We're extremely proud to announce that the Joondalup Brothers Club has been awarded the RugbyWA Club Champion for 2018.
This immense achievement would not have been possible without the contribution and efforts of the committed cadre of club officials, loyal players, passionate supporters and the generosity of our valued sponsors.
The award represents the depth and talent the Club has built over the last ten years and the spirit of all who are involved.
We are so incredibly happy and look forward to continuing to work hard to achieve this again in the future.
With the Brothers coming from a convincing win against Nedlands in the preliminary final the mood throughout the week was upbeat and confident leading into the final. With Danie being away, some inspirational words of wisdom went a long way to instil some self belief and calm for the big day.
The Brothers assembled earlier than usual and soaked up the atmosphere with every age group having representation in the finals. All the hard work had been done and there was nothing else that could be done from their end. The game plan and structures were in place and it was up to the Brothers to go out and play with passion and trust and to give everything for the cause.
Wanneroo had been the only team to beat the Brothers this season with a won 2 lost 2 record leading into the final. With the memories of the semi final defeat by one point still fresh, the Brothers knew they would have to front up and win the physical battle against a much bigger Wanneroo forward pack.
The Brothers kicked off with the slope and wind advantage knowing a good start was needed to gain the upper hand. Captain Ryan Mcgloin got the game underway with a deep kickoff and the Brothers instantly applied pressure on the opposition. Wanneroo, taking a leaf out of the Brothers book, kept possession and put some phases together to relieve pressure.
Aggressive defence from the Brothers early on saw them close down space and stop the big runners from gaining meters. Kaes Reweti, Michael Labuschagne and Reuben Hickey putting in big tackles early on.
From the first scrum it was evident the bigger Wanneroo pack were going to try and dominate at set piece and slow down and disrupt the Brothers possession. On the other hand, the Brothers signalled their intent by shifting the ball wide into the wider channels.
A penalty on the Wanneroo 22 meter line saw Aiden Kirby Smith react quickly and a tap and go which saw him break the line and gain front foot ball which drew a penalty advantage. Quick ruck ball fed the pods and Seth Reweti charged for the line sucking in the Wanneroo defence. Another infringement at the breakdown brought the referee back for the original high tackle. Quick thinking by Captain Ryan Mcgloin saw him find the mark and charge for the line to score the opening try of the game. Ruben Lategan chipped over for a 7-0 lead after 3 minutes.
From the restart Seth Reweti ran from deep evading tackles and gaining meters only for Wanneroo to win a penalty for holding on. The resulting Penalty gave Wanneroo an attacking line out 5 meters from the Brothers line.
Some excellent defence stopped the Wanneroo maul from advancing and when forced to move the ball midfield defence from Paul Bez and Ryan Mcgloin stopped the Wanneroo attack from penetrating, Ryan Mcgloin ripped the ball to force a turnover.
With the Brothers pack working hard against the heavier pack at scrum time, Seth Reweti picking up at the base relieved the pressure on the pack.
The Brothers worked their way out of their half with Paul Bez running hard and Mitch Wood clearing the lines. Two consecutive big hits from Seb Birch put Wanneroo on the back foot and the Brothers defensive line speed caused Wanneroo problems. At this stage the ball was constantly turned over for both teams.
A turnover by Wanneroo saw the Brothers caught short and Wanneroo exploited, a couple of missed tackles saw Wanneroo score after 12 minutes to make the score 7-5 to the Brothers.
The final 10 minutes of the half saw the Brothers pressure the Wanneroo line with them unable to exit their half. Direct running from Paul Bez, Ruben Burger and Lucius Gouws enabled the Brothers to go forward through pick and drives to commit the defence and then release the pods to hit up in midfield. James Vorster and Reece Pedley both went close to scoring and the Brothers pressure paid off with the ball being moved left with some slick passing only for a knock on denying Ruben Lategan to go over in the corner.
The resulting scrum forced a penalty for an early Wanneroo push and the Brothers showed their attack prowess by shifting the ball into space and recycling quickly for the backs to show their skills by moving the ball through hands and an excellent pass from Khodi put Jay Aranui over in the corner on the half time whistle. 12-5 to the Brothers at halftime.
