Junior Preliminary Finals

It was a fantastic day at Ken Allen Field yesterday as we witnessed some very talented athletes in six great Rugby League Preliminary Finals matches. All the final results are listed below:

Under 11′s – South Perth 12 bt Rockingham 6
Girl’s Leaguetag – Willagee 16 bt South Perth 10
Under 12′s – Fremantle 22 bt Joondalup 16
Under 13′s – Kalamunda 46 bt North Beach 16
Under 14′s – South Perth 26 bt North Beach 22
Under 16′s – South Perth 26 bt Fremantle 16

Junior Grand Finals will be held on Sunday 7th September at Franklin Offshore Sportsplex. Click on the below link for Grand Final Fixtures.



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By Justin Fris

1st gradeSouth Perth easily advanced to the WARL grand final, after brushing North Beach aside 37-18 at George Burnett Park on Saturday.

Locked at 18-all after 70 minutes, the Lions ran riot in the final ten minutes, scoring three unanswered tries.

North Beach began the game full of life and could have sealed victory by half time.

Handling errors proved a thorn in Ryan Gundry’s side, coughing up possession four times in a row while attacking.

Despite the early pressure, the Lions were near faultless with every set of six.

Regularly churning out set gains of 50m and above, Beach struggled to gain good field position as the game neared half time.

Mark Porges pulled the strings perfectly at halfback, with T.K Kahari and Wayde Kelly amongst several recipients of his good work.

As has been the case all year against the Lions, Beach had to scrap against the run of play for their tries.

Ben Taylor and Taurean Sheehan single handedly kept Beach in the game, as both sides were deadlocked with ten minutes left.

The Lions then flicked the switch like only they can.

Beach were drowned in the final moments of the game, stopping to a walk as the Lions rammed home three tries and a field goal for good measure.photo 3 (2)

Both sides will take different things out of this major semi final.

Although improving their performance, Beach still looked powerless to stop the Lions when the game needed to be won.

Ryan Gundry’s men face Fremantle on Saturday at Charles Riley Reserve, no doubt eager for a final shot at redemption against the Lions.

The Lions will enjoy a week off and enter the grand final as hot favourites.


All Senior Smarter than Smoking Premiership Semi Final Results are as follows:

WA Rugby League
Smarter Than Smoking Premiership


First Grade
South Perth 37 bt North Beach
Reserve Grade
South Perth 24 bt North Beach 18
Under 18
South Perth 24 bt Kalamunda 20
Third Grade
North Beach 22 bt Joondalup 12
Women’s Leaguetag
Fremantle 14 bt Joondalup 6


First Grade
Fremantle 34 bt Willagee 16
Reserve Grade
Joondalup 26 bt Willagee 22
Under 18
Rockingham 52 bt Joondalup 28
Third Grade
Kalamunda 18 bt Willagee 16
Women’s Leaguetag
South Perth 10 bt Kalamunda 6

*Major Semi Final winner progresses through to Grand Final, loser plays winner of the Minor (elimination) Semi Final next Saturday 6th September at Charles Riley Reserve

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There was a fantastic turnout for the 2014 Junior Presentation Evening held at nib Stadium on Wednesday 27th August 2014. Award nominees, parents and guardians, club and state officials, volunteers, referees and distinguished guests including John Sackson (WARL CEO), Ian Kennedy (WARL Chairman), Peter Smith (School Sport WA), Val Murphy (Life Member) and John Moore (Life Member, current Referee and Past Players and Supporters Association President) were in attendance. All volunteers, players, parents and officials were thanked for the amount of hours they have contributed towards a wonderful 2014 season which has seen the WARL participation numbers rise 7%, which was on the back of the 19.3% last year.

James ‘Sully’ Sullivan was the MC for the evening in which all nominees, winners and state players were recognised from their respective age groups. Also acknowledged on the night was the Most Outstanding Junior Referee as well as the Junior Club Person of the Year. Finally the winners of the Junior Club Championship were announced to cap off a great evening.


We started the night with the Jumper Presentation to all of the players that represented WA in the U12’s, U15’s and U18’s state championships as well as highlighting the Combined Affiliated States Representatives and the State Player of the Year in their respective age groups.

U12’s State Player of the Year

Kaya Symon                                       Makybe Rise PS


Picture: U12 Coach Jody Epiha, Kaya Symon and Ast Coach Justin Buttery

U15’s State Player of the Year

Rakheem Tuuta-Edwards             Rockingham SHS


Picture: Coach Ian Prout, Rakheem Tuuta Edwards, Manager Michael Hayes, Ast Coach Michael Guthrie

U15’s Combined Affiliated States Representatives

Wirihana Huriwai, Dylan Hutchins,  Ashlea Tunbridge, Nika Morehu, Trent Manihera-Paul, Rakheem Tuuta-Edwards, William Finau.


Picture: As listed above excluding William Finau (Pilbara Rugby League)

U18’s State Player of the Year

Sam Defiddes                                    Port School


Picture: U18′s Coach Jamie Papa, Trainer Kymbol Murphy, Sam Defiddes, Manager John Thompson, Ast Coach Karoa Tims.

