2015 Hall of Fame Inductees

Congratulations to the 2015 WARL Hall of Fame Inductees.

At the recent Past Players Re-union day held at North Beach, Dennis Hawkins (South Perth) and John Thompson (North Beach) were inducted into the prestigious WARL Hall of Fame.

Dennis Hawkins

Dennis Hawkins

Dennis has been involved with rugby league all of his life, originally in the eastern states and then with South Perth. After his playing days, Dennis was involved with the initial ground work and set up of the Goldfields Rugby League competition back in the 70’s. He has been a tireless worker for the South Perth club in just about every capacity and is still heavily involved today. Congratulations Dennis.


John (Crowie) Thompson

John Thompson (Crowie) was a North Beach junior and has played, lived and breathed North Beach all of his life. John played juniors and seniors for North Beach and then later filled many different roles for the club in club management and committee. He is still actively involved today and we hope for many years to come. John also has been team manager for a number of state sides as well as serving on the WARL judiciary for many years.

Both inductees have dedicated their adult lives to improving Rugby League here in Western Australia and are fitting recipients of this, the ultimate salute.

Well done to both of you.

WA Men of League Annual Golf Day

HURRY – Numbers are filling fast!!


Places for the WA Men of League annual golf day are going quickly, so don’t hesitate and avoid disappointment.. book your team in today!

Friday 17th April 2015

Hartfield Country Club, Forrestfield.

11am Registration for a 12pm Tee-Off

This day sensational, is great value for everything that is included and all proceeds go to the Men of League Foundation.

MOL Golf Day 2015


This is a great cause and one that we, as part of the Rugby League community, should get behind and support.

Ring James “Sully” Sullivan – 0414 733 083 to book your place today!

WA Men of League Annual Golf Day

The WA Men of League are holding their annual golf day on Friday 17h April 2015 at Hartfield Country Club, Forrestfield.

It is a great day, beautiful course, cold beer and all proceeds go to the Men of League Foundation.

MOL Golf Day 2015

The Men of League is is a great cause and one that we, as part of the Rugby League community and past players, should get behind and support.

So come on, grab three mates and get involved!!!!

For more details, ring James “Sully” Sullivan – 0414 733 083

Dont forget the “Men of League” Golf day is coming 4th April 2014

Hi Everyone,

The MEN of LEAGUE Golf Day is fast approaching and if you are keen to be involved, you need to act now to secure a spot as it is filling up fast.

Registration is for teams or individuals and is once again $200 a head, which includes 18 holes, shared cart, MOL hat, stubbie holder, golf balls and tee’s, lunch, drinks on the course, 2 course dinner with drinks and guest speaker. 

This is great value and last year was a fantastic day. Please remember that ALL proceed go to helping people in our rugby league community that have fallen on hard times. So get on-board!

This year the MEN of LEAGUE are also giving Business’s  the opportunity to “Sponsor a Hole” with a corporate package. The package includes all of the above for 4 players and additionally you can advertise and promote your business for a full day to a diverse audience. This can be done by way of Banners around the hole, cheer girls (haha)…. or in which ever way you choose to get the maximum exposure for your business.

You have to BE IN in it to WIN it!

As an added bonus this year,  all players will have the chance to WIN a Toyota Kluger with a “Hole in One” on one of the Par 3’s!!!!!!!!!

If you are keen to play or are interested in getting your business involved as a sponsor of MEN of LEAGUE, give James SULLY Sullivan a call on 0414733083.

Men of League Golf Day 2014

Our new look logo, embraces the “Past” and the “Present”

The Past Player and Supporters are sporting a brand new logo!


Our new logo represents and embraces all of the tradition and core elements of the re-union day concept, combined with the current presence of WARL.

Our new logo is made up of three parts

  1. The Swan –  As the traditional symbol of the WARL Past Players & Supporters adopted at inception of the Re-union day nearly 18 years ago
  2. The shield of the WARL – For the first time and thanks to WARL CEO, John Sackson, we are thankful and proud of the support being shown to the re-union day by the current WARL team.
  3. The “Hall of Fame” – is one of the major events held at each years re-union day and the Past Players committee is proud to announce and honour these legends of Rugby League in WA.

With these three elements combined within the logo, the concept is – The WARL Past Players and Supporters represented by the Swan, is proudly embracing WA Rugby League and the “Hall of Fame”.

We hope you like the new look and would love to hear your feedback, so please leave a comment either on our Home page or on our Facebook page.

A BIG Thanks to Steve and Kim Silvi of World Wide Online Printing in Gosnells for the donation of their graphic designers time in doing this logo. They are great supporters of the Past Players & Supporters Re-Union day and the WA Men of League, so if you or anyone you know needs any type of printing or signage done, Steve or Kim would be only too happy to assist. They can be contacted on 08 9394 0944 or gosnells@worldwide.com.au

A trip down the WARL memory lane 1948 – 1989. Part 1 of 2

This Excerpt is from the WARL Website. for full History visit http://warugbyleague.com.au/our-history/


