Western Australia

Message from RugbyWA Joint Patron

Message from RugbyWA Joint Patron

23/04/2018, Western Australia, Rugby, Pindan Premier League, Article # 26497926

Geoffrey Stooke OAM

At the recent Annual General Meeting of RugbyWA, I had the privilege of being elected to the position of Joint Patron of RugbyWA. It is also a privilege that I share the position with my fellow Joint Patron, Malcolm McCusker AC CVO- a distinguished Western Australian and passionate rugby supporter.
The events of the past twelve months have been very difficult and challenging for the Western Australian rugby community and the Western Australian community in general. The loss of the Western Force from the Super Rugby competition was a devastating blow to rugby in Western Australia and it resulted in rugby losing any legitimacy to having a truly national footprint.
A feeling of loss was felt by many and my feeling of loss was profound, given I was Chairman of RugbyWA for twenty-three years and Chaired the Committee that successfully bid in 2004 for the fourth Australian Super Rugby team to be based in Perth. I also resigned from the Board of the Australian Rugby Union (now Rugby Australia) following the announcement on 11 August 2017 to remove the Western Force. Importantly, this because I believed the process to remove a team was manifestly flawed and not simply because of the outcome.
However, that is now history and we in Western Australia must move on and we must ensure the future of rugby in Western Australia. This includes the future of elite rugby in Western Australia and the development and maintenance of rugby pathways for all rugby participants in our state- men, women, boys and girls. We can’t simply get angry about what has occurred, we must fight back!

This ‘fight back’ can be demonstrated in various ways but one significant way is to all get behind and support the ‘new’ Western Force.

Through the generous support of Andrew and Nicola Forrest and the Minderoo Foundation, the ‘new’ Western Force has been established. A core of elite players has been recruited and they will be complimented by outstanding local talent. The team will provide the pathway to elite rugby for local players and those through the Future Force Foundation.
The team will be competing in World Series Rugby matches over the next few months. These matches will be against international and elite teams from Australia, Fiji, Tonga, Samoa, New Zealand and Japan. It is going to be exciting and entertaining rugby.

All matches will be at nib Stadium and our support of these matches could largely determine the future of elite rugby in Western Australia. Please be there to support your Western Force!

Whilst the Western Force did not deserve to be removed from Super Rugby, the dwindling support for the team was certainly a factor that did not assist in its retention. Our attendances at home games had dropped from an average of 25,000 per game in 2006 to around 10,000 per game in recent times. Too many people who were angry and upset when the team was removed, had not attended many games at nib Stadium. We cannot allow this to happen again.

The future of the Western Force will largely depend on the support it receives from the Western Australian rugby community!

The Super Rugby competition continues to struggle with poor crowd attendances and poor television ratings. Some crowds have been less than 6,000 and few over 10,000. The structure of
elite rugby in Australia, after the end of the current broadcasting agreement, is likely to be a lot different to what exists at present with the Super Rugby competition. An opportunity exists for World Series Rugby, the Western Force and Western Australia to play a lead role in developing Australia’s future elite rugby competitions. However, to do this Western Australia needs to demonstrate that the necessary support is here.

That simply means supporting all World Series Rugby games at nib Stadium this year!

The first game is against Fiji on Friday 4 May 2018, with the kick off at 6.30pm. Please join the captain, Ian Prior, the coach, Tim Sampson, and the team as they commence an exciting new phase of elite rugby in Western Australia. Join the now famous ‘Sea of Blue’ and demonstrate to Australian rugby that the game is alive & well in Western Australia- the Member Union with the third largest playing population in Australia! Demonstrate that elite rugby can succeed in Western Australia, despite the treatment Western Australia has received in recent times.

With apologies to Uncle Sam and JFK, I leave you with the following:

We look forward to seeing you at the games.

