• 2 Dec 2020 12:07 | Anonymous

    Associates Rugby is pleased to announce new appointments to our coaching staff for season 2021. We welcome Sape Misa as Head Coach to the club, and Bob Hunter as Director of Development, Academy and Pathways.

    Sape joins Associates from Northern Suburbs and Waratahs Rugby in NSW.

    Sape states" I am humbled and excited to be appointed as Associates Head Coach. I have been reviewing match footage and I am very much looking forward to working with a talented player and coaching group".

    Sape and Bob will work with our existing Coaching staff, and Ryan Parkin and Paul Mulready (tactical specialists), to further develop our Colts and Senior player skill bases. Associates remain committed to the development of Western Australian Rugby at Junior, Colts, and Senior levels. 

    Stay tuned for further appointments to the 2021 Associates rugby program.

    If you would like to inquire about our rugby program for 2021, please email our Director of Rugby, Andrew Campbell at andrew.cem19@gmail.com

  • 19 Aug 2020 10:34 | Anonymous

    Associates have reclaimed the Rugby WA Cup after dismantling the undefeated Joondalup Brothers 38-13 in front of an ecstatic home crowd on Saturday afternoon.

    With Hugh Norcross and Michael Hardwick playing in their milestone games, ‘Soaks’ turned up the heat to advance to second on the premier grade ladder.

    After trailing 6 points in the early stages, Harry Webster lit a spark in the ‘Soaks’ attack sneaking under the posts to score an intercept try like a thief in the night.

    The home side soon scored back to back tries as second rower Mike Tafili crashed over from short range while Sam Healy crept over to extend Associates lead.

    Associates absorbed majority of the possession in the first half and claimed a healthy 28-6 lead going into the half-time break.

    Joondalup bounced back in the second term to tame the venomous ‘Soaks’ attack, but the men in gold made continuous onslaughts into the Joondalup 22, applying pressure on all fronts.

    The towering presence of Xander Masibaka caused headaches for the Joondalup defence as he pierced through holes like an elephant in a paper factory.

    In his 150th premier grade appearance Hugh Norcross was cruelly denied glory over the white line as the referee called back play for a forward pass, causing false alarm amongst the Associates contingent.

    Following sustained pressure ‘Soaks’ powered home down the final stretch scoring two late tries through Xander Masibaka and club stalwart Michael Hardwick who capped off an extraordinary 200 game milestone to score a 60 metre try while running past the electrifying clubhouse pavilion.

    In other scores throughout the day the ‘Soaks’ reserve grade fell agonisingly short losing 18-13, while the third’s went down 27-5. Colt’s displayed a strong second half only to go down 43-22. The fourths were the only other team to claim a win on the day as they held on for a tight lipped 5-3 win over Perth Irish.

    Associates now look forward to a showdown with one of it’s oldest rivalries UWA at McGillivray Oval next Saturday with Colt’s kicking off the day’s action from 12:30pm.

  • 14 Aug 2020 13:19 | Anonymous

    Associates’ stalwart Hugh Norcross will join an elite list of both ‘Soaks’ and WA Rugby players on Saturday as he earns his 150th premier grade cap against Joondalup at Allen Park.

    Joining the club in 1991 as a youngster, Norcross has established himself as a one of the memorable characters down at Allen Park.

    Norcross made his first-grade debut in 2003 and has since being part of two premier grade premiership’s in 2012 and 2018.

    Along with his fishing, Soaks holds a special place in the heart of Hugh Norcross who found it hard to remember his first game of premier grade.

    Humble as always Norcross held his cards close to his chest when asked about his upcoming milestone.

    “I’m very much looking forward to it, for me it will be the same as any other game, I can hardly remember my first game, seems like a lifetime ago, but I can remember my first try,” Norcross said.

    “Lack of training has been a secret ingredient for keeping me in the Premier grade, all those missed pre-seasons have payed dividends.”

    “My favourite moment at the club would have to be the three-peat premiership in 2012, when first grade, reserve grade and colts all won premierships, that was a special day.”

