Last Saturday saw the WARL Past Players host their annual re-union day at the South Perth Rugby League clubrooms and what a day it was!!
More than a 150 past players and supporters celebrated the Most Outstanding Players in the history of WA Rugby League by honoring those present on the day with commemorative medals and appreciation for their achievements. It was an amazing turnout with 20 of the 61 historical recipients attending.
Over history the Western Australia Rugby League’s Most Outstanding Player award has had three name changes, these were..
1950-1989 – Brice Trophy. Named after Max Brice, one of the founding fathers of Rugby League in WA
1990-1991 – Rothman’s Shield – Naming rights were given to the international cigarette company who were then major sponsor of the WARL. This ceased when cigarette advertising was banned.
1992-Present – Ken Allen Medal– Named after Ken Allen, another founding father of Rugby League in WA and the founder of the Fremantle Rugby League Club. After Ken’s passing, the award is now presented by Ken’s son Kevin Allen.
The commemorative medals were presented by NRLWA General Manager, John Sackson.
More photo’s in our Gallery
Thanks to Len Castle for donating to the Past Players Association a framed photo of the very first WA State side who played against France in 1951. What an amazing capture of our history and the photo will be displayed at all future re-union days.
Congratulations also to this years inductee to the NRLWA Hall of Fame – Rod Fielding. please read this post for the full details
Thanks goes out to the South Perth Rugby League club for there continued support. The catering was superb and we all had a great day and look forward to doing it all again next year, with some exciting new WA Rugby League history to share with all of the community.
Submission are now open and if your Club is interested in hosting next years function, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Details of the 2017 re-union day will be posted soon, so stay tuned and set your sights on getting there and supporting this fantastic event.
Please see our Photo Gallery for more pictures from the day.