Western Suburbs Red Devils

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Western Suburbs Red Devils
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Club information
Full name Western Suburbs Rugby League Football Club
Nickname(s) Red Devils
Short name Wests
Website http://www.westsdevils.com.au/home
Colours      Red
     Blue
Founded 1949
Current details
Ground(s)
Competition Illawarra Rugby League
2012 Runners-Up
Records
Premierships 15 (1957, 1959, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1978, 1980, 1981, 1984, 1989, 1991, 2009, 2010, 2011)
Runners-up ? (1958, 1973, 1979, 1983, 1993, 1995, 2005, 2012)
Minor premiership ? (1977, 1978, 1983, 1991, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012)

The Western Suburbs Red Devils (Wests Illawarra, Wests Wollongong, Wests Red Devils or simply Wests Devils) are an Australian rugby league football team based in Figtree. The club is a member of the Country Rugby League and compete in the Illawarra Rugby League premiership. The club play out of Figtree Oval, Figtree. Wests wear red and blue jerseys and have won 14 premierships. Wests Illawarra Leagues club is a thriving club in Unanderra.

The West Devils U18's coal league side in 2017 is captained by Vegim Ajdari followed by Jye Phillips as CO captain

History[edit]

Wests formed in 1949 with the amalgamation of clubs in the district (primarily Unanderra and Mount Keira). The Leagues Club was established in Unanderra and opened in 1956. The Red Devils won the premiership the following year with a 22-6 win over Wollongong. They repeated this effort in 1959 when they defeated Northern Suburbs 12-6 in the Grand Final.[1]

Four Consecutive Premierships[edit]

With Don Parish at the helm as captain-coach, Wests took back-to-back titles in 1969-70. Warren Ryan continued this trend the following two seasons when he took over, defeating Thirroul (18-11 in 1971, and 23-9 in 1972). Cronulla Sharks legend, Tommy Bishop also guided the team to a premiership in 1978. [1]

1980's[edit]

Wests were again premiers two years later, winning in 1980 and 1981. The following year the Illawarra Steelers were accepted into the NSWRL premiership, thus all the sides in the league became feeder clubs to this side. Being premiers, a large portion of the Red Devils were contracted to the Steelers. This made life difficult in the 1982 premiership for the Red Devils, but within three years they won another premiership. They followed this up with another in 1989 and 1991.

Flood follows drought[edit]

The Red Devils went through a dry spell from here, not winning the premiership for 18 years. They came close during Brendon Reeves' reign in 2005. They did eventually break the drought in 2009 when they defeated reigning premiers, Thirroul, 14-4 under coach Paul McGregor in his first season.[2] They went back-to-back with a 24-0 win in 2010, again over the Butchers. In 2011, Wests made it a treble of grand final wins with a 34-24 victory over Helensburgh. The Red Devils were unable to match the team of the 60-70s that won four consecutive premierships when they lost 20-16 to finals rivals Thirroul in the 2012 grand final.

Players[edit]

Notable former players[edit]

Player Country Firsts City Firsts Country Origin New South Wales Australia
Years Apps Years Apps Years Apps Years Apps Years Apps
Bob Fulton[3] 1967-1978 9 1971-72, 1974 6 1968-78 51
Graham Lye 1969-70
David Waite[4] 1973 1 1973-74 2 1973-74 6
John Dorahy[5] 1972-73 2 1980 1 1988 1 1979 2 1978 2
Royce Ayliffe[6] 1982 3 1981 1
Garry Jack[7] 1986 1 1984-85 2 1987 1 1984-89 17 1984-88 29
Steve Roach[8] 1986-86 2 1984 1 1988, 1990 2 1984-86, 1988, 1990-91 17 1985-86, 1988-91 27
Jason Ryles[9] 2001, 2003, 2005 3 2002-05 8 2001-02, 2004-05 15
Brett Stewart[10] 2007 1 2007-12 8 2007 1
Glenn Stewart[11] 2008, 2010-11 3 2009, 2012 5 2008-09 5
Bruce Olive 1959-62 1958
Al Maddelena 1969
Brian Hetherington[12] 1977, 1984 2 1986 1 1984, 1986 2
Brett Rodwell[13] 1991, 1993, 1995 3 1995 1

Players in bold represent current NRL players.

Honours[edit]

Team[edit]

1957, 1959, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1978, 1980, 1981, 1984, 1989, 1991, 2009, 2010, 2011
  • Illawarra Rugby League Reserve Grade Premierships: 8
1985,1964, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2011
  • Illawarra Rugby League Under-18's Premierships: 4
1992, 2003, 2005, 2011

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Western Suburbs History
  2. ^ Gandon, Mike (2009-09-07). "Red Devils cap off year of domination - Local News - Sport - Rugby League". Illawarra Mercury. Retrieved 2011-10-14. 
  3. ^ "Bob Fulton - Career Stats & Summary". Rugbyleagueproject.org. Retrieved 2011-10-14. 
  4. ^ "David Waite - Career Stats & Summary". Rugbyleagueproject.org. Retrieved 2011-10-14. 
  5. ^ http://www.rugbyleagueproject.org/search/?q=john+dorahy
  6. ^ "Royce Ayliffe - Career Stats & Summary". Rugbyleagueproject.org. Retrieved 2011-10-14. 
  7. ^ http://www.rugbyleagueproject.org/search/?q=garry+jack
  8. ^ "Steve Roach - Career Stats & Summary". Rugbyleagueproject.org. 1962-08-24. Retrieved 2011-10-14. 
  9. ^ "Jason Ryles - Career Stats & Summary". Rugbyleagueproject.org. 1979-01-17. Retrieved 2011-10-14. 
  10. ^ "Brett Stewart - Career Stats & Summary". Rugbyleagueproject.org. 1985-02-27. Retrieved 2011-10-14. 
  11. ^ "Glenn Stewart - Career Stats & Summary". Rugbyleagueproject.org. 1984-01-11. Retrieved 2011-10-14. 
  12. ^ "Brian Hetherington - Career Stats & Summary". Rugbyleagueproject.org. 1954-01-14. Retrieved 2011-10-14. 
  13. ^ "Brett Rodwell - Career Stats & Summary". Rugbyleagueproject.org. 1970-05-23. Retrieved 2011-10-14. 

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