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GARY GUY - Funeral Notice

GARY GUY - Funeral Notice

21/11/2017, Western Australia, Rugby, Pindan Premier League, Article # 24911030
It is with continued sadness thatcwe pass on the funeral notice for Gary Guy

Club Survey

Club Survey

21/11/2017, Western Australia, Rugby, Pindan Premier League, Article # 24907809
AGM Report and New Executive Committee Members

AGM Report and New Executive Committee Members

18/11/2017, Western Australia, Rugby, Pindan Premier League, Article # 24873576

The Club’s AGM was held on Thursday 16-Nov and was attended by 29 loyal club members.  Presentations were made by President Peter Malcolm, Treasurer Lisa Melvin and incoming Junior President Dave Round on the state of the club, focusing on the many successes of the 2017 season.  After the presentations all positions were declared vacant, and the following people were appointed to the Board of Management for the 2018 season:

Marty Fitzsimons                President

Craig Holdcroft                    Vice President – Rugby On-field

Vacant                                  Vice President – Clubhouse

Secretary                              Steve Bradbury

Treasurer                              Lisa Melvin

Jim Garvey                           Executive Board Member-Rugby Support

Dave Hugo                           Executive Board Member-Club Development

In addition to these appointments, Richard Vaughan was reaffirmed as Club Patron, and Chris Lowson was re-appointed to the Board of Trustees.

All club members please note that the position of Vice President – Clubhouse is vacant, so anyone with some spare time that wants to volunteer to be on the board please contact your new President Marty Fitzsimons.

On behalf of Nedlands RUFC, I want to thank out-going board members Jan Macpherson, Phil Hobbs and Josh Mylne for their dedication and hard work over the past couple of years.  Congratulations to everyone on being appointed to the Board, and to our new President Marty Fitzsimons I wish you all the very best of success both on and off the field.  Lastly, it has been an honour and privilege to have been the President of such a wonderful club as Neddies for the past 4 years.  I thank everyone in the club for your support and assistance over the years, and I look forward to seeing you all down on the sideline in 2018.  GO NEDDIES!

Peter Malcolm

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Western Australians to watch at WRC final round, Rally Australia

Western Australians to watch at WRC final round, Rally Australia

15/11/2017, Western Australia, Motorsport - Rally, Rally WA, Article # 24840122
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Molly Taylor getting air. Photo: Subaru Australia