With a dominant finish to the half the message at halftime was to apply defensive pressure with discipline and to start shifting the ball away from the breakdown quickly.
Early second half pressure from Wanneroo saw a penalty conceded in front of the posts and a shot at goal reducing the deficit to 12-8 in the Brothers favour.
From the restart the Brothers started to apply pressure with and without the ball. Good defensive line speed forced the mistakes and the Brothers phases were starting to cause Wanneroo problems with last ditch defence keeping the Brothers out.
The willingness of the Brothers to move the ball worked against them with execution letting the Brothers down on several occasions. With all the Brothers dominance in the second half a line break from Wanneroo with 5 minutes to go threatened the Brothers line. A last ditch tackle from Ryan Mcgloin prevented Wanneroo from scoring but the ruck ball was quick and a pick and drive threatened the Brothers line. With bodies on the line the Brothers kept the ball out and a crucial turnover by Aiden Kirby Smith allowed the Brothers to relive the pressure.
With 3 minutes remaining Wanneroo threw everything at the Brothers, Wanneroo moved the ball left with the winger breaking the line only for Khodi to produce a text book tackle to prevent a certain try. A crucial Brothers line out followed with Reuben Hickey and Aiden Kirby Smith executing to retain the ball. Wanneroo edged offside to give the Brothers a penalty. Mitch calmly nudged the ball out to end the game for the win. Final score 12-8 to the Brothers.
Not a classic game to watch but full of drama and excitement. The Brothers showed some flair during the game but execution was missing which is understandable in the circumstances, the Brothers dug in and ground out the result giving everything they had.
Paul Bez was named man of the match with some pressure relieving runs and solid defence.
A great end to a fantastic season with the Brothers winning the Minor Premiership and Premiership. The goal at the beginning of the season was to win the competition and the entire squad made it happen through hard work and commitment. Throughout the season the Brothers have played an exciting brand of running rugby and as a coach I couldn’t be prouder of their efforts.
Under 11's Make Grand Final (8 September)
For what we believe to be the first time in the clubs history Under 11’s Gold have made Grand Finals. It’s been a hard journey to get there and following a few tough games and not having exactly the rub of the green, the boys have dug deep and got to the grand final via the long way around where they will now be playing West’s for the 4th and last time this year.
One win, one loss and one draw against Wests to date, this really is the grudge match of all matches. Coach Chad Capelli is to be commended, he has coached many of these JBRFU Under 11 boys who have played together for the last 5 or more years. Recently, referees have commented on the high standard and ability of such young players. The game last Saturday against Ark’s to get the to the grand final was a pleasure to watch, a hard battle, but once again the respect the coaches, managers, parents and players have for each other is second to none and a pleasure to see in a young competitive rugby tournament. Both teams should be proud of their seasons efforts and we would like to thank Ark’s for a great season and look forward to playing you again next year or maybe even an off season friendly.
Manager Mike Gilbert will be standing on one leg at the top of a mountain in the rain forests of the Cameron Highlands, Malaysia trying to get reception next weekend to live stream the final as his badly timed school trip couldn’t have clashed at a worse time. Alternatively, anyone with a private jet? If you could you please offer to fly him to Jandakot Airport for the Grand Final in Success from Malaysia for the game - Twiggy Forest- have you a plane available?
Under 12 Gold - 8 September
This was a very important semi finals game for our boys. Wanneroo started strong and opened the scoring with an unconverted try. Then Brothers switched it up a gear and struck back with a try from Whetu. Joondalup piled on the pressure forcing Wanneroo to kick, the ball was read well and caught by Charlie who lead a fantastic counter attack, offloading to Daniel to score under the posts, and the kick was converted by Travis. Joondalup started the second half better than the first scoring early by Christian, slotted over by Travis.
Soon after the restart Wanneroo found them struggling in their own 22 and again decided to kick. The ball was gathered by our backs and moved wide and finished by Daniel in the corner. Wanneroo fought back and attacked our line for the remainder of the game. Being held up on the line twice by a resilient brothers defence with the final score being 24-5 to our boys! The Man Of The Match went to Jordan. Our boys now play in the Grand Final this weekend against the so far unbeaten Perth Bayswater. This is the final game of the season and we wish our boys well.