Last week I was fortunate enough to visit the Pilbara region of Western Australia.


Having the opportunity to visit the Pilbara was certainly an eye opener and one that I wont forget. Mark Riddell and I had the luxury of spending 4 days in Port Headland from Thursday until Sunday.


Port Headland mines for Iron Ore and with plenty of Red Dirt and Mining sites around, the reality that we were in a mining town, seemed so far from the City life.


Not only did Mark and I visit the region, ex-players Shaun Timmins, Dean Young, Rhys Wesser and Adam MacDougall also spent time here during the week. We were all part of the NRL road show to promote Rugby League in the region as well as visit schools and talk about the tackle bullying campaign.

This campaign is a program that has been delivered across Australia in an aim to make school kids aware of the types of bullying, what they can do to prevent bullying, who they can talk to about bullying and how to eliminate bullying in schools and in society.


Well the four days that Mark and I were in Port Headland for were awesome! We had the opportunity to spend some time at the Junior League training with kids on Thursday night and attend a Men in League dinner to follow, who do a wonderful job to support those who are doing it tough. We both enjoyed a bit of karaoke too that proceeded after the dinner.


Friday was spent at schools during the day followed by a four hour fishing trip 25kms off the cost land and although we both had heard the fishing was outstanding in the Pilbara region, neither Mark nor I caught anything! We had our hopes set on pulling in Barramundi, Mackerel,Cod and maybe even Salmon, but all we caught was the sunset.


Friday night we headed over to the Coach of the Port Headland Hawks under 10s side for a BBQ in which he cooked up a feast. Mark Piggy Riddell tucked in!


Saturday was game day for the Pilbara region. We had the opportunity to watch both the Junior League matches and senior matches, while in between we attended the Port Headland races. I must say I did not win much and considering the 400m straight is grass and the rest of the track is red dirt it sure was an experience.


After the races and the footy we attended the Finny Club for the post match commitments and Sunday was spent travelling back to Sydney.


A great experience and one I would love to be a part of again.

WA is the place to be if were talking expansion!