2022 NRL WA Season Review – Fremantle Roosters

It is now time to head to another of our foundation clubs, who along with moving into a new home, had a very successful 2022, the Fremantle Roosters.

Home Ground – Treeby Community & Sports Centre, Treeby

2022 Seniors – ALL GRADES – Men’s Fuel To Go & Play Premiership, Women’s Premiership, Val Murphy Trophy & Women’s League Tag

Highlights – The Fremantle Roosters had a massive year to remember, especially in the senior ranks. Two senior premierships, along with another grand final appearance the and return of their womens tackle side capped off what was almost a perfect year for their club, and their introduction to their new home ground.

In the Men’s, the Fuel To Go & Play Premiership side was victorious, with a string of dominant performances in the back end of the competition leaving no doubt about their title year. Led once again by the evergreen coach/player Delane Edwards, they surged as the year came to a close with some monster games, and in the end were much to classy for a brave and gutsy, but ultimately outclassed Sea Eagles. Their Val Murphy Trophy also ran hot towards the end of the year, being the first team into the grand final in the VMT. But came up with a bit of an uncharacteristic performance, which left them chasing a strong Alkimos Tigers team, and ultimately fell short. But the depth in the club cannot be understated as multiple players stood up across both grades.

In the Women’s, the Women’s League Tag side dominated the competition. They led the whole season and finished with an emphatic victory in the grand final against normal arch rivals the Giants. A great defensive side, with pace all over the park and brilliant play makers to boot, they played a super expressive brand of WLT that was great to watch. The return of the Womens Premiership side was another highlight. While they didn’t set the world on fire early, they got rolling late and came up with a couple of big scalps towards the end which showed they will be one to watch in 2023.

Players To Watch – In the Men’s, Joseph Po’uhila stamped himself as an absolute handful out wide, with his rare combination of speed and size something to behold in full flight. With him and centre partner Paora Kemp causing all sorts of havoc out wide it allows the middle to do what they have too. The middle combination of Duane Butler, Bjorn Crotty and unheralded Onisimo Tagicakibau in the lineup. Just so you get a sense of how strong this side is, the bench for the grand final was Taomia, Peneha, Tabakanaca and Edwards. And Regy Manu was a late edition in the centres…… yep they were that strong.

In the ladies tag, hard to go past grand final MVP Kiarhnie Atwell, who was immense on both sides of the ball, especially in their run to the grand final. And Shanaaz Te Ahuru swept all before her as a dominant winner of the WLT player of the year for the competition. Both players are smart, fast and possess a competitive streak that puts them in the upper echelon of players. In the women’s tackle, Heather Matoe announced herself as the best middle forward in the competition at certain stages in the competition, and her ability to play wider made her a dangerous proposition, while Dallys Tini can still play with the best of them as a ball controlling half.

2022 Juniors – GLT, 13s Boys & 13s Girls, 14s Boys, 15s Boys
Highlights – 
The Roosters, much like the seniors had a period of change. With a new committee and a new home ground, they came in with big plans and made some critical decisions for the benefit of their growth and sustainability. With massive emphasis on the minis and their junior girls, they competed well in the competition age groups and achieved some great results.

The 13’s Boys were the best side in the competition, and probably the most dominant team in any male age group. With class all over the field, they were pushed hard by a committed Bears team in the grand final, but ultimately were too classy. The 14’s Boys side were a dynamic team, who found it hard to find their top form week to week. They were the only side to beat the premiers, but couldn’t produce that on a weekly basis and ended up just missing the finals in a hot competition. Last of the boy’s ages, the 15’s were an amazing side, with great balance in the forwards and backs. But lost in the preliminary to a committed Sharks team who exploded out of the blocks. But they had some serious players and will push the 17s competition in 2023.

In a fairy tale season, the Roosters GLT, who had won one game the year before, made it all the way to the grand final. With some great coaching, team play and belief, they were amazing underdogs who never gave up. Even in the grand final, early on they forced the issue with some great line breaks, only to be overcome by a supremely talented Rabbitohs team. For the U13s Tackle, in what was their first season, the girls really put their hands up and never gave in. One of the smallest and definitely the least experienced teams, the girls tried their hardest and we hope they come back in 2023.

Players To Watch
GLT – Maddison Mann & Alyssa Sanders –
Couldn’t split the two tearaways from the Roosters. Both Mann and Sanders come from Blue, Red and White households and carry significant last names in the Fremantle club, but are making names for themselves. Fast, with amazing footwork and a penchant for making defenders miss, they both have an amazing future in the rugby league scene.
U13 Girls – Janelle Vosota – Along with her sister Jaylene, Janelle has all the makings of a potential star. With amazing athletic ability, footwork and speed, she can beat multiple defenders on a big run. While needing to work on the defensive side of the game, she is still young and has a lot of improvement left in her.
U13 Boys – Montana Setu Well you won’t miss Montana on the field. Already about six feet in height, he towers over most of his team mates an opposition. But surprisingly enough doesn’t play a power game. Using skill, finesse and flair, he leads the Roosters team around the field with his calm ball playing and running ability. A great talent, lets hope he continues to develop his natural instincts.
U14 Boys – Tyrese Flood – A young tearaway front rower with an aggressive streak, young Tyrese only has one gear and its 100 miles an hour. In both attack and defence he just throws his whole body into the fray and what will be will be. A strong ball runner and above average defender, he is constantly searching for work and is a vocal leader in his sides.
U15 Boys – Jesse Inall – Jesse is bit of an enigma. A larrikin off the field who says things before he thinks, he wouldn’t be what you would expect in a dominant player. But after he crosses that line, he is a hurricane with legs. Spinning and pushing, ducking and weaving, he might be the most awkward player to tackle in the universe. Along with his partner in crime, Lincoln Kemp, they form a formidable forward duo which leads the Roosters pack.

And that’s a wrap of the on field stuff with the Fremantle Roosters for 2022, and we look forward to a bigger and better year in 2023 from the foundation club!

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