2022 NRL WA Season Review – Kalamunda Bulldogs

We take a look at our oldest club from the east of the Perth, the Kalamunda Bulldogs!

Home Ground – Hartfield Park, Forrestfield

2022 Seniors –  Women’s League Tag

Highlights – Seniors wise was a bit of a rebuilding phase for the blue and white Bulldogs. Missing their males, and with no womens tackle, it was up to a rag tag bunch of mates and family who just wanted to keep running around on Saturday’s to keep the Senior’s alive. The Women’s League Tag team weren’t world beaters, but they showed up, normally very early, at grounds that weren’t their own, and laughed, smiled and did their best in a particularly tough competition. Ranging from very young to…. let’s say pretty seasoned, they ladies continued to play all season and didn’t let the results bring them down.

Players To Watch – While it wasn’t an exceptional year for the Bulldogs, they had a couple of products who tried their hearts out and showed some nous. Tyroszha’e Toby can play with the best of them, with fine ball and tagging skills mixed in a with a great attitude for the game and is definitely one to watch.

2022 Juniors – 13s Boys, 14s Boys, 15s Boys and 17s Boys
Highlights –
In 2022 the Bulldogs fielded all the competition grades for the boys, and are working hard to get those grades in the girls too in 2023. A well rounded junior boys club, they possessed some seriously talented players amongst the age groups and were always a tough opponent, particularly in the forwards in every single age group.

In the U13 Boys, the Kalamunda Bulldogs played a big brash game with no fear and finished 3rd in a tough competition. Unfortunately they fell asleep in the first half of their encounter against the Rabbitohs in the semi final, and couldn’t pull back the margin. The U14 boys from Kalamunda were the best side all year, only dropping their opening game. And they secured a grand final victory against a plucky Lions side giving the Bulldogs their lone premiership for the year. In the U15s boys, the Bulldogs played a team of very young and in experienced boys to push almost every single team they played against. Possessing some serious flair it will see if that can translate into the U17s this year. The U17s Boys from Kalamunda got hot late, and scraped into the finals off the back of a Giants victory. But their run ended with a trip to the semi finals in a thrilling contest with the Rabbitohs, with a late penalty goal deciding the contest.

Players To Watch
U13 Boys – Tamati Tawhitapou –
Fast, big and strong, its hard to say what Tamati’s best position is. A devastating ball runner in the middle of the field, he is also lightning quick and can run with the best of them in the backline. A good defender along with having a great attitude to the game, the sky is the limit for this dangerous prospect.
U14 Boys – Fatani Fatanitavake – The best player on the field in the grand final, Fatani is a softly spoken respectful young man, who turns into a monster on the field. In a team full of big name players, with Jacob Scoon and the Lilii Boy’s just to name a few, he leads the way. A born front rower with no fear and a giant heart, he also possesses great hands and a deft touch which is rare in front rowers.
U15 Boys – Jeremiah Grant – A player with all the tools for rugby league, he could play every single position on the field with no problem, one of the few players in juniors and seniors who can make that boast. A super skilful player, he is a natural runner of the football, who moves with an extremely low centre of gravity making him very hard to tackle.
U17 Boys – Harlem Tata-Paki – There are some very good U17 players going around the grounds, and we hope to keep them all around our great rugby league clubs. Tata-Paki is one of them who is making a great name for himself. A game winner in his own right, the softly spoken half is also a great team mate. Although he can get it done on his own, he always appears to include the players around him as they strive for team glory. Fast and skilful with great flair and a beautiful kicking game, lets hope he has a big 2023 season.

And that’s a wrap of the on field stuff with the Kalamunda Bulldogs for 2022, and we look forward to a bigger and better year in 2023 from the Kennel!

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