In 1987 a group of rugby league loving people in the the Rockingham region made a submission to the then WARL to enter the competition in third grade seniors and juniors with a 5-year plan to enter the first grade competition.
The proposal was accepted and after a year of preparation, the club entered the WARL competition in 1988 in seniors, third grade and junior U9’s, U11’s U13’s, U15’s and U17’s. The club also proposed to have an U19’s team, but lack of numbers prevented us from doing so.
The first year in the competition proved to be very competitive with our third grade, the U13’s and U17’s qualifying for the finals, with the U17’s progressing to contest the Grand Final, unfortunately going down narrowly to a very strong Applecross Junior U17’s team.
Our inaugural season could only be considered a successful one while also providing a solid foundation towards the future.
It laid the platform for a number of achievements: 1989 Premiers third grade, 1991 Grand Finalist reserve grade, Juniors: 1990 undefeated premiership U15’s and Grand Finalists for many of our other junior teams.
The club during this early period also provided coaches, managers and a significant numbers of its junior players for WA State representative teams.
In 1993 our second year in the first grade competition, the club achieved its maiden first grade premiership which to date is an achievement yet to still be repeated.
Coastal Cowboys: In 1998 the Coastal Cowboys formed and went on to win three third grade grand finals. They just missed out on the reserve grade finals being beaten by a strong South Perth team in the last round of the 2003 season.
“Those who drink at the well should always remember those who dug it”
A combined Raiders and Cowboys side played in the third grade grand final in 2003. Although leading 20-8 at halftime, Brothers were not to be denied and went on to win 22-20. This side was the catalyst along with the combining of the juniors in 2003 for the clubs to become a force in 2004 as a combined club.
Rockingham Coastal Sharks RL and Sporting Club: The Rockingham Coastal Sharks and Sporting Club was so named to reflect the previous clubs of Rockingham and Coastal, and to marry the club to a Coastal City which is fast becoming a growing Rugby League Nursery, and to reflect the coastal existence that we all enjoy.
The Sharks’ emblem just adds to the aquatic flavour of where we all choose to live.
The 20th February 2004 is the day that the Rockingham Coastal Sharks and Sporting club became an incorporated body.
Rugby league has steadily grown in recent years, as several team in a number of age groups has won flags and made finals.
As we celebrate 30 years of rugby league here at the Sharks, let’s look back and thank those who had the foresight to kickstart this club.
And what a way to celebrate … firsts and third grade sides minor premiers, reserves in finals and hopefully our ladies to follow.
Women’s tackle football about to become another part of the rich fabric of this club.
One final thought: Those who drink at the week should remember those who dug it.
Have a great week.