Michael Johnston Life Membership 2016

Nominated and Seconded by Nick Taylor and Bill Watt

Michael Johnston Wanneroo Rugby
Michael Johnston – local club legend

Wanneroo Rugby Club is proud to recognise and acknowledge 27 years of outstanding service by Michael Johnston.

Michael ‘Jonno’ Johnston started playing at Wanneroo in 1990 when he was 17 years old. Although he had never played rugby before he was an exceptionally talented young sportsman and he took to the game immediately.

By 1992 when he was 19, he was selected to play for First Grade. He went on to play 155 senior first grade games by 2006, when he decided to retire from First Grade.

His count couldn’t be finalised at that time because he actually continued to play First Grade intermittently for years afterwards. Maybe, at 44 years of age, it’s time to finalise his total now.

Although we are still waiting for official confirmation, we know Jonno has played close to 200 games for Wanneroo. His count is remarkable because he only played one game for the Roo Dogs between 1998 and 2000.

In 1998 he moved to Kalgoorlie for work and played his one and only game for the club while on holiday in Perth.

In 1999 and 2000 Wanneroo Rugby Club was playing in the Districts Competition and had become the most successful club in it. But because of RugbyWA’s rules at that time, the club was unable to get promotion back into the Senior Premiership competition. Jonno wanted to test himself at the highest level, so with club encouragement and approval, he took a sabbatical for two years to play for Perth. As expected he made their first grade and was very successful.

In 2001 Wanneroo regained Senior Premiership Club status and Jonno immediately came home and resumed his 1st grade career with The Roo Dogs. Unfortunately he broke his leg after just seven games and was unable to play for the rest of the year. He resumed playing in 2002 and achieved the same high standards as before.

After 2006 he decided to retire from First Grade and play down the grades to enjoy social rugby with his old mates. But during the following years, the club was sometimes short of key players and he was regularly called on to play at all levels. He never refused. Jonno was still very fit and often played two games a day. He would play 4ths and then either 3rds or 2nds straight after. He also benched and played many games for First Grade and continued to do so into his 40’s.

Jonno is totally committed and loyal to his club, his mates and his family. He has represented Wanneroo with distinction as a player, team captain, club captain, committee member and volunteer. He was a fiercely competitive player, but always fair. As captain he was confident, positive, encouraging and helpful. He was unique in that he had the respect and friendship, not just of his own players but of his opponents too. He is a mentor and friend to young inexperienced players and a source of inspiration to senior players.

But there is another side to Jonno, and that is his celebrated and legendary capacity to enjoy himself socially. As with his playing career, he always gives it all he’s got and is a very generous, entertaining host and companion. We all have multitudes of funny tales and hilarious incidents concerning him and his social escapades. There are far too many to go into in print, but please feel free to ask him.

Off-field he is just as generous with his time, labour and expertise. He is always first to volunteer for working B’s and any other club needs. In his trade as a locksmith he has been invaluable, repeatedly reorganising and re-keying the club for improved security. Many times he has had to repair damage caused by vandalism and break-in’s. Sometimes we have had to ring him in the early hours of the morning and he has come out immediately – no matter how long or hard he had been celebrating!

He is married to Anna and they have three children – Caitlyn, Joseph & Thomas. Their boys are the new generation of Johnston’s playing for Wanneroo. But Anna & Jonno bring all three of their children to the club and Caitlyn is as much a part of the club as her brothers.

Along with other ex-players of his era, who bring their children to Wanneroo Districts, Anna and Jonno are helping to build a new and very welcome family orientated atmosphere to our club.

We are proud and privileged to give this brief history of Mike Johnston’s contribution to Wanneroo Districts Rugby Union Club and see him awarded Life Membership.

Bill Watt and Nick Taylor

Non contact Viva 7s

The non contact Viva 7s competition is about to start at Wanneroo Rugby Club. Registration and “try outs” are underway Thursday nights 13th and 21st October 6.30pm onwards.

Competition starts on the 27th of October. It is $650.00 per team or $65.00 per person.

Come to the club and register with Leigh or contact her on 0468 491 125. Then come and have a run around. At this stage we are on FIELD 2.


You can enter individually or enter a team. All ages welcome!

Summer Education Packages

Due to a large number of coaches, referees and clubs showing interest in off season courses RugbyWA have decided to run a number over the summer period to engage those who are wanting to up skill during the off-season.

Please see the below the schedule of courses during this period.

Those who are interested in participating in any of these courses will need to register through LMS prior to the course. Due to it being an off-season calendar I encourage all participants to register and pay for the courses online. It will be a lot easier for clubs that might be in the transition with club committee and roles during this period to organise payment through RugbyWA.

