UWA locked in to host 2020 Fortescue Senior Rugby Grand-Finals

· WA Premier
by Rugby WA Media

2020 Fortescue Senior Rugby grand-final series is set to be a special one with UWA securing the rights to host for the first time since 2016.

The finals series will be played on October 10 with all division one and division two finals to be played throughout the day.

The Senior Grand Finals are the biggest event on Rugby WA’s calendar and this year's finals are no different with an extravaganza of rugby to be put on display.

Similar to 2019, premier grade, reserve grade and third grade will all be split up into premier division one and champion division two grand finals while Colts, Women’s, and Community Grade will contest for one final.

The road to the grand finals begins with the semi-finals with eight teams in each grade given an opportunity to compete for a place on October 10.

Semi-finals will see the top four sides compete for division one with the 1v4 and 2v3 playing off.

In the champion division two semi-finals the teams who miss out on a chance to compete for division one will include the teams that finish fifth through to eighth on the ladder with 5v8 and 6v7 grinding it out.

Semi-Finals hosting is still yet to be decided with times and locations to be released next week.

The last time finals were held at McGillivray Oval was in 2016 when West’s Scarborough took out the premier grade silverware.

Since 2016 finals have been scattered amongst clubs including Palmyra, Rockingham, Perth Bayswater, Wanneroo and Southern Lions.

RugbyWA CEO Bob Hunter was happy to lock in the final details for this year’s final series, touching on the durability of our local clubs after pushing through such a strenuous year.

“It’s amazing we can finally lock in the Grand-Final details after such a rollercoaster year,” Hunter explained.

“To get through 13 rounds of rugby during a national pandemic is a testament to all the work done by our local club committees and volunteers alongside RugbyWA.”

“We haven’t seen a final series at UWA in four years and it feels good to say we can ‘Fill The Hill’ once again with our local club supporters especially with the absence of the NRC competition this year.”

“McGillivray is a perfect location to play a large number of matches all throughout one day, drawing larger crowds while still staying COVID safe.”

“I must commend all clubs who applied in our tender process for the opportunity to host finals and we encourage all clubs to keep their eyes peeled for any RugbyWA events moving forward.”

“I hope everybody in the WA Rugby Community is able to get down and get behind the teams that qualify, the day will be a great reflection of what we’ve all achieved throughout the year.”

Fixture times for the 2020 senior finals series are yet to be confirmed with further details to be published in the near future.