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Western Suburbs Rugby Union Club was first formed in the early 1930's and there is a photograph of John Poor (deceased), one of the founding members in 1950, in the pennant and premier side of 1932. It is believed that during the economically depressed period of the thirties when many men were unemployed this club came about through an Englishman who wanted to give the local unemployed some direction in life.

This encouraging start was interrupted during the war years and it wasn`t until 1950 when with Joe Lord (deceased) and with the assistance of John Poor, that Western Suburbs (known as "Wests") reappeared in W.A. Rugby competitions. Joe took the role as the first Secretary.

In 2000 the club changed its name to Wests Subiaco, the original Western Suburbs had changed drastically over the years, and was more in keeping with the home ground location. In 2013 the Club re-located to new grounds and clubrooms at Bennett Park. The new name ‘Wests Scarborough Rugby Union Club Inc’ was chosen to best reflect the new location as the Club moves into an exciting new phase.

From the early 1950`s Wests played at Rosalie Park. In 2013 the Club re-located to Bennett Park which has two full sized pitches, thus having the availability to play all senior games at the same ground on the same day. Wests will be the only winter weekend sport user at Bennett Park. The grounds are on the Doubleview/Scarborough border. The Club is also looking at utilizing other school grounds in the local area for the expected growth in junior playing numbers.

During the early years with rugby being a minority sport the struggle for survival was severe but the belief and resolution of members carried the club through until the sixties.

The 1960`s brought other problems, not least of all being an almost disastrous player slump, but the club was improving and was still competitive.

Wests started with some success being losing grand finalists in 1951, 1957, 1958, 1962, 1968 and 1970. It was not until 1971 that the illusive prize of being a winning grand finalist was realised, the opposing team being Nedlands.

From 1974 to 1977 four consecutive premiership titles were recorded. In 1974 they played Nedlands winning 13 pts to 7; in 1975 beating Associates 23 pts to 6; in 1976 beating Palmyra 28 pts to nil; in 1977 beating University 9 pts to nil. Club championship flags were attained in 1968, 1969, 1971, and then from 1973 to 1976.

It was also during these years that two members of the club were selected to play for Australia. Don Hardwick toured Ceylon with the Australian Colts in 1953, and Bob Thompson was a Wallaby tourist to New Zealand and France in 1972. Over the years approximately eighty players have worn the Black and Gold of the W.A. State Senior sides, and many others in their age group levels.

During these early years Wests had started to invest in schoolboys and colts, with dedicated and enthusiastic members involved in the discovery of talent and coaching. At the same time there had been an upsurge in immigrants; this saw an influx of new members and new ideas that were then harnessed. Many of these schoolboys, colts and immigrants are still club members and are an integral part of the club`s culture.

In more recent years apart, from 1982 when Wests first grade were minor premiers and sadly losing grand finalists, the club had a middle-of-the-road existence although some of the other grades had acquired grand final appearances and successes.

The new Millennium brought about a change in fortunes with a gradual improvement over the next few years. 2002 saw five Wests' teams in the finals with the 1st grade taking out the Minor premiership. 2003 was more successful with 1st grade going one step further and winning both the major and minor flags, and all other teams reaching finals. In 2004 the first grade (now renamed Premier grade by WA Rugby) yet again captured both flags with reserve grade accounting for their own major premiership flag.

Wests went on to dominate the WA Rugby 'Premier' Grade competition winning four years in a row - 2003, 2004, 2005 & 2006.

During the period to 1972 (this information coming from recollections) clubrooms were either peoples' houses, pubs on the way home from games, the Shenton Park beer garden was popular until being offered an upstairs room in that establishment that had showers and a billiard table. Later a room was hired at the Friendly Society Building in Townshend Road, where beer and pies were sold and the opposition invited back to the usual after match celebrations. Prior to 1972 there had been talk of owning clubrooms and in that year Wests moved into the old R.S.L. Hall in Onslow Road (now demolished) and became, as far as is known, the first club in the metropolitan competition to own its clubrooms.

In 1978 the club moved to the Subiaco Bowling Club premises and together with the bowling club, formed what was known as the Subiaco Sporting Club. However both clubs retained their own identity and names.

In 1992 new Clubrooms were built at Rosalie Park which was the initiative of the rugby Club. These were shared facilities between sporting clubs under the banner ‘Rosalie Sporting Association’ (RSA). The basis of the agreement to establish the RSA was to ensure security of tenure for the respective users. The model of the RSA as a shared facility was based on the fact that the rugby Club played their fixtures on the Saturday. Without consultation with the other users of the grounds this agreement changed in 2012 resulting in Wests having no choice but to look for alternative grounds and clubrooms.

In 2013, Wests moved into existing clubroom facilities at Bennett Park, Doubleview. Current users include cricket in the summer and touch rugby who play in summer and mixed touch one night per week in winter. Rugby will be the sole winter weekend user of the clubrooms and grounds.

Wests presently have six teams in the RugbyWA Senior competitions - 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th and U18's (Colts) teams. It is hoped that the new location will see the Club playing numbers grow to again include an U20s side.

1971-72: Bob Thompson - Australia v South Africa, Wallaby tours to France & New Zealand
2002: Joji Soqoiwasa - Fiji Tour to Ireland, Wales and Scotland.

WESTS JUNIOR's (U6 to U16's)
Since Wests` Junior Club was formed it has been a force within the junior competition. It serves the community of Doubleview/Scarborough and immediate areas with the coaching of boys from the age of six to sixteen, and girls from the age of six to twelve. They have provided many state players at this level over the years. The junior club fields teams in most age groups with the odd year age group not being complete. Many juniors have continued into the senior club and proved themselves at the Senior level.

In the days when many of the senior clubs didn`t have their own juniors these other clubs used to send their sons to Wests for their initial coaching and on reaching colts age, would then be summoned back to their own clubs.

Over the years the dedication of the coaches, and most of the time these coaches filled many roles at the club and still do - President, Secretary, Registrar, Committee. These people have been the "back bone" of the Junior Club.

1987: Alex Radonjic – Australian U16's
1992: Brad Fraser – Australian U16's
2010: Gary Neugebauer Australian Schoolboys tour to Samoa & New Zealand

The year of 1997 saw the formation of a Western Suburbs Women`s team who participated in the Western Australian Women`s competition with some players making their respective State team. However with losing a couple of key people involved with Women's Rugby, the team folded in 2008.

Throughout the years the contribution of the mothers, wives, partners, girlfriends and friends of these women that have been involved on committees, organising events and functions, providing food, helped with canteen duties and generally supported the teams in many roles are to be acknowledged for their well being to the club. Even today the customary Ladies Day each year is a huge success and only seems to get bigger.

Sponsorship is an integral part of a clubs survival. Without the many Sponsors that have supported the club over the years, whether it be a large or small contribution it has always been valued. Many sponsorship contributions have been more for the love of the game or the Club and needs to be recognised by club members by supporting these businesses wherever possible.

We salute and thank you for not only your money but also on many occasions your time and energy.