    “Club culture is really good, we have a decent atmosphere erupting down at the club as always, nothing’s changed there.’

    Discussing what inspired him to play the game, Norcross travelled back to his roots honouring his father and brothers who have all played down at the club.

    Norcross also payed tribute to some Soaks legends such as Anthony Brain, Damian Elton, Dirk Gleghorn and Adam New who have acted as role models for him in years gone by.

    Honourable mentions must also be given to Michael Hardwick and James Rogerson who will both play their 200th club game for Associates on the weekend.

    Norcross will run out for his 150th Premier Grade game this weekend at Allen Park when Associates face Joondalup kicking off at 3:30pm.

  • 4 Aug 2020 17:39 | Anonymous

    Associates have broken back into the top four of the premier grade rankings following a tense 27-22 victory over Palmyra at Tompkins Park.

    In what is arguably one of the games of the season, both clubs demonstrated a champagne style of rugby in front of an electric crowd, but it was Associates who clinched the spoils.

    Despite the disappointment from the ‘Battle of Broome Street’ still simmering, ‘Soaks’ were hungry to get back on winning terms after winning their opening three fixtures.

    ‘Soaks’ charged out of the blocks early on, gaining a 12-0 lead thanks to the allusive Sam Healy who scored both the early tries which included a scintillating runaway try under the uprights.

    However, with a dazzling backline at their disposal, Palmyra burst their way back onto the scene to level the scores.

    Turning on his magic wand, Sam Healy broke the deadlock as he opened fire from 45 metres out to kick a monster drop goal and send the Associates contingent on the sideline into pandemonium.

    Front rower Paasi Fine crashed over late in the first half to give ‘Soaks’ some breathing space, but an arm wrestle awaited the Soaks side after the break as Palmyra boiled the kettle.

    Replacing the injured Lachie Phillips, Todd Lewis orchestrated play beautifully from halfback, finding space behind the Palmyra lines with exemplary box kicks and controlling the pace of the game at the back of the ruck.

    The tireless work rate of flanker Alex Rovira proved pivotal, as he held firm in defence while taking endless carries into contact.

    Absorbing the late Palmyra onslaught, a late try to Luke Raduva proved to be the defining moment in the game as ‘Soaks’ took a slender lead into the final corner of the game.

    Clashing heads with a Titanic like Palmyra pack, the ‘Soaks’ scrum contributed heavily to the final minutes, earning a few last gasp scrum penalties to help steer us to a famous victory at the ‘Oasis’.

    Across the grades, second grade went down to a strong Palmyra side 29-15 while third grade found the going tough in the opening game of the day.

    The Colts side ran rampant on Friday night, beating UWA 31-10 to get their season back on track.

  • 12 Jun 2020 15:18 | Anonymous

    The Western Force have announced that they have signed former Wallaby centre and Associates Rugby Club legend Kyle Godwin, set to return for the start of the Vodafone Super Rugby AU 2020 competition.

    Among the new faces wearing the blue jersey for the domestic competition will be Queensland and former Wallaby prop Greg Holmes who re-join Australian rugby after a stint with UK based Aviva Premiership side Exeter Chiefs.

    Godwin debuted for the Force back in 2012 before taking home the Rising Star, Members’ Most Valuable Player and the prestigious Best and Fairest Nathan Sharpe Medal just one year later.

    He also made his Wallabies debut in 2016 against France, celebrating his 50th appearance for the Force the same year.

    Over the last couple of years 27-year-old has been playing rugby in the northern hemisphere for Irish side Connacht Rugby in the last two years, where he scored 17 points over 17 appearances.

    Head coach Tim Sampson’s focus on the Force has long been to provide talented West Australians opportunities close to home.

    “Kyle is a great example of a talented young Australian who moved overseas to further his rugby career. To bring him back to once again play for his home team is evidence of the rugby program being developed here,” Sampson said.

    “He has strong ties with the rugby community back here in Perth and fans will be very excited to see take to the field here in Australia again.”

