Harvey Norman Premiership Round 12 wrap-up

Final five settled

Results from games played in the Harvey Norman Premiership on Saturday have settled the final five places with two rounds to go in the Rugby League home and away season. Winners were North Beach, South Perth, Fremantle and Rockingham. The main interest now lies with the positions second to fifth with North Beach currently two games clear on top with a good run into the finals.

Fremantle Roosters ended any hope for Joondalup Giants when they easily accounted for them winning both halves convincingly. The final score was 50 to 10. The Giants were down key players due to injury and with four Under 18s called up, they performed well, and could have scored more had they controlled the ball better close to the line.

Stand in Coach Ben McCrone was happy with the win, but was looking more at the coming weeks with players being nursed back from injury. Next week they play South Perth in the curtain-raiser to the NRL game between Manly and the Warriors.

“South Perth is a big game next week and any movement up the ladder will depend on that outcome. We must get up against them,” he said.

Giants Coach Jeff Costello is disappointed that the team will not make the finals, but concedes it has been a tough season for them.

“We lacked the personnel today, but the boys performed well considering how we mixed it up,” Costello conceded.

Best player for the Roosters was Sam Graham who ran in three tries, with Blane Edwards mounting some good attacks from fullback. Gus Marshall played well for the Giants being one of the two try scorers.

In a physical game between North Beach and Kalamunda Bulldogs, weight of possession in the end won it for the Sea Eagles 32 to 10. The score did not reflect the game, with the Bulldogs showing they can mix it with the ladder leaders. They can still figure in the finals and would be targeting third place with their run home. James Blake and Sam Lofts figured in the best for the Sea Eagles.

Rockingham Sharks won their game against Goldfields Titans with a 20 to nil forfeit with the Goldfields team not getting the team to Perth for the second time this year.

South Perth Lions are building their premiership defense, with a big 112 to nil win over the Willagee Bears. With the chance of percentage playing a part in final positions, it was a good result for the reigning premiers. In a game that saw multiple point scorers for the Lions, Brandon Timlin was best afield.

Next week’s fixtures will run from Friday to Sunday, with the match of the round between Fremantle and South Perth being played as the curtain raiser to the NRL Grand Final Replay at Patersons Stadium. The game will kick off at 3.15pm with the Manly versus Warriors clash starting at 5.30pm.

Game Results (subject to official Team Sheets)

First Grade
North Beach Sea Eagles 32 – Kalamunda Bulldogs 10
South Perth Lions 112 – Willagee Bears 0
Fremantle Roosters 50 – Joondalup Giants 10
Rockingham Sharks 20 – Goldfields Titans 0 (forfeit)

Premier Grade
Willagee Bears 58 – South Perth Lions 22
Fremantle Roosters 68 – Joondalup Giants 10
Rockingham Sharks 42 – South West Warriors 32
North Beach Sea Eagles 44 – Kalamunda Bulldogs 22

Under 18
South Perth Lions 52 – Willagee Bears 18
Kalamunda Bulldogs 34 – North Beach Sea Eagles 16
Rockingham Sharks 20 – South West Warriors 0 (forfeit)

South Perth Lions 10 – Willagee Bears 0
Joondalup Giants 12 – Fremantle Roosters 4
Rockingham Sharks 30 – South West Warriors 10
Kalamunda Bulldogs 28 – North Beach 6