Suns and Heat form new ri­valry

Broome Advertiser - - Sport - Robert Dougherty

A hot rugby league ri­valry was formed as Broome Suns played Kar­ratha Heat in the in­au­gu­ral North West Cham­pi­onships last week­end.

Un­der-12s play­ers from Broome and the Kar­ratha Ju­nior Rugby League took part in three un­scored matches to kick off an an­nual chal­lenge at Broome Re­cre­ation and Aquatic Cen­tre last Satur­day.

KJRL pres­i­dent Nic Rolle said play­ers had en­joyed the visit to Broome, in­clud­ing night matches and a light train­ing ses­sion on Ca­ble Beach.

“We’ve made the trek up on the bus — it’s a good ini­tia­tive and to help grow the game,” he said. “The stan­dard is quite good. “The Broome camp has been in a train­ing pro­gram and they are learn­ing the ba­sic skills well.

“Most of the kids have been up (to Broome) for school camps and things — it’s good for our kids to play against other ar­eas.” Broome Suns coach Shahid Je­f­coate said he would like to thank play­ers, par­ents and vol­un­teers for at­tend­ing and an­nounced lo­cal rugby league train­ing would con­tinue in 2018.

“It’s an op­por­tu­nity for the Broome team we have been train­ing to put skills into prac­tise and show­case rugby league in Broome,” he said.

“We made his­tory with our firstever North West game against KJRL . . . I’d like to thank the Broome com­mu­nity, BRAC, NRL, also the ded­i­cated par­ents who turned up ev­ery week, the ju­niors of Broome Suns. With­out ev­ery­one, this couldn’t have hap­pened.

“We will look to build to 2018 with our seven-week touch and seven-week tackle.

“The hope will be to have three North West se­ries games.”

The NRL WA rep­re­sen­ta­tives were also present at the games, with the NRL WA North West Fo­rum in Ca­ble Beach over the week­end.

Pic­tures: Chene Red­man

Broome's un­der-12s team at the in­au­gu­ral North West Cham­pi­onships last week­end.

Kar­ratha Heat make a play dur­ing the first match against Broome Suns.

Broome Suns cel­e­brate af­ter Jaimee Cook scores a try.

Kar­ratha's Ji­marn Thomas, 11.

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