By Peter Rowe
Fremantle Roosters welcome the Ellenbrook Rabbitohs to their new Cockburn base tomorrow as coach Delane Edwards’ team look to begin life at their brand new home with a win in the NRL WA Fuel to Go and Play Premiership.
The Roosters have moved from their Ken Allen Field home in Hilton to their new roost at Calleya (Treeby), a facility president Steve Revere has been working on for some time.
“It’s taken us seven years to get to this stage, so it’s exciting,” Revere said.
“We’re in a growing suburb where hopefully we can grow our sport.”
“On one hand it’s sad to be leaving our old home of so many years, but the opportunities here are tremendous.”
The Roosters are 1-2 currently, but should be too strong for the winless Rabbitohs.
North Beach could face a tougher task when they host the Rockingham Sharks, buoyant after their win at South Perth in round three.
And Sharks coach Darren Shaw has a full squad to choose from, with all his Anzac Challenge Representative players coming thorough that match unscathed.
“Like all teams, we have had to make a few changes weekly to accomodate FIFO workers, but the boys have grown in stature from the Souths win and while we know Beach are the team to beat, we’re up for the challenge.
“Hopefully we can string some wins together and gain some confidence, as we’re a young side.”
Sea Eagles coach Phil Douche knows the clash will be tough, he previously coached some of the young Sharks’ players in the NRL WA SG Ball Pirates representative side.
“Im aware what they are capable of, so we need to be smarter when we have the ball,” he said.
North Beach will be without the influential Jeremy Wallace through injury and will rely on the experienced Jason Godecke to steer them round the park.
South Perth will be hoping to get their season back on track after their round three loss to Rockingham, but they will face a confident Joondalup Giants, with player coach Taurean Sheehan still unavailable with a broken thumb.
The Lions will be without Brandon White, with coach Daniel Green reporting no other injuries.
Sheehan said Covid cases had given him some selection headaches, but he was confident of fielding a strong side,
“South Perth are a well structured team that likes to grind it out, similar to North Beach, so we know what to expect,” he said.