The 2014 WARL Season was officially launched on Wednesday Evening to much fanfare as over 100 guests packed out the Gareth Naven Room at nib Stadium.
The festivities were kicked off with the new ‘Play NRL’ advertising campaign being showcased before MC James ‘Sully’ Sullivan began formalities with some housekeeping.
WARL Chairman Ian Kennedy then addressed the crowd and gave his thoughts on the future of the league and David Smith, who could not be at the event due to a clash of events, welcomed the guests to the 2014 season, paying tribute to the efforts of all from players to volunteers.
CEO John Sackson then took to the stage to mention the upcoming highlights of the 2014 season and thank key sponsors.
“I think the quality of footy will be really good this season,” Sackson said.
“I’m really looking forward to this year.”
Sackson would then introduce Healthway Director-General David Malone to announce an exciting partnership that sees the Smarter than Smoking message replace Cash Converters as the naming rights sponsorship for the 2014 season.
The seven WARL clubs will vie for the 2014 Smarter than Smoking Premiership this year, and the WARL unveiled the brand new competition logo in collaboration with Healthway.
The Smarter than Smoking mascot was then brought out to introduce the eight club captains and the premiership trophy to the crowd to a round of applause.
From there on, the event then took on a more personal Q&A approach with Sullivan interviewing North Beach dual premiership coach Ryan Gundry and South Perth’s first year coach Barney Nixon about the upcoming season.
And finally, NRL Ambassadors and headlining guests Scott Prince, Matt Cooper, Andrew Ryan and Ben Ross had a chat with the crowd to conclude a successful night for Rugby League in Western Australia.
The WARL Season kicks off on 22nd March with a round of blockbuster matches including the Grand Final rematch between North Beach Sea Eagles and Fremantle Roosters.