    Moving to Perth at a young age, the Zimbabwean born is a product of the WA Pathway and continues to forge his reputation as one of Australia’s most promising centres.

    Known for his powerful running and spectacular game vision Sampson says the Western Australian will fit perfectly with teams’ up-tempo style of play.

    “Kyle is a local hero, he has represented his state and his nation, and we are thrilled at the prospect of him getting back in the blue and black,” Sampson said.

    “He has natural instinct and his ability to adapt is a strength of his. He will slip into our squad seamlessly here.”

    Both Godwin and Holmes arrived in Perth last night, where they will go into mandatory quarantine  before joining the team on June 25.

  • 1 May 2020 18:06 | Anonymous

    Return to play date. 

    Currently there is no specific proposed date for a return to play in WA, but next Friday 8th May, the National Cabinet has noted will be a significant decision point on a national basis with an indication that further easing of restrictions would be made at that time. 

    In addition many of you will have seen/heard that the Northern Territory yesterday released a clear plan for a return to all levels of sport including contact sport in the Territory. This had clear guidelines and time frames with dates that included contact activities with effect 15th May and Competition 5th June. This is certainly a good indication of what can happen. 

    What this means for WA. 

    How this transitions into specific dates and milestones here in WA is however yet to be finalised. Once these are confirmed by the WA Government then we will be able to form a more specific plan with expected dates that is relevant to WA. 

    In these positive developments we should all note the importance of the staging process of the transition and the supporting measures required to facilitate this. The Government are unequivocal on the importance that the COVIDSafe App plays in this transition.

    COVIDSafe App. 

    It is Rugby WA and Rugby AU’s position that this app is an important part of the strategy to assist in managing the ongoing fight against this virus and its impacts on us all. In terms of our society and then our sport it is fairly simple, the use of this app will assist in the Tracing component of the medical system’s capacity to protect people and assist in managing the virus. 

    We therefore strongly encourage you and your club members to support and promote the download and use of this app. In the words of the Federal Sports Minister, “If you want to get out to play, then download the App today”.

    COVIDSafe App Information

    For those with privacy or other concerns on the detail of the app, any and all details are as published on the Federal Government information site: https://www.health.gov.au/using-our-websites/privacy/privacy-policy-for-covidsafe-app If you or any member of your club/community have concerns then I encourage them to review this detail and in particular the FAQ. 

    Return to play protocols

    Over the last few weeks there has also been some detailed planning work undertaken with regard some return to play and general community operations. Once these are finalised they will be released shortly afterwards. The key principles in these guidelines include:

    • The safety and well-being of all participants.
    • Assisting and enabling measures that assist with the minimisation of the risks associated with COVID-19 virus.
    • Facilitating a transition back to physical activity levels including back into contact and the necessary techniques and conditioning to facilitate that safely at all age/grade levels.
    • Rugby WA and Clubs having a formal and specific COVID-19 management plan.

    At this stage we simply ask clubs, players, coaches and parents to seek to understand that these measures, with support and advice for you at club level will all be evolved and finalised shortly. Once this done and communicated then we can all make more specific plans that can allow us all to comply and follow these guidelines to enable the best chance of the transition being sustained.


    As part of the return to play planning we have obviously been looking at the playing of some form of structured competition and season variation at both Junior and Senior level. As part of this Rugby WA staff have been undertaking a range of engagements and dialogue with you to gather your input. This is still underway and will be continued for those who have not yet been fully involved. As soon as we have a specific date for return to play, then we can then finalise the plans and the options for how this will operate. I simply ask for your patience as this is then documented and put into a form that can and will be shared with you all.


    So for today I encourage you to:

    • Promote the COVIDSafe app to your club members and the value of its use across our community.
    • Understand there will be protocols and plans required at club level for any return to play.
    • Communicate with your community.
    • Be prepared to undertake your own planning for how you, your club and teams will undertake the various steps that will be required in a return to playing process.


