CURTAIN FALLS ON GRANDEST DAY OF ALL

By Justin Fris

Spectators at Franklin Offshore Sportsplex on Sunday were treated to one of the most memorable chapters in WA Junior Rugby League history.

From early in the morning, every single match provided the key elements of rugby league that we hold so dearly to our hearts.

The weather was up and down all day however it failed to dampen spirits, with the Rockingham Sharks providing a quality matchday experience for families, officials and players.

 

U/11 GRAND FINAL- South Perth 16-12 Fremantle (3x Golden Point periods)

Both Fremantle and South Perth played spectacular football all season and matched up well against each other.

No one could have predicted the epic contest we were blessed to see.

Leading 12-0 with two minutes to play, South Perth relinquished the lead. Fremantle ended normal time with all the running and look certain to win the premiership.

Three periods of golden point later, South Perth was left standing.

Both sides were worthy grand finalists and showed the future of WA rugby league is in safe hands.

PLAYER OF THE MATCH – Tere Cameron-Ramea (South Perth Lions)

 

GIRLS LEAGUE TAG GRAND FINAL- Kalamunda 12-8 Willagee

Kalamunda faced some nervy moments, but held their nerve against a fierce Willagee outfit.

Although Willagee improved greatly throughout the finals, they just didn’t have enough to topple a special Kalamunda side.

All girls enjoyed their football and showed they all have a bright future in our sport.

PLAYER OF THE MATCH – Hannah Rodricks (Kalamunda Bulldogs)

 

U/12 GRAND FINAL- Rockingham 14-6 Fremantle

Local supporters had their first celebration of the day, with the Sharks U/12’s running out victors over their coastal rivals.

Rockingham shot out to a 14-6 lead by half time, this then proved to be the final score as both teams defence from rock solid for the entire second half.

PLAYER OF THE MATCH – Tamati Clarke (Rockingham Sharks)

 

U/13 GRAND FINAL- South Perth 24-14 Kalamunda

All eyes were on the blue and white from Kalamunda and how they would fare against top opposition.

South Perth had the week off, after narrowly defeating North Beach in the major semi-final.

It ultimately proved to be a bridge too far for the Bulldogs, but they won many hearts in their dogged display.

PLAYER OF THE MATCH – Logan Edwards (South Perth lions)

 

U/14 GRAND FINAL- Rockingham 30-4 South Perth

Rockingham won their second premiership in the junior grades, after rolling South Perth in the U/14’s grand final.

The Sharks’ belief was evident from the outset and they proved too nippy along the wings.

It was a brave effort from the Lions who had numerous players back up from the U13’s, but the Sharks were simply too strong.

PLAYER OF THE MATCH – Tyler Hunt (Rockingham Sharks)

 

U/16 GRAND FINAL- Rockingham 24-18 South Perth

After trouncing Fremantle 55-18 in the major semi-final, Rockingham started the grand final as hot favourites.

South Perth was equally as impressive during their finals matches, which ensured a quality match to conclude proceedings.

The Sharks were made to fight for victory, with South Perth coming within inches of stealing the Premiership from them.

Several players made key statements during the match, which didn’t go unnoticed. There is a huge amount of talent from both teams, the future looks bright for these players.

PLAYER OF THE MATCH – Siailaoa Faafua (South Perth Lions)