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Annual Report 2006 Western Australian Rugby Union (Inc.)

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Annual Report 2006 Western Australian Rugby Union (Inc.)

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January January 6 6 emirates emirates Western Western Force Force crack crack 20,000 20,000 members, members, the largest the largest membership membership basebase of the of four the four Australian Australian teams. teams.


February February 10 10 emirates emirates Western Western Force’s Force’s inaugural inaugural Super Super Rugby Rugby game. game. emirates emirates Western Western Force Force 10, Brumbies 10, Brumbies 25. 25. AprilApril 21 21

emirates emirates Western Western Force Force drawdraw 23-all 23-all withwith eventual eventual champions, champions, the Crusaders. the Crusaders.

MayMay 6 6

emirates emirates Western Western Force’s Force’s first first win win in Super in Super Rugby Rugby – 16-14 – 16-14 overover the Cheetahs the Cheetahs in Kimberly. in Kimberly.

JuneJune 3 3

Scott Scott Staniforth Staniforth named named emirates emirates Western Western Force Force player player of the of the Year.Year.

July July 8 8

Western Western Force Force GoldGold playplay ‘international’ ‘international’ fixture fixture against against Manu Manu Samoa. Samoa.

July July – August – August WA hosts WA hosts Japanese Japanese touring touring sides sides Yamaha Yamaha and and toshiba. toshiba. September September 3 Wests 3 Wests Subiaco Subiaco win win theirtheir fourth fourth consecutive consecutive FirstFirst Grade Grade premiership. premiership.

Board Members G M Stooke OAM (Chairman), T J Bradbury, S Fink, A Harvey, D Redpath, R Perry, R Viol, V Reid, B Stewart, B Cannon (Player representative), J Welborn (alternate for B Cannon))

Founded 1893. Re-formed 1928. Patron in Chief His Excellency Lieutenant General J Sanderson AC Governor of Western Australia

Chief Executive Officer Peter O’Meara

Patron Dr D Haultain

Secretary D Round

Vice Patrons Professor D K Malcolm The Honourable R C Kucera APM MLA The Right Honourable Dr P Nattrass Lord Mayor of Perth

Judiciary Board R Todman (Chairman), M Cashman (Deputy Chairman), R Brain, J Hancock, M Hunt, Ray Mills, Nick Cogin, Michael Parker

Life Members P Bailey, Mrs V Bleakley, T J Bradbury, Dr D Butcher, P Davies-Moore, Rev R Davis, M Day, S Fink, B French, E Hall, Dr B Hartley, A Harvey, M Harvey, Dr D Haultain, A Hill, M Hunt, Dr A Johnson, J McCullough, G Mickle, B Olney, Dr R Perry, D Redpath, B Reinecke, M Siddons, G M Stooke OAM, J Suckling, R Todman, T Wilkinson

Australian Rugby Union Delegate G M Stooke OAM Auditor Ernst & Young

President A Harvey Chairman G M Stooke OAM

September Septemberemirates emirates Western Western Force Force partake partake in inaugural in inaugural ApCApC tournament. tournament.


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Office Bearers

What a year it has been for rugby in our State.






Chief Executive Officer

As you will be made aware in other areas of this document, 2006 will go down as a watershed year for WA rugby as the Emirates Western Force redefined the sporting, economic and popular landscape in just one year of professionalism.


Marketing, Media & Sponsorship


Head Coach


Emirates Western Force Season 2006 Highlights


Western Force Gold


Firepower RugbyWA Academy




Argonaut Gold Season Summary


Community Rugby Overview


Rugby Development Report


Affiliated – WAJRU


Affiliated – WARURA


Affiliated – WACRU


Affiliated – WAWRU


Affiliated – WASRU




Grade Tables


Chief Finance Officer


Financial Report


Sponsor Acknowledgements

The past 12 months have also seen terrific results at grass roots level, from great participation figures at all levels, to my beloved Wests Subiaco winning a fourth consecutive First Grade Premiership. Community rugby, under the superb leadership of Mitch Hardy, has continued its amazing growth. Almost 15,000 Western Australians were involved in playing rugby in 2006, a 70% increase on the previous year. With such a large amount of players, the roles played by volunteers have become even more significant. I would like to thank everyone involved in the clubs, schools and affiliated bodies for their tremendous contributions over the past 12 months.

I would like to pay tribute to the work done by RugbyWA chief executive Peter O’Meara, who approached the 2006 year with the same vigour and dedication as he did the 2005 year. No doubt he will continue to bring the same strength and dynamism to the organisation in 2007. Peter and his staff are to be congratulated for their off-field successes in 2006, which are too numerous to mention here and are explained elsewhere in this document.

Our financial situation, explained at length later in this document, is in a healthy position due to the commitment and hard work from every member of the rugby community, including RugbyWA staff, WA rugby volunteers, coaches, players, managers, groundskeepers and so forth.

The professional rugby staff, lead by coach John Mitchell, are to be congratulated for their tireless efforts in building the team and creating a strong culture within the organisation. Some on-field success came late in 2006, with the first ever win over the Cheetahs in Kimberly and the draw against the Crusaders at Subiaco Oval being the most memorable occasions in my mind. No doubt more success is to follow, with strong recruitment and a second quality off-season now under the belt.

I would like to thank and acknowledge the support of the ARU, in particular its Chairman Ron Graham and the Board, and also CEO Garry Flowers and the entire ARU staff. Please soak up the information imparted in this document, and enjoy the 2007 rugby season. Tony Harvey President


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CHAIRMAN The 2006 Season saw RugbyWA participate in the ‘big league’ of Australian rugby for the first time.

As part of the continuous improvement program adopted by RugbyWA, a post season review of professional rugby was conducted by external consultants. Recommendations of the review are now being implemented by management and are providing an excellent ‘vehicle’ to assist the development and integration of professional rugby within RugbyWA.

By the end of the season RugbyWA left no doubt that we are now a ‘significant player’ in Australian rugby both in terms of the professional game and the game at a community level.

The Perth competition was extremely competitive and congratulations go to Wests Subiaco on winning their fourth consecutive 1st Grade Premiership. Premiership winners were as follows:

Highlights of the season included; • Significant growth in the participation numbers and standard of community rugby.


Major Premier

Minor Premier

1st Grade

Wests Subiaco


• Extremely competitive performance by the Emirates Western Force.

2nd Grade



3rd Grade



• Outstanding member and supporter attendances at Emirates Western Force fixtures in Perth.

4th Grade



• Strong ongoing support from Government, sponsors and members.

5th Grade



6th Grade



Under 19

Associates Gold

Associates Gold



Perth Bayswater

• Strong financial performance. The Emirates Western Force was very competitive in all games and demonstrated that they will be a ‘force’ to be reckoned with in the seasons ahead. This will be assisted by the post Super 14 competition recruitment of players including Matt Giteau, Ryan Cross, Drew Mitchell, Troy Takiari and Jon McGrath.

Congratulations to James Stannard from the Palmyra RUFC on winning the PG Hampshire Award for the Best & Fairest player in the Perth competition. Congratulations also to the Nedlands RUFC on winning the Home Building Society Club Champions Award and the Joondalup RUFC on winning the Healthway Champion Club Award.

Seven Emirates Western Force players represented the Wallabies this year and Nathan Sharpe was the ‘Runner-Up’ in the award for the ‘Most Outstanding Australian Player’ in the Super 14 competition. Scott Staniforth won the RugbyWA award for the Emirates Western Force ‘Most Outstanding Player’ in the Super 14 competition.

The Juniors, Schools, Country and Womens rugby continue to flourish and all their respective competitions proved to be very competitive. Also, many thanks to the referees for their efforts in officiating at all levels in all competitions within Western Australia- often under ‘trying’ circumstances!


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Sincere thanks must go to the loyal sponsors of RugbyWA and the Emirates Western Force. The partnerships that have been established have significantly assisted RugbyWA and the Emirates Western Force to embrace the introduction of professional rugby and the growth of community rugby in Western Australia.

Congratulations to Rod Todman who was awarded Life Membership of RugbyWA this year. Rod has been involved in all levels of rugby in Western Australia for over thirty years and previously represented the State as a player. He has been active at club level and more recently has being a long serving member of the RugbyWA Judiciary. Congratulations again to Rod on a well deserved award.

The 2007 season promises to be a very exciting year for RugbyWA. The Emirates Western Force will be competing in the Investec Super14 Competition with enhanced confidence. Community rugby will continue to grow at all levels!

The RugbyWA Board has had a very active year and December 2005 and December 2006 met on 13 occasions. Attendance at these meetings was as follows: Board Meetings



Geoffrey Stooke OAM Anthony Harvey Terry Bradbury Steve Fink David Redpath Russell Perry Vern Reid Brent Stewart Robert Viol Brendan Cannon John Welborn Peter O’Meara David Round

13 11 12 11 13 12 13 9 11 4 5 11 13

13 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 13

In conclusion, let me thank all the Clubs, Affiliate Bodies, RugbyWA Council and the RugbyWA Board for their tireless efforts and support. Thanks to Peter O’Meara and his Management Team for their significant contributions in what has been a very challenging but rewarding year. Special thanks to all the players (professional and community) for making rugby the great sport and entertainment it is today.

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER nation, and fourth overall. The ‘Sea of Blue’ on game day is something special. We also got the support of some fantastic companies, both at the hospitality level and as sponsors, and for this we are very grateful. On the field, we showed lots of heart but injuries, which exposed a lack of depth, saw us post only a single victory, against the Cheetahs in Kimberley. On five occasions, the Emirates Western Force built solid leads, only to relinquish them. The one certain to live long in my memory was the draw against the eventual Super 14 champions, the Crusaders. The Emirates Western Force also delivered on the promise to grow Wallabies, with Cameron Shepherd and Tai McIsaac doing enough to wear the jersey for the first time, while the representative career of Scott Staniforth was also given new life. I want to congratulate head coach John Mitchell, his support staff and the players, all of whom took a big gamble in moving away from friends and family and coming to Perth to bring professional rugby to WA. It was never going to be easy, and the lessons of our first year – ably assisted by some handy recruits – should have us better placed at the close of the 2007 season.

It should surprise no one that 2006 was another busy and exciting year for RugbyWA. Professional rugby’s debut in the West has been, as hoped, a huge boost for our great game at the Community level, with participation levels surging. The profile rugby received also hit unprecedented levels. Our stated purpose at RugbyWA is to grow rugby and grow Wallabies in Western Australia, and on both counts, 2006 was a resounding success.

Kind regards, Geoffrey Stooke OAM Chairman

A - Number of meetings attended B - number of meetings held

RugbyWA The organisation has been a hive of activity, meeting the demands of a booming State with a renew interest in rugby, triggered by the arrival of the Emirates Western Force. Community Rugby Manager Mitch Hardy and his team have done a fantastic job servicing this demand. Overall, participation soared by 70% on 2005 figure, with juniors up by 16%. With this in mind, it’s a shame the Australian Rugby Union chose to reduce its funding to WA Community Rugby, particularly at a time when the local populace seems most receptive. Of the 40 professional players who relocated from other parts of Australian and overseas, 25 played in Perth’s first grade competition, and over time this involvement will help us grow Wallabies. And, whilst on the topic, congratulations to WestsSubiaco, which posted its fourth consecutive Home Building Society first grade premiership having finished the regular season in fourth place. At the representative level, Argonaut Gold performed well in the Australian Rugby Shield but was unable to post consecutive titles, and – with the launch of the new Australian Rugby Championship in August – will not be included in this year’s contest. The RugbyWA Academy also played an important part, and – along with the Western Force Gold tour of South Africa and games against Samoa, Yamaha and Toshiba – provided wonderful opportunities for our local talent. During 2006, RugbyWA also underwent a restructure, which reflected the organisation’s shift from one undergoing rapid growth and change to a more established business environment. Unfortunately, this meant job changes including my predecessor Rick Smith, who left us after a number of years of loyal service, and we wish him well.

Looking forward Despite the huge success of 2006, we cannot afford to sit back on our laurels. The WA Government’s decision on the State’s stadium needs could have a big impact on the future of professional rugby. Throughout the year, we have been liaising with the government’s Stadia Taskforce, and have made it clear that the ongoing viability of Super 14 in the West could well depend on the development of a modern rectangular stadium. The viewing experience at Subiaco Oval has already taken its toll on our membership, and we cannot afford to wait too many years for a more appropriate venue. In conclusion, I would like to thank Chairman Geoff Stooke and the RugbyWA board for their support, and the commitment of my management team, staff and the players. Rugby is in a very good state of health here in WA but we can’t afford to take the foot off the pedal. Peter O’Meara Chief Executive Officer

Emirates Western Force Our inaugural Super 14 season was everything it promised to be, and more. The support of WA’s rugby and sports fans was overwhelming. Having the biggest Super membership in Australia – and in an Australian Rules Football State, thank you very much – was a statistic that didn’t sit comfortably with our friends on the other side of the rabbit-proof fence. Our average crowd of 28,424 was the second biggest in the 6


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MARKETING, MEDIA & SPONSORSHIP Marketing As a brand, the Western Force has had an amazing introduction to the local West Australian and broader rugby communities. Not only has this year seen us run out in our first home game in front of a crowd of over 37,000 people, but it also saw the creation of one of our greatest brand assets, the ‘Sea of Blue’. We also achieved the largest Super 14 membership base within Australia, the fourth largest average crowd size in the 2006 Super 14 competition as well being voted the number one emerging brand by Business News. What an amazing year! But the honeymoon is over now. With the excitement of our inaugural season behind us, we need to be working even harder to ensure we achieve what we set out to. Not only are we taking on the rugby powerhouses of New Zealand, South Africa and the east coast of Australia, but we’re also battling for share of mind (not to mention sports pages) against the dominant football code in Western Australia, AFL, and two of the strongest clubs within it – the West Coast Eagles and Fremantle Dockers Football Clubs. This means we need to be doing things bigger, better, harder and faster just to be noticed.