  • The Western Australian Amateur Rugby League was formed. Jim Burns was elected President, Gordon Squires Chairman and Roy Williams Secretary.
  • Rugby League competition was formed with four Clubs involved were Fremantle, Perth, South Perth and Cottesloe. The first match was played on the 17th April at Perth Esplanade between Fremantle Districts and Perth Districts. Fremantle Rugby League Club and South Perth Rugby League Club were formed.
  • Fremantle Districts – Fullback: J McGuiness, Wings: F Johnson & B Brown, Centres: J Whitley & T Sullivan, Five Eight: J Sweet, Halfback: J Cousins, Lock: G Washington, Second Row: D Tonkin & R Owen, Front Row: A Matheson & A Webster, Hooker: K Allen.
  • Perth Districts – Fullback: J Williams, Wings: A Gleaves & D Cort, Centres: S Cohen & J Carrol, Five Eight: Bob Chester, Halfback: R Moore, Lock: E Warner, Second Row: F Mike & B Wells, Front Row: R Lees & D Fogarty, Hooker: G Dixon.
  • Five Clubs played Rugby League in the initial year – Perth, South Perth, Applecross, Fremantle & Cottesloe. 1st Grade: 4 teams, Premier Grade: 4 teams, Thirds: 7 teams


  • Canning Bulldogs & Victoria Park were formed.
  • Junior Rugby League’s first game was played at Peet Park between Applecross and Eastern Suburbs on the 28th May, 1949. The result was 3 all draw.


  • The first international was staged in Perth when Great Britain stopped over on the way to Sydney.


  • North Beach club was formed. The French came over to play.


  • 62 juniors teams competed in the 1953 Junior Carnival, including teams from the mid week Catholic College Competition.
  • Rugby Union clubs Palmyra and Nedlands changes codes to Rugby League.
  • A second division competition was formed comprising of teams from Southern Districts, Mt. Pleasant, Balmoral, Canning Districts, Northern Suburbs, Midland, Hellenic, Azzurri and North Beach.
  • Due to the lack of enclosed grounds for the finals, the WARL acquired their own ground, Higham Park. Higham Park was the rear section of the Claremont Showgrounds.


  • Plans were approved to build a stadium at the Junction of Stoneham Street and Great Eastern Highway, Belmont. The initial costs for earthworks, drainage, change rooms, turnstiles, fencing etc was twenty five thousand pounds.


  • League headquarters at Belmont Oval was officially opened by the Australian Rugby League President, Jersey Flegge on the 15th of May 1955. The game played that day was Western Australian versus France.
  • A second game was held against the French.


  • NT came and played three games against WA, WA won two out of three games.


  • Great Britain played another game in Perth against WA and won 66-5 at the WACA.


  • Great Britain played in Perth.


  • A first grade Sydney side, Manly-Warringah traveled west to play. On Friday, 21st August 1964 the French Rugby League touring team visited Western Australia for the third time. The Junior League consisted of 10 clubs (23 teams). Which were picked from approx. 500 boys ranging from the Under 16′s to the midgets. The Clovelly Junior Rugby League touring party arrived in W.A. for 11 days and played three games against W.A. Juniors.


  • Darwin invited WA to play against them in Darwin to celebrate their 100th Anniversary, WA won 23-19.


  • Pilbara Rugby League is formed


  • Goldfields Rugby League is formed


  • WA Played England.
  • After 20 years Belmont Oval lease was terminated with a cash settlement being received.


  • The W.A.R.L moved into the new three million dollar Canning Central complex. The three round qualifying series was replaced by a two round competition. First Grade moved up to ten teams with the new coming of Nollamara/Balga and Wanneroo. W.A was introduced into the nationwide Amco Cup and W.A. State Team defeated Northern Territory by 23 to 18. Newman’s Stirling Committee was organised. West Pilbara and Goldfields have teams.


  • Newman representative team traveled to Perth.


  • Newman’s first inter-town match was played between Newman and Port Hedland.


  • Newman Representative side plays a combined Goldfields Association team.
  • Full time administrator appointed and new registered office in Hay Street, Perth.


  • Joint premiership declared between Fremantle and Mosman Cottesloe for the Grand Final, scores locked at 28-all at full-time and an extra 20 minutes of extra time failed to separate the sides. With players constantly going down with cramp in the intense heat, both captains refused to play a further five minutes of extra time and the League was unable to schedule a replay.


  • Northern Territory came down to play WA for the Crestwood Inntown Hotel Interstate Challenge.


  • Northern Territories and Goldfields traveled to Perth to play.


  • Belmont Steelers were formed when Belmont and Bayswater Kiwis combined and are the first privately owned Rugby League Club in WA. Perth City played against Tweed Heads Seagulls. Newman won the Emu Export Pilbara Championship against Port Hedland. The national Under 15′s carnival is held at Ken Allen Field.


  • The South Coast Raiders entered the competition.


  • Armadale Rugby League Club was added. Each Club was requested to supply a Development Officer to promote and encourage Junior Players. Laurie Ord was presented the Ron Hudson Medal for his contribution to Rugby League. Canterbury-Bankstown and Canberra Rugby League came to Perth. Balmain played Parramatta at the WACA for the Panasonic Cup.

WA Men of League Annual Golf Day

The WA Men of League are holding their annual golf day on Friday 4th April 2014 at Hartfield Country Club, Forrestfield.

It is a Great day and all proceeds go to the Men of League Foundation.

Men of League Golf Day 2014

This is a great cause and one that we, as part of the Rugby League community, should get behind and support.

For more details, ring James “Sully” Sullivan – 0414 733 083