U18’s Combined Affiliated States Representatives

Alec Campbell, Sam Defiddes, Falcon Peni, Tyler Thomas, Falcon Peni, Willem Boshoff, Kiam Fletcher.


 Picture: As listed above excluding Kiam Fletcher (absent).

The nominees for each age group were then called to the stage to receive their trophy as well as announce the winner for each competition. The nominees and winners are determined by a ladder accumulated from the referees 3, 2 and 1 votes completed after each match in the Smarter than Smoking Premiership for their age division.

U11’s Smarter than Smoking Premiership Player of the Year

Henry Rowe                                       South Perth Lions


Picture: Life Member Val Murphy with U11′s winner Henry Rowe

Girl’s Leaguetag Smarter than Smoking Premiership Player of the Year

Shanice Parker                                  Willagee Bears
Kaela Marsters                                  Kalamunda Bulldogs


Picture: GLT joint winner Kaela Marsters, WARL Competitions Coordinator Jo-Anne Prout and accepting on behalf of joint winner Shanice Parker is her grandmother Michelle Parker.

U12’s Smarter than Smoking Player of the Year

Tamati Clarke                                     Rockingham


Picture: U12 winner Tamati Clarke with School Sport WA President Peter Smith

U13’s Smarter than Smoking Premiership Player of the Year

Tamaho Teirney                               Kalamunda Bulldogs


Picture: Kalamunda President Kelly Campbell accepting on behalf of absent U13 winner Tamaho Teirney with Ed Easter from the WA Rugby League

U14’s Smarter than Smoking Premiership Player of the Year

Leevai Sutton                                    Rockingham Sharks


Picture: U14 winner Leevai Sutton with WARL CEO John Sackson

U16’s Smarter than Smoking Premiership Player of the Year

Jason Nicholls                                    Fremantle Roosters
Tamba Lebbie                                    South Perth Lions


Picture: Joint U16 winners Tamba Lebbie and Jason Nichols with WARL Chairman Ian Kennedy

John Moore was in attendance to present the award named in his honour, the John Moore Most Outstanding Junior Referee. We respect and appreciated every Referee as they play an extremely important part in our game. Thank you to all Referees for a great season.

John Moore Most Outstanding Junior Referee

Shanice Parker


Picture: Michelle Parker accepting on behalf of Shanice Parker with Life and Referee Member John Moore

The next award has been donated by the WARL Past Players and Supporters Association for the Junior Club Person of the year. This is an amazing award as it recognises those juniors that work hard behind the scenes to help out their club. Without the selfless acts of these individuals, our clubs would not be running as smoothly as they do.

Junior Club Person of the Year

Heremaia Hohepa                           South West Warriors


Picture: Life Member and WARL Past Players Association President John Moore with winner Heremaia Hohepa

The final award to the evening is for the Junior Club Champions, this is an extremely sort after and prestigious award. How the Club Championship is determined is by one point being awarded to clubs for each non-competitive team they have, as well as each competition age groups ladder score times by two. The highest total amount being deemed the Junior Club Champions. This year the race between first and second game down to the very last game, this goes to show how competitive our great game in WA is, this is a testament to every single person involved in Rugby League.

Junior Club Championship

Rockingham Coastal Sharks


Picture: WARL CEO John Sackson, Rockingham Junior President Carl Boffey and WARL Chairman Ian Kennedy

Club Championship Final Standings

  1. Rockingham
  2. South Perth
  3. Kalamunda
  4. Fremantle
  5. Joondalup
  6. North Beach
  7. Mandurah
  8. Willagee
  9. South West

P1070112  MC James Sully Sullivan







P1070103 U14′s Nominees Leevai Sutton (Rockingham), Jaylen Tuapola (Fremantle), Trent Manihera-Paul (South Perth), Bowman Stein (North Beach). Absent: Terence Marama-Nepe (Willagee/South West), Tamaho Teirney (Kalamunda), Jaidyn Elliott (Joondalup)






P1070100 Junior Club Person of the Year nominees Heremaia Hohepa (South West), Jaydean Foster (Mandurah – President Tasah Hess), Emily Watt-Taulagaua (South Perth), Thomas Reid (North Beach), Matthew Levet (Joondalup).






P1070096U12′s Nominees Remys Thompson (South West), Jethro Yumange (Mandurah), Tamati Clarke (Rockingham), Matthew Boland (Fremantle), Asaiah Gray (South Perth), Ethan Gudiri (Kalamunda – Absent), Brandon Dargaville (Joondalup), Gabriel Kaupa (North Beach).





P1070088U18′s WA State Squad 2014







P1070090U11′s Nominees Unawin Clarke (Mandurah), Noah Davis (Rockingham), Joshua Tuia Tua (Fremantle), Keinan Thompson (South West), Henry Rowe (South Perth), Ryley Gougaud (Kalamunda), Rory Noonan (Joondalup)






P1070083U15′s WA State Squad 2014







P1070078U12′s Coach Jody Epiha addressing the room







P1070079U12′s WA State Squad 2014







P1070092GLT nominees Kaela Marsters (Kalamunda), Pakiaka Davis (South West), Jamie Anne Madigan (Mandurah), Daniella Shepherd (Rockingham), Tanayaa Brown (Fremantle), Rachel Keys (South Perth), Shanae Gillmore-Spence (Joondalup), Tiare Morehu (North Beach), Shanice Parker (Willagee -Absent).





