West Coast Pirates

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West Coast Pirates
West Coast Pirates logo.jpg
Club information
Full name West Coast Pirates
Rugby League Football Club
Colours      Gold
     Red
     Black
Founded 2012
Current details
Ground(s)
CEO(s) John Sackson
Competition S.G. Ball Cup
Records
Premierships 0
Runners-up 0
Minor premiership 0
Wooden spoons 2

The West Coast Pirates are a rugby league football club based in Perth, Western Australia. The club was founded by the Western Australian Rugby League as a bid for Perth to rejoin an expanded National Rugby League.

History[edit]

Perth previously competed in the national competition as the Western Reds (from 1995-1997) and as the WA Reds in the S.G. Ball Cup from 2006-2011. It is unknown at this stage whether the West Coast Pirates will keep the history and playing records of the Reds when they join the NRL or if the Pirates will start from scratch.

[edit]

The West Coast Pirates were launched in 2012[1][2] after WARL research found that just over 50% of the marketplace associated the Western Reds name with failure.[3] Despite this the club will continue to use the same red, black and gold colours of the Western Reds.[4]

The Pirates Plan[edit]

The Pirate's Plan estimates that the club will need two years notice from the NRL to build a competitive squad and aims to be in the top five recognised sporting brands within Australia by 2020.[5] It also identifies the problem WA talent needing to move across the country to play in the NRL and hopes that local players will be able to stay in Western Australia once the club is in the NRL. At the moment players who graduate from the Pirates SG Ball team to the NRL, like Curtis Rona, need to move interstate to continue their career.[6]

Fan support[edit]

The West Coast Pirates are widely supported for re-admission into the NRL by players and fans alike.[7] Perth-born players in particular are supportive of Western Australia competing in the NRL once again.[8]

Players[edit]

As of 2014 there have been fifteen graduates from the West Coast Pirates that have gone on to earn contracts with NRL clubs, either with the NRL team or with the NRL Under 20's team. Below is a list of those players.[9]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Shed at the Helm for the West". campaignbrief.com. Retrieved 30 September 2014. 
  2. ^ "Introducing West Coast Pirates - Western Australia Rugby League announce name and logo of NRL bid". foxsports.com.au. Retrieved 30 September 2014. 
  3. ^ "Pirates hoist NRL expansion flag". sportal.com.au. Retrieved 30 September 2014. 
  4. ^ "Winning the west: Does the West Coast Pirates brand hit the mark?". sportsbusinessinsider.com.au. Retrieved 30 September 2014. 
  5. ^ "The Pirate's Plan". westcoastpirates.com.au. Retrieved 30 September 2014. 
  6. ^ "North Queensland Cowboys Perth product Curtis Rona strengthens West Coast Pirates NRL expansion case". townsvillebulletin.com.au. Retrieved 30 September 2014. 
  7. ^ "Most Rugby League Fans Say Perth Should Host Next NRL Team". stevemascord.com. Retrieved 30 September 2014. 
  8. ^ "Goodwin Says It’s Time To Go West Again". stevemascord.com. Retrieved 30 September 2014. 
  9. ^ "North Queensland Cowboys Perth product Curtis Rona strengthens West Coast Pirates NRL expansion case". townsvillebulletin.com.au. Retrieved 30 September 2014. 

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