2022 NRL WA Season Review – Kwinana Titans

Time to have a look at our newest club, the Kwinana Titans!

Home Ground – Thomas Oval, Medina

2022 Seniors – Women’s Premiership

Highlights – The Kwinana Titans surprisingly hit the ground running in their first season in the competition in 2022. Entering a Women’s Tackle team straight away they wanted to establish a presence quickly in the south.

A very young side, they were never the less talented as they hovered around the top of the table all season. Managing a draw with the premiers, Ellenbrook Rabbitohs, along with a close loss, they stamped themselves as a danger when they qualified for the finals in their first ever year. But unfortunately for the Titans they ran into a hot Joondalup Giants team in the elimination semi final, and the experience of the Giants was too much for the young group. But they were a great team to watch, with speed and power to go along with their youthful exuberance, and lets hope they can keep that going into 2023.

Players To Watch – Its hard to go past gun hooker Samantha Wood. The Women’s Tackle Player of the year, the first year senior player has all the skills and ability to be a force to be reckoned with in the local competition as well as higher glories. An accomplished hooker, she is quicker than she looks and can steal a try for fun. But its her exceptional kicking game and goal kicking, along with her perfect pass delivery that set her apart from the rest. Ably supported by Aliyah Tanonef, who can hurt you with her running or passing game, the Titans have a young group of players who are all on an upward trend. And while we only see it in small fleeting patches, power forward Shiane Kani is the most dangerous forward ball runner in the game.

2022 Juniors – 15s Girls & 17s Girls
Highlights – 
With their first season in the competition, it was surprising they fielded some of the girls competition age groups, but with some strong advocates and parents for the game pushing for these sides, the Titans put some enigmatic and dangerous sides on the field, that were well drilled and very hard to contain.

Firstly the U15s Girls were involved in a preliminary final that will not be easily forgotten by anyone involved, or anyone watching. In an abject lesson for everyone, they old saying “play to the whistle” will be ringing in the minds of everyone. In a heartbreaker, the siren went in the background and the Titans threw the ball in the air to celebrate their victory over a gallant Giants. But the whistle hadn’t gone, and a Giants player scooped up the ball, ran the 50 metre’s required and scored, as well as kicked the goal to end the Titans season in an absolute heart breaker. The U17s Girls got to the big dance against the highly fancied Joondalup Giants after a season that was incredibly close. Every single team beat the other in this age group and was always going to be a big final. And while the Titans went in undermanned, they actually controlled the Grand Final for a large portion of the game, but unfortunately ran out of steam as the Giants thundered home.

Players To Watch
U15 Girls – Chloe Amataiti – A dangerous proposition, Chloe is big, fast and very confrontational. Strong and powerful, she builds up her speed quickly, and proceeds to run straight through defensive lines on her way to the line. Putting you in the frame of power running players like David Fifita and Jason Taumalolo, once she breaks through she is actually very hard to catch as her long strides allow her to cover the ground incredibly quickly.
U17 Girls – Phoenix Mahaki – The most complete player in this division, Phoenix is a coaches dream. Capable of playing anywhere on the field, this ball playing lock has it all. While fast, strong and with great footwork, her skill set rivals that of premiership halves and her knowledge and understanding of the game is way above her young age. And she continued to grow over the year, which begs the question, how good can she really be? A huge future in rugby league.

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

Stay tuned for other upcoming clubs.