History will be created this Saturday when world champions Australia take on the No.1-ranked New Zealand at nib Stadium in the first rugby league Test hosted by Perth.
As we build up to the watershed showdown in the west, Monday Memories is reliving the maiden premiership game staged in the city – the classic late-season match-up between defending premiers Canterbury and eventual champs Canberra in 1989 at the famed WACA Ground.
Both teams desperately needed a win in the Round 20 encounter to keep their tenuous finals hopes alive, and rookie Bulldogs halfback Kevin Moore had the honour of scoring the first try in a first-grade match outside New South Wales or Queensland.
The Bulldogs led 14-6 at halftime thanks to a further try to winger Glen Nissen, while Bradley Clyde posted the Raiders’ sole try of the opening 40.
Laurie Daley crashed over for back-to-back unconverted tries to level the scores, however, before Ivan Henjak and Mal Meninga combined for Matthew Wood to finish off a brilliant 80-metre movement in the latter stages.
The 18-14 win was the Raiders’ third straight in a sequence a nine victories that carried the club to an extraordinary title triumph from fourth spot, while the Bulldogs failed to win another game and finished six points outside the finals picture in ninth.