ROCKINGHAM Sharks have won the right to stage the WA Touch Football State Championships at their Lark Hill ground next month.
Club chairman Dale Christy said the finals would be held over the weekend of February 3-5, with games during the day and under lights at night.
“The best of the best in this fast-paced sport will be playing in what we hope will be a great weekend of touch,” Christy said.
The club will open its facilities with a bar and live music throughout the weekend as rugby league prepares for the 2017 NRL WA season.
The Sharks have recruited well through the off-season, with British hooker James Deighton joining from Hull KR alongside new recruits Cameron Moran and Ben Bolth.
Moran has played senior football for South Sydney and Newcastle and can play a number of positions in the back line.
Bolth is a no-nonsense forward with Newcastle Tooheys Cup experience who will add some size to the pack.
“James’ pace around the ruck will be an added bonus to an already impressive hooking line-up at the Sharks,” Christy said.
“And Moran comes to the Sharks with a wealth of experience; he will certainly provide the strike power for the Sharks this season.
“Big Ben will certainly rattle a few this season.”
Senior pre-season training starts on Port Kennedy Beach on January 17, with junior pre-season to follow.
The club boasts an impressive junior set-up, the best in WA, with age groups from 6-16 for boys and girls, and is hoping for success against rivals at Fremantle, South Perth and North Beach in 2017.
With former Brisbane Bronco junior Darren Shaw retained as head coach, Christy said the future looked good.