• Aiming to provide a rugby-centric supporter’s environment for fans to gather both before and after the game as well as for away matches. • Helping form Supporters Clubs in other states and localities. • Maintaining an ongoing dialogue with members via tracking studies to measure the satisfaction, the needs and the wants of our membership base.

If 2006’s marketing effort was all about ‘announcement’ and introducing ourselves to the public, then 2007 will see us shift our focus onto the loyal and vocal fan base created in year one by ‘engaging’ our various target audiences. We will do this by:

• Providing an online environment that is not only more user friendly but more interactive. • Making the Western Force brand one of the most exciting sporting brands to be a part of.

• Engaging them in the lead up to each of our home games by asking them to “Save it for the Game” and make the match day atmosphere everything it can be by getting right behind the boys.

With most West Australians now knowing who we are, Marketing Services will set out in 2007 to unleash the true potential of the game. Characterised by an intensity and passion unseen before by any Super 14 organisation, we will take rugby to a new frontier by changing the way people see, play and interact with the sport.

• Creating a legion of die hard fans, known as the Blue Crew, to act as a cheer squad at each of our home games. • Providing match day entertainment that is involving and exciting. • Providing members and fans with money can’t buy promotional opportunities to spend time with the team and see the inner workings of the club.

But this has only been made possible due to two key elements. Firstly, the hard work of the entire Marketing Services team (both past and present) in laying such a strong foundation and secondly, some of the most vocal, loyal and passionate rugby supporters the Super 14. For that I thank you all.

• Developing Member Tours that allow people to travel with the team and support them in South Africa and New Zealand.

Sean Lee Manager, Marketing Services




Crowd Information

February 10, 2006 ACT Brumbies 10-25 Subiaco, Perth February 24, 2006 Chiefs 9-26 Subiaco, Perth March 17, 2006 Waratahs 7-32 Subiaco, Perth March 25, 2006 Bulls 21-30 Subiaco, Perth March 31, 2006 Stormers 26-25 Subiaco, Perth April 21, 2006 Crusaders 23-23 Subiaco, Perth

37,037 29,239 26,140 23,392 24,507 30,231 170,546

Super 14 Total 170,546 Average 28,424

Trial 1






Subiaco, Perth




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Sponsorship Of course, all of this is in full swing again. RugbyWA Media Officer Crispin Roberts has done a fantastic job generally but particularly with his management of Community Rugby issues and keeping the website up-to-date. He has been extra busy over the past few months coordinating the website upgrade, which went ‘live’ in January and gives us a far more impressive, and functional, face in cyberspace.

The Australian success story of the Super 14 competition in 2006 was the Emirates Western Force. They’re not my words but those of Wallabies coach John Connolly, and I can assure you, they were well received. We had feared the hard yards of so many, including the players, would be measured by the wooden spoon. But Knuckles recognized the big and forward steps the organization, as a whole, had taken. He then proceeded to make life difficult for us with his ‘Matt Giteau at 9’ campaign, but that’s another story.

My thanks also to Greg Paull and the team at Cambridge Media, who always deliver a good product and in good time, and are a pleasure to work with. The support of Darren Tyrrell and the team at Emirates through their sponsorship of the hotly contested ‘Media Award’ is also appreciated, as is the support of Southern Cross Broadcasting.

I describe our first year of preparing for, and managing, professional football as like feeling your way in the dark. Somehow we didn’t stumble into the furniture. From a media perspective, we took rugby from the results pages of The West Australian to a twice weekly four page lift-out, and almost nightly coverage on the TV news. John Mitchell, Nathan Sharpe and Brendan Cannon also had weekly segments on the commercial networks. We received regular air-time on radio through 6PR (including the broadcasting of our home games, with guest commentary from the perennially injured Lachlan MacKay and Rudi Vedelago). And, we coordinated and wrote the Cut Out Pass, Front Row and Inside Ball newsletters, and the Line Break season guide and match day programs, and provided content for the SANZAR media guide.

No more feeling our way in the dark – second time around, the lights are on and there’s not a wooden spoon in sight, but let’s not tempt fate! Tom Baddeley Manager, Media and Communications

The RugbyWA sponsorship portfolio now exceeds $5 million, built from a sponsorship family of some 44 companies. We were gratified with the securing of an additional $450,000 in sponsorship in the last two months of 2006. Following a review and planning process with all sponsors, we appreciated the feedback we received on the operations of the sponsorship department. Whilst we were not fooling ourselves that the operation was perfect, the openness and constructive input received from our sponsors allowed us to place emphasis on those functions where it was felt we needed to strengthen following our first year. An intensive research study undertaken throughout the 2006 year provided RugbyWA with some powerful feedback for future planning, whilst also confirming that the strategies to generate profile for our sponsors were effective. We intend expanding that research in 2007. Successful sponsorship activities undertaken included: • A Sponsorship Workshop attended by sponsors from both sides of Australia, which developed a number of excellent concepts we continue to investigate and implement; • The Sponsors Tour to South Africa which involved a tight knit unit of sponsors holding our own in the Shark’s stadium, and introducing the South Africans to the concept of thunder sticks; • An informal sponsors breakfast meeting held to view the Wallabies training at Rugby Park; • A networking function involving the story of the birth of the Western Force, presented by a range of club identities; • A Golf Day that had participants ducking and weaving and the occasional swim. As the sponsorship unit moves into our second year of operation, we are developing a number of themes. Understanding our sponsors business We will take the time to gain a greater understanding of our sponsors’ business, which will ensure we are able to identify those opportunities that exist in the market place.

Return on investment Sponsors invest for one reason – to increase revenue. We are constantly working to analyse and develop strategies to expand and measure the return on a sponsor’s investment.

We have some significant challenges before us in 2007, not least of which is to secure sponsorship for the Perth Spirit, our Australian Rugby Championship representative team competing in the inaugural year of the national competition.

Value Add Activity To that end, the sponsorship staff work assiduously to deliver the contracted benefits to our sponsors, whilst always searching for means of delivering “add on” benefits over and above the contractual requirements. It is our intention to develop “value adds” as a hallmark of the RugbyWA sponsorship philosophy. We work with our sponsors to generate new ideas and concepts. We also invest a considerable effort in researching the international world of sponsorship, particularly the new media to support that effort.


We will also need to ensure that our sponsors facing decisions at the end of the year have strong reasons for staying with RugbyWA and the Western Force into the future. Mike Rees Manager, Sponsorship and Commercial Operations


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HEAD COACH When I look back on 2006, I almost wonder where it went! How quickly the year past, which I think reflects how busy we all were and what an action-packed season it was. Despite not finishing on the ladder where we had hoped, the player group showed grit and great spirit throughout a tough competition made more difficult by a long injury list. This led us to introduce 14 young men to Super rugby for the first time. While it was no doubt a baptism of fire, most stood up, accepted the challenge and are better players today because of it. Of course, it was not how we planned things but I have been in the game long enough to know that successful professional football is as much about crisis management as it is about sound strategy. There were many highlights to the season – the debut against the Brumbies, pushing the Crusaders to the wire and that hard fought victory in the dust of Kimberley. There were also the disappointments – the injuries and throwing away so many good leads, to mention just a couple. But I take comfort from the fact that we earned the respect of our opposition. Only once, against the Blues, were we truly outplayed. This is a great platform from which to build. Young men became warriors in 2006, and in 2007 we want to teach them not only how to fight but how to win; to be more consistent and more physical. I am expecting noticeable improvement in 2007.

sacrifices). In particular, I want to thank the coaching team of John Mulvihill, Tom Fearn and, for a shorter period, Ben Darwin, for their efforts in helping put the first building blocks in place. Having been on the road for five of the last six weeks of the Super 14 season, John and Tom were soon back on the plane to South Africa with Western Force Gold as part of our development plans. The relentless professionalism of strength and conditioning coordinator Haydn Masters, the physio/medico teams, headed by Rob Naish and Peter Steele, and performance analyst, Scott Anderson, also need to be recognized. And, behind the scenes, Tahlia Forsyth and Richard Trend have been tireless workers, particularly after team manager Greg Marr decided to return to the property industry in Sydney. Also leaving us during the year was Academy coach, Steve McFarland, who decided his future lay in teaching. We wish the best to those who have left us, including 10 members of the inaugural player group. At the conclusion of the Super 14 season, we had independent view of the professional rugby operations and identified the areas in which we needed to improve. The Australian Rugby Union’s High Performance Manager, Wayne Goldsmith, was brought over to help implement the review recommendations and he liked the place so much, he stayed! Wayne will be of great value in identifying areas of improvement for players and staff alike, and bringing competitive advantages to improve standards for each new campaign, while at the same time taking on the role of team manager. And finally, my thanks to RugbyWA chairman Geoff Stooke and the Board, Chief Executive Peter O’Meara and senior management for their strong support throughout. 2006 was a good start. I am expecting significant improvement in 2007.

I want to acknowledge the commitment and resolve of the players and support staff, all of whom not only left their homes to settle in Perth but once they got here, gave time and energy beyond the working week (The unsung heroes in all this are the wives, children and partners who have had to make bigger


John Mitchell Head Coach


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Emirates Western Force – Season 2006 Highlights Emirates Western Force v Chiefs Friday 24 February Subiaco Oval Score 9 – 26 Debut Tajhon Mailata Penalties Cameron Shepherd 3 The Western Force opened strongly, making first-up tackles, winning lineouts and nailing two penalties. But that’s pretty much where the good news came to an end. Unforced errors and the speed and flair of Chiefs backs Sitiveni Sivivatu, Sam Tuitupou and Sosene Anesi, quickly put the game out of our reach.

Emirates Western Force v Reds Saturday 11 March Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane Score 18 – 29 Tries David Pusey, Scott Staniforth Conversion Cameron Shepherd Penalties Cameron Shepherd 2 The Force broke to an 18-3 lead with tries to Scott Staniforth and Dave Pusey. But the Queenslanders kept us scoreless in the second term and pegged us back with a better kicking game and relentless attack. The constant pressure saw us concede penalties and points, the Reds moving clear with two tries in the final moments. Nathan Sharpe showed plenty of guts and determination, playing with a virus which saw him hospitalised after the match.

Emirates Western Force v Brumbies Friday 10 February Subiaco Oval Score 10 – 25 Debuts Richard Brown, Josh Graham, James Hilgendor f, Matt Hodgson, Digby Ioane, David Te Moana TrY Scott Fava Conversion Scott Daruda Penalty Scott Daruda

Emirates Western Force v Waratahs Friday 17 March Subiaco Oval Score 7 – 32

On a wonderful Perth night in February, in front of more than 37,000 fans at Subiaco Oval, the Emirates Western Force made its Super 14 debut. The Sea of Blue roared like a tsunami early in the second half when Scott Fava went over for the team’s first Super 14 five-pointer. The converted try put the local team ahead, a lead it held until the final quarter. But when inside centre Lachlan MacKay was helped from the ground with a serious knee injury and replacement Josh Graham was stretchered off with concussion, we lost momentum and our restructured backline couldn’t hold back the tide of a Brumbies backline made up of Wallabies, including Matt Giteau.

Debuts Pek Cowan, Pat O’Connor Try Haig Sare Conversion Brock James Lacking penetration and finish, but not fight, the Emirates Western Force lost to a Waratahs outfit that welcomed back Wendell Sailor from suspension. Sailor scored two tries in a scrappy affair, which saw us without Nathan Sharpe, who was still getting over his virus, and Scott Fava and Cameron Shepherd, who were both on Commonwealth Games duties.

Emirates Western Force v Hurricanes Saturday 18 February Yarrow Stadium, New Plymouth Score 5 – 29 Debuts Tim Davidson, Haig Sare Try Scott Staniforth The Western Force was quickly in deep trouble against the Hurricanes; with six minutes gone, we were already 14 points in arrears. However, we went on to dominate possession and territory for most of the match, scoring one five-pointer and having two disallowed. Turnover ball at crucial times and the loss of Junior Pelesasa with a broken ankle cost us the game. Scott Staniforth posted the first of his nine competition tries. 14


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was just within reach. But it was not to be, with Stormers flanker Luke Watson scoring his second try of the night four minutes from the end and snaring the South Africans the tightest of victories. Our first bonus point was small consolation.

Emirates Western Force v Highlanders Saturday 8 April Carisbrook, Dunedin Score 22 – 25 Tries Gareth Hardy, Cameron Shepherd 2 Conversions Cameron Shepherd 2 Penalty Cameron Shepherd After 30 minutes in the uncharacteristic sun of the House of Pain, we were ahead 15 points to three, with tries to loosehead prop Gareth Hardy and fullback Cameron Shepherd. But then there was another momentum-changing injury. In his first game back since pre-season wrist surgery, Rudi Vedelago suffered a broken leg. Another [late] try to Shepherd, following an intercept by Scott Staniforth, saw us post another bonus point. But, again, small consolation.

Emirates Western Force v Bulls Saturday 25 March Subiaco Oval Score 21 – 30 Debut Gavin DeBartolo Tries James Hilgendor f, Scott Staniforth 2 Conversions Cameron Shepherd 3 Early in the second half the Western Force trailed the Bulls 24-0. But things began to turn in the 55th minute, with a converted try to James Hilgendorf playing at flyhalf for the first time. When the South Africans moved 20 points clear with a penalty goal we needed three more converted tries to cause a boil over. And we came close, with two converted tries to inside centre Scott Staniforth. But too many errors early in the game denied us victory. After the match, Bulls coach Heyneke Meyer told the boys they were heading in the right direction and success was not far away.

minute. When Hilgendorf was hospitalised with a double fracture to the eye socket from a cheap shot, our backline lost its composure and Blues flyhalf Luke McAlister took control. This was a game we would be happy to forget.

