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Tim Simona (born 20 November 1991) is a Samoan international rugby league footballer who plays as a centre, fullback, wing and halfback for the Blacktown Workers Sea Eagles in the Canterbury Cup NSW. He previously played for the Wests Tigers in the NRL. Simona is a self professed gambler.

Tim Simona
Tim Simona Wests Tigers.jpg
Personal information
Full nameTimothy Simona
Born (1991-11-20) 20 November 1991 (age 27)
Auckland, New Zealand
Height183 cm (6 ft 0 in)
Weight90 kg (14 st 2 lb)
Playing information
PositionCentre, Fullback
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2011–16 Wests Tigers 79 27 1 0 110
Representative
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2014–16 Samoa 5 1 1 0 6
As of 2 August 2016
Source: [1]

Early yearsEdit

Born in Auckland, New Zealand, Simona is of Samoan descent. Simona moved to Australia as a 6-year old.[2] and was a Western City Tigers and Doonside Roos junior. Simona was educated at Chifley College Mount Druitt Campus and Patrician Brothers' College, Blacktown. Simona played for the Wests Tigers NYC team in 2010-2011.

Playing careerEdit

2011Edit

Simona joined the Wests Tigers first grade squad in 2011. In Round 13, he made an "impressive NRL debut"[3] against the Newcastle Knights at centre in the Tigers 17-16 win at Leichhardt Oval.[4]

 
Simona playing for the Wests Tigers

2012Edit

Simona played 3 first-grade games in 2012. He was a member of the Balmain Ryde Eastwood Tigers side that lost the NSW Cup grand final the Newtown Jets.[5][6]

2013Edit

Starting the season in NSW Cup, Simona returned to first grade in Round 8 after injuries to Blake Ayshford and Chris Lawrence[7] and spent the rest of the season playing either wing or centre. In Round 13 Simona scored his first NRL career try against the Penrith Panthers in the Tigers 20-18 win at Penrith Stadium.[8] On 18 July, he re-signed with the Tigers to the end of 2015.[9] Simona finished the year as the Tigers highest try-scorer with 12 tries in 17 matches. At the end of the season, Simona underwent an operation on his shoulder that was expected to see him out of action for some months.[10] Simona had been selected for New Zealand's 2013 World Cup side, but declined in order to better prepared for the 2014 season.[11]

2014Edit

 
Simona on media duty for the Wests Tigers

In April, Simona was named for Samoa against Fiji in the Pacific Rugby League International match, a qualifier for the 2014 Four Nations, but was later ruled out with suspension and replaced by St George Illawarra Dragons player Peter Mata'utia.[12] Simona finished off the year with him playing in 14 matches and scoring 3 tries. On 25 October, Simona made his international debut for Samoa against England at Suncorp Stadium, playing at fullback in Samoa’s 32-26 loss.[13] He played in 3 matches and scored 1 try throughout the Four Nations.

2015Edit

On 23 January, Simona was named in the Tigers Auckland Nines squad.[14] He started the regular season by scoring 3 tries and setting up 6 more in the first 7 rounds. In May, he played at halfback for Samoa against Tonga in the Polynesian Cup, and suffered an ankle injury during the match. He ended the season with 5 tries and 10 try-assists from a personal-best 20 appearances.[15]

2016Edit

Simona again started the pre-season playing in the Auckland Nines.[16] On 7 May, Simona played fullback for Samoa in the 2016 Polynesian Cup, winning 18-6.[17] He made a career-best 21 appearances for Wests Tigers, scoring 7 tries, but admitted to being disappointed with his form. "I spoke one-on-one with my coach, and he told me that I'd had a pretty good year, but I just know for myself as a player that I've got plenty more to prove," he said.[18]

2017Edit

Simona was officially de-registered by the NRL on 10 March, after the NRL integrity unit found that he had breached the rules of the league by betting on NRL games. NRL CEO Todd Greenberg declared: "it is very hard to imagine that Tim Simona will be registered with the NRL at any time in the future".[19] On 11 July 2017, Simona was given an 18 month good behaviour bond by Campbelltown local court. Simona was facing up to two years in jail for his role in selling signed jerseys for auction but taking the proceeds for himself which he then used for gambling and drug use purposes.[20][21] On 4 December 2017, it was revealed that Simona was attempting to resurrect his career in England with Hull Kingston Rovers, and The Toronto Wolfpack showing interest in signing the player. But both clubs were told Simona's contract could not be registered as he failed to meet the eligibility requirements.[22]

2018Edit

In June, Penrith general manager Phil Gould formally approached the NRL about the player getting clearance to be a welfare officer in the NRL community outreach program. Gould spoke to the media saying “Regardless of any future opportunity to return to the NRL, Tim is doing his best to make up for his mistakes of the past". Former teammate Beau Ryan said to the media “People have got very short memories which is good and bad. I believe at some stage he does need a second chance. “Whether that’s playing? Probably not, to be honest, I can’t see him playing on the field again".[23][24]

2019Edit

On 13 January, it was reported that Simona was preparing a formal bid to overturn his indefinite ban from the game. It was revealed that Simona was preparing to meet with the Rugby League Players Association. On July 4, the NRL approved his application to return to the game, for Blacktown, the feeder club for the Manly-Warringah Sea-Eagles[25] On 13 July, Simona returned to the field for the first time in over 2 years as Blacktown defeated South Sydney 30-22 at ANZ Stadium in the Canterbury Cup NSW competition.[26][27]

