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Samuel (Sam) John McCullough

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing away of Samuel (Sam) John McCullough.  Sam was a son to former club President Cam McCullough and his wife Julie. He played as a junior for the club and for the 4th Grade a few years ago.

A Funeral Service to Celebrate the Life of the late Samuel (Sam) John McCullough of Kingsley will be conducted in the East Crematorium Chapel of PINNAROO Valley Memorial Park Cemetery, Whitfords Ave, at 11.30 am on FRIDAY (05.05.2017)


Education Calendar -2017

This is a reminder that the Education Calendar is about to kick into full swing for 2017 and getting your coaches and match officials upskilled is an integral part in developing your players throughout your club.

The Courses that are being delivered in 2017:

Emerging Coach Program:

 This program has begun for the 2017 season with 11 Coaches taking part in the 6 month intensive coaching program targeted at developing the individual coach while allowing them access to Western Force resources and coaching staff. This is allowing the coaches to receive immediate feedback from staff as well as have the opportunity to get sessions recorded for review purposes. This development will culminate with the individuals being put through the World Rugby Level 3 Course later in the year.

Developing Coach Course (Level 2 Coach):

 This being the progression from the Level 1 Coach Accreditation and being targeted at coaches either entering at the U/18’s level or coaching senior Rugby in Australia. This course is a 2.5 day course that will concentrate on developing the coach on best practice on how to coach. The beauty about this course is that the on field coaching assessment will be conducted on course in a practical manner throughout the 2.5 days. This on course structure will incorporate an online component through LMS. 

If an individual is wanting to attend this course they can register through the LMS System:

If the club wants to put any individuals through the course if they can contact to provide TOKENS for the registration process. This will allow the individual when registering to bypass the payment process. The club will then get invoiced for the cost of the program.


Foundation Course- Progression to Level 1: Coach and Match Official

 This course designed for the entry level coaches and match officials wanting to be involved at an U/12s- 17s Level. This course is a 6 hour course and will be conducted in two ways in 2017. The course will be delivered over 2 weeknights or on a Sunday. The reason for the different course structures is to allow coaches to choose how they want the course delivered. Giving them flexibility as we know during rugby season the weekend is full of rugby and to give up a Sunday sometimes is difficult.

If an individual is wanting to attend this course they can register through the LMS System:

If the club wants to put any individuals through the course please contact to provide TOKENS for the registration process. This will allow the individual when registering to bypass the payment process. The club will then get invoiced for the cost of the program.

Coaching Kids Rugby and AR Courses:

 These courses will be run throughout the season in conjunction with each other. They will be run in all regions to allow maximum exposure to clubs. The courses that have been advertised are centrally located but RugbyWA will be happy to run individually run courses at your club. The AR Course in 2017 will be fully subsidised by RugbyWA to encourage all clubs to have accredited AR’s. The individual will be required to register online so the accreditation process can be as seamless as possible and no one gets missed. The club can contact to organise TOKENS for registration for the registration process.

If a club would like to hold their own course please contact Graham Cooper on to organise this.

If you have any queries please feel free to contact Graham Cooper on

Pre-season training well underway

Preseason training is well under way for seniors on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6.30pm down at the club.

Make sure you get down so you can prepare for the season ahead and don’t get left behind.

Also don’t forget to get your registrations done early. Registration information can be found here.
Get registered and paid up early as it is strictly no pay no play this year.

Register now for 2017 Seniors rugby season

Registrations are now open for the 2017 Seniors rugby season.

Register here for Senior Men’s Rugby ($350 for full season. Early bird price of $320 if paid by first round on 25 March 2017; FIFO $200)

Register here for Colts (U20s) Rugby ($140)  The club is searching for a sponsor for the Colts side. If you are interested, please call Sylvo on 0451 127 729.

Register here for Divas (Womens) Rugby ($280 for full season. Early bird price of $250 if paid by 25 March 2017)

Register here for Social Membership ($50 includes club polo shirt)

For registration queries, email or

Grow the Roodogs

Dear Roodog Supporters

It’s time to Grow The Roodogs

For years now we have had a successful junior club but most years the success of our senior club has been mediocre at best. The senior club has always wanted to promote our home grown talent through the senior grades & then onto higher honours if they’re good enough. However both “clubs” have always worked hard to achieve their own goals but unfortunately there has always been a small divide. I also believe that both “clubs” are moving towards a united, strong & successful club that we can all be proud of.

Although our premier side was bottom of the ladder this year, a tremendous culture has begun to evolve. To see 20 -25 seniors turn up on Thursday nights, of their own free will, after the season has finished and enjoy a game of touch with their mates is great. No other club in town has this!

This year we have instigated Viva 7’s during the off season on Thursday nights where we will have teams from our senior grades, colts & 15’s & 17’s. We have done this for 2 reasons –

1) To keep the boys together during the off season, &
2) To introduce the 15’s & 17’s to our senior players

Going forwards I hope this will involve all junior age groups.

Over the past couple of years we have done little recruiting in the hope that we could bring our juniors through. OK, this didn’t work the way we wanted it to & we need to change tack. We need to get a winning culture into the club & give our juniors something to strive for & provide mentors for them. To do this we need to do some targeted recruitment & really look after these guys so that they in turn become good club men.

Where the senior club struggles with recruitment is the ability to get jobs for these guys (especially in this market) & also to a lesser extent, initial accommodation. If anyone in the wider club can provide part time or full time employment from time to time then we would like to hear from them.

We now could also have the opportunity to recruit a Future Force Foundation player & will need a host family for him. I have already met him & he is a great young 19 year old man.

In return, part of his agreement is to help coaching the juniors every Tues & Thurs night.

If you would like to discuss the possibility of being a host family or could provide some work opportunities then please do not hesitate in contacting me on 0407 080 470 or email me on

Let’s work together, grow together & enjoy!

Yours in rugby

Frank Newton
Club Patron

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!