Emirates Western Force v Crusaders Friday 21 April Subiaco Oval Score 23 – 23 Tries Brock James, Cameron Shepherd Conversions Cameron Shepherd 2 Penalties Cameron Shepherd 3 Our coming of age! Only a blunder by TMO Geoff Acton denied us the Super rugby boil over of the decade (and with Brendan Cannon in the stands, nursing a serious neck injury). Haig Sare’s late try would have broken the deadlock but the authorities ruled his leg had gone into touch and it was disallowed. The crowd reaction to the ‘try’ and the TMO decision is perfectly mirrored by Matt Henjak’s reactions (left and below). We raced to a comfortable lead with tries to Cameron Shepherd and flyhalf Brock James, who posted his five-pointer after a wonderful inside pass from Scott Staniforth. But the Crusaders fought back from a 20-8 half time deficit, scoring two tries after Gareth Hardy was yellow carded. What should have been a fairytale finish to our final home game, where bottom of the ladder beats the top, was denied by the video ref; Geoff Acton…remember his name!

Emirates Western Force v Cheetahs Saturday 6 May ABSA Stadium, Kimberley Score 16 – 14 Try Scott Staniforth Conversion Cameron Shepherd Penalties Cameron Shepherd 3 Victory can creep up on you sometimes. And it did, finally, in the South African diamond-mining town of Kimberley, where it was our guts and perseverance in defence that won the day. Junior Pelesasa’s return from a broken ankle was timely, coming off the bench to make a neat intercept and pass the ball to the flying Scott Staniforth for the match-winning try. Under pressure for most of the game and repelling wave after wave of Cheetahs attack, it wasn’t pretty, but a win is a win and this one was our first.

Emirates Western Force v Sharks Friday 12 May ABSA Stadium, Durban Score 25 – 41

Emirates Western Force v Stormers

Debuts Luke Holmes, David Pocock Tries Scott Fava, Digby Ioane, Cameron Shepherd 2 Conversion Cameron Shepherd Penalty Cameron Shepherd

Friday 31 March Subiaco Oval Score 25 – 26 Tries Gavin DeBartolo, Cameron Shepherd, Scott Staniforth Conversions Cameron Shepherd 2 Penalties Cameron Shepherd 2

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The one that got away! Within three minutes, Cameron Shepherd had converted his own try and later slotted a 40 metre penalty goal. But the Stormers fought back and went into the half-time break with a slender lead. However, when replacement winger Gavin DeBartolo scored from a wonderful kick and chase late in the game our first win

Try Cameron Shepherd Penalty Cameron Shepherd The Blues had long been threatening a show of brilliance in the competition; unfortunately that threat became a reality from the moment we lost James Hilgendorf in the seventh

It was a first half to forget and a second to savour. Down 24-3 after 20 minutes, in another simmering cauldron, we only had ourselves to blame. But the never say die attitude, which had been our one constant trait throughout the season, came to the fore in the second stanza, and another five minutes and we may have spoilt the party. The Sharks needed a bonus point and victory by 10 points or more to make it into the finals, but two late tries in five minutes to fullback Cameron Shepherd gave the home side a nervous finish.

Friday 14 April North Harbour Stadium, Albany Score 8 – 39

Emirates Western Force v Cats Friday 28 April Ellis Park, Johannesburg Score 34 – 34 Tries Digby Ioane, Scott Staniforth 3 Conversions Cameron Shepherd 4 Penalties Cameron Shepherd 2 In the simmering cauldron of Ellis Park, undaunted by the bulk of the South African forwards, the Force built a handsome 20 point lead, showing the patience and skill that had deserted us on previous occasions. And then the wheels fell off. Indeed, if a late try to Cats wing Wylie Human had been converted, we’d have lost the game. Instead, we had to settle for our second draw in as many weeks, taking the shine off Scott Staniforth’s hat-trick of tries. 16


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Western Force Gold

2006 Super 14 statistics Player Richard Brown Vitori Buatava Brendan Cannon Pek Cowan Scott Daruda Tim Davidson Gavin DeBartolo Luke Doherty Scott Fava David Fitter Josh Fuimaono Josh Graham Gareth Hardy Matt Henjak James Hilgendorf Matt Hodgson Luke Holmes Digby Ioane Brock James Tajhon Mailata Tai McIsaac Lachlan Mackay Pat O’Connor Chris O’Young Alexander Peden Junior Pelesasa David Pocock David Pusey Haig Sare Angus Scott Nathan Sharpe Cameron Shepherd Scott Staniforth Brett Stapleton David Te Moana Rudi Vedelago Ben Ward John Welborn AJ Whalley Matt Windle

2006 caps

2006 tries

2006 cons

2006 pens

2006 points

6 0 9 1 5 5 4 13 11 10 0 12 9 13 9 12 1 12 10 1 13 3 6 13 0 5 1 13 10 8 12 12 12 0 7 1 0 10 0 0

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0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 16 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 18 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

0 0 0 0 5 0 5 0 10 0 0 0 5 0 5 0 0 10 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 5 0 0 121 45 0 0 0 0 0 0 0


South African Tour

Japanese Teams

The Western Force Gold played three matches in South Africa in June as part of the post Super 14 program. The majority of the tour party comes from the Emirates Western Force squad, but there are also members of the Emirates Western Force Academy and Argonaut Gold included.

Two Japanese sides toured WA during 2006, in Toshiba and Yamaha. July 15 Western Force Gold 38 (Junior Pelesasa 2, Matt Henjak 2, Brett Stapleon 2 tries, Ryan Lenegan 4 conversions) Toshiba 0

The squad for the tour was: Dan Bailey*, Will Brock*, Richard Brown, Vitori Buatava, Luke Doherty (c), Gavin DeBartolo, Tyler Edwards^, David Fitter, Josh Fuimaono, Luke Holmes, Brock James (vc), Elliot Kuhlman-Hall^, Ryan Lenegan*, Kieran Longbottom*, Nathan McCort*, Chris O’Young, David Pocock, Zander Peden, Matt Shaw*, Haig Sare, Brett Stapleton, David Te Moana, Ryan Tyrell*, Ben Ward, Matt Windle, AJ Whalley, Garth Ziegler^. * - Emirates Western Force Academy member. ^ - Selected from WA club rugby (Edwards is also an Argonaut Gold squad member).

August 19 Western Force Gold 60 (Staniforth 3, Ioane 2, Sare, Pocock, Henjak, Stapleton, Pelesasa tries; Daruda 5 conversions) Yamaha 12 August 19 Western Force Gold 66 (Tries: Matt Hodgson 2, Junior Pelesasa 2, Brett Stapleton 2, Scott Daruda, Tajhon Mailata, Haig Sare, Josh Graham. Conversions: Scott Daruda 6, Vitori Buatava 2) Yamaha 7

Tour Details

Australian Provincial Championship

• Wednesday 7 June - Western Force Gold 31 (Tries: Zander Peden, Haig Sare, Chris O’Young, Brett Stapleton, Conversions: Brock James (3), Vitori Buatava (1), Penalties: Brock James (1) Wildebeests 36 (Pietermaritzburg)

The Australian Provincial Championship (APC) involved Australia’s four Super 14 provinces in a round-robin competition during September 2006. The Emirates Western Force squad, minus Wallabies players, represented WA in the competition. Emirates Western Force APC fixture list: Saturday 9 September Queensland (Brisbane) Emirates Western Force 32 Tries: Brett Stapleton 2, Brendan Cannon, Haig Sare Conv: Scott Daruda 3 Pen: Scott Daruda 2 v Reds 6, Brisbane

• Saturday 10 June - Western Force Gold 0 Golden Lions 37 (Johannesburg) • Wednesday 14 June - Skills clinic in Soweto • Friday 16 June - Western Force Gold 0 Blue Bulls 52 (Pretoria)

Friday 15 September ACT (Canberra) Emirates Western Force 10 Brett Stapleton try; Scott Daruda 1 conv, 1 pen) Brumbies 25, Canberra

Manu Samoa Manu Samoa defeated Western Force Gold at Members Equity Stadium in Perth, 28-24 in July. The visitors scored one try, one conversion and seven penalties to Force Gold’s four tries and two conversions. Western Force Gold 24 (tries: Matt Hodgson; penalty try, Digby Ioane, Haig Sare; conv: Cameron Shepherd 2)

Saturday 23 September NSW (Bathurst) Emirates Western Force 33 Cameron Shepherd 2, Scott Daruda, Matt Henjak, Tai McIsaac tries; Scott Daruda 4 conv) Waratahs 41, Bathurst

Manu Samoa 28 (tries: Lolo Lui; conv: Loki Crichton; pen goal: Loki Crichton 7)

APC Final Brumbies 42 v Reds 17, Canberra


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FIREPOWER RugbyWA ACADEMY 2006 was the first year for the Academy program. The main objective of the Academy is to produce players capable of playing at the Super 14 level. In addition one is acutely aware of the need to progress and produce home grown WA talent to one day don the ocean blue of the Western Force. Hopefully we are not too far off in succeeding in this area.

However, 12 of the 20 players exited the program at the end of the year [September], deemed not good enough at this point to progress to Super 14 level. The program for 2006/2007 began at the start of October. The make up of the Academy sees the arrival of three new senior Academy players, who do most of their training with the Emirates Western Force senior squad, while a few players from the club competition entered the program. Some progressed from the NTS program, while some will come from interstate at senior and junior level at the start of 2007. In addition, a number of the Academy members trained with the senior squad in the pre Christmas block. This has assisted them in their skill development.

The aim was to create a dynamic program which was flexible and adaptable for players with differing levels of development in age, core skill, position specific, game understanding and Strength & Conditioning (S&C). While there was a lack of a match program this year, the intention for 2007 is to create a viable and realistic match program for the Academy/RugbyWA Development teams at different times of the season.

Thus far, the players have been assessed and tested in the key S & C areas. Vince Kelly looked after the S&C until his departure for South Sydney in September. He has been succeeded by Warren Andrews who is assisted by Ben Hinton. Regular skin folds, nutrition lectures take place and are presented by Sophie Porter.

It is also an aim, in conjunction with the clubs, to recruit talented players to Perth. The challenge is to widen our local player base so that we can advance players from within WA who are GOOD ENOUGH to succeed and to play at Super 14 level.

Skill wise there has been regular usage of Emirates Western Force coaches in the program. John Mitchell, John Mulvihill, Tom Fearn and earlier in the year Ben Darwin all contributed at least once a to the Academy program. Mark Bell from the ARU made regular visits to Perth to conduct scrum sessions.

Finally, it is the goal of the Academy and RugbyWA and finally to build a long-term Academy model which is both sustainable, unique and understands the sporting environment in which RugbyWA operates.

All sessions are overseen by Brenden Loag and myself. The skills sessions are filmed by Academy analyst Damian Pacecca for regular review. Our physios, Simon Murphy and Lind Spognalo, are also a vital cog in the Academy.

2005/2006 saw first Academy intake – 18 from WA, two from interstate and seven apprentices who trained with the Emirates Western Force. Of the Apprentice group, 3 have been offered professional contracts for 2007 while a number also played in the 2006 Super 14.

Further thanks to Dwayne Nestor and Andy Cole who also assisted with some individual sessions during the year. Finally thanks to John Mitchell and Mitch Hardy for their support of the Firepower Academy now.

Of the ‘older’ cohort within the Academy, a few of these players toured South Africa with the Western Force Gold in June, while some were involved in the games against Samoa, Toshiba and Yamaha. A number also represented Argonaut Perth Gold in the TARS, while a number of the younger group represented the state at U19 level. Most of these players have been playing premier grade for their clubs. In addition, during 2006, a number of the Academy played at various representative levels for Australia, either at U19, U21 or Schoolboys level.

Steve McFarland Head Academy Coach


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Argonaut Gold vs Adelaide 7/5/2006 Gleneagles Reserve Adelaide 34 3 Full Time

Round 1 Argonaut Gold 34 (Charlie Norcross 2, Blair Morris 2, Will Brock, Ryan Lenegan tries; Ryan Lenegan 2 cons) Adelaide Black Falcons 3 (Andrew Farquharson pen) Gleneagles Reserve, Adelaide

Argonaut Gold kicks off Shield defence with a win Defending Australian Rugby Shield champions Argonaut Gold have kicked off their 2006 campaign with a 34-3 victory over the Adelaide Black Falcons in windy conditions at Gleneagles Reserve, Adelaide.

Round 2 Argonaut Gold 86 (Charlie Norcross 4, Ryan Lenegan 3, Tim Ashman, Sean Ashton, Dan Bailey, Joe Egan, Nathan Roberts, Ryan Symes, Ryan Tyrell tries, Charlie Norcross 8 cons) Tassie Jack Jumpers 0 Rugby Park, Hobart

A strong performance by the Argonaut Gold forward pack laid the groundwork for six unanswered tries including doubles to winger Charlie Norcross and flanker Blair Morris.

Round 3 Melbourne 30 (Michael Breen 2, Basil Api tries, Michael Breen 3 cons, 3 pens) Argonaut Gold 21 (Tyler Edwards, Leon Felton, Dwayne Grace tries, Charles Norcross 2, Shaun Ashton cons). Harlequin Rugby Club, Ashwood

Argonaut Gold’s backline also excelled, outpacing their opponents at every opportunity. Host team the Adelaide Black Falcons looked threatening early on, finding themselves on the Argonaut Gold 22-metre line for the opening 20 minutes of the match but advancing no further, with Argonaut Gold’s defence remaining solid to hold them at bay.

