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REAL NRL SEASON REVIEW: Rosellas hoping to fly high in 2024

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WESTERN SUBURBS ROSELLAS

  • Coach: Rick Stone
  • 2023 finish: 6th
  • Wins: 8
  • Losses: 7
  • Draws: 1
Western Suburbs Rosellas captain Ben Stone led by example in 2023. Photo: Michael Gorton Images

Summary: It’s fair to say Western Suburbs endured an “up and down” season. Just when you thought the Rosellas had clicked into gear, and were semi-final bound, a loss or two derailed coach Rick Stone’s plans. In the end, the side only finished three points outside the top five… but it could have placed higher with a bit of luck. Western Suburbs also pushed eventual grand finalists South Newcastle in both their showdowns, however a lack of experience probably cost them in the “big moments”.

Gifted Western Suburbs Rosellas playmaker Max Buderus takes on the defence. Photo: Michael Gorton Images

Having said that, there’s a lot to like about the Rosellas moving forward. They strung together five victories from their last six matches, claiming the scalps of Wyong, Macquarie and Central Newcastle along the way. The club’s under-19s also qualified for the decider, highlighting a strong nursery. Plus, Stone has added the likes of Will Smith, Nathan Ross and Kiah Cooper to his squad.

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