Personal lifeEdit

Simona is the cousin of winger Sami Sauiluma also first cousins with Michael Chee Kam he is also uncle of Castleford Tigers forward Jesse Sene-Lefao and Manly Warringah Sea Eagles winger Matthew Wright. Simona's younger brother Paul Simona played for the Cronulla Sharks Toyota Cup.[28] He is eligible to play for either Samoa through his heritage, New Zealand due to being born there, or Australia as a result of playing junior footy in that country.[2] After his rugby league career was finished, Simona started working as a personal trainer at a gym in Smeaton Grange.[29]

In December 2017, Simona announced that he would be pursuing a career in Boxing after failing to get another rugby league contract. On 8 February 2018, Simona was scheduled to fight in a boxing match at The Hurstville Entertainment Center but was pulled from the card in the week leading up to the event because he failed to get clearance from the combat sports authority.[30]

On 1 September 2019, it was revealed that Simona had forced his then girlfriend of four months to have an abortion after she discovered she was pregnant. The alleged incident occurred back in 2016 when Simona was playing for the Wests Tigers. The woman told the media “Straightaway he said, ‘We’re definitely going to get an abortion’, I was in shock, it was one of those moments where you can’t quite believe what you’re hearing and can’t quite process it then and there … He was so cold". That was the absolute beginning point, so from then he wouldn’t speak to me unless we were talking about me getting an abortion". The woman went on to say “He refused to talk about the possibility of having the baby and manipulated me by saying things like, ‘How could you do this to me? How could you bring a baby into the world whose father didn’t want it? How could you ruin my career like that? You’re doing this on purpose".[31]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Tim Simona rugbyleagueproject.org
  2. ^ a b Tony Webeck. "Simona torn by rep eligibility". nrl.com.
  3. ^ "Tigers sweating on Tuqiri injury". ABC. 7 June 2011. Retrieved 24 April 2012.
  4. ^ "Robbie Farah field goal in golden point extra time sees Wests Tigers beat Newcastle Knights 17-16". Daily Telegraph.
  5. ^ Wayne Cousins (30 September 2012). "Tigers go down fighting to Jets in NSW Cup Grand Final". weststigers.com.au. Archived from the original on 28 December 2013. Retrieved 10 November 2012.
  6. ^ Michael Chammas (30 September 2012). "Jets scramble to take NSW Cup". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 20 May 2015.
  7. ^ Brock Corfe (23 August 2013). "Young guns - Tim Simona". weststigers.com.au. Retrieved 13 January 2014.
  8. ^ "Tigers claw their way past Panthers". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 20 May 2015.
  9. ^ "Wests Tigers secure top young talent". Zero Tackle. Retrieved 20 May 2015.
  10. ^ Daniel Lane (10 December 2014). "Wests Tigers prop Keith Galloway's honeymoon interrupted by toe injury". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 13 January 2014.
  11. ^ Matt Encarnacion (12 November 2013). "Why Simona put club before country". nrl.com. Retrieved 13 January 2014.
  12. ^ "Tim Simona to miss Samoa Test against Fiji after copping suspension for dangerous throw". ABC News. Retrieved 20 May 2015.
  13. ^ Margie McDonald. "England overcome Samoa in thriller". The Australian.
  14. ^ "WESTS TIGERS NAME 2015 NINES SQUAD". Rugby League Week. Retrieved 20 May 2015.
  15. ^ "2015 Season Review: Tim Simona". weststigers.com.au.
  16. ^ Tim Williams. "Tigers place stars on ice for NRL Auckland Nines campaign". Fox Sports. Retrieved 2016-03-06.
  17. ^ http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/sport/samoa-too-good-for-tonga-in-fiery-pacific-test-clash-at-pirtek-stadium/news-story/aa55d4e66b709a32a0637457807f329e
  18. ^ Martin Gabor. "Simona is his harshest critic". nrl.com.
  19. ^ "Tim Simona deregistered". NRL.com. 10 March 2017.
  20. ^ http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-07-11/tim-simona-avoids-jail-over-jersey-fraud/8696994
  21. ^ http://www.smh.com.au/rugby-league/league-news/tim-simona-gets-good-behaviour-bond-for-fraud-20170711-gx8osy.html
  22. ^ https://www.nrl.com/simona-hits-super-league-roadblock/tabid/10874/newsid/116744/default.aspx
  23. ^ https://www.news.com.au/sport/nrl/panthers-boss-phil-gould-is-out-to-give-disgraced-former-tiger-tim-simona-a-lifeline/news-story/a7b18b222c3f7d7d8547435e7e058bdc
  24. ^ https://www.news.com.au/sport/nrl/former-teammate-beau-ryan-says-no-to-tim-simonas-onfield-return-to-the-nrl/news-story/91d247ac70b620bd7de43209b9f8b46f
  25. ^ "Disgraced former Wests Tigers player Tim Simona will submit a formal request to end NRL ban". www.foxsports.com.au.
  26. ^ "Canterbury Cup NSW Rd 17 – scores, highlights, reports". NSWRL.
  27. ^ "Simona returns to rugby league in Canterbury Cup". NRL.
  28. ^ "Read About a Raider – Sami Sauiluma". raiders.com.au. 25 June 2013. Retrieved 30 June 2013.
  29. ^ http://www.smh.com.au/rugby-league/league-news/disgraced-tim-simona-makes-a-fresh-start-20170603-gwju1h.html
  30. ^ https://www.smh.com.au/sport/nrl/tim-simona-fight-fans-fuming-after-disgraced-former-wests-tigers-winger-aborts-boxing-debut-20180208-h0vsq9.html
  31. ^ "'I was forced into an abortion by a NRL player and I regret it'". News.com.au.

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