With Dave Wells taking on the Director of Rugby Role at the Brothers, Adam has been appointed to lead the Brothers Premier Grade squad for the next few seasons. Our succession plan was to bring Adam into the role from next season and he is excited to be taking the reins from Dave, said senior president Anthony Wall. Adam added great value to the set up in 2019 as the premier grade assistant coach, he is also in his second year as the State 15’s Head coach. Adam has built a wonderful rapport with the playing group over the past season and has worked closely with the clubs young guns that have transitioned into the top grades this season.
Dave has coached the clubs top side since 2014, a stint spanning 6 seasons and has been integral in the clubs transition from 3rd grade to premier grade. His appointment as Director of Rugby will see him implement a “Whole of Club” coaching structures as he focusses on the development and education of the clubs coaching group along with overseeing the clubs junior and senior academies. This was a natural progression for Dave, he had assumed many of the roles that come with the DOR job over the past few seasons and we know that Dave is very excited to continue to develop our coaches and young players said Anthony Wall.
Both appointments are testament to the Brothers commitment in providing pathways for both players and coaches alike. Adam has come through the ranks after coaching the clubs colts and reserve grade sides in recent years and was the Premier Grade assistant coach in 2019. Dave is also a product of the Brothers pathway having coached all through the juniors, into colts, and then the clubs top side.
We will be looking to appoint additional coaches for our Premier, Reserve and Colts teams for 2020, if you are interested please send your Rugby CV to email@example.com.
2019 Senior Presentation and Awards
A change up this year for our Senior Presentation as the club rolled out a casual family afternoon with a BBQ and refreshments as we celebrated the 2019 season awards. This season saw a great number of our young guns transition into our top grades, especially our Premier Grade side that featured an average of 8 of our players that have come through our junior program. This is testament that the Elite Academy is working well. Our Reserve Grade also won the Division 2 Grand Final, the first senior tittle for the club since 2011's 3rd & 4th Grade wins. Third Grade also had a good year reaching the semifinals.
The following awards were presented to the recipients as shown below.
Whole of Club Awards
Patrons Cup - Ken McDougall
Senior Division Awards
Clubman of year - Liam Harrington
Rookie of year - Maikali Rabaro
Premier Grade Awards
Best forward - Isaac Cavu
Best back - Sheldon Tarawa
Players’ player - Isaac Cavu
Reserve Grade Awards
Best forward - Maikali Rabaro
Best back - Connor Allen
Players’ player - Maikali Rabaro
Third Grade Awards
Best forward - Glenn Jessup
Best back - Temanea Rangi
Players player - Geraint Way
Fourth Grade Awards
Best forward - Alex Ormes
Best back - Aiden Smyth
Players’ player - Alex Ormes
Junior Presentation Day
Junior Presentation day was carried out at the Arena at 11:00 on Sunday 15th September, Unfortunately, Masie our Junior President could not be there due to a family bereavement. I would like to pass on our condolences and our thanks for the work he has done this season.
Congratulations on yet another great year I know we have had some bumps in the road and I am sure that these will be all ironed out for our next successful season. Thank you to all parents, managers and coaches for all their efforts for the year. Once again, I need to reiterate that the club could not exist without its volunteers. We are always looking for fresh volunteers and we will have a role for you please put your hand up.
Thank you to the junior committee, the coaches and managers, and a special mention to Emma and Kirsty for all the work they have done.
Now to our junior’s, at the beginning of the season as Im sure you know we were struggling for coaches, I would like to thank a couple of our experienced coaches namely Denis, Simon French, Liam and Woody with his two sons Max and Mitch and of course Neil Dunne for stepping in and helping the junior teams get off the ground, I have personally witnessed the compassion of Woody Max Mitch and Neil with the U6 team, thanks guys.
I would like to congratulate the U11, U12, U13 U15 and U17 teams for all getting through to finals. The U11 U13 and U17 achieving the minor premiers finishing the whole of the league unbeaten.
The U11 managed a convincing win over Kalamunda 26 – 7, the U13’s played a great game and just fell short of Bayswater 15 – 12, and finally the U17’s which has been another successful year with the initial challenge of the two age groups combining was as the results have proven is a great combination of talented youngsters from both age groups. The U17’s took on Rockingham in the final and with a nail biting score of 10 – 7 and come away with the prize of minor and major premiers 2019.
A couple more awards now which is a great achievement, it’s the 10 years a Brother cap, we introduced this a couple of years ago to recognize the youngsters in our club that have played and committed 10 years to the club, the following existing members came up to the stage and recognized the new member of this elite club:
And the latest additions to this elite club:
Also another great achievement from our junior section, I would like to recognize the following this year:
Ryan Mcgloin & Lucius Gouws
Also Brendan Ferris-Hogg (Broken leg)
Also yet, to come is the U14 regional this year which judging by the strength of our squad will end up with a good representation from the brothers!
Junior Match Reports
Under 13 Blue - 31 September
Our boys had their first semi final, against our long time rival Perth Bayswater. It was a very tough game for our boys eventually going down 15 to 10. Ed scored a try for us which was converted by Travis. We also got the points from a penalty kick by Travis. Perth Bayswater scored 3 tries but none of them were converted. Our scrum did well but we got beaten in the lineouts. We are lucky enough to get another chance in the finals and we play Wanneroo this weekend.
Under 13 Blue - 14 September
So the regular season is over, our Under 13’s faced off against their foes, Perth-Baywater in the Grand Final at the riverside grounds at Nedlands RFUC.
