Despite the struggles of last season, Willagee Bears coach Lenoir Tairea remains upbeat his side can register a maiden WA Smarter Than Smoking Premiership victory in 2019.

After taking over the Willagee reigns from Nelson Davis, Tairea believes his side can cause a few surprises this season.

“100%,” Tairea said of whether his side can get their name in the winner’s column this season.

“We’ve got a new structure in place, so we’ll see how it goes.”

A year after finishing with a 0-19 record, Willagee will be aided by the return of ANZAC Challenge trio Steve Aull, Lewis Samuels and Jordan Vae for 2019.

Aull scored two tries across the first five games of last season before going down with a season-ending injury, with the winger hoping to see more game-time this campaign.

ANZAC representative player Stevie Aull will return from injury for the Willagee Bears in 2019.
Credit: Tom Campbell

“I’ve been hungry since I got injured,” Aull said.

“We’ve got some good talent around the park – we’re hoping to shock some teams and get some wins.”

Willagee open their season away at the Joondalup Giants this Saturday before hosting the new kids on the block, the Ellenbrook Rabbitohs in Round 2.

Round 1 lineup:

1. Te Toa Parkinson, 2. Joziah Tairea, 3. William Tairea, 4. Baldy Neho, 5. Dennis Tuitupou, 6. Luke Pollock, 7. Lewis Samuels, 8. Victoria Ulukita, 9. Tremayne Kamso, 10. Mitchell Marsh, 11. Jordan Vae, 12. Stevie Aull, 13. Marcel Mahuta

Coach – Lenoir Tairea