    On behalf of the Rugby WA Board & Junior Executive

    John Edwards                 Francis Williams                             Mike Gowdy                     

    Chair Rugby WA               President Rugby WA                         President Rugby WA Juniors


    Bob Hunter



    M+61 413 045 355


  • 30 Apr 2020 11:44 | Anonymous

    1.      What is your earliest rugby memory?  

    We had a set of rugby posts in our backyard in Zimbabwe. I remember practising my drop kicks over the posts most afternoons after school with my brothers.
    • 2.       What is your favourite memory down at Soaks?                                      
    It would have to be the bus ride back from Perth Bayswater to Soaks after winning the grand final in 2018. I won’t go into the finer details about the celebrations that took place on the bus, but it was good fun. If you know, you know.
    • 3.       If you could have dinner with any 3 people in the world, who would you choose and why?
    Really tough to narrow it down to three but here we go. First would be Joe Rogan. He has so many interesting people on his podcasts and is a comedian so it’s an easy first pick. Second would be Bryan Fletcher. Being a former rugby league player, he would have a lot of good stories from his playing days, although most of them probably wouldn’t be appropriate for the dinner table. My dad Clive would be pick number three.
    • 4.       How does it feel to be Vice-Captain down at soaks?
    One of my prouder achievements to date. When I was watching first grade games as a kid I always aspired to play first grade for soaks, so being VC is an even bigger privilege.
    • 5.       Favourite ground you have played on?

    Its probably a tie between the 1st XV pitch down at Hale School and the boneyard (Allen Park)

    • 6.       What club do you love beating most?
    Although we have some pretty intense rivalries with UWA and Cott, I love beating Wests. In my 6 years of playing first grade I think I’ve only beaten Wests twice, so I really enjoy a win against them when we manage to get one.
    • 7.       Are there any games that stand out during your time playing for Soaks?
    Our 2018 semi final against Wests would be it. The lead changed hands a few times throughout the game and we were defending our try line for the final 10 minutes. We managed to work our way down the field and Brendon Owen kicked a penalty to give us a 3-point win. Best quality rugby match i’ve played in and the win against Wests made it a bit sweeter.
    • 8.       What is the thing you love most about rugby?
    As much as I love the winning feeling, the social aspect would be the best part. I’ve played quite a few sports growing up and most of the good mates I have now are the ones I’ve played rugby with. The post game beers are pretty good too!
    • 9.       You have played many positions in the backline over the last few years, what is your preferred position and why?

    Fullback is my preferred position. I love being able to counterattack and run in the wider channels. Too much tackling in the centres ;)

    • 10.   To finish, your proudest rugby achievement?
    On a personal note, it would be getting voted as best on in the 2018 grand final. As a team, it would be winning the flag in 2018 or winning a hat-trick of Brother Redmond’s with Hale.

  • 3 Apr 2020 08:58 | Anonymous

    Rugby WA – COVID 19 UPDATE #2

    Introduction.    This update is the next formal announcement to the WA Rugby Community in response to the COVID-19 Pandemic and its impact on the playing of Rugby and our Community in WA.

    Situation.   Since our last update on 23rd March, with the National announcement that the commencement of any Rugby activities would be postponed until the start of May there have been the following developments both nationally and here in WA:

    ·       Health and safety focus remains the priority for Rugby WA and all of the Rugby AU community.

    ·       Rugby WA takes very seriously our wider community obligation to support the challenge and be part of the solution for COVID-19, with regard the key plan of promoting and practising social distancing.

    ·       Key aspects that now impact our community and our sport in particular are the following:

    o   The WA Government has declared state of emergency.

    o   The closure of state and Regional boundaries within the state.

    o   A significant number of restrictions on business operations and community engagement.

    o   Not least of which the number of people who may gather together is now no more than two.

    o   Directly enforceable constraints on conduct of any form of sporting activity, with emphasis on no sports related activities over 2 people.   With anyone doing any activity required to practice the social distancing requirements with no contact between participants.

    o   Increasing closures of sports related facilities and public spaces by local Governments and Councils.

    ·       The Rugby WA position is that we will respond to and support all Government plans and guidelines plans.

