After some strong performances in the Trials, it was expected Wests would have a good year, but it was not to be, although many games were lost by small margins. Wests did not make the semi-finals in any grade. Debuts by Dick McKelvey, Lindsay Rodda, Tom Briggs, Jack Hickey and Neville Hogan strengthened the team and Bill Keato cemented his place in First Grade. “Duck” Walsh, now a playing Captain/Coach again, played all matches, as did Bill Keato, Don Milton, Cliff Peime and Jack Piper. Eric Bennett was made Vice-captain.

Pratten Park had a major makeover with new seating, with a scoreboard to come – all necessary for the golden era about to start. 1947 would see the introduction of Parramatta and Manly-Warringah and in an omen of what would occur, Western District Juniors was transferred to under the control of the newly-formed Parramatta.

In a bright note, Arthur Clues gained interstate and International honours, but was about to leave for England to finish out his distinguished career.


Arthur Clues

Life membership was bestowed on Stan Simpson, Ray Gillam, Joe Reidy and Richard Reimer.


Western Suburbs DRLFC President’s Cup/Inter District Squads – 1946

 Western Suburbs:

Fullback: J Martin, Three-quarters: M Jenkinson, R Jackson, K Thackeray, T Fawkner, Halves: F Vincent, A Ridley, Forwards: A Hornery, R Beaver, G Veale, F Reardon, T Ford, R Fetterplace, Reserves: C Walsh, T McCarthy, T Farquarson, T Thompson

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