If anyone is interested they may register on the link below. If they have further queries please don’t hesitate to call or email Graham Cooper on the details below.



October 12th Junior 7s Course RugbyWA HQ 6:00-8:00PM
November 2nd Developing Coach Course (L2) RugbyWA HQ 5:00-8:30PM
7th Foundation Course RugbyWA HQ 5:30-8:30PM
7th Coaching Kids Rugby RugbyWA HQ 5:30-8:30PM
14th Refereeing Kids Rugby
December 5th Advanced Coach: Season Programing RugbyWA HQ 6:00-8:00PM
TBC Advanced Coach: Strength & Conditioning 1 RugbyWA HQ TBC



This is a reminder of the NRC VIVA 7s Competition this sunday!

If you havent organised your team, please register through the link below. Registrations will close COB Wednesday.


Dear All Club Officials, Coaches and Managers,

Perth Spirit VIVA 7S Competition Sunday 18th September.

RugbyWA is holding a VIVA 7s Competition on Sunday 18th of September as a pre-match tournament to Perth Spirit v QLD Country @ McGillivray Oval.

Clubs or individuals are encouraged to enter mixed teams of all ages.
There will be two age groups on the day.

Age Groups
U/6s-9s- Activities for participants- not a competition
U/10s-12s- VIVA Competition
U/13s-Opens – VIVA Competition
Max 12 players per team

Team Registration: 10am
Games Commence: 10:30am
Games Conclude: 12pm

Cost: $100 per team (teams will be invoiced on the return of registration)
Teams will be provided with a great sevens atmosphere, Viva 7s Singlets for teams to play in on the day and the possibility of WALLABIES to be in attendance.

If you would like to register a team please follow the link below.


If you have any further queries please feel free to email me with any queries. Below are links to the Viva 7s Hype Reel and how to play.


Roodogs feature in 2016 NRL Finals

Two former RooDogs will clash during the NRL final on Sunday at Allianz Stadium.

Force bound Curtis Rona’s Bulldogs will be out to knock off Waqa Blake’s Panthers to keep their NRL title chances alive.

Waqa Blake
Waqa Blake in action for the Panthers

The Panthers were undefeated through August and are looking to take that form into the game against the Bulldogs after a comprehensive victory over Manly.

Curtis Rona in action for the Bulldogs

No   matter what team you go for in the NRL Sunday’s game at 2:10pm (Perth time) is a must watch for all Wanneroo supporters and players, as we get to watch two fantastic players that cut their teeth at Wanneroo.

Good luck Curtis and Waqa

Rugby Championship this Saturday!

The club will be open again this Saturday for the Rugby Championship matches.

The All Blacks take on Argentina from 3:35pm followed by the Australia v South Africa match kicking off at 6:05pm.

There was a great turn out for the last Wallabies v All Blacks game. It must have been due to the drinks special. Buy 1 for the price of 2 and get the 2nd one free!

Spread the word and we’ll see you down there for some epic rugby and company.



Nominations sent to: Club Secretary, Nick Taylor 28 Pageant Loop, Heathridge, 6027 or emailed to: taylorshome1@bigpond.com.
In accordance with the Constitution of the Club, to be eligible, all nominations must be signed by the nominee, the nominator and the seconder.
Only financial members are eligible to vote.
Positions to be voted on by the Club membership are:

COMMITTEE MEMBERS – six vacancies

Positions to be held decided by the Executive Committee are:

COACHES – as per nominated grades

End of Season Dinner

The End of Season Dinner and Awards night is at the Woodvale Tavern again this year. The event will be held on Friday, the 2nd of September with arrival at 6:30pm with official presentations to start at 7pm.

Tickets are $75:00 each and can be transferred over the club’s account, just put your surname as a reference.
Payment Details:

  • Wanneroo Rugby Club
  • Bsb: 633000
  • Acc: 145467312

Bill Watt awarded RugbyWA Life Membership

Former Perth Bayswater and Wanneroo Rugby Union Club first grade coach Bill Watt was recognised for over 30 years of contribution with a Life Membership to RugbyWA. Watt first played with the Perth Bayswater first grade side in 1980, and was a coach at the club from the late 80’s to the early 90’s.
He was awarded life membership to the Perth Bayswater club before leaving for Wanneroo where he was a coach from the mid 90’s to early 2000’s, and was the vice president from 2005 to 2011.

Congratulations to Bill for his strong contribution to community Rugby in Perth!