A trip down memory lane – 46 years of Wests

Posted at 17 Aug 2020

Join us as we take a trip down memory lane as part of Campbelltown City Council, NSW #2020 celebrations
August 2020 marks 46 years since our inception, the original venue behind Campbelltown’s first and oldest Rugby League Team. Having hit just a few milestones in between, Wests is now a part of the Macarthur areas premier dining and entertainment group. Enjoy looking through the Journey – we certainly have!

1908/1909 – History

The story begins back in 1908/1909 with the original rugby league team of Campbelltown; the Kangaroos (then known as the Wallabies). This was the first and longest running football club in Campbelltown.

Pictured: One of the early Kangaroos teams 1909

1972Notice of Construction

In support of the Kangaroos, Campbelltown was to have a new licensed sporting venue, the Campbelltown City Rugby League Football club limited. The Campbelltown City Rugby league Club administered the local Kangaroos football club, and the major objective to foster the code of rugby league in the region.



Pictured: Mr Frank Moore and Mr Mike Semchyshyn erecting a notice of intention to commence construction of the club in 1972 and a working bee takes place at the Wests League Club site.

1974 – The OG

The Campbelltown City Rugby League Club officially opened in 1974 with a vision of not only supporting the Campbelltown City Rugby League Football Club but also to encourage community sporting events throughout the local Macarthur region. On opening the Leumeah club with approximately 430 members.

Pictured: The Original licensed venue in the late 70’s

86s – Change breathes new life

Wests Ashfield brings the Western Suburbs Magpies to Campbelltown, with Orana Park (now Campbelltown stadium) the newly appointed home ground for the team. They bring with them  funding that sees the name of the Club changed to Western Suburbs league Club, (Campbelltown) LTD.

Pictured: Wests Ashfield move their team home ground to Campbelltown stadium

1995-1999 Wests Sports Council is established

Wests, known as the Home of Sport in the local region, has been committed to encouraging sporting activities amongst children and young adults since the inception of the Wests Sports Council in 1999 (with origins in 1995). Wests prides itself on providing sports teams with annual sponsorships, donations and recreational support to inspire the game of sport.


Pictured: Original President of the club, the late John Marsden at the first Wests Sports Council foundation presentation

1997 – Grand Re-opening

Celebrations took place for the major refurbishment and building extension of Wests League Club in 1997 with a huge community launch party community with loads of family entertainment, performers from Campbelltown’s El Caballo Blanco and Street Parade.

Pictured: Performers put on a show at the grand re-opening of Wests League Club

2000 Refreshing times The Club undergoes another major transformation in the same year the Wests Tigers play their first home game at Campbelltown stadium

Pictured: Aerial view of Wests League Club Campbelltown


2007 –2012 A New Era

Wests amalgamated with the Tennis Club in 2007 offering members access to multiple tennis courts, a tennis shop, function room and a popular Chinese Restaurant. Wests then went onto amalgamate with Lakeside Golf Club Camden, located on Raby Road in Catherine Field and The Country Club, located in Gledswood Hills. Both Lakeside and Country club offer a sophisticated experience for members with a unique dining experience, a platinum TAB & sports bar, alfresco area, private dining and function rooms and of course, the popular Golf Course at Lakeside.


Pictured: Country Club Gledswood HIlls, then known as Camden Valley



Wests has come a long way since the humble beginnings and is now considered one of the premier dining and entertainment groups in South West Sydney. Wests Group Macarthur, proudly owns and operates 4 venues including Western Suburbs League Club (Pictured), with each unique venue offering first class facilities, great service and variety of dining options.

In 2020 Wests has a membership base of 75,000 + members and 350 + staff and a continued focus on the game of sport in the Macarthur region and beyond.