Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

West Leads Game's Best

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

West Leads Game's Best

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Byline: JAY BUCHAN

BEST & FAIREST

Steven West (Norths) 15 pts

Fili Notoa (Brothers) 8 pts

Michael Ryan (Brothers) 8 pts

Josh Roberts (Norths) 8 pts

Shane Williams (West End) 7 pts

NO-ONE would call him a rookie but in his first season in the Ipswich Rugby League, Steven West is showing the rest how it's done.

After 10 rounds of the IRL A grade competition, the Norths halfback led the best and fairest tally by seven points from nearest rival, Brothers five-eighth Fili Notoa.

C[pounds sterling]I'm really enjoying it,C[yen] West said of his debut season with the Tigers after a decade in the Queensland Cup with Ipswich and Easts. C[pounds sterling]It's a good group of boys, which is the main reason I went back there.C[yen]

West moved from Oakey to join the Jets at the end of 2001.

It was there he became friends with a number of Norths players, such as Brad Oddi, Dale Robertson and Kerry Theuerkauf.

After seven years with Ipswich, West joined Jets' rivals Easts.

C[pounds sterling]I needed a bit of a change,C[yen] he said. C[pounds sterling]In the first year there, I really enjoyed myself.

C[pounds sterling]But I dislocated an elbow and was out for seven or eight weeks.

C[pounds sterling]I wanted to get back into the Q Cup but it didn't happen.

C[pounds sterling]With three or four nights training a week, I was over it.C[yen]

Looking to take a step back and still enjoy his footy, North Ipswich was a natural fit.

C[pounds sterling]Whenever I went to the IRL, I always followed Norths,C[yen] he said.

C[pounds sterling]A lot of the Jets boys were Norths juniors.C[yen]

A number of them have returned to their junior club along with West this season, but the Tigers have not been the force some predicted.

C[pounds sterling]It is probably one of the best sides the club has had in the last couple of years, talent-wise,C[yen] West said. C[pounds sterling]But things didn't go the way we hoped. …

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