    National Decision.     The following national decision has now been taken with a further postponement of Rugby activities across the entire Rugby Community as per the notification below:

    Today, a collective decision between Rugby Australia and the State and Territory Member Unions, was made to further postpone Community Rugby to a date not before 1 June 2020. This includes all Rugby activity including matches, training and face-to-face education courses. Given the uncertainty surrounding the length of time Government restrictions will be in place to combat the spread of COVID-19, we are not in a position to provide a specific return date.  We will continue to review this position as further updates from Government and Health Authorities are received.

    During this postponement we will be working with stakeholders across Community Rugby to plan for a range of recommencement dates to ensure that as soon as Government restrictions are lifted, the Community is ready to mobilise and deliver great rugby experiences in 2020. In the interest of the safety and welfare of all participants, preparation and training time will be factored in ahead of rugby competitions recommencing.

    Community Rugby and its people are the lifeblood of our great game and our decisions will always be made with the interests of participants, families and the broader community as the priority.

    Once again, we want to thank you for your understanding and patience through this time and encourage you to continue to follow Government and health advice to keep you and your family safe.

    Impact for Rugby in WA – Rugby WA Operations.   As a result of this Rugby WA and the staff have taken the following steps to sustain and maintain both Rugby WA as an organisation and so be able to continue to support the game in the state.

    ·       All Rugby WA staff are now following the Government social distancing guidelines and have been working from their respective home locations since Wednesday 25th March.

    ·       The Rugby WA Facility is now operating in a care and maintenance regime, subject to the needs of all tenants of the facility.

    ·       All Rugby WA staff have agreed to a change in their employment conditions and are now all on a reduced salary and are working the equivalent of three days per week.   This is to assist the organisation with it's financial business contingency plans and allow the overall business to survive. 

    ·       More importantly though has been to retain our staff in employment with the intent to support and sustain our game, for the return post pandemic.

    ·       The revised general working week for most staff is Mon & Thurs all day, Tue & Wed AM.   The CEO remains contactable at any time.

    ·       During this crisis period the focus of all staff is to work on a range of contingency options for the recommencement of the season and all of game and development activities.  

    ·       There are also a series of projects that are being worked on that are designed to ensure the sustainment of the game, support clubs and community as best that we can, while also delivering a range of varied rugby content to our community in this period of uncertainty.

    ·       Most importantly we continue to work on a range of contingency plans that aim to sustain the overall Rugby Community and the organisational capabilities for when we come out the other side of this pandemic crisis.

    What Rugby WA will do in this period of social isolation measures:

    ·       Engage and communicate as best we can across all levels of the community.

    ·       Seek to support clubs and the community with rugby related information, content and activities where possible.

    ·       Keep the game profile alive through a range of social and digital media, including social media content for players and families, stories about the game and what is going on in WA, including “events” such as replays of past season matches.

    ·       Enable an opportunity for coaches, match officials and others to up-skill and gain additional knowledge on the game and where possible gain additional qualifications or knowledge, through courses, webinar/seminars and general forums.

    ·       For those aspiring into the playing pathway a range of fitness and skills tips for at home practice. 

    ·       Most importantly wherever and however we can, is to assist Clubs to plan for their survival and the future recovery and a return to our game in the immediate post pandemic phase. 

    Communications.   We appreciate that none of this is necessarily the information you wish to hear but it is important that we are all pragmatic on this devastating situation across our society.  More importantly that we also look forward as best we can with a positive intent for our community, our clubs and the game at all levels.

    If you have any ideas, issues or suggestions then please do not hesitate to contact the relevant staff member.   We also encourage all clubs to stay in contact and help us to help you if we can.   All staff contact details are as per this link or directly to Bob Hunter as per the details below.  

    As an organisation and in partnership with all the Rugby affiliated bodies we will endeavour to communicate as effectively as we can across all our mediums including e-mail, website, and all the social media channels.   We will also be organising a club leaders conference in the near future. Separate details on this will be distributed to all club leaders shortly.