Semi Final ACT & SNSW Vikings 27 [Peter Kimlin, Mark Hughes Tim Cornforth tries; Ben Johnson 3 cons, 2 pens] Argonaut Gold 20 [Blair Morris, Will Brock tries; Ryan Lenegan 2 cons, pen; Charles Norcross pen]. Viking Park, Canberra

Adelaide went into Round One with five of their regular players ruled out during the week through injury, a factor that saw them on the back foot for most of the match. Argonaut Gold 34 (Charlie Norcross 2, Blair Morris 2, Will Brock, Ryan Lenegan tries; Ryan Lenegan 2 cons) defeated Adelaide Black Falcons 3 (Andrew Farquharson pen)

Tasmania vs Argonaut Gold 13/5/2006 Rugby Park, Hobart 0 86 Full Time

Argonaut Gold vs ACT & Southern NSW 27/5/2006 Viking Park, Wanniassa 20 27 Full Time

Argonaut Gold try-fest trounces Tasmania

Vikings edge tight contest to progress to Final

Defending champions Argonaut Gold have moved to the top of their Pool after serving the Tassie Jack Jumpers an 86nil drubbing in Tasmania on Saturday, in Round Two of the Australian Rugby Shield.

The Canberra Vikings won a thriller at Viking Park, requiring a try in the second-last minute of extra time to defeat a determined Argonaut Gold outfit. The Vikings, made up of players from the ACT and Southern NSW region and playing in the Australian Rugby Shield for the first year, enjoyed the home ground advantage having topped Pool A.

Argonaut Gold inflicted most of the damage in the first half, in which they ran in eight of their 14 unanswered tries, adding to their points haul with six of Charlie Norcross’ eight conversions.

However it was Argonaut Gold who struck first when flanker Blair Morris scored to give the visitors a 7-0 lead. The Vikings hit back when No 8 Peter Kimlin, who had an outstanding game, scored to make it 7-7 at half time.

While the match was not all one sided - Tasmania held their own at times in the forwards - Argonaut Gold’s strong and classy backs were too good for their hosts and had a hand in scoring most of Argonaut Gold points.

Argonaut Gold took the lead again with a penalty goal and when No 8 Will Brock scored, they were ahead 17-7 and looking strong.

Quickly realising their advantage out wide, Argonaut Gold made the most of its backline to play a fast game with plenty of running rugby.

Both teams had opportunities in the second half but resolute defence limited scoring to penalty goals, with the home side pegging the score back to 20-13 through the boot of winger Ben Johnson.

Argonaut Gold 86 (Charlie Norcross 4, Ryan Lenegan 3, Tim Ashman, Sean Ashton, Dan Bailey, Joe Egan, Nathan Roberts, Ryan Symes, Ryan Tyrell tries, Charlie Norcross 8 cons) defeated Tassie Jack Jumpers 0. Half time: Argonaut Gold 52-0.

Four minutes before full time, Vikings replacement scrumhalf Mark Hughes scampered over for a try with Johnson’s pressure conversion locking it up at 20-20.

Melbourne vs Argonaut Gold 20/5/2006 Harlequin Rugby Club, Ashwood 30 21 Full Time Axe men topple defending champions

The two teams went hammer and tong in extra time but could not crack each other’s defence. However with two minutes of additional time left on the clock, Viking’s centre Tim Cornforth crossed to seal the game and a home Final.

The Melbourne Axemen scored an historic first-ever win over the Argonaut Gold in Melbourne today, putting them on top of Pool B and giving them a home Semi Final against NSW Country next weekend.

ACT & SNSW Vikings 27 (Peter Kimlin, Mark Hughes Tim Cornforth tries; Ben Johnson 3 cons, 2 pens) defeated Argonaut Gold 20 (Blair Morris, Will Brock tries; Ryan Lenegan 2 cons, pen; Charles Norcross pen]. Viking Park, Canberra.

The strong Melbourne forwards laid the foundation for their victory with a strong set-piece, while Number 8 Moses Haukinima led the way from the back of the scrum. Melbourne scored three tries in the first half, including a double to fullback Michael Breen, one of which was a sharp intercept which saw him sprint 80 metres to the line. The hosts were up 27-7 at halftime and were looking strong but Argonaut Gold came storming back into the match. Their hooker Ryan Tyrell and scrumhalf Matt Shaw were outstanding, laying the platform for a strong comeback. Tries to centre Leon Felton and fullback Dwayne Grace pulled the score back to 27-21 and gave the visitors a sniff of victory. However Melbourne stayed composed. When Breen booted his third penalty goal he took his personal tally for the match to 25 points, but more importantly sealed Melbourne’s 30-21 win. Melbourne 30 (Michael Breen 2, Basil Api tries, Michael Breen 3 cons, 3 pens) defeated Argonaut Gold 21 (Tyler Edwards, Leon Felton, Dwayne Grace tries, Charles Norcross 2, Shaun Ashton cons). Harlequin Rugby Club, Ashwood.


Des Thornton


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I would like to start by sincerely thanking all of the club volunteers that have worked tirelessly over the 2006 season. Without the concerted effort of the many people who sit on committees, coach teams, referee matches and generally volunteer their time to make this sport what it is, the game would not be experiencing such a fantastic time in this State

The 2006 season resulted in 33 players appearing before the Judiciary as a result of 28 referee reports and 5 citings. The statistics for the year are numerically consistent with previous year statistics, the comparison being 33 reports in 2006, 26 reports in 2005 and 31 reports in 2004.

The year has shown that with extra resources provided by RugbyWA coupled with the arrival of the Emirates Western Force, rugby union has taken some giant strides within the state.

The offences were spread fairly evenly across clubs with no particular club warranting specific mention. The major offence which resulted in a send-off was for striking/ punching, which was the also the situation in previous years. These cases include originating offences, retaliation and “third man in” situations.

The RugbyWA Community Rugby staff is a fantastic group of people who have worked very hard during the year. It is true what they say about success - that it is attributed those around you - and this extends to those key people within the clubs that also contribute right up to the RugbyWA board members who devote so much of their time to the needs of Community rugby.

It is pleasing to note that there was only one case of referee abuse in the 2006 season and that incident involved a spectator and not a player. Players and club officials are reminded that there are severe penalties prescribed for referee abuse under the RugbyWA scale of penalties and are encouraged to continue to show respect and restraint to referees and match officials.

To the many players who have enjoyed the game this season I hope you have all had a positive Rugby experience and next year “bring a friend”.

The Judiciary welcomes the player self control displayed in the year.

Thanks must go to the Community Rugby sponsors, in particular Home Building Society, Healthways, Department of Sport and Recreation and Tooheys (Lion Nathan), which have all contributed to and supported grass roots rugby within WA.

The Judiciary panel comprised the following members - Rod Todman (Chairman), Michael Cashman (Deputy Chairman), Bob Brain, John Hancock, Milton Hunt, Michael Parker. Ray Mills and Nick Cogin.

Some of the key milestones and achievements on the Community Rugby front include but certainly are not limited to

Rod Todman

• Participation growth of nearly 70% in WA (14,471 in 2006, 8,518 in 2005) • Increase in Junior Competition participation of 17 % • 6000 school children covered via development programs • An increase of 80 accredited match officials • Approximately 250 newly qualified Foundation coaches and referees • An increase in participation in the Perth senior competition, Women’s rugby and country rugby Regional road trips conducted by the Emirates Western Force coupled with ongoing development programs have continued the growing interest in rural areas, and there is now the possibility of sustainable junior rugby competitions in the WA regional areas in the not too distant future. RugbyWA has enjoyed a successful year within the Community and no doubt 2007 will bring about new challenges and opportunities for players, officials and coaches. It won’t be long before the continued hard work from all WA rugby people will be producing our own home grown Super 14 stars. On behalf of all the community rugby staff at RugbyWA I would like to thank you for all your continued support of the competitions and programs that are being produced for the many clubs across the state. Yours in rugby Mitch Hardy Manager Community Rugby



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DEVELOPMENT REPORT The third level is for schools to compete against each other over a three week competition, playing up to nine games and maximising the playing opportunities for the students. Any school will have the opportunity to participate in one or all of these levels of the program.

As RugbyWA heads into its second season of owning a Super 14 team, the development of the game at the community level is looking very healthy. 2006 will be a year remembered for a huge increase in the exposure of the game to the Western Australian public and especially throughout the Primary School system.

The STS Development Officers provided assistance to the CSC competition, as well as assisting the PSA schools during their Easter camps, preparing the Walla teams for the Year 4 Tournament between Hale, Trinity and Wesley, and the Year 7 Lightning Carnival. They also assisted with the ACC Year 8 and Year 9 Lightning Carnivals.

Despite losing the services of Daryn Pomare as the Regional Smarter Than Smoking Development Officer and Leon Felton as a part-time STS Development Officer, the development staff were able to significantly increase the number of primary age players who have experienced the modified game of Walla. Rob Parsons came on board in August as the new part-time STS Development Officer for the Eastern Goldfields.

The Smarter Than Smoking CSC Competition hosted 66 teams from 33 high schools with approximately 1320 players competing. Aranmore were the stand outs winning the Year 8, Year 9, Year 10 and Open Div A competitions. Kolbe Catholic College took out the Open Div B Championships.

Schools The Primary Rugby Program was a massive success, and the program that was largely responsible for the additional 4932 students who played irregular rugby in 2006. The program focused on providing primary school students in Years 4 – 7 the opportunity to receive sampling sessions from the STS Development Officers followed by a Gala Day either within the school or at a central venue against other schools.

The Welborn Cup was a great success with eight teams competing for the title. At the final home game of the Super 14 Kelmscott SHS defeated All Saints College in the final of the Welborn Cup to take the title and trophy. The Welborn Cup gave the schools that participated in the knockout tournament the opportunity to play in the curtain raiser games to the Super 14 Force clashes.

Within Perth 48 schools hosted their own gala day, and 17 participated in RugbyWA hosted gala days; the South West had 4 schools participate in RugbyWA gala days, whilst 3 schools in the Eastern Goldfields participated in a RugbyWA gala day.

The Secondary Rugby Program was not the focus for the STS Development Officers in 2006 but still recorded some good results, especially in the South West. RugbyWA hosted seven schools at gala days in the South West, whilst the Great Southern had three schools participate in a RugbyWA gala day. Perth had 13 High Schools participate in the SRP. The focus of the STS DO’s in 2007 will be at the High School level with a greater emphasis on getting non-rugby schools to experience the game and to also assist the rugby playing schools to increase their playing numbers and the quality of the experience.

The PRP has evolved for 2007 to enable greater opportunity’s for primary school students to play regular rugby. Schools have three options to participate in the program. At the basic educational level they can participate in an EdRugby Walla Challenge. This allows students the opportunity to run their own tournament within the school utilising the curriculum based EdRugby program. The next level is to participate in a RugbyWA Gala Day, where schools meet to play against each other in a safe and enjoyable one day carnival atmosphere.

Junior Development Program

EdRugby Walla Challenge

The Junior Development Program for 2006 focused on a more hands on approach with junior teams on Saturday mornings at Britannia, Thomas Oval, and Lake Joondalup Park. The STS Development Officers were responsible for the set up and pull down of the new venues at Lake Joondalup and Thomas Oval. The DO’s refereed Walla, Mini and Midi games assisting the players whilst playing the game. They were also very active in selections for the U14, U15 and U16 regional and state squads at club and school games.

Semester Two, 2005 ACTUAL STUDENT PARTICIPATION FIGURES (Based on Outcome Reports returned) Measurement

The State Championships were contested within the U14, U15, and U16 age groups with the following results:

U15 State Champions – Central U16 State Champions – North These championships played an important role in the selection of the development and representative sides that played against Palm Beach Currumbin Junior Rugby Club in U14’s, and the Gordon Rugby Club in the U14’s and U15’s, as well as the State U16 side that competed at the Division 1 National Championships in Sydney. An U15 State side was sent once again to the Canterbury Rugby Carnival held on the Gold Coast in July.






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The State Championship concept will be further enhanced in 2007 with player testing in March for the U16’s, Development Clinics during the Easter holidays for the U14’s and U15’s as well as regional trials for U14’s to U16’s. Three regional teams will be selected in each age group to train and play in the State Championships which will be held in the July school holidays. From these championships the U16’s will then proceed to commence their National Championships program while two development teams from each of the U14’s and U15’s will be selected to play invited touring teams during the October school holidays. The idea is to invite state teams from Victoria, South Australia, Northern Territory, and Tasmania as well as respected rugby schools from NSW and Queensland to play in a week long tournament to ensure that we can provide our junior development teams suitable and challenging competition in the lead up to the U16 age group.



School Level Primary Total Secondary Total Other Total

WA 819 60 0



UNDER 19 Report 2006 The WA side ended with two wins (over Queensland Suburban 17-12 and Victoria 15-10) and two defeats (to NSW Country 247 and North Queensland 25-20) during the 2006 Queensland Transition Tournament. While the two losses were somewhat disappointing the North Queensland game was certainly one that WA should have won, a result that would probably have put the side on course for a championship title win. The group was exceptionally well prepared by the two coaches and physio, given the time restrictions placed on them, player availability and frequency of games (playing four matches’ games in just seven days). The RugbyWA Academy management has already been briefed by the coaching staff on the performance of all Academy players, future Academy prospects, and players from other unions who performed well during the tournament.

*S  chools 1 refers to regular rugby participants that play five or more games in a season. *S  chools 2 refers to irregular rugby which is less than five games, ie gala days, etc.



With the focus of 2007 on providing opportunities for irregular rugby players to reach regular rugby playing status, especially at high school level, it will be another very busy year for the development staff.

