The North Beach Sea Eagles have secured a place in the 2013 Cash Converters WARL Grand Final after a 32-18 win over the Fremantle Roosters at Ken Allen Field
The home side hit the front through their ever present half-back Darrel Kingi who crossed with ease early on to score an unconverted try.
Just minutes later however North Beach’s powerful winger Roydon Gillett burst through the line to score a try on the left but the visitors failed to capitalise and the scores remained level.
Ash turner thought he’d sneaked in a try after twenty five minutes for the roosters but his lunging effort was deemed knock on and was one of many unforced errors in the match by both sides in drizzling conditions.
The visitors would again cross through Brendon Atarau on the left hand side to secure back-to-back tries, despite again not converting.
Both sides fought hard to get a foothold and just before the break, however Fremantle conceded a penalty that was put thru right in front of the sticks and just moments later David Hume crossed for a 16-4 point half time lead.
The roosters would get first blood in the second half through a Billy Coughlan try but Atarau would sell the dummy to the Fremantle defence which converted put the away side up by 14 points.
Ben Lindeguard made it a 20 point lead about ten minutes from time, despite Kestal hitting the upright before Dustin Hume sealed the deal after a spectacular grubber kick.
Fremantle centre Josh Upson tried to get under the skin of the North Beach line and got a consolation for the home side. Blayne Edwards would also cross but that was all she wrote as North Beach claimed a berth in the 2013 Cash Converters WARL grand final.
Ryan Gundry was pleased with his charges performances out on the field, praising the fact that they stuck to the tactics he set out.
“It was a good win today, we knew we were coming here for a tough battle… we’ve won one each this year,” he said.
In particular, Gundry talked about how they identified the wings as the key proponent of their attacks against the Roosters.
“It’s something we identified that I thought we could get a little value out of, and I’m sure the proof is in the pudding… and the boys executed the game plan in the second half,” he said.
Fremantle coach Andrew Korn was unhappy with his side’s ball retention however, indicating it put his side on the back foot.
“I think we defended well in the first half,” he said.
“But we made it hard for ourselves, just kept dropping the ball, you’ve gotta keep defending.”