Yours in Rugby,

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Round 2 Match Reports

Round 2 Match Reports

19/04/2018, Western Australia, Rugby, Pindan Premier League, Article # 26451346
Round 2 saw us tackle traditional rivals Nedlands RUFC

Round 2 Match Report: Jake The Muss Bursts Onto The Premier Grade Scene

Round 2 Match Report: Jake The Muss Bursts Onto The Premier Grade Scene

17/04/2018, Western Australia, Rugby, Pindan Premier League, Article # 26434836

It was the Colts who stole the show when rugby returned to the Foreshore in glorious conditions on Saturday, even though Neddies was unfortunately unable to field a team in that grade this season.

After a bye in the first round, a quick head count of the premier grade team which took the field against Paly on Saturday (after a win in thirds and a Peanut-inspired win in seconds) revealed no few than 10 starting players who had come through the Colts. How’s that for a stat.

And there was a couple in particular who caught the eye. In his debut game, rangy No 8 Jake McKellar (who is still eligible to play Colts) looked right at home in premier grade. You might hear a lot more of that name. The Hulkster reckoned young Jake reminded him of a bloke back in Morrinsville called Duane Monkley.

And out in the centres there was the welcome return of Louis Saunders-Loder, who showed he had lost none of his skills or pace after a season or so off.

Another notable former Colt was prop Tommy Sheminant, who has returned to Perth from the Shute Shield after being elected in the Force squad.

Back to the game, and it didn’t take Neddies long to kick into gear, with the home team scoring four tries in the first spell for a half-time lead of 24-6.

The second half marked the return to the Foreshore of prop Travis Church, back in the Neddies kit after a four year break. And there was a front-row debut for another of the Colts, Calvin Swick.

Two more second half tries saw Neddies in command at 34-13 with minutes left on the clock before Paly closed out the game with a converted try for a final bonus-point scoreline of 34-20.

Saturday sees Neddies hit the road to play Wests at Bennett Park.

You know the drill. Be there. Be loud. Proud. GO NEDDIES!

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Friday Focus

Friday Focus

13/04/2018, Western Australia, Rugby, Pindan Premier League, Article # 26393743
This year we will be compiling a player profile report on a weekly basis, appearing on our News Feed every Friday.

Round 1 Match Report

Round 1 Match Report

12/04/2018, Western Australia, Rugby, Pindan Premier League, Article # 26387838
Pally opener their season against Wests Scarborough

Juniors SKILLS Development with Jack Lloyd

Juniors SKILLS Development with Jack Lloyd

31/03/2018, Western Australia, Rugby, Pindan Premier League, Article # 26251733
Juniors SKILLS Development

Juniors SKILLS Development

31/03/2018, Western Australia, Rugby, Pindan Premier League, Article # 26251623
O'Dowd wins first round, Trade Hire Karri Rally

O'Dowd wins first round, Trade Hire Karri Rally

28/03/2018, Western Australia, Motorsport - Rally, Rally WA, Article # 26221646
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John O'Dowd. Photo: Maximum Motorsport / Gemma Lucas

