an article courtesy of “The History of the Western Australia Rugby Football League 1948 on”
Just informing our group that Terry Dwyer past away this morning.
Terry coached Juniors and Seniors 1st and Res. Grade at Canning and also Sth. Perth 1st Grade.
NRLWA Past Players and Supporters send their Condolences to his wife Debbie and all the family on their loss.
Vale : John Pope and I quote was “a Brave paratrooper in World War 2, old school, dinkum straight shooter and top bloke” John with his brother Richard (Dickie) Pope played for Cottesloe from 1948 ,where he featured in the first knockout premiership, and he probably was the last of the original Tigers who ran out onto Harvey Field all those years ago. John played front row and he played it tough, he played it mean and was always in trouble with the men in white. Many stories are told of John, most are true, and his exploits on the footy field, and his visits to the tribunal are legendary where it is said he had his own seat. John played first grade at least to 1954 (by our records) and after that he no doubt played the other grades as hard as. In his later years John used to grace the Nash field sideline and his comments were classical , comical and usually brought the house down as the referee tried to keep a straight face. John passed away on the 22 January 2019 still living at Manning Road Mosman Park. May he rest in peace
Rare Opportunity to go on a Great Footy trip.
The Sharks are still looking for sponsors and players for the Masters Tournament on the Gold Coast from 6-9 March 2019 . Out of Perth on 5th March and return 10th. Total cost is $1350 includes flights, great accommodation, all fees, gear.
If you are interested contact Rod Fielding at Fieldo5@westnet.com.au
Almost 150 people made it to the Swan Yacht Club for the annual WARL Past Players re-union day, and what a day it was.
The weather turned on a stunners and the venue was fantastic!
It was great to see so many ex-players from the Vic Park – Canning 1978 Premiership side there of which many made an enormous effort to travel from over east. Well done boys and we hope you had a blast!
Nick Noble did a fantastic job presenting the players and giving us the history behind the grand final win. the side was of course coached by Joe Gush one of the NRLWA Hall of Fame inductees for this year.
It was also great to see a legend of the WARL and Hall of Famer, Frank Morgan at the function, Frank was brought along by his Family and he seemed very happy about the stories Reg Fisher told about Frank’s tough display against England back in the 50’s.
Thanks Lenny Castle for your heartfelt toast to absent friends, we have lost a few this year!
Well done to everyone that came along, we hope to see you again next year for what is shaping up to be a bigger and better Past Players Re-union!!
More photos in the Photo gallery.
Congratulations to Joe Gush from the South Perth Lions and Steve Mills from the Kalamunda Bulldogs for being inductees into the NRLWA Hall of Fame for 2018
Joe Gush – South Perth Lions RLFC
Joe Gush started playing seniors for South Perth back in 1970 and won the Fairest and Best player award back to back in 1971 & 72. Joe captained the WA State team that toured NT in 1971 then went on to win the Premiership with Souths in 1972. Joe captain/coached South’s in 1973 and went on that year to win the flag undefeated, an achievement that has not been been repeated since for the club.
Joe represented WA as a player and captain on numerous occasions, including playing the curtain raiser to Australia v England at the SCG in 1974 and the Pacific Cup in PNG in 1975. Joe also captained the WA side against the touring English team that year as well as playing in the winning grand final for Souths.
In 1978, Vic Park-Canning lured Joe away from Souths to coach their 1st grade side with immediate affect, winning the Premiership that year, followed by another Grand Final appearance in 1979.
Joe returned to Souths in 1980 and went on to coach and develop their junior teams for many years.
An outstanding career Joe and such an influence to our game in WA. Congratulations!
Steve Mills – Kalmunda Bulldogs RLFC
Steve Mills has an outstanding resume in rugby league in WA. Starting out in U16’s for the Belmont Rabbitohs back in 1971 at only 13 years old (as it was weight for age back then), Steve went on to play in junior grand finals and representative sides before making his 1st grade debut for Belmont in 1979 and continued to play for Belmont between working away.
Buying a house in the area saw Steve make the move to the Canning Bulldogs RLC in 1984. Steve started his coaching career through volunteering to coach a High School RL side (which made the grand final) whilst continuing to play for the Bulldogs. Steve followed that up with another grand final appearance for his U19’s coached side the following year.
Steve was reserve grade coach and 1st grade assistant to Ted Goodwin at Willagee in 1990 before going back to the Bulldogs the following year.
Whist continuing to coach at the Bulldogs, Steve picked up the referee’s whistle in 1991 in the junior divisions before progressing to seniors grades. Steve referred 1st grade over the next 5 years which included a curtain raiser to the Western Reds v Broncos game in 1995.
Steve became President of the Canning Bulldogs in 1998 at a time when the club was struggling to make ends meet, and helped implement a rescue package with financial backers to see the clubs successfully into the finals that year.
between 2006-2018, Steve has helped guide the Bulldogs through the transitions of changing grounds, areas and identities to the Eastern Bulldogs, Central Districts and finally the Kalamunda Bulldogs.
Steve is still President of the club today, guiding them into the next phase of success and has had such an impact over these years that it would be fair to say that the Bulldogs would be a memory in the WA Rugby League scene without him.
Well deserved Steve and congratulations on your Hall of Fame induction.