Western Australians to watch at WRC final round, Rally Australia 

The final round of the World Rally Championship (WRC), the Kennards Hire Rally Australia in Coffs Harbour, starts on Thursday 16 November and finishes on Sunday 20 November.
Competitors will race the clock over 318 kilometres in 21 special stages in the final round of the WRC season.
While the WRC has already been won by M-Sport Ford’s Sebastien Ogier (France), the real battle to watch is in the CAMS Australian Rally Championship (ARC) with two Western Australians in the mix for title honours.
Eight Western Australians will line up on the Rally Australia start line, three drivers and five co-drivers.
Reigning Australian Rally Champion Bill Hayes will again be co-driver for Molly Taylor in a Production Rally Car class Subaru WRX STI. The duo has a 30-point lead and their sights firmly set on back-to-back ARC titles. There are several points permutations, however the most feasible scenario according to Subaru Australia is for Taylor and Hayes to finish top three across the three days and bag their second Championship.
“Half of recce is done and the stages are a lot dustier than we expected, however, this could play to our advantage as we’re in the ARC-only event so have a bigger gap to the car in front,” Hayes said.
“Our plan is the same as every rally – take each corner the best we can and move quickly to the next one! Obviously retaining the championship is and has been our priority all year so we will just concentrate on that and keep doing our own thing. We don't have to win but we will be trying too,” Hayes said.
The closest contender to Taylor / Hayes is Nathan Quinn (NSW) who will have experienced WA co-driver Ben Searcy calling his notes in their Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX. With 30 points separating them, and 20 points up for grabs for the fastest each day (total 60), 17 points for second, 15 for third, and so forth, this will be a hot contest to watch.
Ben Searcy said he was feeling good and confident going into Rally Australia.
“We’re going to be a threat to Molly, Nathan can still win the championship.  He’s a local and knows these roads like his backyard. The stages are looking very dry and dusty and they’ll be slippery if the anticipated rainfall comes on Saturday and Sunday.  We have to win all heats and overall for Nathan to have a chance for the championship title. I can’t wait to race on these roads with him!” Searcy said.
The name Dean Herridge is synonymous with rallying in WA. But it’s been a while between drinks, eleven years in fact since Maximum Motorsport’s Dean Herridge tackled Rally Australia, the last being the final Perth edition in 2006.
In a new partnership, Sam Hill (NSW) will be calling the notes next to Dean in his Subaru WRX STI.
“Actually, we’re feeling pretty good and had a big day of recce today. I’m writing one hundred kilometres of pace notes, fresh, and it’s been a while since I’ve done that,” Dean said.
“I’m not sure what to expect really. We’ll set a good pace that we’re comfortable with and run with that and try to keep out of trouble. We’re not going to poodle around the stages, but we’ll try to minimise mistakes. WRC events are long and tough – I got a reminder of that today. But if it was easy, everyone would do it. The car is great and we’ll do the best we can, having fun along the way,” the 41-year-old father of three said.
Maximum Motorsport team mate John O’Dowd and regular co-driver Ken Sheil are ready for the massive opportunity presented in the CAMS Australian Rally Championship’s new-for-2017 category, ARC2. The division was created for teams who compete in their home ARC event and one other.  After finishing fourth at the Lightforce Rally in South Australia, O’Dowd climbed two championship positions and now sits in sixth place, the highest-placed WA driver.
Father and son team Jason Lowther and Paul Lowther, 62, from Australind will contest their first WRC event in their Toyota Corolla.
“It has been a dream forever to compete in the pinnacle event of our sport and we’re feeling very excited to be part of Rally Oz. Our aim is to finish the event and have a great time doing it. Recce went well today. It’s the first time Dad and I have competed on pace notes, so it was a steep learning curve for both of us. We are looking forward to hitting the stages on Friday!” Jason, 38, said.
Adopted West Australian Mike Young will have compatriot Malcolm Read (NZ) co-driving in their Citroën DS3 R3.
“I’m feeling confident after our pre-event test, it was a good chance to get used to the new car and find a set up to suit the roads here in Coffs Harbour. To me, the roads are in good condition and it should be super fast, especially on Saturday where the roads are very wide and flowing. The goal is to be consistent over the rally and the main thing is to finish. A good result will be a bonus,” 24-year-old Mike said.
31 cars will contest the ARC class at Rally Australia, which starts on Friday with the first leg covering eight stages, across 113.42 competitive kilometres. Saturday’s Leg Two covers a further eight stages over 140.27 kilometres. The event wraps on Sunday afternoon after five more stages across 64.64 kilometres. Total competitive distance is 318.33 kilometres and 947.55 kilometres overall.
For results, visit www.rallyaustralia.com
Molly Taylor and Bill Hayes. Photo: Subaru Australia
Ben Searcy. Photo: Barnsies Photos
Dean Herridge
John O'Dowd. Photo: John Doutch


The following table identifies home suburbs for driver / co-drivers.

Name Driver / Co-driver Suburb
Bill Hayes Co-driver Maida Vale
Dean Herridge Driver Landsdale
Jason Lowther Driver Australind
Paul Lowther Co-driver Australind
John O’Dowd Driver Gooseberry Hill
Ben Searcy Co-driver East Vic Park
Kenneth Sheil Co-driver Perth
Mike Young Driver Balga

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15/11/2017, Western Australia, Rugby, Pindan Premier League, Article # 24839958
Rockingham RUFC Founding Member & Life Member Gary Guy has passed away.

Make Tax Deductable Donations to Neddies

Make Tax Deductable Donations to Neddies

13/11/2017, Western Australia, Rugby, Pindan Premier League, Article # 24814666

Our Club now has a project with the Australian Sports Foundation called The Nedlands Rugby Club Development Fund https://asf.org.au/projects/the-nedlands-rugby-union-football-club This ‘project’ enables members and supporters to make tax deductable donations towards anything that promotes the growth of rugby union in Nedlands. This can include, but is not limited to ; Club promotion and player recruitment, the purchase of playing / training equipment, coach and player development courses, Club tours, and Injured Players Fund donations – any of the myriad costs our Club incurs in promoting and ,managing the game of rugby in Nedlands.

To donate to this fund, just click on the Donate button, and complete the details. You will be sent a receipt by the ASF which you can use with your annual tax return, and your donation will in due course be forwarded to the Club. If you want your donation to be used for a specific purpose, please relay this to a member of the Club Board of Management or to Chris Lowson. For enquiries, contact Chris on 0404931735.

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Neddies congratulates Mitch Drummond

Neddies congratulates Mitch Drummond

13/11/2017, Western Australia, Rugby, Pindan Premier League, Article # 24814531

Somewhere buried in halfback Mitchell Drummond’s rugby resume, lurking under a Super Rugby victory with the Crusaders and a couple of Mitre 10 Cups for Canterbury, is the fact that Mitch played his first game of open grade (senior) rugby for Neddies at the 2012 Borneo international sevens. There, he got to play with such Neddies luminaries as the Bus, Macca, Rat, Ben Titoko, Cam Crowley, the two Jakes (Wilson and Stevens), Chalky, Stardust and Dylan Loversidge.

