Saturday September 7, 2013 – Preliminary Final
Roosters Into Grand Final
Fremantle Roosters earned the right for a Grand Final rematch against current premiers North Beach Sea Eagles in a tough defensive battle against South Perth Lions winning 16 to 8.
For fans, the game was a tough defensive spectacle that brought the game of rugby league to the fore, with big hits and a never say die effort from both sides. But the penalties, ball handling errors and completion rates left both sides with lost chances, due largely to the pressure being applied.
South Perth scored after their first set when they took advantage of an early penalty, but could not get back on the board till the 53 minute mark. Fremantle then scored two tries after 15 minutes. It was then a game of defense for both sides for the rest of the game.
South Perth were able to bounce out early in the second half and got within two points, before the game went back into its defensive best. Both sides had their chances.
Instead of playing smart football with good set plays, they were both guilty of trying to win the game off plays that were never on. The endeavour though, could not be questioned. Each side gave it their all and from a spectator point of view the hit ups were hard and the defense tough.
It was Keiran Timothy’s second try for the game with just 12 minutes left on the clock that sealed the win for the Roosters. Both sides were tiring at that point and the eight point break gave the Roosters the comport they needed.
Andrew Korn, Fremantle’s coach, needs to now get his troops up for next week.
“It is a relief to get through to the Grand Final. We were able to execute the plays better this week than last and it was a run we needed to have. We now need to look at the injuries and set up for next week.
South Perth’s coach Nathan Johnson has done a great job with his side this year which was a mix of veterans and some great young players stepping up. He was disappointed finishing one game short of the final.
“We were one dimensional and did not stick to our game plan. But we are a resilient bunch and will improve from here”.
Best players for the game included Duane Butler and Billy Coughlan from Fremantle and Kale Burton and Takaroa Paneha from South Perth.
The Cash Converters Premiership will be decided on Saturday. North Beach will defend their title against Fremantle at Ken Allen Field in Hilton at 3.30pm.
Last year, when the teams came head to head in the final the Sea Eagles won 17 – 10. You can expect another classic battle, with both sides boasting quality line ups. It will come down to who can manage the game better on the day.
Preliminary Finals Results
First Grade Fremantle Roosters 16 – South Perth Lions 8
Premier Grade Rockingham Sharks 40 – Kalamunda Bulldogs 16
Under 18 Rockingham Sharks 28 – Kalamunda Bulldogs 24
LeagueTag Fremantle Roosters 17 – Joondalup Giants 4