O'Dowd wins first round, Trade Hire Karri Rally

On Saturday, the season opener of the CAMS Onslow Contracting WA Rally Championship (WARC), the Trade Hire Karri Rally, was held in Nyamup, east of Manjimup.
Maximum Motorsport driver John O’Dowd and co-driver Tom Wilde, who is also reigning WA Rally State Champion, finished first at the Trade Hire Karri Rally, winning three stages and finishing second on the other four in a 2007 Subaru Impreza WRX STI.
O’Dowd said that he enjoyed the rally and he was happy with a win in round one, gaining some valuable points going into the Make Smoking History Forest Rally next month.
“It was a good rally with good stages. The long 35-kilometre stage was enjoyable and it was good to get the fastest time – it was a little technical and rough in patches, it had a bit of everything,” O’Dowd said.
“The car ran faultless all day, it was prepared well by Maximum Motorsport and it’s a great car to drive – I felt good in the car this time.
“Tom did a good job - I’ve had him co-drive for me once before and we work well together.”
Last year, O’Dowd narrowly missed the title in a battle with Wilde who won the Championship in a 2WD car, making history in the process. But for the Trade Hire Karri Rally and the WA round of the Australian Rally Championship, the Make Smoking History Forest Rally in Busselton in April, the rivals are teammates, with Wilde as co-driver.
O’Dowd’s regular co-driver Ken Shiel is unable to compete due to work commitments.
Finishing 1:05 minutes behind O’Dowd in second place was Stephen Oxley and Michael Wood in their 2008 Subaru Impreza WRX STI.
Oxley said that they had a great day despite damaging the front steering arm at the start of the second stage.
“Unfortunately that damage put the alignment out for the rest of the day, but we battled on,” Oxley said.
“There was a lot of dust but the stages were good, some fast and flowing sections and a really mixed long stage.”
Oxley said that he would be competing at the Make Smoking History Forest Rally, which is also a round of the CAMS Australian Rally Championship and he hopes to contest the remaining rounds of the WARC.
Nic Box and Todd Payne finished first in the 2WD Championship and third overall in a 1993 Nissan Silvia S13, 1:43 minutes slower than the winner.

For more information and results visit www.rallywa.com
Oxley / Wood. Photo: Tim Allot
Box / Payne. Photo: CMR Photogrpahic
WA 2WD Championship
Nic Box and Todd Payne finished first in the 2WD Championship and third overall in a 1993 Nissan Silvia S13, 1:43 minutes slower than the winner.
The duo had to concede second place in WARC after their map reading light failed, making it impossible to read pace notes in the dark.
Box said it was one of the best rallies he has ever competed in.
“The roads were perfect with a mixture of high speed and high grip mostly, with a few rough bits that weren’t an issue; most of the stages suited me and my car and that showed in the results,” Box said.  
“Our wipers stopped on the first stage but we fixed them and we had one flat tyre after hitting a rock near the end of a stage so we didn’t lose any real time.
“I couldn’t be happier – the rally is a credit to all who organised it and helped – it ran like clockwork.”
Box will be part of the service crew for Adam Kaplan at Make Smoking History Forest Rally after Box sold Kaplan his Nissan 370Z, as such, Box is unable to compete. His next event is the Rally of the Heartland in South Australia.
Second place in the 2WD Championship went to Michael Joss and Megan Logue in a 1999 Nissan Silvia S15, 3:04 minutes behind Box / Payne. 
Rounding out the top three was Alex and Lisa White in a 1989 Nissan Silvia S13, 10:06 minutes slower than Box / Payne.
Alex White said that his car performed perfectly, even through the rough patches.
“At the first service we found that the cap to our power steering had popped off and the radiator fan had been pushed into the top of the shroud following a rough section in second stage, but that was the worst of it for us really,” White said.
“We struggled through the night stages with our lights as we didn't have the spread and couldn't see into dips or tops of crests which resulted in dropping two minutes on one stage alone. Our notes where pretty good, but it wasn't worth making a mistake so we backed off and did our best.
“The roads were a really nice combination of technical, tight, open, and fast sections – the organisers have done a great job at finding new roads for this rally.
“I was also really pleased to see the return of the village accommodation, along with the central service park and ceremonial finish, which allows us to all catch up and hear each other’s stories – the rally community spirit is really important to the future of our sport. We are now looking forward to Forest Rally.”
Alex White said that they have struggled the last few years to compete due to work commitments, but this year their aim is to compete in the all the WA 2WD Championship rounds. 
Michael Joss/Melissa Logue. Photo: Tim Allot
White / White. Photo: Tim Allot
Vass / Burton. Photo: Tim Allot
Clubman Masters and Clubman Club series
Winners of the Clubman Cup were Stephen Vass and Ashley Burton in a 1972 Datsun 1600 who finished just 0:12 ahead of Graeme and Kathy Miles in a 2007 Mitsubishi Lancer. Rounding out the top three was Kevin and Aaron Hollingsworth in their 2007 Suzuki Swift, 3:48 minutes behind the quickest pace.
For Vass, this was his first time competing as a driver having spent four years as a co-driver.
“I did drive in a rally last year but retired during the first stage, so that didn’t count. I’ve tried all sorts of racing and rally driving is my favourite – as they say, a bad day rallying is still better than a good day at work,” said the Proprietor of Maddington Auto Repairs and sponsor of the car.
“We had no problems, the car ran well and it’ll be ready and firing for Forest Rally.”
In the Clubman Masters, a Ford finished first over a Datsun. Carl and Tracey Rattenbury were quickest in their 1974 Ford Escort, 11:33 minutes ahead of Chris and Kelsey Gerdei in their 1974 Datsun 180B.
The picturesque Trade Hire Karri Rally took place on State Forest roads for the first time in 30 years with 118 kilometres of competitive stages, 194 kilometres in total. The longest stage of the rally was also the longest stage in the WARC at 35 kilometres.

