It’s hard to believe, but almost 13 years have passed since WA rugby fans rallied en masse at Subiaco Oval to send a message to the ARU that we deserved a team in what was then the Super 14 rugby competition. And the message got through all right.
Your columnist was there that day, with his (then) toddler son. He’s pictured here with his aunty waving his “Super 14 For Perth” poster. I still have the Perth Super 14 shirt he wore.
He has grown up wanting to play for the Force, even though his cousin Mitchell won a Super Rugby title with the Crusaders and his uncle Shane is a part-owner of the Highlanders. He has seen all the Force players close up as a ball boy at nib Stadium. And like his old man, his best mates are rugby mates.
And 13 years on, he will be at my side again at RugbyWA headquarters in Floreat on Sunday morning when we rally again to send another message to the ARU – that our team deserves to stay in Super Rugby.
The rally will not be the only powerful message being sent to the ARU on Sunday. Your columnist can reveal there has been significant movement at the station on a couple of fronts which have previously been alluded to in this column. All should be revealed on Sunday.
Think WA Premier Mark McGowan. Think the redevelopment of nib Stadium. Think RUPA. And most importantly of all, think Andrew Forrest – a bloke who owes his success and fortune to the motto of never, ever giving up. Global mining giants Rio Tinto and BHP couldn’t beat Twiggy. And neither will the ARU.
People power won us the right to have a Super Rugby team 13 years ago. And on Sunday, people power will help us show ARU directors Bill Pulver, Cameron Clyne, John Eales, Brett Robinson, Elizabeth Broderick, Pip Marlow, Paul McLean and Ann Sherry that they have no moral right to take it back from us – and our kids.
So see you all at RugbyWA headquarters at 9.30am on Sunday. Be there. Be loud. Be proud. GO THE FORCE!!