Giants Left Wondering

Joondalup Giants’ season in the Harvey Norman Premiership continued along the same lines on Saturday, going down to Fremantle Roosters after establishing a credible lead in the first half. Losing 16 to 32 the result did not reflect the effort and work put in by the Giants who seemed to be on the wrong end of some critical decisions. Credit to the turnaround must also be given to Fremantle who took their opportunities and controlled much of the ball in the second half.

“The half time lead could have been 22 – 4 if it had not been things going against us”, said a disappointed Giants coach Byron Hutton, who has seen the season slip away through missed chances. The most telling was a disallowed try on the bell of half time.

After establishing a 16 point lead early on, the Giants held the game well till the 60 minute mark and looked like being able to take the game off the second placed Fremantle.

Roosters coach Lee Toon-Poynton was pleased to win the game after the slow start.

“We lacked discipline in the first half and were not working our sets right. Our second half was obviously better and I felt we had the talent to finish the game off”.

Hooker James Aspin was the best afield and was supported by a solid game from Blane Edwards for the Roosters with Daniel Sneddon with two tries and Jeremy Browne the best for the Giants.

Rockingham Sharks improved their standing at third on the ladder with a runaway 110 to 6 win over Willagee Bears. Aggregates will play a part in the final five and this game could make a difference. It is disappointing from the Bears who after seasons in the wilderness were looking to big a big improver this year but have lost their early season form.

Wellington Tuliloa set a record for the club with 5 tries for the Sharks and was in his side’s best, but best on ground went to Caleb Reedy with 40 points from two tries and 16 goals.

South Perth Lions had a solid 44 to 6 win over Kalamunda Bulldogs setting up their showdown with top of the table North Beach next week. Jon Phipps and Isaac Thomas played well for the Lions with Cairo Takarangi and Josh Benjamin the better players for the Bulldogs.

North Beach Sea Eagles beat Goldfields Titans 60 to 12. Even though the ball control was lacking for the Sea Eagles they used the conditions better. WA Reds SG Ball representative Lachy Patterson played well on his debut with Matt Boyce and Kieran Tarrant in North Beach’s best. Shemiah Evans was the best for the Titans.

 

Harvey Norman Premiership Ladder

Team

Played

Won

Lost

Draw

+/-

Points

North Beach Sea Eagles

10

8

2

0

+218

16

Fremantle Roosters

10

8

2

0

+174

16

Rockingham Sharks

10

8

2

0

+149

16

South Perth Lions

10

7

3

0

+192

14

Kalamunda Bulldogs

10

4

6

0

-86

8

Goldfields Titans

10

3

7

0

-152

6

Joondalup Giants

10

2

8

0

-58

4

Willagee Bears

10

0

10

0

-436

0

Game Results
First Grade
Rockingham Sharks 110 – Willagee Bears 6
North Beach Sea Eagles 44 – Goldfields Titans 12
Fremantle Roosters 32 – Joondalup Giants 16
South Perth Lions 44 – Kalamunda Bulldogs 6

Premier Grade
Rockingham Sharks 66 – Willagee Bears 0
North Beach Sea Eagles 26 – South West Warriors 22
Fremantle Roosters 58 – Joondalup Giants 0
South Perth Lions 16 – Kalamunda Bulldogs 14

Under 18
Rockingham Sharks 34 – Willagee Bears 34

LeagueTag
Rockingham Sharks 20 – Willagee Bears 6
North Beach Sea Eagles 24 – South West Warriors 4
Joondalup Giants 7 – Fremantle Roosters 4
Kalamunda Bulldogs 12 – South Perth Lions 2