It was always going to be close, with the first 21 minutes going with out a score. The Brothers failing to convert pressure into points spending most of that time in the Bayswater half. Baysie eventually fought their way into our half, camped on our line for phase after phase the Brothers holding them out, with monster tackles and determined defense. Bayswater was awarded three penalties in succession, only opting to go for goal on the third as a mark of respect, as the first two had been stopped short.
3 nil to them!
The Brothers opted to restart short, but was caught cleanly by Baywater who were able to brush off the initial tackle, and attack in open field. The Brother were caught on the back foot and Baywater were able to steel a soft try between the posts, easily converting. 10 nil them on the stroke of Halftime.
The boys new that they needed top start fast and hard, and they did not disappoint. Moving the ball well out to Ed Jones on the wing stretching his long legs past his defenders scoring just short of the posts. Travis steps up and slots a kick over in unfavorable wind. 10-7 we’re coming back. The forwards really fronted up against Baysie cleaning out well and winning ball. This allowed the boys to a get the mauls and phase ball rolling, allowing Ruiz Lee to crash over to take us into the lead. Unfortunately Travis had allot to do to make the kick, in the swirling conditions coming in off the Water. His attempt went just short. 10-12
The game turned into an arm wrestle, with only 6 minutes left on the clock, Baywater found themselves on our line. Our guys tackled and fought valiantly but Baysiefound a gap, and dropped over for a try. They didn’t find the post for the conversion but did enough to take the lead 15-12. 3 Minutes left! From the kick off we knew what we needed to do, attack and retain the ball. That’s how we started, running hard only to be driven out into touch within their 22.
1 Minute left! Baysie won the ball back but struggled to get out of their 22, so opted for a loose high ball into our half on the Stroke of full time, sadly we couldn’t catch the ball cleanly for one last movement, and the referee blew for full time. Breaking our boys hearts. Although we lost the final last year we still managed to take a step further this year, and take out the Minor Premiership, our first of many flags I’m sure off.
Congratulations on a great season to all the players, coaches, back room staff and parents, that has made this our best season to date.
Go Brother U14’s 2020!
Under 13 Blue - 7 September
The Semi Final took place at Arks Rugby Club, with a junior King of the North Challenge, our U13’s taking on Wanneroo. We knew from our last encounter, Wanneroo had the firepower in their back line to cause an upset. So we had to go hard from the start, retaining the ball as much as possible. Christian Vorster opened the scoring for the Brother peeling from a rolling maul, converted by Travis Davis.
Soon after the kick off Wanneroo hit back with an interception try for their speedster full back, drawing level with the conversion.
The Brothers again looked strong when using the forwards on phase ball sucking in the opposition, resulting in a try for Caius in the corner, the conversion was pulled just to the left. Again after much hard work the brothers kick the ball into the Wanneroo’s full backs hands, converted putting Wanneroo into the lead, at half time 14-12.
After a stirring team talk at half time, we knew we had to change the game plan and take it to them in the forwards, as the Brothers fitness would be our advantage.
The second half starts with intensity, some late high tackles going in going largely ignored by the referees, until a dangerous spear tackle by the Wanneroo receives a pretty lenient yellow. The Brothers are awarded a penalty and Travis steps up to put us back in the lead by 1 point. Taking advantage of the man down in the Wanneroo team, the Brothers quickly pile on the points, Caius gets in first with his second, the forwards working well together. Whetu is next to score after gaining 30 yards just prior on a storming run, converted by Travis.
Next up is Leon a small reward for having a try a disallowed early in the second half, converted by Travis. Wanneroo start a very late fight back with the return of their No8, sneaking an unconverted try, by their forwards, only to have their reward snatched from them with a late try by Jordan Bouwer converted by Travis. The match finished 19-41. We now head into the last week, with Bayswater waiting for us in Final, Good luck to the Boys, coaches and the parents for all the effort put in this year.
Under 17 Final
The grand final set at Nedlands on Saturday the 14th September, the U11 started off with a great win against Kalamunda 26 7, following this at 11:10 the U13 were to take on their nemesis the U13 Bayswater, it was a thrilling close game but our boys just missed out with a final score of 15 to 12. The final game was sure to be a thriller with the U17 Blue team taking on the mighty Rocky team who had won their comp for the last four years, but the additional of the U16 boys to this outfit brought a great combination of players, with the U16 winning their comp for the last three years. As the game kicked off it was evident the big Rocky boys were out to attack hard but the U17 blues defended like no other game we have witnessed this season. The Rocky 12 who was known for being the crash ball man could not break the defense with the forwards continually breaking him down. Then some magic from Dane to run 50m just short of the Rocky line but the recycled ball was quick and Michael dropped over for the first try in the corner, then five minutes later another try from the Blues with Connor going over now at 10 - 0 we knew that there was plenty of time left for Rocky to return, as the second half kicked off there was a mistaken pass from our back line which the Rocky center pounced on to score near the posts, 10 - 7 and the crowd ere getting nervous wondering if the 3 pointers earlier in the game would have been a wise choice, Ruben today though was outstanding with his high balls, line outs and strong defense, the Rocky No 6 was playing his annoying job well niggling at every breakdown trying desperately to get the blues to bite, then he had a break down the left wing and was flying but little did he know Ewan had lined him up and smashed a great tackle in from of the Blues, this lifted the boys just enough to battle to the end, then finally the ref indicated last play and Cameron kicked for touch and sliced much to the joy of the Rocky crowd but it wasn't to be and the ball eventually landed in touch, a great game by both side but the deserved winner were the U17 Blue team taking the minor and major premiership of 2019. MVP was selected by the Western Force of a well deserved Ruben.