Early Wednesday morning, Perth time, Mitch gets the opportunity to achieve his childhood dream of playing for the All Blacks, having been named on the bench by Steve Hansen in the New Zealand team to play a French XV in Lyon.

The Neddies club congratulates Mitch and wishes him all the best.

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Darling 200: Heatwave adds to hotly contested season finish

Darling 200: Heatwave adds to hotly contested season finish

13/11/2017, Western Australia, Motorsport - Rally, Rally WA, Article # 24813120
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Darling 200 2WD winners Vlad / Nicoli.  Credit: Paul van der Mey

Darling 200: Heatwave adds to hotly contested season finish 

Temperatures soared to close to 37 degrees in Jarrahdale during the hotly contested Darling 200, the final round of the CAMS Onslow Contracting Western Australian 2WD Rally Championship (WARC) and Clubman Cup and Clubman Masters series.
In hot and dusty conditions competitors raced a total of 82 kilometres on two stages that were run three times.  All categories competed the same distance.
In a welcomed surprise, Team Hotel handed out icy-poles to sweaty competitors after the second, fourth and sixth stages.
Dignitaries MLA for Darling Range Barry Urban and Jarrahdale Shire President Michelle Rich waved the cars out of the picturesque Jarrahdale Oval service park with Australian flag.
Clerk of Course Wendy Walker said that despite the heat, it was a terrific rally.
“I’d like to thank the Shire of Jarrahdale, event and Rally WA sponsors and of course all of our volunteers for their hard work in hot conditions,” Walker said.
A minute’s silence was observed for Remembrance Day.
2WD 2nd place Flood/Flood. Credit: Paul van der Mey


Before Darling 200, Razvan Vlad said he was going for the win and he did just that finishing fastest on all six stages with co-driver Daymon Nicoli in their MAXYRally 2004 Ford Fiesta.
Vlad said that the changes made to the drive shaft were effective; a broken driveshaft was the reason he missed Carrington’s Safari.
“It was extremely hot which made it quite difficult, especially in the first two stages. The organisers supplied cold water and icy poles, which was a really good idea,” Vlad said.
“The stages were rough, particularly towards the end. I was pushing but then slowed down in the final two stages because we had a good gap and we wanted to avoid the rocks.
“I’ve won Darling two years in a row so it’s fast becoming my favourite event.”
In second place 2:53 minutes behind was Gregory and Deann Flood in their Greg Flood Electrical 1994 Mitsubishi Lancer. In third place 2:37 mins behind the Floods was Andy van Kann and co-driver Murray Hynes in vkrallye 1974 Toyota Corolla.
Tom Wilde and Madelin Kirkhouse made history last month winning the 2WD Championship as well as the WARC outright championship at Carrington’s Traffic Services Safari. It was the first time in 30 years a 2WD vehicle has taken the outright title.
Vlad / Nicoli finished the WARC 2WD in second place overall and Flood/Flood finished the championship in third place.
Overall 2WD
Pos No Crew Vehicle Total
Gap 1st 
1 3 VLAD
Corolla TE27
Clubman Cup series winners Nicoli/Adams.  Credit: Paul van der Mey
Clubman Cup competitors Percival/Pearce. Credit: Paul van der Mey

Clubman Cup

Finishing their second rally of the season, Lance Stringer and co-driver Jace Van Saarloos jumped on the bonnet of their Lawnswood Pet Cremation 1989 Nissan Silvia S13 before taking the top step of the podium victorious in the Darling 200.
Stringer, 44, was delighted with the win and said it was a realisation of a 30-year dream.
“My very first rally was the Darling 200 three years ago and I came dead last. Last year I finished Darling on the podium in third place and was pretty happy with that. This year was even better winning it!” Stringer said.
“Although, I have to admit I wasn’t very well prepared – I forgot to put fuel in the car and only remembered that on the way to the start line so it was a bit of a panic. And I left my race suit at the farm.
“I had to race in long cotton clothing instead [permitted in Clubman series] - I looked like a wood-chopper compared to other drivers!” quipped Stringer.
Stringer acknowledged the support from his co-driver and team manager Karl Drummond for keeping the car reliable, as well as event organisers and volunteers.
Stringer/Van Saarloos finished round one, the Kin Kin Rally in third place, and did not finish rounds two or three, and did not start rounds four, five and six.
In second place of the Darling 200 was Brock Nicoli and Daniel Adams in their MAXYEngineering 1994 Mitsubishi Lancer.
Third place at Darling 200 went to Andrew Percival and co-driver Jim Pearce in their True Blue Alarms 1997 Honda Civic.
Overall Clubman Cup
Pos No Crew Vehicle Total
Gap 1st 
Silvia S13
A finish on the second step of the Darling 200 podium was enough for Nicoli/Adams to win the 2017 Clubman Cup series. The duo finished fastest at Carrington’s Safari and in Round 3 at Boddington, they came second in the first two rounds and third in Round 4 the Experts Cup. In Round 5 in Kirup, they rejoined the rally to score half points in fifth place.
Nicoli said that he had no idea he was in contention for the series win until a couple of rounds ago.
“I’m stoked! Knowing that we had a chance for the series title changed the way we approached each rally – we reduced the risk factor to make sure we finished each event,” the 18-year-old cabinet maker said.
“I’d like to say a huge thanks to Raz and Ioana Vlad, without them I wouldn’t be in this position, also to my mum and dad and all the organisers and officials. I really appreciate it.”
Nicoli said he hopes to contest the WA State Championship next year.
Finishing the season second in the Clubman Cup series was Andrew Percival and Jim Pearce in their True Blue Alarms 1997 Honda Civic.
Percival/Pearce took the approach, ‘To finish first, first we must finish’ which paid long-term dividends for a successful season result.
In third place of the Clubman Cup series was Graeme and Kathy Miles in their Miles Landscaping 2007 Mitsubishi Lancer.
Clubman Masters Darling 200 winners Courtis/King.  Credit: Paul van der Mey