The next round is the Make Smoking History Forest Rally held from 27th to 29th April 2018 in Busselton and Nannup; it is also a round of the CAMS Australian Rally Championship.
For more information and results visit www.rallywa.com
Overall WARC
Pos No Crew Vehicle Total
Gap 1st 
1 5 O'DOWD
Impreza WRX STI
Impreza WRX STI
3 6 BOX
Silvia S13
Overall 2WD
Pos No Crew Vehicle Total
Gap 1st 
1 6 BOX
Silvia S13
2 8 JOSS
Silvia S15
3 10 WHITE
Silvia S13
Overall Clubman Cup
Pos No Crew Vehicle Total
Gap 1st 
1 29 VASS
2 28 MILES
Overall Clubman Masters
Pos No Crew Vehicle Total
Gap 1st 
Escort Mk1
Rattenbury / Rattenbury. Photo: Tim Allot


2018 Onslow Contracting Western Australian Rally Championship 
Round 1:  24 March 2018 - Trade Hire Karri Rally, Manjimup 
Round 2:  27-29 April 2018 – Make Smoking History Forest Rally, Busselton & Nannup 
Round 3:  3 June 2018 - MRF Tyres Boddington Safari, Boddington
Round 4:  7 July 2018 - Wheels on Yirrigan Kumho Tyre Kirup Rally, Kirup
Round 5:  15 September 2018 – Make Smoking History Experts Cup, Collie 
Round 6:  10 November 2018, 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)
  1. 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
  1. State Rookie Driver and Co-Driver
    1. WA State Rally Rookie Driver
    2. WA State Rally Rookie Co-Driver
    3. Clubman Cup Rookie Driver
    4. Clubman Cup Rookie Co-Driver
  1. 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 Points   Place Championship Points
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


2018 CAMS Australian Rally Championship
Round 1:  3-4 March – Eureka Rally, Ballarat, VIC
Round 2:  27-29 April – Forest Rally, Busselton, WA
Round 3:  1-3 June – Netier National Capital Rally (APRC), Canberra, ACT
Round 4:  27-29 July – Rally Tasmania, TAS*
Round 5:  21-23 September – Adelaide Hills Rally, Adelaide Hills, SA
Round 6:  15-18 November – Rally Australia, Coffs Coast, NSW

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Spirit of Rugby Long Lunch

Spirit of Rugby Long Lunch

28/03/2018, Western Australia, Rugby, Pindan Premier League, Article # 26211616

Tickets on sale now for our famous Long Lunch, sponsored this year by QBE. It is the first rugby event at Optus Stadium and starts 12noon on Friday 1 June in the River Room. To co-incide with the Irish v Wallaby tour, MC John McGlue of ABC Radio will present speakers including comedian Paul Martell, All Black legend Ali Williams, former Wallaby prop Dan Crowley and more! Seats are $190 or book at table of 10. You can pay by credit card, EFT or over the bar at the club. To download the fillable PDF booking form go to http://goo.gl/VUgSEL

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