Monday June 10, 2013 – National Championships
WA Takes Out Fourth Straight National Senior Title
Western Australia continued its dominance in rugby league, taking out their fourth title in a row for the affiliated states which also includes Victoria, South Australia and Northern Territory. In the twelve years the championships have been held WA now have won ten titles, consolidating their position as the best rugby league state outside of the heartlands of New South Wales and Queensland.
After a poor game on the Saturday when they lost to Victoria, the WA seniors had to win both halves of the final game and hold at least a 12 point advantage at the end against Northern Territory. They were up 12 nil at half time then ran away to a 28 to 4 victory, as their fitness and structures proved too much for the opposition.
It was a good result for Western Australia who had a relatively new side on the field after losing 10 players from their 2012 campaign through relocation to Queensland and NSW stronger rugby league competitions.
The win for the side was rewarded with 10 players selected in the national team to tour Samoa later in the year. WA fans will be able to see the state side in action on July 7th when they play the curtain raiser to the Rabbitohs and Warriors clash at NIB Stadium against a strong NSW Country Bulls side.
WA also took out the title for women’s LeagueTag for the third time.
The Under 18’s improved their performance over 2012 finishing second behind Victoria which has the benefit of a strong development program under the Melbourne Storm. WA’s Jake Doubikin was named the Most Valuable Player of the tournament.
In recent years, Western Australia Rugby League has improved the development of the junior program with the national SG Ball side along with the Under 15 development academy. They also have a structured schools program to assist growth. The loss against Victoria was with merit and it was not until late in the game that it got beyond the WA side.
WA had 6 players nominated in the combined state side which plays in the national secondary schools championships in July, a competition which is important with NRL clubs for talent identification . It is the best result for WA for some time.
Western Australian Senior Representatives Selected for the National Team:
1. Michael Guthrie South Perth
2. Billy Coughlan Fremantle
4. Ben Taylor North Beach
5. Delroy Tapuosi Willagee
6. Josh Essex Fremantle
10. Kieran Tarrant North Beach
11. Joss Boyton South Perth
14. Matthew Doeg North Beach
15. Ben Wood Fremantle
20. Taurean Sheehan North Beach
Western Australian Under 18 Representatives Selected for the Combined State Team:
2. Jake Doubikin Atwell College
3. Samuel de Fiddes Prendiville Catholic College
8. Kurt de Luis Thornlie High School
12. David Coffin Canning College
13. Keelyn Tuuta-Edwards Warnbro High School
17. Taniela Moa Sevenoaks College