Rugby league: Rockingham and Mandurah juniors in the mix for WA state selection


Southwest Dolphins under-15 and under-12 sides are pumped for the selection tournament this week. Picture: Becky Jones
Southwest Dolphins under-15 and under-12 sides are pumped for the selection tournament this week. Picture: Becky Jones

FOR the second year running the South West Dolphins will head to a four-day rugby league selection tournament with each player vying for a spot on junior WA state teams.

The tournament, to be held from Wednesday will have NRL WA regional representatives scouting for players for its School Sport WA Junior State League Championships.

Two teams will be selected to represent WA – the under-12s and under-15s mixed schoolboys.

Under-15s coach Damian Green said all the players had worked hard for the chance to be selected.

“The school boy tournament is played over four days where there will be regional representatives scouting for boys to play at the state level,” he said.

“The players are selected on a number of criteria: endurance, teamwork, values of the game and sportsmanship.

“It’s been tough; they have just had four weeks of pre-season training to prove themselves.

“New teams are selected each year.”

Green said the South-West catchment area had been widened to include Rockingham and the had players from as far away as Margaret River.

The South West Dolphins comprises teams from the southwest: Rockingham Sharks, Mandurah Storm, Australind Cowboys, Dalyellup Rhinos, Busselton Broncos, Bunbury Titans and the Eaton Panthers.

Twenty players were selected on Saturday for each age group with the under-12s kicking off the tournament on Wednesday night.

The selection matches will be hosted by the Northern Fusion and the North Beach Sea Eagles Rugby League Club at Charles Riley Reserve, North Beach until Saturday 21st April.

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