Harvey Norman Premiership Round 11 wrap-up

Beach put the bite on Sharks

North Beach Sea Eagles went two games clear at the top of the Harvey Norman Premiership in beating second placed Rockingham Sharks 32 to 16. It was a scrappy game from both sides, probably reflecting the pressure of the contest, but it was North Beach’s 80 minute effort that pushed them over the line.

The final score was not reflective of the game and both sides were level at 16-all with 15 minutes left to play. A try from Brad Sharpham out wide and then a second try for the day from James McGowan with eight minutes on the clock sealed it for the Sea Eagles.

The first half tactics of the Sharks with early kicks and pressure on centre Ben Taylor nearly paid off, but it was their critical decision making that left them at 8 to 10 down at the break. They looked threatening and could have easily been a try or two in front. It was a good hard contest, but the Sharks just lost it at the end.

Ryan Gundry from North Beach was happy with the points.

“We fought hard and it was always going to be tough down here, they are a good team. We were probably down from where we wanted to be but to my guys credit they hung in there, and they did not stop playing football, and in the end that’s what got them across the line. It’s a good sign that we can play ugly and win ugly.” Gundry said.

Rockingham Coach Martyn Wood conceded the win.

“North Beach deserved to win the game. In the first half we dominated physically but we were giving them the ball in certain areas and I think we were turning it over on the forty and they scored from it, we cannot afford to do that,” he explained.

The front rowers featured with James Blake and Ben Dickson for North Beach and the Sharks’ Taku Simon. Fullback Brenton Cowen also played well for Rockingham.

Fremantle Roosters got back into winning mode with a confidence building 76 to 12 win over Goldfields Titans. They manage to put on 40 unanswered points up until half time and kept the advantage in the second half. The Titans have dropped off in recent weeks, and seem to be struggling to get a consistent side on the field. Best players were Errol Dare for the Roosters and Anton Unahi for the Titans.

Kalamunda Bulldogs beat an improving Willagee Bears 66 to 28 with best players Josh Benjamin for the Bulldogs and the Bears’ Tom Fry. The Bulldogs sitting in third place will need to show some big improvement in the next two weeks if they are to hold their ladder position when they come up against leaders North Beach and Rockingham.

South Perth Lions had a comfortable 34 to 12 win over Joondalup Giants. The Giants played with 12 men after a send off in the 35th minute which made it hard to defend. Reno Burkhardt played well for the Lions, and Clint Fraser against his old side was the best for Joondalup.

Game Results (subject to official Team Sheets)

First Grade
North Beach Sea Eagles 32 – Rockingham Sharks 16
South Perth Lions 34 – Joondalup Giants 12
Fremantle Roosters 76 – Goldfields Titans 12
Kalamunda Bulldogs 64 – Willagee Bears 26

Premier Grade
North Beach Sea Eagles 32 – Rockingham Sharks 30
South Perth Lions 44 – Joondalup Giants 24
Fremantle Roosters 30 – South West Warriors 16
Willagee Bears 34 – Kalamunda Bulldogs 26

Under 18
Rockingham Sharks 72 – North Beach Sea Eagles 7
South Perth Lions 20 – Joondalup Giants 20
Kalamunda Bulldogs 50 – Willagee Bears 14

Rockingham Sharks 26 – North Beach Sea Eagles 6
South Perth Lions 8 – Joondalup Giants 6
Kalamunda Bulldogs 46 – Willagee Bears 4
Fremantle 34 – South West 0