RugbyWA 2002

WA 313 35 0


RugbyWA development staff used the ARU’s EdRugby program extensively throughout the state to promote a positive rugby experience for many students new to the game. Year

School Level Primary Total Secondary Total Other Total

Semester One 2006 ACTUAL STUDENT PARTICIPATION FIGURES (Based on Outcome Reports returned)

U14 State Champions – North

ARU Programs



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WAJRU PRESIDENT’S REPORT Junior Rugby Union is on the move in Western Australia. With a growth rate of over 15%, the number of registered players in 2006 was approximately 3,300. In response to these increased numbers, the Executive Committee has taken a more strategic approach in planning for the future. We are determined that the special qualities of WA Junior Rugby are maintained whilst ensuring the implementation of a strong framework for growth.

Southern Lions Juniors received the Stephen Fink Award for their overall contribution to Junior Rugby in 2006. The Award recognises Clubs that have provided a high level of support in areas such as Saturday field set up and take down, registration compliance and assistance with the smooth running of Junior Rugby in 2006. To Keith Knox and his Committee, congratulations on the Award. The strong working relationship between the Western Australian Rugby Union Referees Association (WARURA) and the WA Junior Rugby Union has provided real benefits to both organizations. On behalf of the Executive Committee and all the Clubs, I congratulate the WARURA and its immediate past President, Nick Cogin, for its fine work in supporting and developing our match officials in Junior Rugby. WARURA continues to focus on referee coaching and mentoring of junior match officials in a positive and supportive environment. We will continue to support their work through all aspects of Junior Rugby.

We signalled at the end of the 2005 season that the dependence on Britannia Reserve as a single venue could not be maintained and the introduction of new venues was required. The new venues at Thomas Oval, Town of Kwinana (south) and Lake Joondalup Park, City of Wanneroo (north) hosted the Under 7’s to Under 10’s for most of the season. I would like to thank all of our clubs and the respective local governments for providing wonderful support for these new venues. It is the Executive’s belief that these venues will ultimately strengthen Junior Rugby and make the game far more accessible to families.

Stephen Carrick President

The Executive Committee and Clubs both share the common issue of an increased workload being placed upon a decreasing number of volunteers. Changing work patterns, changing family structures and busy lifestyles mean that volunteers are in high demand. I urge all parents and families to consider whether they can contribute, even in some small way. Currently there is a large workload being carried by a small number of people in each Club and on the Executive Committee. Each group would benefit if a larger group of people gave a small amount of time and assisted with specific tasks. The Executive Committee has moved to outsource all the catering at the three venues. The requirement for volunteers from Clubs was far too onerous on all parties. We are working with the caterers to make sure this aspect of Saturday mornings is both enjoyable and affordable. All of our caterers provide a percentage return to the Junior Union that goes to the development of our game. The Executive Committee promoted a different structure for the Committee and this has enabled a much closer working relationship with RugbyWA. The inclusion of representatives from the RugbyWA Board, Schools and Referee Associations on the Executive has offered a broader view and a more strategic approach.


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WARURA PRESIDENT’S REPORT going to require a creative solution that has so far not been found. My appreciation and thanks once again goes to Julie Skiba, Brian Thompson and Henry Egan for administering the appointments and selection process at Britannia. Without their efforts Britannia would not have functioned in 2006.

The appointment of WARURA match officials to a Super 14 trial match in early 2006 was the first sign that things had changed in WA Rugby. These appointments continued through every Super 14 match played in Perth. It became obvious from the outset of the 2006 season that having a Super 14 team in the State was going to impact on the WARURA’s activities in the 2006 season and in the seasons ahead. In short, there is in my view an expectation that one day we will be providing the referee to a Super 14 match.

WARURA’s relationship with the West Australian Junior Rugby Union (WAJRU) remains strong. In 2006 WARURA was invited to hold an ex-officio position on the WAJRU committee. In my view that was a very positive step and gave

The impact of professional Rugby in WA actually caused the situation where there was only one active member of the President’s group on the Executive for the entire period of 2006. This is a situation that has not occurred in living memory. Further it was a situation that had to be fiercely protected with the CAB having a devotion to seeing every member of WARURA with a beep test result.

Once again WARURA supplied full kit to all member and referee coaches for this season. The cost is significant and is only able to be achieved because of the support from our sponsors. WARURA’s financial position remained strong for the 2006 and for this we have to thank our sponsors Argonaut, BGC, Beilby & Sportsafe – Smarter than smoking. Recognition must go to BGC who continued to be a long term sponsor of WARURA.

As has been the situation in past seasons, our appointments at the juniors continued to be challenging. WARURA continued to have strong demand for match officials which were, to a large extent, met by new recruits. In my view we are not struggling to get new young referees at for Britannia.

WARURA’s relationship with Rugby WA continued to be strong. To a large extent that was because of Mitch Hardy and Anthony O’Shea who constantly have the referee’s position in mind when policy decisions are taken by the competition administrators. From an administration perspective the 2006 season was relatively uneventful due, in my view, to the constant consultation that we enjoy with Rugby WA and that was facilitated by Mitch and Anthony. I wish to thank them both as their efforts made my role much easier than it would otherwise have been.

This in turn leads to a pressing issue of having enough referee coaches to ensure the new recruits are properly managed through their initial development. This issue is

Lastly I would like to express my appreciation to those who help administer all of WARURA’s activities. In particular the CAB members and the referee coaches who give up their time to improve the standard of Rugby in this State are owed a debt of appreciation. The members of the Executive do an enormous amount to ensure the association is financially strong, that members are appropriately provided for wherever possible. My 3 year term as President comes to an end with the tabling of this report. I have enjoyed the experience and am grateful to all WARURA members who have to a large extend supported our work. I look forward to seeing you all again in 2007 and trust that you will give the new President the same support that I have enjoyed. Nick Cogin President WARURA 2006


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The 2006 season seemed to end not long after it started. I think everyone was caught up with the Emirates Western Force in its first season. This is not to say that we didn’t enjoy some good country rugby.

Geraldton is primarily an invitational team that come together to play against touring teams. The do have a number players who have been selected for the Country Representative Team.

The year kicked off in Kulin with two sides from the Goldfields and Great Southern. It’s intended to be a social weekend, but when the boots are pulled on, this all goes out the window. The Great Southern rookies, Katanning showed the Goldfields boys are thing or two on the rugby field and took out the trophy on their first attempt.

Country Carnival Geraldton hosted the 2006 Carnival and with teams travelling from all around the State providing another successful year. With the last minute withdrawal of Paraburdoo, the Carnival had a total of six teams.

A few weeks later saw a number of teams travel to Mt Baker for their annual 10’s competition. Unfortunately, a couple of Perth teams pulled out at the last moment, leaving Curtin the only non country team to attend. The weekend allowed the cobwebs to be blown off and enjoy a hard, but enjoyable weekend.

The final saw Great Southern take on the reigning champions, Bushwackers. The game was evenly matched through the first 40 mins, but the Bushies started to fall off the pace and the Great Southern Bulldogs secured their first Country Championship 14-8. There is still a gap between grade rugby in Perth and the rugby being played in the County. We are working towards closing this gap and this is evident with a couple of highly rated Perth clubs taking their teams to country areas for preseason games.

Again, it was good to see the dynamic duo of Mitch Hardy and Dwayne Nestor strut their stuff.

Goldfields With the amalgamation of WASM and Boulder, this left only three teams to play in the Goldfields competition. This by no means weakened the quality of rugby. The Bushwackers and Stormers led the way all season with new formed Boulder/ WASM, who took on a number of new players from the school, were gaining the experience they needed for the coming season.

WA Country is structuring a WA Country Cup that will see all the Associations through out WA County compete in Perth during the playing season. The focus is to improve the fitness and skills level of our skilled players and then possibly making the transition into Premier rugby. WA Country will continue to prosper with the hard work of our Development Officers such as Callan in Bunbury and Rob in Kalgoorlie. The Great Southern are still attempting to secure their DO.

The final was contested by the Bushies and Stormers. The score was nil all at halftime with the Bushwackers securing their victory last in the game.

Great Southern The Great Southern competition has again gone from strength to strength with another outstanding year.

Rugby being played in Country Schools has significantly increased on the past 2 years and this only leads to a great foundation for Country Rugby in the years to come.

The experience of Narrogin proved to be the deciding factor through out the year when it came to winning games.

Ray Mills President

This year’s final saw Narrogin take on Albany, it was up to Narrogin’s forwards to lead the way by dominating the scrum and the breakdown. Narrogin went on to defend their title. The Great Southern will improve over time with their new and inexperienced players improving on every game.

Southwest The Southwest is slowing turning back to its previous best with Collie and Bunbury joining their ranks. Even though the end of the season these clubs fizzled a bit, it was good to have them back into Country Rugby. It was again left up to Marg’s and Dunsborough to play out the final and it what was one of the best matches in many a year, with Dunsborough taking out the Championship 17-16.



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WAWRU REPORT Perth Bayswater who took out the Minor premiership with playing the majority of their games players short.

In 2006 the WAWRU saw 6 teams competing in the competition. New comers to the competition in 2006 were Nedlands ably coached by Women’s Rugby Stalwart Sue Roberts. The other clubs involved were Cottesloe, Perth Bayswater, Kalamunda, Wanneroo and University.

Special mention and acknowledgement must go to Puawai Hohepa from Perth Bayswater for winning the Sue Roberts Medal. Also thanks to committee members Penny Van Reehan, Julie Lea and President Alison Jennings for their contribution towards the season.

Highlights from the season were the North v South match played at McGillivray Oval on 22nd of July. The final series also brought about some fantastic rugby with an absolute cliff hanger in the Grand Final where Cottesloe just got over the line in the dying seconds of the match to snatch victory from

The below represents the Women’s competition participation numbers in 2006

Association Category Level WA Womens Rugby Union Cottesloe Womens RUFC Kalamunda Rugby Club Nedlands Womens RC Perth Bayswater Womens RC Southern Lions Womens RUC University Womens RC Wanneroo Womens RC




2006 Players

2005 Players

149 30 26 23 22 0 26 22

116 27 24 0 0 21 19 25


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WASRU Report 2006 In WA we have a strong school’s competition which can survive on it’s own without the Junior competition. The Combined High Schools (CHS) was played on Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons and the PSA is played Friday afternoon and Saturday morning. A separate junior competition is run Saturday mornings in which some schools have entered their second teams to give more boys a chance to play regularly. Schools Rugby is well supported by RugbyWA and we have a service agreement with School Sport WA. WA is the only state to work as cooperatively with these bodies. Whilst we are always competing with Australian football in Queensland and NSW there is real concern about the strength of AFL. AFL has always been an adversary and we have coexisted without the concerns which the other states now have. It is good to see that we now have a number of schools in the CHS competition who have teams in all 4 competitions, Years 8, 9 &10 as well as the open competition. A small increase in the schools taking part - most encouraging of all was the participation of Hale and Scotch in the Opens and 10s competitions this year. From an analysis of the zones, it is not immediately obvious that the activity is evenly divided between North and South of the river as the Central zone is made up of schools from the North.

In addition, a programme for the pre tour training will be developed by the Coaching Manager and further assistance given at training sessions. Since the programme starts early in term 2 and the school rugby starts about the same time it not realistic to have the interstate programme any earlier.

In the Southern Region 15 schools took part in some school rugby competition as compared to 9 schools in the North and 8 in the central regions.

Richard Trend President

The zone competitions were introduced to reduce the travel required by schools, for instance if Pinjarra was to play Lake Joondalup Catholic College. The distance is about 121km with an approximate travel time of 1hr 24 min. It is clearly ridiculous to place these two teams in the same competition.

PSA Sport Report 2006 By Bill Davies

The Redmond Cup

CHS PREMIERS Open: Year 10: Year 9: Year 8:

Congratulations to Hale School on being undefeated winners of the 1st XV Competition in 2006 and proving worthy winners of the “Redmond Cup”. Congratulations to the boys and their coaching staff. Wesley College produced a creditable second placing with Guildford Grammar School proving to be the big improvers.

Aranmore Aranmore Aranmore Aranmore

Interstate Rugby

I would like to thank my fellow TiC’s of Rugby, the players, parents and friends for the way they have conducted themselves throughout the season.

WA participated in the Division 2 championships, which were held once again in Geelong. The venue at Geelong Grammar school has been used for the past three years. The 2006 WA management had all been part of the mentor process and had each participated at some stage in previous carnivals at this venue.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank RugbyWA through Mitch Hardy and John Mitchell and his players from the Emirates Western force for being so generous in hosting visiting teams and assisting in the coaching at nearly all our schools.

WA played in pool A with Northern territory and the Lloyd McDermott development team. As WA lost to NT in this pool, there was no chance of reaching the final, which was easily won by Victoria. The win by NT over WA is an indication of the effort put in by the NTIS into Rugby in that state, good competition is healthy for everyone.

Thanks also to the Professional staff who administered the competitions so well and the organisations who sponsored and encouraged this sport in schools, ARFSU, RugbyWA, ARU, & School SportWA.

For 2007, clinics will be run by the RugbyWA development staff before the trials to endeavour to identify potential representative players and improve on the selection process.


