Rugby Union: ARKS wins first trophy for new clubhouse

ARKS Rugby Union FC after their pre-season victory in Geraldton.
ARKS Rugby Union FC after their pre-season victory in Geraldton.

ARKS Rugby Union Football Club moved to a new clubhouse and grounds at the Harrisdale Pavilion at the end of the 2016 season.

Harrisdale Pavilion includes two pitches and a brand new clubhouse with modern facilities.

Off-season work included a successful 7s competition and pre-season training program for the Seniors and Under-20s.

The culmination of the program was a well-attended coaching day on Saturday March 11, followed by a club barbecue at Harrisdale.

ARKS sent a team up to Geraldton for a 10-a-side competition.

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Two ARKS sides competed with the young ARKS in opposition to the Kimono Dragons, made up of older ARKS players.

ARKS lost their first game against the Geraldton Tiger Sharks, losing 5-10 in the last minute.

They then went on to win all the other round-robin games but needed to win by a margin of 56 points to be in the final.

Taking on the Collie Mongrels, they won 80-0.

The final was against long-time rivals Southern Lions and was a hard- fought game, with ARKS emerging victorious 19-17 and coming home with the first trophy for Harrisdale Pavilion.

The season proper starts on March 25 with games against Kwinana and then the first home and twilight game on April 1 at Harrisdale Pavilion, under lights, against Perth Irish.

Details of the program and lunch bookings can be found on ARKS RUFC Facebook page.