Clubman Masters

In the Clubman Masters, you could say that Dene Courtis and Robert King ‘did a Bradbury’ to win the class in their Askwith Safe company 1990 Toyota Corolla FX GT. While Nic Box and co-driver Mitchel Gray showed pace in the first four stages taking the lead, it was a mechanical failure that let them down forcing retirement in stage five, paving the way for the reliable car of Courtis/King to take the win.
Overall Clubman Masters
Pos No Crew Vehicle Total
Gap 1st 
Corolla FX GT
The series winner Julian Wright and co-driver Ian de Boer had an unbeatable lead leading into Darling 200. They didn’t run on Saturday as they prepare to compete in the major classic event, the Alpine Rally held every two years in Lakes Entrance in Victoria in early December.
For results, visit http://www.rallywa.com/rallyevents/darling-200/
Full details of current championship standings can be found via www.rallywa.com/points.
Clubman Masters series winners  Wright Huggins.  Credit: CMR Photographic 
WARC 2017 Outright Winners - Wilde / Kirkhouse.  Credit: CMR Photographic 


2017 Onslow Contracting Western Australian Rally Championship 
Round 1:  25 March 2017 - Trade Hire Kin Kin Rally, Manjimup 
Round 2:  21-23 April 2017 - Quit Forest Rally, Busselton & Nannup 
Round 3:  3 June 2017 - MRF Boddington Rally, Boddington
Round 4:  8 July 2017 - Make Smoking History Experts Cup, Collie 
Round 5:  9 September 2017 - Wheels on Yirrigan Kumho Tyre Kirup Rally, Kirup 
Round 6:  14 October 2017 - Carringtons Safari, Chidlow 
Round 7:  11 November 2017, Darling 200, Jarrahdale (2WD and Clubman Cup only)

The WA Rally Championship has three main categories and awards trophies to top finishers in each sub category:

  1. WA State Rally Championship
    All events are one day that start at 1pm and typically finish around 9pm.Night rallying is a feature.
    1. 4WD category
    2. 2WD category
    3. State Challenge – restricted 2WD category (no recce / pace notes)
  2. Clubman Cup
    Clubman Cup is half the length / distance of the WA State Rally Championships. This category is more accessible to enthusiasts and encourages those without the budget to compete in the WA State Rally Championships to rally.
    1. 2WD category – no recce / pace notes
  3. Clubman Masters
    The Clubman Masters is a new category in 2017 for any competitor who has competed regularly in the Clubman Cup series and has held a 2WD DPI (seeding) greater than 0.8500 for more than two years as of 1st January of any year since 2007, or have been a winner of any Championship or Series.
  4. State Rookie Driver and Co-Driver
    1. WA State Rally Champion Driver
    2. WA State Rally Champion Co-Driver
    3. Clubman Cup Driver
    4. Clubman Cup Co-Driver
  5. Points
    For each place from 1 to 20, the following points allocated to the overall Rally WA championship. There is a championship for drivers and one for co-drivers:
Place Championship
  Place Championship
1st 80   11th 20
2nd 68   12th 18
3rd 60   13th 16
4th 52   14th 14
5th 44   15th 12
6th 40   16th 10
7th 36   17th 8
8th 32   18th 6
9th 28   19th 4
10th 24   20th 2

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2017 PRUC Annual General Meeting

2017 PRUC Annual General Meeting

09/11/2017, Western Australia, Rugby, Pindan Premier League, Article # 24768462
All members, players and supporters are invited to attend the 2017 Palmyra Rugby Union Club (Inc.) Annual General Meeting (AGM).