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AWARDS PG Hampshire Award James Stannard - 21 votes Aaron Broughton (Wests) - 14 votes Geoff Minson (Rockingham) – 13 votes

Argonaut Gold Player of the Year Will Brock (Nedlands)

RugbyWA Coach of the Year Jason Jones (Palmyra)

Will Brock (left)

Laurie de la Hunty Trophy for Most Improved Player Matt Shaw (Associates)

Top Try scorer Nems Momo (Palmyra),

George Newstead Trophy for Most Outstanding Colt Angus Nielson (Associates)

RugbyWA Referee of the Year Warren Lynch

Sue Roberts Medal for Best & Fairest Women’s Puawai Hohepa (Perth Bayswater) Puawai Hohepa (left)


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Nedlands Palmyra Associates Wests-Subiaco Cottesloe Perth-Bayswater University Kalamunda Rockingham Wanneroo

18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18

15 13 11 11 8 9 8 7 5 3

3 5 7 7 10 9 10 11 13 15

D Bye B 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

13 15 13 12 10 4 4 8 9 6





Grade: Fifth




740 526 478 482 398 329 343 363 350 299

296 373 359 314 368 389 451 546 530 682

250 141 133 154 108 85 76 66 66 44

73 67 57 56 42 40 36 36 29 18

Nedlands Curtin Perth-Bayswater ARKs Joondalup Southern Lions Associates Mandurah Midland

16 16 16 16 16 16 16 15 15

12 13 12 12 8 4 4 3 1

2 3 3 4 7 12 12 12 14

D Bye B 2 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0

2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2

12 10 11 10 15 6 6 5 4





522 386 435 376 490 231 207 181 152

174 146 166 171 238 410 430 391 404

300 264 262 220 206 56 48 46 38

72 70 69 66 57 30 30 25 16

Grand Final Results Nedlands 27 V Curtin 0

Grand Final Results Nedlands 14 V West’s Subiaco 15

Grade: Second




Nedlands Palmyra Cottesloe Associates Wests-Subiaco Kalamunda University Wanneroo Perth-Bayswater Rockingham

18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18

13 13 12 12 12 9 7 6 3 0

3 5 6 6 5 9 11 11 14 17

D Bye B 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 1 1

0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

13 11 11 10 8 7 8 4 2 5





Grade: Sixth



543 477 413 403 413 291 301 206 168 165

225 214 195 193 255 276 445 422 495 660

241 223 212 209 162 105 68 49 34 25

69 63 59 58 58 43 36 30 16 7

Palmyra Bunbury Wanneroo Curtin University Joondalup

18 18 18 18 18 18

16 2 15 3 11 7 7 11 3 15 2 16






0 0 0 0 0 0

0 0 0 0 0 0

12 10 6 3 3 6

517 402 340 185 174 144




132 392 76 101 398 70 259 131 50 438 42 31 389 45 15 443 32 14

Grade: Under 19




Associates Gold Nedlands Blue Rockingham Perth-Bayswater Wests-Subiaco Kalamunda Nedlands Gold ARKs Wanneroo Joondalup Associates Green Palmyra University

17 17 18 16 17 16 16 16 17 17 16 17 16

14 13 13 11 10 8 9 8 8 7 3 2 1

2 4 5 5 6 8 7 8 9 10 13 15 15

D Bye






1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

15 12 8 10 9 11 7 9 6 7 8 8 2

605 505 421 397 329 307 292 360 307 291 230 205 125

199 193 313 220 259 170 292 239 262 330 346 506 595

304 262 134 180 127 181 100 151 117 88 66 40 21

77 68 65 62 55 51 51 49 42 39 28 20 14

1 1 0 2 1 2 2 2 1 1 2 1 2

Grand Final Results Division 1 Associates Gold 31 V Nedlands Blue 22 Division 2 Kalamunda 13 V Nedlands Gold 17

Grade: Womens


Perth Bayswater Cottesloe Kalamunda Wanneroo University Nedlands

15 14 0 1 15 10 5 0 15 9 5 1 15 6 9 0 14 3 10 1 14 0 13 1



D Bye B 0 0 0 0 0 0

19 19 13 17 11 3

F 559 423 295 203 120 49




34 1644 77 221 191 59 238 124 51 271 75 41 392 31 25 493 10 5

Grand Final Results Perth Bayswater 10 V Cottesloe 12

Grand Final Results Palmyra 33 V Curtin 8

Grand Final Results Nedlands 15 V Cottesloe 8

Grade: Third




ARKs Curtin Mandurah Wests-Subiaco Cottesloe Associates Joondalup Southern Lions Nedlands Midland

18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18

14 14 12 11 10 10 7 5 5 1

4 4 6 6 8 8 10 13 13 17

D Bye B 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0

0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

11 9 9 6 10 7 10 7 6 3





388 383 374 338 301 313 324 200 321 181

194 156 268 276 243 341 311 341 410 583

200 246 140 122 124 92 104 59 78 31

67 65 57 52 50 47 40 27 26 7

Grand Final Results Arks 17 V Mandurah 13

Grade: Fourth




Palmyra Associates Perth-Bayswater Bunbury Kalamunda Cottesloe Rockingham University Wests-Subiaco

16 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 16

15 11 11 9 6 6 6 4 3

1 4 5 7 10 10 10 11 13

D Bye B 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0

2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2

16 11 10 12 8 6 5 5 6





459 440 387 381 299 229 248 229 171

65 181 250 217 321 371 305 343 340

706 243 155 176 93 62 81 67 50

84 65 62 56 40 38 37 31 26

Grand Final Results Palmyra 7 V Associates 16 40


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Finance & Corporate Services Report referees, and the advent of our Professional Rugby Academy saw a substantial investment made in this area.

After incurring a trading deficit of almost $2.9m during 2005 in establishing our business, 2006 represented a challenge to recoup our previous deficit and also manage a number of potential financial challenges for the 2006 year.

Whilst we have achieved a positive result for 2006, much of this profit has been applied to funding our previous year’s deficit and also the repayment of our State Government Loan. As at the end of 2006, we are still to repay $720,000 of this loan.

And I’m pleased to report that we have posted a trading surplus of $2,383,042 for the 2006 year against an original budget surplus of $1,852,407. In light of the issues faced during 2006, this is an exceptionally good result.

Our focus during the 2006 year also extended to the development of Performance Management Programmes for our management and staff. These programmes were introduced during the year and focus on the individual professional development of all staff employed by RugbyWA.

Our better than expected financial position was primarily achieved by increasing our revenue from sponsorship and membership, along with securing a royalty arrangement with our merchandise partner. The advent of the Western Force Super Store also provided us with a financial windfall from the strong sales of our attractive merchandise range. Our ability to manage costs also largely contributed to our strong financial result.

RugbyWA has developed a business with a solid platform for growth and development. And whilst we do face a number of challenges over the next 2 – 3 years, we believe our investment in quality people and resources will ensure we are well placed to become the driving Force in Australian Rugby.

The 2006 year also saw us make significant financial investments in the growth and development of Rugby in Western Australia. More than $1.38m was specifically devoted to Community Rugby programmes and these included our senior and junior competitions. A significant contribution was also made to the development of coaching staff and

David Round Chief Operating Officer / Secretary


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RugbyWA Annual Report 2006


REVIEW OF OPERATIONS The operating surplus for the financial year was $2,383,042. (2005: operating deficit of $2,893,401). Detailed commentary on the Associations operations are included in the Chairman’s Report, Chief Executive Officer’s report and the Chief Operating Officer’s report included in the 2006 Annual Report.



Likely developments in the operations of the association and the expected results of those operations in future financial years have not been included in this report as the inclusion of such information is likely to result in unreasonable prejudice to the association.

Your board members submit the financial report of the Western Australian Rugby Union (Inc.) (“RugbyWA”) for the year ended 31 December 2006.



The financial report of Western Australian Rugby Union (Inc.) for the year ended 31 December 2006 was authorised for issue in accordance with a resolution of the board members on 19 February 2007.

The names of the board members throughout the year and at the date of this report are: Western Australian Rugby Union (Inc.) is an association that is incorporated and domiciled in Australia.

Geoffrey Stooke OAM: Chairman Anthony Harvey: President Terry Bradbury Steve Fink David Redpath Russell Perry Vern Reid Brent Stewart Robert Viol Brendan Cannon - Player Representative John Welborn - Alternative Player Representative

The registered office of Western Australian Rugby Union (Inc.) is located at: Meagher Drive FLOREAT WA 6014 The nature of the operations and principal activities of the association are described in the Director’s Report. The entity employed 85 employees as of 31 December 2006 (2005: 52 employees).

SIGNIFICANT EVENTS AFTER THE BALANCE DATE There have been no material events after balance date that are required to be disclosed.

also attending Peter O’Meara - Chief Executive Officer David Round - Chief Operating Officer

ENVIRONMENTAL REGULATION AND PERFORMANCE The association is not subject to any particular or significant environmental regulation.

BOARD MEETINGS The number of board meetings held and the number of meetings attended by each of the board members during the financial year are: Board Meetings A


Geoffrey Stooke OAM: Chairman 13 Anthony Harvey: President - Non-executive 11 Terry Bradbury - Non-executive 12 Steve Fink - Non-executive 11 David Redpath - Non-executive 13 Russell Perry - Non-executive 12 Vern Reid - Non-executive 13 Brent Stewart - Non-executive 9 Robert Viol - Non-executive 11 Brendan Cannon - Player Representative 4 John Welborn - Alternative Player Representative 5 Peter O’Meara - Chief Executive Officer 11 David Round - Chief Operating Officer 13

13 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 13

Signed in accordance with a resolution of the members of the Board.

Geoffrey Stooke OAM Dated: 19 February 2007 Perth

13 13

A - Number of meetings attended B - Reflects the number of meetings held during the time the Board member held office during the year.

REMUNERATION Non-executive directors do not receive remuneration from the association.

PRINCIPAL ACTIVITIES The principal activities of the association during the financial year were the operation and management of Rugby Union development in Western Australia.

SIGNIFICANT CHANGES IN THE STATE OF AFFAIRS There have been no significant changes in the state of affairs.



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RugbyWA Annual Report 2006


WESTERN AUSTRALIAN RUGBY UNION (INC.) INCOME STATEMENT YEAR ENDED 31 DECEMBER 2006 Note 2006 $ REVENUE FROM CONTINUING OPERATIONS 2 22,515,953 OPERATING EXPENDITURE Marketing and membership expenses (2,559,805) Sponsorship and event expenses (4,803,183) Media services expenses (308,918) Community rugby expenses (1,380,412) Professional rugby expenses (7,827,501) Corporate services expenses (2,636,608) Project management expenses (616,484) NET SURPLUS/(DEFICIT) 14 2,383,042 The accompanying notes form part of this financial report.

14 months ended 2005 $ 3,766,764 (913,488) (984,439) (1,159,450) (1,959,927) (1,530,098) (112,763) (2,893,401)

Note CURRENT ASSETS Cash and cash equivalents 4 Trade and other receivables 5 Inventory 6 Other current assets 7 TOTAL CURRENT ASSETS

8,817,846 299,857 28,039 640,292 9,786,034

2005 $ 8,522,364 402,172 58,762 690,729 9,674,027

NON-CURRENT ASSETS Property, plant and equipment 8 472,160 542,614 TOTAL NON-CURRENT ASSETS 472,160 542,614 TOTAL ASSETS CURRENT LIABILITIES Trade and other payables 9 Unearned revenue 10 Interest bearing liabilities 11 Non interest bearing liability 12 TOTAL CURRENT LIABILITIES NON-CURRENT LIABILITIES Interest bearing liabilities 11 Non interest bearing liabilities 12 Provisions 13 TOTAL NON-CURRENT LIABILITIES TOTAL LIABILITIES



1,211,316 7,894,331 - 720,000 9,825,647

1,436,695 9,183,757 82,002 780,000 11,482,454

- - 96,266 96,266 9,921,913

45,280 720,000 15,668 780,948 12,263,402




MEMBERS’ FUNDS Accumulated surplus/(deficit) 14

336,281 336,281

(2,046,761) (2,046,761)

The accompanying notes form part of this financial report.


2006 $


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RugbyWA Annual Report 2006



14 months ended 2005 $

Receipts from customers 18,101,559 9,967,236 Operating grants received 4,669,473 1,785,638 Payments to suppliers and employees (20,862,374) (5,266,023) Interest received 412,439 137,974 GST paid (999,295) Net cash from operating activities




CASH FLOWS FROM INVESTING ACTIVITIES Purchase of property, plant and equipment



Net cash from/(used in) investing activities



CASH FLOWS FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES Proceeds from borrowings Repayment of borrowings

- (907,282)

1,627,282 -

Net cash from/(used in) investing activities



Net increase in cash and cash equivalents



Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period



Cash and cash equivalents at end of period





2006 $

2005 $ –

Surplus for the year



Total recognised income and expenses for the year



Note 1: Statement of significant accounting policies (a) Basis of Preparation This financial report is a general purpose financial report, which has been prepared in accordance with the financial reporting requirements of the Associations Incorporation Act of Western Australia and the Australian Accounting Standards. The financial report has also been prepared on a historical cost basis. The financial report is presented in Australian dollars. (b) Statement of Compliance This financial report complies with Australian Accounting Standards, which include the Australian equivalent to International Financial Reporting Standards (AIFRS). Compliance with AIFRS ensures that the financial report, comprising the financial statements and notes thereto, complies with International Financial Reporting S tandards (IFRS). This is the first financial report prepared based on AIFRS and comparatives for the 14 months ended 31 December 2005 have been restated accordingly except for the adoption of AASB 132 Financial Instruments: Disclosure and Presentation and AASB 139 Financial Instruments: Recognition and Measurement. The association has adopted the exemption under AASB 1 first-time Adoption of Australian Equivalents to International Financial Reporting Standards from having to apply AASB 132 and AASB 139 to the comparative period. Reconciliations of AIFRS members’ funds and profit for 31 December 2005 to the balances reported in the 31 December 2006 financial report and at transition to AIFRS are detailed in Note 1(p). Australian Accounting Standards that have recently been issued or amended but are not yet effective have not been adopted for the annual reporting period ending 31 December 2006: AASB Affected Standard(s) Amendment

Nature of change to accounting policy

Application date of standard*

Application date for Group

2005-1 AASB 139 Financial Instruments: Recognition and Measurement

No change to accounting policy required. Therefore no impact




AASB 139 Financial Instruments: Recognition and Measurement, AASB 132 Financial Instruments: Disclosure and Presentation, and AASB 1 First-time adoption of AIFRS

No change to accounting policy required. Therefore no impact




AASB 1 First-time adoption of AIFRS and AASB 139 Financial Instruments: Recognition and Measurement

No change to accounting policy required. Therefore no impact



2005-6 AASB 3 Business Combinations

No change to accounting policy required. Therefore no impact




AASB Financial Instruments: Recognition and Measurement and AASB 132 Financial Instruments: Disclosure and Presentation

No change to accounting policy required. Therefore no impact




AASB 132 Financial Instruments: Disclosure and Presentation, AASB 101 Presentation of Financial Statements, AASB 114 Segment Reporting, AASB 117 Leases, ASB 133 Earnings per Share, AASB 139 Financial Instruments: Recognition and Measurement, AASB First-time adoption of AIFRS”

No change to accounting policy required. Therefore no impact



* Application date is for the annual reporting periods beginning on or after the date shown in the above table.



