How it started…
The idea of starting a rugby union club in the Rockingham area was first discussed in 1971 by 6 blokes who were travelling from Rockingham to Palmyra by train to play every week.
Dave Arnold, Bill Craig, Alan Guy, Gary Guy, Idwyl Mace and Peter White.
A meeting was held and they were presented with a cheque from Dr. Bob Warner by former Leicester Tigers player Mike Walker for $50.
It was decided to put an advert in the local paper advertising a meeting for all those interested in rugby union. More than 20 people turned up and the first committee was formed.
- PRESIDENT : Idwyl Mace
- SECRETARY : Mike Walker
- TREASURER : Gary Guy
- PUBLICITY & MEDICAL : Bob Warner
- COMMITTEE : Alan Guy, Mike Neal, John Marshall & Vernon Batstone.
With members coming from a wide area including; Spearwood, Orelia, Rockingham and Safety Bay choosing an area name common to all was proving difficult. As this was the first rugby union club in the area, it was thought apt to name the club after the first side formed in Australia in 1870, The Wallaroos.
How it went…
City of Rockingham Council were approached and they provided Bungaree Oval as a home base. In 1973 the club were admitted to the Third and Fourth Grades of the West Australian competition; in that first year we were beaten in the grand final of third grade by another new comer Wannaroo.
In 1976 Rockingham Council allocated us an area on Dowling Street Reserve and 1977 then became the “Year of the Clubhouse”. With most of the clubs efforts going into this tremendous goal, the teams did not fair to well on the field.
How it’s going…
Now located at Lark Hill Sporting Complex; Rockingham Rugby Union Football Club has been a stalwart of the Rockingham community.
2022 will see us enter our 50th year of rugby