    We encourage you all to use these communication mediums and support both your immediate club community but also the wider Rugby community in our state.      The Rugby WA team is here to help as best we can in these days of social isolation.

    All the best of health and well-being to you all.   Please look after yourself, family and of course the community.      We are stronger as one.

    On behalf of the Rugby WA Board & Junior Executive,

    John Edwards          Francis Williams            Mike Gowdy

    Chairman Rugby WA                 President                                              President RWA Jnrs

    Released by:   Bob Hunter

    CEO Rugby WA

    203 Underwood Ave, Floreat, WA 6014 | PO Box 146, Floreat WA 6014
    Mob  +61 413 045 355        E:  bob.hunter@rugbywa.com.au


  • 31 Mar 2020 20:33 | Anonymous
    • 1)      What’s your earliest rugby memory?

    My earliest memory would have to be watching the old man run around for Soaks and then early mornings at Britannia. I was lucky enough to start playing for this great club at just 6 years of age.

    • 2)      What’s your favourite memory down at Soaks?

    Specifically, down at Soaks, would have to be the Sunday Night after winning the 2018 Premiership. Nothing better than the club house full of family and friends celebrating being the best team in the competition. Also, that same year coming back from 18-0 down to Wests to win 24-18 was a game down at the boneyard I will never forget.

    • 3)      Were there any players you idolised growing up?

    I remember having a laminated copy of George Gregan hanging up on my wall for many years as a youngster.

    • 4)      How does it feel to be club captain down at soaks?

    It really is an honour. I’ve been associated with the club for a long time now and to be leading the Premier boys, especially alongside close mate Robbie Ingram as vice-captain is pretty special. It hasn’t been the year we were hoping for but I have no doubt when we are back it will be a pretty special season for Soaks.

    • 5)      What’s the best ground you have played on?

    Brine 1, Hale School.

    • 6)      What club do you love beating most?

    We have some great battles with a lot of clubs, mainly due to everyone in the comp hating us. But putting UWA to the sword the last few years, it doesn’t get much better. Nedlands are always a great team to beat, they have been a powerhouse in the competition for a long time so it is always nice beating them.

    • 7)      The best game of rugby you have played in?

    2018 Semi-Final against West Scarborough. Was an unbelievable game of Premier Grade rugby.

    • 8)      The thing you love most about rugby?

    Changerooms after a game with the squad and a cold beer.

    • 9)      What approach will the Soaks senior teams be taking into the 2020 season?

    With the current situation, we are just hoping to get back down to the boneyard as soon as possible and be able to play some rugby together. It is also great to see so many Colts boys joining the club. Being able to train together as a whole club is something we are aiming for and having a good bunch of colts allows that to happen.

    • 10)   You’re coming close to making a full recovery from a nasty injury, how’s that going?

    Slowly, but surely. The knee is coming along nicely, there have been a few setbacks along the way and it has been tough not being as involved as I would have liked to be, but now with some forced time off, I should be good to go when the season resumes.

    • 11)   The senior squad had a training camp in Rottnest back in February. Describe how that went and who was involved?

    It was the first time the club has done something of that nature, it was great to get away not only as a senior squad but with a good bunch of colts also. The boys were put through their paces in several pretty tough sessions. There was also some positive team bonding at the pub which is just as important.

    • 12)   You are a pretty versatile forward who has played in a few different positions in the pack. If the season does return this year, where can Soaks members expect to see you play in 2020?

    Second row is the safe bet. I love number 8 and was lucky enough to get a couple of games playing at 8 last season. Depending on the knee and fitness level, I will have to wait and see.

    • 13)   You’ve managed a few mammoth torpedo's off the boot in the last few seasons, are you looking to usurp Harry Webster as the 1st grade kicker?

    I fancy myself as a kicker, Razza Parkin would never let me kick as he wanted me to be knackered from working around the park so now that he isn’t running the show, I might get my opportunity. It’s also likely Harry will be busy on the physio table all season getting rub downs so ill be happy to step up and let them fly off the boot.

  • 9 Mar 2020 19:39 | Anonymous

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