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RugbyWA Annual Report 2006



(b) Statement of Compliance cont. The following amendments are not applicable to the Group and therefore have no impact: AASB Amendment Affected Standard(s)/UIG(s) 2005-2 AASB 1023: General Insurance Contracts 2005-4 AASB 1023: General Insurance Contracts; and AASB 1038: Life Insurance Contracts 2005-9 AASB 4: Insurance Contracts; and AASB 1023: General Insurance Contracts; and AASB 4: Insurance Contracts; and 2005-12 AASB 1038: Life Insurance Contracts; and AASB 1023: General Insurance 2005-13 AAS 25: Financial Reporting by Superannuation Plans 2006-1 AASB 121 The effects of Change in Foreign Currency Rates AASB 7: Financial Instruments: Disclosures AASB 119: Defined Benefit Fund UIG 4 Determining whether an Arrangement contains a Lease “UIG 5 Rights to Interest in Decommissioning, Restoration and “ Environmental Rehabilitation Funds UIG 6 Liabilities arising from Participating in a Specific Market Waste electrical and Electronic Equipment UIG 7 Applying the Restatement Approach under AASB 129 Financial Reporting in Hyperinflationary Economies UIG 8 Scope of AASB 2 UIG 9 Reassessment of Embedded Derivatives


(c) Significant accounting judgments, estimates and assumptions The carrying amount of certain assets is often determined based on estimates and assumptions of future events. The key estimates and assumption that have a significant risk of causing a material adjustment to the carrying amounts of certain assets and liabilities within the next annual reporting period are:

(f) Trade and other receivables The Company has elected to apply the option available under AASB 1 of adopting AASB 132 and AASB 139 from 1 January 2005. Outlined below are the relevant accounting policies for trade and other receivables applicable for the years ending 31 December 2006 and 2005.

Impairment of property, plant and equipment The association determines whether property, plant and equipment are impaired at least on an annual basis. This requires an estimation of the recoverable amount of the cash-generating units to which the property, plant and equipment are allocated.

Annual leave Liabilities for annual leave expected to be settled within twelve months of the reporting date are recognised in provisions in respect of employees’ services up to the reporting date. They are measured at the amounts expected t o be paid when the liabilities are settled. Long service leave A liability for long service leave is recognised, and is measured as the present value of expected future payments to be made in respect of services provided by employees up to the reporting date. Consideration is given to expected future wages and salary levels, experience of employee departures and periods of service. Expected future payments are discounted using market yields at the reporting date on national government bonds with terms to maturity and currencies that match, as closely as possible, the estimated future cash outflows. (d) Revenue Recognition Revenue is recognised to the extent that it is probable that the economic benefits will flow to the Association and revenue can be reliably measured. The following specific recognition criteria must also be met before revenue is recognised.

Rendering of Services Where the contract outcomes can be reliably measured: – control of a right to be compensated for the services has been attained and the stage of completion can be reliably measured. For membership subscription, stage of completion is measured by reference to matches played and costs incurred. For sponsorship revenue, stage of completion is measured by reference to periods fulfilled as a percentage of total sponsorship periods.

Where the contract cannot be reliably measured: – revenue is recognised only to the extent that costs have been incurred.


Revenue Recognition (cont.) Interest The association has elected to apply the option available under AASB 1 of adopting AASB 132 and AASB 139 from 1 January 2005. Outlined below are the relevant accounting policies for interest income for the years ending 31 December 2006 and 31 December 2005.

Accounting policies applicable for the year ending 31 December 2006 Revenue is recognised as interest accrues using the effective interest method. This is a method of calculating the amortised cost of a financial asset and allocating the interest income over the relevant period using effective interest rate, which is the rate that exactly discounts estimated future cash receipts through the expected life of the financial asset to the net carrying amount of the financial asset.

Accounting policies applicable for the year ending 31 December 2005 Revenue is recognised when the association’s right to receive payment is established.

Sale of Goods Revenue is recognised when the significant risks and rewards of ownership of the goods have passed to the buyer and the costs incurred or to be incurred in respect of the transaction can be measured reliably. Risks and rewards of ownership are considered passed to the buyer at the time of delivery of the goods to the customer. (e) Cash and cash equivalents Cash and short-term deposits in the balance sheet comprise cash at bank and in hand and short term deposits with an original maturity of three months or less. For the purpose of the Cash Flow Statement, cash and cash equivalents consist of cash and cash equivalents as defined above, net of outstanding bank overdrafts.

Accounting policies applicable for the year ending 31 December 2006 Trade receivable which generally have 30-90 days terms, are recognised and carried at original invoice amount less an allowance for uncollectible amounts.

An allowance for doubtful debts is made where there is objective evidence that the Association will not be able to collect the debts. Bad Debts are written off when identified.

Accounting policies applicable for the year ending 31 December 2005 Trade receivables were recognised and carried at original invoice amount less a provision for any uncollectible debts. An estimate for doubtful debts was made when collection of the full amount was no longer probable. Bad debts were written off as incurred.

(g) Income Tax The Association is a body in accordance with s50-45 of the Income Tax Assessments Act (1997) which exempts sporting clubs from income tax. (h) Other taxes Revenue, expenses and assets are recognised net of the amount of GST except: – When the GST incurred on a purchase of goods and services is not recoverable from the taxation authority, in which case the GST is recognised as part of the cost of acquisition of the asset or as part of the expense item as applicable; and – Receivables and payables, which are stated with the amount of GST included. The net amount of GST recoverable from, or payable to, the taxation authority is included as part of receivables or payables in the balance sheet. Cash flows are included in the Cash Flow Statement on a gross basis and the GST component of cash flows arising from investing and financing activities, which is recoverable from, or payable to, the taxation authority, are classified as operating cash flows. Commitments and contingencies are disclosed net of the amount of GST recoverable from, or payable to the taxation authority.


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(i) Property, Plant and Equipment Plant and equipment is stated at cost less accumulated depreciation and any accumulated impairment losses.

(l) Provisions Provisions are recognised when the economic entity has a legal or constructive obligation to make a future sacrifice of economic benefits to other entities as a result of past transactions or other past events, it is probable that a future sacrifice of economic b enefit will be required and a reliable estimate can be made of the amounts of the obligations. When the Association expects some or all of a provision to be reimbursed, for an example an insurance contract, the reimbursement is recognised as a separate asset but only when the reimbursement is virtually certain. The expense relating to any provision is presented in the income statement net of any reimbursement. If the effect of the time value of money is material, provisions are discounted using a current pre-tax rate that reflects the risks specific to the liability. When discounting is used, the increase in the provision due to the passage of time is recognised as a borrowing cost.

Major depreciation periods are: Furniture and fittings Leasehold improvements Motor vehicles Plant and equipment Website infrastructure

2006 2 to 10 years the lease term 7 years 2 to 15 years 3 years

2005 2 to 10 years the lease term 7 years 2 to 15 years –

The assets’ residual values, useful lives and amortisation methods are reviewed and adjusted if appropriate, at each financial year end. (i) Impairment The carrying values of plant and equipment are reviewed for impairment at each reporting date, with recoverable amount being estimated when events or changes in circumstances indicate that the carrying value may be impaired. The recoverable amount of plant and equipment is the higher of fair value less costs to sell and value in use. In assessing value in use, the estimated future cash flows are discounted to their presented value using a pre-tax discount rate that reflects current market assessments of the time value of money and the risks specific to the asset. For an asset that does not generate largely independent cash inflows, recoverable amount is determined for the cashgenerating unit to which the asset belongs, unless the asset’s value in use can be estimated to be close to its fair value. An impairment exists when the carrying value of an asset or cash-generating unit is then written down to its recoverable amount. For plant and equipment, impairment losses are recognised in the income statement in the related expense category. (ii) Derecognition and disposals An item of property, plant and equipment is derecognised upon disposal or when no further future economic benefits are expected from its use or disposal. Any gain or loss arising on derecognition of the asset (calculated as the difference between the net disposal proceeds and the carrying amount of the asset) is included in profit or loss in the year the asset is derecognised. (j) Impairment of Assets The Association assesses at each reporting date whether there is an indication that an asset may be impaired. If any such indication exists, or when annual impairment testing for an asset is required, the Association makes an estimate of the asset’s recoverable amount. The directors have determined that individual assets or groups of assets do not generate independent cash inflows and that the business of the Association is, in its entirety, a cash-generating unit. Accordingly, each asset is tested for impairment as part of the cash-generating unit to which it belongs. When the carrying amount of an asset or cashgenerating unit exceeds its recoverable amount, the asset or cash-generating unit is considered impaired and is written down to its recoverable amount. An assessment is also made at each reporting date as to whether there is any indication that previously recognised impairment losses may no longer exist or may have decreased. If such indication exists, the recoverable amount is estimated. A previously recognised impairment loss is reversed only if there has been a change in the estimates used to determine the asset’s recoverable amount since the last impairment loss was recognised. If that is the case the carrying amount of the asset is increased to its recoverable amount. That increased amount cannot exceed the carrying amount that would have been determined, net of depreciation, had no impairment loss been recognised for the asset in prior years. Such reversal is recognised in profit or loss. After such a reversal the depreciation charge is adjusted in future periods to allocate the asset’s revised carrying amount, less any residual value, on a systematic basis over its remaining useful life. (k) Trade and Other Payables The Association has elected to apply the option available under AASB 1 of adopting AASB 132 and AASB 139 from January 2005. Outlined below are the relevant accounting policies for trade and other payables applicable for the years ending 31 December 2006 and 31 December 2005. Accounting policies applicable for the year ending 31 December 2006 Trade payables and other payables are carried at amortized cost and represent liabilities for goods and services provided to the Association prior to the end of the financial year that are unpaid and arise when the Association becomes obliged to make future payments in respect of the purchase of these goods and services.

(m) Employee leave benefits (i) Wages, salaries, annual leave and sick leave Liabilities for wages and salaries, including non-monetary benefits and annual leave expected to be settled within 12 months of the reporting date are recognised in other payables in respect of employees’ services up to the reporting date. They are measured at the amounts expected to be paid when the liabilities are settled. (n) Interest bearing loans and borrowings The Association has elected to apply the option available under AASB 1 of adopting AASB 132 and AASB 139 from 1 January 2005. Outlined below are the relevant accounting policies for interest-bearing loans and borrowings applicable for the years ending 31 December 2006 and 31 December 2005. Accounting policies applicable for the year ending 31 December 2006 All loans are initially recognised at the fair value of the consideration received less directly attributable transaction costs. After initial recognition, interest-bearing loans and borrowings are subsequently measured at amortised cost using effective interest method. Gains and losses are recognised in profit or loss when the liabilities are derecognised.

Accounting policies applicable for the year ending 31 December 2005 All loans are measured at the principal amount. Interest is recognised as an expense as it accrues.

(o) Leases The determination of whether an arrangement is or contains a lease is based on the substance of the arrangement and requires an assessment of whether the fulfillment of the arrangement is dependent on the use of a specific asset or assets and the arrangement conveys a right to use the asset. (i) Group as Lessee Finance leases, which transfer to the Association substantially all the risks and benefits incidental to ownership of the leased item, are capitalised at the inception of the lease at the fair value of the leased asset or, if lower, at the present value of the minimum lease payments. Lease payments are apportioned between the finance charges and the reduction of the lease liability so as to achieve a constant rate of interest on the remaining balance of the liability. Finance charges are recognised as an expense in profit and loss. Capitalised leased assets are depreciated over the shorter of the estimated useful life of the asset and the lease term if there is no reasonable certainty that the Association will obtain ownership by the end of the lease term. Operating lease payments are recognised as an expense in the income statement on a straight-line basis over the lease term. Lease incentives are recognised in the income statement as an integral part of the total lease expense. (p) Impact of adoption of AIFRS The impacts of adopting AIFRS on the total members’ funds as reported under Australian Accounting Standards applicable before 1 January 2005 (“AGAAP”) are illustrated below. For all periods up to and including the year ended 31 December 2005, the Association prepared its financial statements in accordance with Australian generally accepted accounting practice (AGAAP). These financial statements for the year ended 31 December 2006 are the first the Association is required to prepare in accordance with Australian equivalents to International Financial Reporting Standards (AIFRS).

Accounting policies applicable for the year ending 31 December 2005 Trade payables and other payables are carried at cost which is the fair value of the consideration to be paid in the future for goods and services received, whether or not billed to the entity.



