A window into the history as it unfolded over the Years

1880 -1928

In the early days of Rugby League's existence in Western Australia the major games were played at The Esplanade, Perth Oval, the WACA, Claremont showgrounds, East Fremantle & Fremantle Oval This 1896 historical photo depicts Fremantle and Imperials footy clubs playing at Fremantle Oval.

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1929-1947

Although not extensively played in WA in that period, many British touring teams made Fremantle their first port of call on their way to the Eastern States. The first documented game of Rugby League in WA was in 1946 at Fremantle Oval.

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1948 The First Game

It was the Saturday 17th April 1948 – The day before must have had a great feeling of nervous excitement for a group of men who had planned the formation of rugby league football the last 12 months. Would the fruits of theirs, at times, very secretive efforts become a reality?

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1948

The Game kicks off on the 24th April after the representative game on the 17th at the Esplanade. Five teams start the competition but Palmyra drops out after two rounds of games. WA plays SA in July and South Perth claims first Premiership.

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1949

Rugby league continues to grow in WA . Perth Wins 1st premiership beating South Perth in final. Balmain Tours WA and play Under Lights at East Fremantle, Perth (2x) & Cottesloe Oval.

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1950

Lions prepare to board the SS Himalaya, bound for Fremantle, Rugby League News reported that Western Australian would be their first fixture of the tour.

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1951

An application has been made to stage the game between WA and the touring French side at WACA grounds. It would be France's last match home after their tour of the Eastern States.

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1952

WA plays the Kangaroos. Three new clubs, Palmyra, Balmoral and Hellenic have joined the rugby league fraternity. The league now has 46 teams in four grades.

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1953

Perth officials are hoping St George can visit WA at the end of the Sydney competition. South Perth win Premiership against Victoria Park.

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1954

League officials have asked their board of control to approach the ABC to have the Test matches broadcast in WA. South Perth wins 1954 Premiership beating Fremantle 8-6

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1955

League officials are excited about their new headquarters at Belmont Park. Opened 15th May. Cottesloe win first premiership. WA plays France.

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1956-57

Western Australia, the youngest rugby league state, will play a big part in the code's jubilee celebrations. Western Australia plays North Sydney and Great Britain.

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