2014 Hall of Fame Inductees

Congratulations goes to our two 2014 “Hall of Fame” inductees, Mark (Sharky) Williams and Peter Cumins.

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Hall of Fame recipients Mark Williams and Peter Cummins

Hall of Fame recipients Mark Williams and Peter Cumins

Deserved inductees Mark and Peter have contributed to WA Rugby League both on and off the field over many years.

Mark with the North Beach club and at State senior and junior management level, Peter with the Fremantle club, the REDS and WARL board. Peter was also a member of the 1976 Fremantle 1st grade premiership team that was honoured at this re-union.

Congratulations to both of you on your membership to WA rugby league “Hall of Fame”.

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2014 WARL Past Players and Supporters Re-Union Day

The 2014 Past Players Re-Union day was held last Saturday at the Fremantle Club.

The Fremantle club really turned on a great function and the atmosphere was very exciting with over 150 people attending and by the looks of it, every one was really happy to see each other. Some players from the 1976 Commemorative side hadn’t seen each other since that Grand Final!

The crowd was treated to a day full of nostalgia and memories with

The 2014 WARL Past Players ” Junior Club Person” award recipient Heremaia Hohepa from the South West Warriors

Heremaia Hohepa from the South West Warriors receiving his "Junior Club Person" award from John Moore

Heremaia Hohepa from the South West Warriors receiving his “Junior Club Person” award from John Moore

Men of League guest speaker Matt “SHEEP” Fuller fresh from his epic telethon fundraising efforts

Men of League guest speaker, Matt Fuller

Men of League guest speaker, Matt Fuller

Our 2014 Commemorative Team: the 1976 Fremantle 1st grade Premiership side.
The team, Captained by Rod Nelson (who won the Brice Trophy that year) was made up of mostly local juniors of which 11 came from the local Cockburn Juniors feeder club and only three players were from the eastern states, being Rod Nelson, Paul McKenna and Bill Bowker.
Fremantle had a talented backline with halfback Alex Lockley (who went on to win 4 Brice trophies/Ken Allen Medals in total), 5/8 Peter Cumins, Centres Merve Jennings and Allan Dixon with Steve Douglas and Gary Holtham on the wings and Martin Ridley at Fullback.
Fremantle also had a great pack of Forwards with Don (Rocky) Kugan, Steve Allan and Rick Sanders in the Front Row, Rod Nelson at Hooker and back rowers Dave Roberson ,Ray Dorey, Paul McKenna and Peter Slater.
The game was a closely contested one and 10 minutes after half time the score was only 8 – 7 Fremantle’s way, but Fremantle powered on to win 17-7 in the end. Ray Dorey was awarded Fremantle’s best player on the day.

Fremantle 1976 1st Grade Premiership Team

Fremantle 1976 1st Grade Premiership Team

 

We also gave recognition for the 50 year anniversary of Applecross winning its first ever A grade premiership in 1964. The side all got together and came to the function to celebrate this milestone.

Applecross 1964 1st Grade Premiership Team

Applecross 1964 1st Grade Premiership Team

This grand final win was the start of a golden era for Applecross who contested in 11 straight grand finals from 1962 to 1972, winning 7 of those.

 

Our Hall of Fame Recipients Mark Williams from North Beach and Peter Cumins from Fremantle.

Congratulations gentlemen. You are now written in the WARL History books as “Hall of Famers”

Hall of Fame recipients Mark Williams and Peter Cummins

Hall of Fame recipients Mark Williams and Peter Cumins

We would also like to thank and acknowledge all of the hard work done by the Fremantle re-union committee and especially the Ladies for feeding the hordes and making the day a huge success.

The Fremantle Ladies who made the day a huge success..

The Fremantle Ladies who made the day a huge success..

 

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Kymberlie Shepherd Benefit Night

Kimberley Fund Raiser

 

To Whom It May Concern,
A benefit night will be held in memory of Kymberlie Shepherd, fiancé of Wayde Kelly and mother of their son Kyden. Kymberlie tragically lost her life due to an extremely rare complication during the birth of Kyden. She suffered an Amniotic Fluid Embolism which effects just 6 in every 100,000 births.
We are asking for your assistance for a fundraiser planned for 6.30pm Thursday 27th November at Gloucester Park to help support Kymberlies partner Wayde in his endeavors raising their son Kyden.
Kymberlie Shepherd was a much loved teacher at Safety Bay High School and the Reflection Academy of Dance in Medina. She had a contagious smile, a beautiful bright personality and was adored by everyone that had the pleasure of meeting her. She will be sorely missed.
Wayde Kelly is an NRL Game Development Officer for the WA Rugby League; he played for the South Perth Lions as well as the WA State Representative team for the past three years. Both Wayde & Kymberlie are extremely respected within the School and Rugby League communities.
Kymberlie and Wayde come from northern NSW. They have no family in WA. With Kymberlie’s passing Wayde will have to relocate from their home in Perth back to NSW with young son Kyden to be near family to help with the task of raising their newborn son.
As you will appreciate this will be a huge challenge for Wayde and will require him to be a single home parent for some time.
Your support would be greatly appreciated and will help make the Benefit Night a huge success. No amount of money will replace Kymberlie, however we hope with a combined effort that we are able to relieve the stress from Wayde with some funds to cover the cost of relocation and home support that he will need at this difficult time.
Your contribution, no matter how great or small will go a long way to support Kyden’s future.
If you would like to donate, purchase tickets to the fundraiser or if you require any further information, please contact the WARL office on 08 9228 9275 or admin@warugbyleague.com.au, or use the bank details below.
BSB: 633 000
Account: 138152673
Please Quote Reference: Kym – (Your Name)
Sincerely,
JohnSackson CEO – WA Rugby League

WARL Past Players and Supporters Re-Union 2014 this Saturday!

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Don’t forget this Saturday is the WARL PAST PLAYERS & SUPPORTERS Reunion Day..

Catch up with old friends and team mates….

To be held at:

Fremantle Clubrooms,

Ken Allen Field, Jeffrey St. Hilton

On Saturday, 8th November at 12.30pm onwards.

 

Features of the day will be:

  • The induction of 2 new members of the Hall of Fame.
  • Our celebrity team, who will receive commemorative medals, will be the 1976 Fremantle First Grade Premiership side.
  • A representative from Men of League will give a short talk about this worthy cause.

 

Door charge of $10 per head to cover finger food

Open bar for drinks purchases.

 

Sponsored by

WARL  Shark Sports Pirates