Firefighters will take to the nib Stadium pitch today with one aim in mind – to end WA Police’s dominance of the annual interservice rugby series.
The match between the WA Fire and Rescue Rugby Union Football Club and the WA Police Rugby Union Club will kick off at 12pm and will be the curtain raiser for the Western Force’s clash against the New South Wales Waratahs.
Fire and Emergency Services Commissioner Wayne Gregson said the annual best of three series was in its fourth year, and had become a welcome tradition for emergency services.
“While there is certainly a bit of rivalry between the services, the match is an important opportunity for firefighters and police to socialise outside the rigours and pressure of an emergency,” Commissioner Gregson said.
Station Officer Michael Parker, who coaches the Fire and Rescue side, said that while the team had yet to win a match in the competition’s history, he believed they had their best chance for success this year.
“There is only one aim for the team this year, and that is to turn the tables on the boys in blue and win the series,” Station Officer Parker said.
“Our team has been working hard in preparation for the start of the series, and winning the first game would be a great reward for their efforts, particularly at the newly renovated stadium before an elite match.”
The match is part of the Western Force’s ‘Force Behind the Force’ day with money raised to be donated to Bright Blue, the Police Commissioner’s Fund for Sick Kids.
The WA Fire and Rescue Rugby Union Football Club, established in 2010, plays matches against other local, national and international services rugby teams.
Date: 9 June 2013
Time: 12.10pm (gates open 12pm)
Where: nib Stadium, East Perth
Main game: Western Force versus the NSW Waratahs from 2pm
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