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(p) Impact of adoption of AIFRS (cont.) Accordingly, the Association has prepared financial statements that comply with AIFRS applicable for periods beginning on or after 1 January 2005 and the significant accounting policies meeting those requirements are described above. In preparing these financial statements, the Association has started from an opening balance sheet as at 1 November 2003, the Association’s date of transition to AIFRS, and made those changes in accounting policies and other restatements required by AASB1 First-time adoption of AIFRS. This note explains the principal adjustments made by the Association in restating its AGAAP balance sheet as at 1 November 2003 and its previously published AGAAP financial statements for the year ended 31 December 2005.

Exemptions applied

AASB 1 allows first-time adopters certain exceptions from the general requirement to apply AIFRS retrospectively. The Company has taken the following exemptions: – Comparative information for financial instruments is prepared in accordance with AGAAP and the association has adopted AASB132: Financial Instruments: Disclosure and Presentation and AASB132: Financial Instruments: Disclosure and Presentation and AASB132: Financial Instruments: Disclosure and Measurement from 1 January 2005. (i) Explanation of material adjustments There are no material differences between the income statement, balance sheet and cash flow statement presented under AIFRS and those under AGAAP. (ii) Reconciliation of surplus Surplus

Year ended 31-Dec 2006 2,383,042

Adjustments to surplus Grant revenue (a) Interest expense (a)

98,712 (98,712)

Profit under AIFRS



Relates to an interest free loan from the WA state government for the term of two years. This loan has been fair valued in accordance with the requirements of AASB 139 Financial Instruments: Recognition and Measurement. The interest expense represents the notional interest charge which is offset by recognising an equal and opposite grant from the state government.

Note 2006 $ NOTE 2: REVENUE Memberships and marketing 11,993,651 Sponsorship and events 5,136,952 Community rugby 1,022,317 Professional rugby 3,783,262 Corporate services 579,771 22,515,953 NOTE 3: EXPENDITURE Finance costs Bank charges Interest HP Interest Depreciation expense Depreciation Loss on disposal of assets Employee benefits expense Wages and salaries Superannuation

102,604 – 4,247 106,851

183,255 6,233 189,488

149,532 – 149,532

7,523,220 506,557 8,029,777

2,583,835 177,973 2,761,808

NOTE 4: CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS Cash at bank (i) 1,121,967 Term deposits (ii) 7,695,879 8,817,846 (i) Cash at bank earns interest at floating rates based on daily bank deposit rates. (ii) Short-term deposits are made for varying periods of between 30 days to three months, depending on the immediate cash requirements of the association and earn interest at the respective short-term deposit rates. NOTE 5: TRADE AND OTHER RECEIVABLES Trade debtors (i) 299,857 Other receivables (ii) – 299,857 (i) Trade receivables are non-interest bearing and are generally on 30-90 day terms. An allowance for doubtful debts is made when there is objective evidence that a trade receivable is impaired.


167,454 1,202,195 1,349,143 859,998 187,974 3,766,764

90,906 98,712 7,845 197,463

(ii) Other receivables are non-interest bearing and have repayment terms between 30-90 days. NOTE 6: INVENTORIES At cost 28,039 At net realisable value – 28,039 NOTE 7: OTHER CURRENT ASSETS Deferred costs 527,396 Prepayments 107,688 Other 5,208 640,292


14 months ended 2005 $

472,663 8,049,701 8,522,364

367,291 34,881 402,172

21,503 37,259 58,762

375,598 299,633 15,498 690,729

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RugbyWA Annual Report 2006



Note 2006 $ NOTE 8: PROPERTY, PLANT AND EQUIPMENT Leasehold improvements - cost 162,439 Less accumulated depreciation (91,859) 70,580

14 months ended 2005 $ 162,439 (53,280) 109,159

Plant and equipment - cost Less accumulated depreciation

538,906 (235,422) 303,484

479,966 (119,489) 360,477

Furniture and fittings - cost Less accumulated depreciation

210,519 (199,804) 10,715

212,523 (196,810) 15,713

Website infrastructure - cost Less accumulated depreciation

35,310 (1,181) 34,129

– – –

Leased plant and equipment - cost Less accumulated depreciation

58,596 (22,917) 35,679

58,595 (7,682) 50,913

Motor vehicles Less accumulated depreciation

41,150 (23,577) 17,573

23,877 (17,525) 6,352

Total property plant and equipment



Reconciliations Leasehold improvements Carrying amount at beginning of year Additions Disposals Depreciation Carrying amount at end of year

109,159 – – (38,579) 70,580

6,107 116,906 – (13,854) 109,159

Plant and equipment Carrying amount at beginning of year Additions Disposals Depreciation Carrying amount at end of year

360,477 67,017 (10,544) (113,466) 303,484

44,535 360,934 – (44,992) 360,477

Furniture and fittings Carrying amount at beginning of year Additions Disposals Depreciation Carrying amount at end of year

15,713 918 – (5,916) 10,715

17,098 13,078 – (14,463) 15,713

Website infrastructure Carrying amount at beginning of year Additions Disposals Depreciation Carrying amount at end of year

– 35,310 – (1,181) 34,129

– – – – –


Note 2006 $ NOTE 8: PROPERTY, PLANT AND EQUIPMENT (cont) Leased plant and equipment Carrying amount at beginning of year 50,913 Additions – Disposals – Depreciation (15,234) Carrying amount at end of year 35,679

14 months ended 2005 $

– 58,595 – (7,682) 50,913

Motor vehicles Carrying amount at beginning of year Additions Disposals Depreciation Carrying amount at end of year

6,352 17,273 –- (6,052) 17,573

8,613 – – (2,261) 6,352

Total property plant and equipment



379,156 676,922 155,238 1,211,316

936,001 385,675 115,019 1,436,695

4,586,924 2,933,545 373,862 7,894,331

5,712,719 3,252,218 218,820 9,183,757

– –

82,002 82,002

– –

45,280 45,280

NOTE 9: TRADE AND OTHER PAYABLES Trade payables (i) Other payables (ii) Employee entitlements (i) Trade payables are non-interest bearing and are normally settled on 30 day terms. (ii) Other payables are non-trade payables, are non-interest bearing and have an average term of one month. NOTE 10: UNEARNED REVENUE Unearned membership revenue Unearned corporate hospitality revenue Unearned sponsorship/event revenue NOTE 11: INTEREST BEARING LIABILITIES Current Finance lease Non current Finance lease NOTE 12: NON INTEREST BEARING LIABILITIES Current WA Government loan - Current Deferred revenue Non current WA Government loan - Non Current WA government loan is an interest free loan from the Western Australian government for the term of two years.


628,870 91,130 720,000 – –

590,158 189,842 780,000 720,000 720,000

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RugbyWA Annual Report 2006



2006 $ NOTE 13: PROVISIONS Non current Employee entitlements 96,266 96,266 NOTE 14: MEMBERS’ FUNDS Accumulated surplus/(deficit) Balance at beginning of year Transfer from reserves (Deficit)/Surplus Balance at end of year

(2,046,761) – 2,383,042 336,281

14 months ended 2005 $

15,668 15,668

816,640 30,000 (2,893,401) (2,046,761)

2006 $ NOTE 19: KEY MANAGEMENT PERSONNEL DISCLOSURES (i) Details of Key Management Personnel Key management personnel of the association during the financial year were:

P O’Meara, D Round, J Mitchell, M Rees, S Lee, M Hardy, T Baddeley.

Total income paid or payable, or otherwise made available to all key management personnel of Western Australian Rugby Union (Inc.) in respect of the management of the affairs of the association.

NOTE 20: REMUNERATION OF AUDITORS The auditor of Western Australian Rugby Union (Inc.) is Ernst & Young

NOTE 15: CASH FLOW STATEMENT RECONCILIATION Reconciliation of surplus to net cash provided by operating activities

Net surplus for the period

Add/(less) non-cash items:

Depreciation Loss on disposal of assets

183,255 6,233

Before change in assets and liabilities Change in assets and liabilities during the financial period (Increase) / decrease in receivables (Increase) / decrease in prepayments (Increase) / decrease in inventories Increase / (decrease) in unearned revenue Increase / (decrease) in payables Increase / (decrease) in provisions Net cash provided by operating activities



102,315 50,437 30,723 (1,289,426) (225,375) 80,598 1,321,802


149,532 – (2,743,869)

(328,541) (689,874) (41,258) 9,183,757 1,256,250 (11,640) 6,624,825

Amounts received or due and receivable by Ernst & Young (Australia) for: * an audit or review of the financial report of the entity and its controlled entities – Current year – Previous year

17,670 12,650

Amounts received or due and receivable by non Ernst & Young (Australia) audit firms for: * taxation advice – Current year – Previous year

22,165 –

NOTE 21: SUBSEQUENT EVENTS There have been no significant events occurring after balance date, which may have affected the associations operations or results of their operations or the associations state of affairs.

NOTE 16: SEGMENT INFORMATION The association operates solely within the Sporting Industry of Australia.

NOTE 17: EXPENDITURE COMMITMENTS There are no expenditure commitments for the year ended 31 December 2006.

NOTE 18: RELATED PARTY DISCLOSURES Members of the Board The names of each person holding the position of Board Member of the Association during the financial year were:

G Stooke (Chairman), T Bradbury, S Fink, T Harvey, R Perry, D Redpath, V Reid, B Stewart, R Viol, B Cannon, J Welborn (alternate player representative)

The following related party transactions occurred during the year – consulting fees totalling $94,050 has been paid to Terry Bradbury. – market research costs totalling $92,497 have been paid to Synovate Pty Ltd, Brent Stewart is the chairman and chief executive of Synovate Pty Ltd

Terms and conditions of transactions with related parties Sales to and purchases from related parties are made in arms length transactions both at normal market prices and on normal commercial terms.




14 months ended 2005 $


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The general purpose financial report has been prepared to satisfy the reporting requirements under the Association’s constitution. The Western Australian Rugby Union (Inc.) board has determined that accounting policies adopted are appropriate to meet the needs of the members of the Association. The financial statements have been prepared in accordance with applicable Accounting Standards and other mandatory professional reporting requirements and other statutory requirements.

NOTE 22: FINANCIAL INSTRUMENTS (i) Interest rate risk The Association has not entered into any interest rate swaps, forward rate agreements, interest rate options o r similar derivatives. The Associated entity’s exposure to interest rate risks together with the effective interest rate for classes of financial assets and liabilities at balance date is set out below.

In our opinion:

Interest on financial instruments classified as fixed rate is fixed until maturity of the instrument. The other financial instruments of the Association that are not included in the below table are non-interest bearing and are therefore not subject to interest rate risk.

Financial Instruments (a) Financial assets Cash Trade and other receivables Total Financial Assets

Fixed interest rate maturing in: Floating 1 year or less Over 2 but less interest rate than 3 years

Non-interest bearing

Total carrying amount per balance sheet

Weighted average effective interest rate

























– 299,857

– 402,172

8,817,846 8,522,364 – –

– –

– –

– –

– –

8,817,846 299,857

8,522,364 402,172

5 –

5 –






– – – – –

– – – – –

1,056,078 – 628,870 – –

1,321,676 127,282 1,500,000 59,811 67,471

– – – – –




(b) Financial liabilities Trade and other payables Finance lease obligations WA Govt Loan Hire purchase Premium funding

1,056,078 1,321,676 – – 628,870 1,500,000 – – – –

– – – – –

Total Financial Liabilities



– – – – – 127,282 – – – 59,811 67,471 –


(ii) Net Fair Values The aggregate net fair values of financial assets and financial liabilities, both recognised and unrecognised, at the balance date, are as follows; Financial Assets Cash assets Trade and other receivables

Total Carrying amount as per the balance sheet 2006 $

– 7.5 – 5 3 –

(a) the financial statements set out on pages 44 to 61 are drawn up so as to present fairly the Associations’s financial position as at 31 December 2006 and its performance as represented by the results of its operations and cashflows for the year ended on that date; and (b) there are reasonable grounds to believe that the Association will be able to pay its debts as and when they become payable. This declaration is made in accordance with the constitution of Western Australian Rugby Union (Inc.) On behalf of the Board G Stooke Chairman Perth, 19 February 2007

Aggregate net fair value (i), (ii)

2005 $

2006 $

2005 $

8,817,846 299,857

8,522,364 402,172

8,817,846 299,857

8,522,364 402,172

Total Financial Assets





Financial Liabilities Trade and other payables Interest bearing liabilities WA Govt Loan Hire purchase Premium funding

1,056,078 – 628,870 – –

1,321,676 127,282 1,500,000 59,811 67,471

1,056,078 – 720,000 – –

1,321,676 127,282 1,500,000 59,811 67,471

Total Financial Liabilities





(ii) Financial risk management objectives and policies Details of the significant accounting policies and methods adopted, including the criteria for recognition, the basis of measurement and the basis on which income and expenses are recognised, in respect of each class of financial asset, and financial liability instrument are disclosed in note 1 to the financial statements. Credit risk exposures The Association trades only with recognised, creditworthy third parties. It is the Association’s policy that all customers who wish to trade on credit terms are subject to credit verification procedures. I n addition, receivables balances are monitored on an ongoing basis with the result that the Association’s exposure to bad debts is not significant. Concentration of credit risk The Association minimises concentrations of credit risk in relation to trade accounts receivable by undertaking transactions with a number of low risk customers. Commodity Price risk The Association’s exposure to commodity price risk is minimal. Foreign Exchange risk The Association’s exposure to foreign exchange risk is minimal. 60


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2006 RugbyWA Board (absent Brent Stewart, Brendan Cannon)

RugbyWA staff - May 2006


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SPONSOR ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS RugbyWA acknowledges and sincerely thanks the following sponsors for their support and assistance during the 2006 season.


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RugbyWA acknowledges and sincerely thanks the following preferred suppliers for their support and assistance during the 2006 season.


Annual Report 2006 Western Australian Rugby Union (Inc.)

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