Heroic Hodgson hangs them up

Friday June 16, 2017 by  

Western Force club legend and inaugural player Matt Hodgson has today announced his retirement from professional rugby after 12 spectacular seasons with the Western Australian club.

Western Force Club Captain Matt Hodgson has announced he will be hanging up his boots.
Photo courtesy of Western Force/RugbyWA

The 35-year-old announced to his teammates yesterday that he would be hanging up the boots at the end of the season after 139 Super Rugby appearances in a career that has included three Nathan Sharpe Medals, four Geoffrey Stooke Force Man Awards and 11 Wallaby caps.

The hardnosed backrower started at openside flanker in the club’s inaugural match against the Brumbies in 2006 and has represented the blue jersey with distinction, bravery and unwavering commitment ever since, including four years as club captain from 2013-2016.

A favourite of the Sea of Blue, Hodgson says the decision was an emotional one but feels the time is right to hand the reigns over to the promising next generation coming through the club’s ranks. Read more

Morahan to depart force at season end

Tuesday March 21, 2017 by  

The Western Force can confirm that winger Luke Morahan will leave the club at the end of the 2017 Super Rugby season, to further his career at Bristol Rugby in the English Premiership.

Morahan has played 38 games for the Western Australian club to date since defecting from the Queensland Reds in 2014. Scoring 11 tries, including a club high five tries in the 2015 season.

The four-time capped Wallaby says that the decision to leave WA was a difficult one, but believes it’s the best choice to further his rugby career. Read more

Dane Haylett-Petty re-signs with the Force

Tuesday February 21, 2017 by  

The Western Force today announced the re-signing of star fullback Dane Haylett-Petty until the end of the 2019 season.

Haylett-Petty had a remarkable 2016 season, taking out the Nathan Sharpe medal for the most valuable player, made his Wallabies debut and played a further 13 caps and took out the Wallaby Rookie of the Year Award.

The 27-year-old says he is thrilled to stay in the West and admits that the green and gold jersey helped make his decision. Read more

Force sign local young gun Harry Scoble

Thursday November 17, 2016 by  

The Western Force have signed the last of the three inaugural Future Force Foundation members with the addition of Perth-born Harry Scoble to the senior list for the 2017 season.

Perth-born Harry Scoble added to the Western Force senior list for Super Rugby Season 2017.
Photo courtesy of Western Force/RugbyWA

The young rake is the second Future Force Foundation member to sign with the club in the past month, after Richard Hardwick also committed to the club for next season.

The recently turned 22-year-old has had a meteoric rise this year; heading into his third year in the Future Force program and playing for UWA in the Pindan Premier Grade, before being thrusted into the Force squad, scoring a try in his Super Rugby debut against the Waratahs in Round Nine and adding a further seven caps to his name.

The former Australian U20’s representative reflects on this year as a dream come true, but says he still has a lot of work ahead of him. Read more

Spirit secure Grand Final berth

Sunday October 16, 2016 by  

The Perth Spirit have booked their place in the 2016 Buildcorp National Rugby Championship Grand Final with a 42-24 win over the Sydney Rays at Pittwater Park in Sydney this afternoon.

The Rays started strongly shooting out to a 16-0 lead within the first 10-minutes but from there it was all the Spirit as the men in black and gold scored 20 unanswered points to lead by four at the break.

Three second half tries wrapped up the result for the Spirit and secured a date with the NSW Country Eagles in Tamworth for next weekend’s decider. Read more

Spirit secure Finals berth in Canberra

Saturday October 8, 2016 by  

The Perth Spirit have secured a place in the 2016 Buildcorp National Rugby Championship finals series with a 42-36 win over the Vikings in Canberra this afternoon.

The Perth side started on the defensive absorbing pressure in the early stages before fighting back to head into the half time break down 22-16.

The second half was a different story with the Spirit’s forward pack dominating the Vikings all over the park and putting on a clinic at scrum time to help the visitors come from behind for the win. Read more

Force overpowered by Hurricanes

Friday March 18, 2016 by  

The Western Force have gone down to the Hurricanes 41-6 at Central Energy Trust Arena in Palmerston North tonight.

The Force were in the contest for the first 50-minutes of the game trailing 10-6 before the floodgates opened, missed opportunities came back to bite the Western Australians as the Hurricanes ran in five second half tries.

Force skipper Matt Hodgson said the side’s inability to capitalise on opportunities against a quality Hurricanes outfit was their undoing. Read more

Force down Reds in Brisbane

Saturday March 5, 2016 by  

The Western Force have claimed their first win of the 2016 Asteron Life Super Rugby season with a hard fought 22-6 win over the Queensland Reds at Suncorp Stadium tonight.

In a scrappy first half the Force dominated much of the play and most of the running but failed to really threaten the Reds’ try line. Although continued pressure and an improved performance at the breakdown saw them take a 9-3 lead into the break.

The second half was a back and forth affair but the Force stood strong and a Luke Morahan try in the 80th minute sealed the 22-6 result. Read more

Western Force’s bumper 2016 draw released

Monday September 28, 2015 by  

The Western Force will host seven high-quality fixtures during the first year of an expanded Asteron Life Super Rugby competition in 2016.

In the draw released by SANZAR today, the Western Australian club will feature bumper home matches against New Zealand’s Crusaders and Blues; South Africa’s Bulls and Stormers; and Australian derbies against the NSW Waratahs, ACT Brumbies and Melbourne Rebels.

Next year’s competition will also see the inclusion of Japan – who the Force will play in Tokyo – and Argentina for the first time. Read more

Spirit make it two in a row at home

Saturday September 26, 2015 by  

A two-try performance by Brad Lacey has helped lift the Perth Spirit to a 31-21 victory over the Melbourne Rising to secure their second win in a row for the 2015 Buildcorp National Rugby Championship (NRC) at McGillivray Oval this afternoon.

The Spirit started the game backed up in their own 22 for over 10 minutes, however their work at the set piece and on the five metre line was far too strong for the Rising attack.

This strong defensive effort gave the Spirit the momentum and belief to carry through the rest of the match, scoring five tries to come within seconds of walking away with a bonus point victory. Read more