2014 was a watershed year in the history of the Joondalup Brothers. After a number of years of hard work both on and off the field, the Brothers were elevated into the Premier Reserve Grade. The new competition was largely unknown to us, what was the caliber of competition, what were the off-field expectations by RugbyWA, and what were the expectations of our players and supporters? All we could do is Prepare Prepare Prepare! That was the motto that started the process in November 2013. We needed coaches and more players, and we needed them fast. With Brett Gallagher leading the charge we quickly formed a creditable coaching team with Dave Oliver, Dave Wells, and Jarden Puki. Anthony Wall was the team manager and Katy Flyger our Head Physio. The players were building in intensity, excitement, and numbers with some overseas arrivals. Our preparation concluded with a training camp in Lancelin which bound the squad together nicely in what we knew would be a tough and hectic season. The first game would show us where we were in regard to the level of competition!
Round 1: Joondalup 13 – Associates 43. Despite the score line we held our own until the halftime break and showed glimpses of what we could do.
Round 2: Joondalup 12 – Kalamunda 40. This could be a very long season!
Round 3: Joondalup 20 – Wests 19. The edge-of-the-seat, last-minute break through win!
Round 4: Joondalup 41 – Cottesloe 13. What a game, running rugby at its finest and two wins in a row!
Round 5: Joondalup 20 – Wanneroo 17. Three wins in a row!
Round 6: Joondalup 35 – Perth Bayswater 12. Four in a row!
Round 7: Joondalup 23 – Nedlands 15. I’m sensing a theme – The Brothers on the Rampage.
Round 8: Joondalup 19 – University 11. Six in a row!
Round 9: Joondalup 21 – Palmyra 10. What a way to finish the first round of the competition. Seven wins in a row!
Round 10: Joondalup 8 – Associates 34. And our bogey team gets the better of us for our third loss of the season.
Round 11: Joondalup 10 – Kalamunda 15. Another loss doesn’t dampen confidence!
Round 12: Joondalup 19 – Wests 3. And back on the winning trail!
Round 13: Joondalup 18 – Cottesloe 10. Win number 9!
Round 14: Joondalup 32 – Wanneroo 19. The local derby sees win number 10.
Round 15: Joondalup 23 – Perth Bayswater 10. Win number 11.
Round 16: Joondalup 30 – Nedlands 27. Win number 12 by the skin of our teeth
Round 17: Joondalup 35 – University 17. Win number 13!
Round 18: Joondalup 17 – Palmyra 40. With finals on our minds, we succumbed in the final round!
The 13-win, 5-loss season sees us clearly into the semi-finals versus our Bogey team Associates. Despite a valiant effort from the entire team, we went down 18 – 3. In all a tremendous season far exceeding everyone’s expectations. A great effort by the coaches, players, and the club has seen us elevated yet again into the Premier Grade competition for 2015. Bring it on!
Our Season award winners were;
Best back: Johann Louw. Best Forward: Tamati Timoko. Players Player: Rob Gregg