Hooked on for 2020
Veteran hooker Heath Tessmann has signed on for his eighth season with the Force, ensuring he will play on in the inaugural Global Rapid Rugby home-and-away season and a new era of Force rugby.
First signed as a short term injury cover in 2013, the Queenslander is an integral part of the Force. He has now won two National Rugby Championship titles in Perth and hopes a Force victory in next year’s international competition will continue to inspire rugby players and fans throughout the state.
“The team can’t wait for the new competition!” Tessmann said.
After a jam-packed 2019 which saw him grab five tries in the Force’s victorious NRC campaign as well as welcome his second child, Thomas, Tessmann is excited to play alongside the next generation of Force players.
“It’s a new group of players with a new opportunity heading into a new competition in 2020. Those are the sort of things that keep me personally hungry,” Tessmann said.
“Having the chance to work with some of the new guys and trying to help them improve, to make stepping up into the Force jersey everything they want it to be, is really exciting.”
Having witnessed the demise of the Force from Super Rugby, the 35-year old knows the importance of grassroots engagement and has established his own personal stake in the WA rugby community.
“I think I am the adopted coach for the Nedlands Under-13s, but this year has been a little busier with the kids, I only made it down every second week. Hopefully next year the time will allow me to help them out a little more,” he said.
Tessmann still has to pinch himself at the bonds he has made within the Force organisation.
— Western Force (@westernforce) October 29, 2019
“My partner reminded me the other day that I came here on a six-week contract and here we are seven or so years later. We love it here and we love the group and that is why we are still here,” Tessmann said.
“Perth is always going to hold a special place in our lives, I have gone from being a Banana Bender as a Queenslander when I first got over here to a fully-fledged Sandgroper.”
Mystery player: Prior to this video being filmed, Tessmann and Kieran Longbottom were struggling to remember the name of this particular movie – Wayne’s World. But K’Bomb managed to remember it perfectly in time.