1918 was a great year for Wests and a just reward after struggling for so many years. There were only three players, (Wally Collins from Newtown, Albert Johnston from Balmain and Walter Palmer from Annandale), that made their First-Grade debut with Wests in 1918, but all were experienced players that added to the solid core that brought the Club some success in 1917.

A decade after Wests joined the First-Grade rugby league competition, the Club almost pulled off the double in 1918, being runners up in the regular competition and winning the City Cup competition.

The talented junior pool of players that were making their mark prior to the Great War were now mature players and along with the stalwarts that saw the Club through the lean years as well as some talented players that joined from other Clubs, Wests had the basis to be a force in the next decade.

Western Suburbs DRLFC First Grade – 1918

Back: W Barclay, A Johnston, T Dowswell (Treasurer), A McPherson, C McFadyen (Trainer),
Third Row: E McFadyen (Secretary), F Holt, R Bossi, J Reidy, E Courtney, W Joass, H Leddy, C Elliott (Trainer)
Second Row: W Collins, R Vest, C Prentice, E Mead (Delegate), H Gilbert (Captain), C Savage (President), T McCauley, W Palmer

Front: A White, A Bossi, P Burns. Inset: J Redmond

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