Jacob Buist's 150th Premier Grade Game

by Rugby WA Media

Jake Buist from the Perth Bayswater Rugby Club is set to take to the field for his 150th Premier Grade Game this weekend, an astounding achievement. The club went on to speak on Jake's career at the club;

After arriving in Perth with his family Jake started playing U6's for Perth Bayswater in 1997. He played every year for the Junior Club and continued on into Colts and in 2008 was in the Colts Premiership winning team under coach Keith Reed.

With moving into the senior grades after Colts Jake would week to week play Colts and Reserve Grade and he was then asked to bench for premier grade by coach John Taylor (JT). Jake came off the bench for the premier grade 5 times and remembers been extremely nervous each time. He then made his premier grade starting debut in 2009 Round 18 versing Associates and he will never forget this game as he was named "man of the match", a way to begin your Premier Grade career.

Jake has played premier grade ever since and keeping in the family playing along side brother Ben from 2015.

Jake first captained the side in 2016 and praises JT for all his reviews after every game as Jake developed into the elite player he is now

Jake gained a calf injury the training after his 100th game and in the next couple of years missed a few games. Once assessed and correct rehab put in place via Culture Conditioning, Jake has not had a problem since

Jakes's most recent fondest memory is been selected for the Perth Gold team in 2019 and travelling to Adelaide and bringing home the cup

Jake's highlight of all his years at Perth Bayswater is representing the Club that he and his family are so proud to be apart of and making cherished memories and long life friends

When asked his goal for this 2021 season "achieving finals and making Perth Bayswater successful as I have not achieved finals to date as captain"

Retired Western Force player and current Head Coach of Perth Bayswater Johan Bardoul says "Jake epitomises the few players that show extreme loyalty to their club. His love for Perth Bayswater is evident in his endless contributions both on and off the field. Bardoul says Jake is a great player, leader and more importantly great man and "It's been a privilege to have played alongside Jake on his way to reaching this milestone. It's now an honour to be coaching him while he achieves this"