P1070105U16′s nominees Jordan Kasuas (Mandurah Storm), Samuel Hutcheson (Rockingham), Jason Nichols (Fremantle), Tamba Lebbie (South Perth), Kitione Nairube (Kalamunda), Tyla Love (Joondalup)






P1070098U13′s nominees Shandon Randsfield (Mandurah), Yuri Taipeti (Rockingham), Issac Harper (South West), Jackson Topine (North Beach). Absent: Jaydon Solomon (South Perth), Tamaho Teirney (Kalamunda).

By Justin Fris

The drama and tension of the preliminary final sees junior rugby league families travelling to Ken Allen Field on Sunday.

Playing in a grand final is a fantastic memory for any youngster and for hundreds of these footballers, the dream is less than an hour away.

Festivities kick off at 9.30am, with South Perth facing Rockingham in the U/11’s preliminary final.

Bravely edged out 6-0 by Fremantle last week’s major semi, South Perth will be excited to have another opportunity to earn a rematch.

Rockingham were simply awesome in their 44-0 win over Joondalup last week, but the opposition will be far tougher this week.

It will be hard to top the tension of last week’s minor semi final of the girls league tag, but no doubt Willagee and South Perth will provide another solid showcase of football.

One wonders if Lions star Kalani Kahu will be required to kick the winning score again in golden point?

The U/12’s matchup between Fremantle and Joondalup should not be missed by anyone.

Both sides were awesome in their finals last week, with excellent effort rising to the top.

The Giants have several aces around the park, but in order to win this match, they must limit Trey Peni’s output in the ruck.

Peni, amongst several players on both sides, could turn the game with one act of brilliance.

North Beach was left heartbroken after the U/13’s major semi final, losing 26-22 to rival South Perth.

Meannwhile across the other side, Kalamunda’s kiwi contingent left onlookers looking on in awe, with their excellent cohesion and skill during the minor semi final.

Both sides will fancy their chances, with no side clearly favoured to advance to the grand final.

South Perth will be itching to earn a rematch with Rockingham in the U/14’s grand final next week.

Trailing 20-6 midway through the second half, the Lions clawed their way back, falling inches short of a memorable comeback victory.

North Beach should have buried Joondalup by half time in the minor semi, but fatigue and poor ball control ensured a nervy finish.

The Lions would fancy their chances of defeating Beach, who don’t appear to have the legs to keep up with their opponents.

As the day winds to a close, Fremantle and South Perth will face off for the right to play a ravenous Rockingham Sharks U/16’s next week.

Thing is, have the Roosters recovered from their 55-18 belting?

South Perth were clinical in their 45-18 victory over Joondalup, but Fremantle will be desperate to make up for last week’s effort.

Regardless of how matches go this Sunday, all players should be satisfied of playing a part in finals football.

Junior football is all about having fun with friends and sharing quality time with family.

Good luck to everybody involved in matches this week and make the most of this wonderful experience.

Junior Semi Finals

*Picture – WA Junior Rugby League Semi Finals at George Burnett Park on Sunday 24th August 2014



By Justin Fris


 2014 matches:

South Perth   3  – 28-12 (r2) , 30-6 (r9)  26-16 (r16)
North Beach 0

 Perennial first grade heavyweights South Perth and North Beach face off in Saturday’s major semi final at George Burnett Park.

The Lions have comprehensively dominated all meetings with Beach this season, but finals football? Well, we all know how different things can turn.

Barney Nixon prides himself on set completion and will be eager for his men to set the tone of the game from the outset.

Beach have often become frustrated against the Lions this season, and have adopted a more physical approach instead of persisting with creative sets.

In this major semi final, they can’t afford to do this, as this plays into the Lions’ hands.

South Perth should advance to the grand final from this match, but North Beach is capable of winning if they leave nothing in the tank.



 2014 matches :

Fremantle 2   – 50-22 (r10)  38-18 (r17)
Draw           1  – 22-all, (r3)
Willagee     0

Local neighbours Fremantle and Willagee square off in Saturday’s minor semi final at Ken Allen Field.

Lose this one and you go home, it’s as simple as that.

Fremantle are arguably the form team in first grade right now, putting several teams to the sword.

Willagee have also had a memorable season, capable of knocking off superior opposition against the odds.

In reality though, the Bears will have to play out of their skins to knock off the Roosters away from home.

The Bears struggle to match up well against the Roosters, with their defence battling to keep Jordan Stringer and Wellington Tulilou under wraps.

It should be a tight affair early, but a solid burst from the Roosters should see them advance to next Saturday’s preliminary final.



for all fixtures in this weekend’s Senior Semi Finals at George Burnett Park and Ken Allen Field, click below:

2014 Senior Semi Finals Draw