The NSWRL’s premier competition is set for its most exciting season yet after unveiling footy apparel giant Canterbury as the new naming rights partner for the Canterbury Cup NSW and a five-year deal to play the Grand Final of the competition at Bankwest Stadium in Western Sydney.
The decision by Canterbury to join forces with the NSWRL for the premier competition in the state represents an historic move as it is the first time a traditional apparel partner has sponsored the naming rights of a competition.
Details were announced today (Thursday 7 March) at the official launch of the 2019 season for all nine competitions managed by the NSWRL, with the Canterbury Cup NSW, Sydney Shield and Ron Massey Cup kicking off on Friday 15 March.
The Wentworthville Magpies will kick off their season on Sunday 17 March against the Penrith Panthers, featuring before the NRL clash at Panthers Stadium.
The Magpies will feature in five clashes ahead of the Eels NRL clashes during the season with home games in round six, eight, nineteen and twenty-one as well as an away clash at Bankwest Stadium in round seventeen.
Channel Nine and pay TV network FOX Sports will both against broadcast in 2019, with matches featuring in a regular 1pm Sunday spot on Channel Nine and FOX broadcasting matches on Saturdays.
Other highlights in the Canterbury Cup NSW include:
Round 7 - Respect Round, coinciding with the start of the NSWRL Junior League season
Round 10 - Magic Round: two triple-headers of Canterbury Cup NSW games to be played at Henson Park and Panthers Stadium
Round 19 - Beanies for Brain Cancer Round: the annual drive to raise funds and awareness for the Mark Hughes Foundation.
While the Ron Massey Cup and Sydney Shield begin on Saturday 16 March, the Jersey Flegg Cup and Harvey Norman Women’s Premiership start the following week. The UNE SG Ball Cup, UNE Harold Matthews Cup and Harvey Norman Tarsha Gale Cup are already underway.
2019 Wentworthville Magpies Draw
Round One - Penrith Panthers v Wentworthville Magpies – Sunday 17 March, Panters Stadium, 1:50pm
Round Two - Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs v Wentworthville Magpies – Sunday 24 March, Belmore Sports Ground, 1:10pm
Round Three - Wentworthville Magpies v North Sydney Bears, Sunday 31 March, Ringrose Park, 3pm
Round Four –Wentworthville Magpies v Newtown Jets, Sunday 7 April, Ringrose Park, 3pm
Round Five – Mounties v Wentworthville Magpies, Sunday 14 April, GIO Stadium, 3:55pm
Round Six – Wentworthville Magpies v Western Suburbs Magpies – Monday 22 April, Bankwest Stadium, 1:45pm
Round Seven – Newcastle Knights v Wentworthville Magpies – Sunday 28 April, Mcdonald Jones Stadiun, 1:50pm
Round Eight – Wentworthville Magpies v St. George Illawarra Dragons, Sunday 5th May, Bankwest Stadium 1:50pm
Round Nine – BYE
Round Ten – North Sydney Bears v Wentworthville Magpies, Sunday 19 May, Henson Park, 11am
Round Eleven – Wentworthville Magpies v Penrith Panthers, Sunday 26 May, Ringrose Park 3pm
Round Twelve – Wentworthville Magpies v South Sydney Rabbitohs, Sunday 2 June, Ringrose Park, 3pm
Round Thirteen – Newtown Jets v Wentworthville Magpies, Saturday 8 June, Henson Park, 3pm
Round Fourteen – New Zealand Warriors v Wentworthville Magpies, Saturday 15 June, Mt Smart Stadium, 9am
Round Fifteen – Wentworthville Magpies v Mounties, Sunday 30 June, Ringrose Park, 3pm
Round Sixteen – Wentworthville Magpies v Blacktown Workers Sea Eagles, Sunday 7 July, Ringrose Park, 3pm
Round Seventeen – Western Suburbs Magpies v Wentworthville Magpies, Sunday 14 July, Bankwest Stadium, 1:50pm
Round Eighteen – BYE
Round Nineteen – Wentworthville Magpies v New Zealand Warriors, Saturday 27 July, Bankwest Stadium, 12:45pm
Round Twenty – St George Illawarra Dragons v Wentworthville Magpies, Sunday 4 August, Netstrata Jubilee Stadiun, 1:50pm
Round Twenty-One – Wentworthville Magpies v Newcastle Knights, Saturday 10 Auguust, Bankwest Stadium, 3:15pm
Round Twenty-Two – Blacktown Workers v Wentworthville Magpies, Sunday 18 August, HE Laybutt Field, 3pm
Round Twenty-Three – Wentworthville Magpies v Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs, Sunday 25 August, Rinrose Park, 3pm
Round Twenty-Four – South Sydney Rabbitohs v Wentworthville Magpies, Saturday 31 August, Metricon High Performance Centre, 4pm