Ball Cup (U/19s)

Balmain Tigers vs Manly Warringah Sea Eagles 

Coach – Chris Yates 

Not our best performance at our home ground, however Jared Haywood, Chad Daniels and Archie Riley continued their good form.

SG Ball Cup (U/19s)

Wests Magpies vs Sydney Roosters 

Coach – Joey Saukuru

Not a good day for the Magpies SG Ball team. It didn’t start well for us with the Roosters running in two quick tries in the first seven minutes.

When we eventually got our fair share of possession, we got ourselves back in to the game to be trailing 14-10 at the break. The Roosters scored a couple of tries against the run of play in the second half, but it was a few incomplete sets and handling errors that saw the final score blow out to 42-16.

Congratulations to our three debutants in Archie Duncombe, Lucas Rossi, and Dylan Smith on their solid performance.

Harold Matthews Cup (U/17s)

Balmain Tigers vs Canterbury Bulldogs 

Coach – Tony Bazouni

It was another disappointing lost and we have ourselves to blame. There were far too many drop balls at crucial times as well as ill-discipline which resulted in too many penalties and the game getting away from us.

We didn’t come out of the sheds at half time with enough enthusiasm and urgency required to win the game.

Harold Matthews Cup (U/17s)

Wests Magpies vs Sydney Roosters 

Coach – Stephen Isdale

The boys faced a Roosters team that were on a roll, and beating some good teams along the way. We spoke about the challenge of facing a team that’s in the top 4 to see where we were at as a footy team.

I thought the boys did a good job to come away with a tough win. Maddax Fui was outstanding up front and Tommy Goodfield is starting to hit his straps with playing some good football.

Tarsha Gale Cup (U/19s) 

Wests Tigers vs South Sydney Rabbitohs

It was a very impressive win on the weekend by the Tarsha Gale squad under difficult circumstances.

After losing Claudia Brown in the first tackle of the game the girls played extremely well and our defence was outstanding.

It was also a successful return from an ACL injury for Jorja Simpson.

Lisa Fiaola Cup (U/17s) 

Wests Tigers vs South Sydney Rabbitohs

Coach – Scott Clark

Congratulations to the team on their win against the Rabbitohs. The girls played some great footy throughout the game and scored some very impressive tries. The most pleasing thing for me as a coach was holding the opposition to zero.

There are still some areas of our game we need to address, and we will look to work on these over the coming week before heading into our next game.

Andrew Johns Cup Grand Final (U16s)

Macarthur Wests Tigers vs Central Coast Roosters 

Coach - Harrison Fox 

We played a classy Central Coast Roosters team in the Andrew Johns Cup Grand Final and despite a late surge from our team the result unfortunately didn’t go in our favour.

Despite the result, I am very proud of the boys and the season we have had and wish them all the best for what’s next in their football journey.

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