Harvey Norman Premiership Round 2 wrap-up

Bulldogs Topple Premiers

The Harvey Norman Premiership race is on in earnest with some great results on Saturday, opening up one of the best competitions in recent years. Kalamunda Bulldogs held out over 2011 Premiers South Perth, Fremantle played a strong game to edge out North Beach and Goldfields won convincingly over Joondalup. The only disappointing result was a huge win for Rockingham over Willagee who are going through some restructuring issues at the club.

The revival of the Bulldogs was the biggest news after they gave the South Perth Lions a 10 point start before wresting the lead back late in the first half and go into half time with an 18 – 10 lead. Scoring just after half time, the Bulldogs then had to fight hard to hold onto the game, kicking a penalty goal towards the end to finally win 26 to 24.

Best players for the game were Cairo Takarangi and Bruce Anderson for Kalamunda and Isaac Thomas for South Perth.

Fremantle Roosters played an aggressive and attacking game of rugby league with an impressive 18 to 12 win over North Beach Sea Eagles. While the Sea Eagles would have been disappointed, they could not match the intensity of the Roosters. North Beach kept in the game five minutes before and after half time when they scored maximum points for the only two threatening attacking plays for the game. It was still an entertaining and high class game with both side’s defenses working hard all day.

Lee Toon-Poynton coach of Fremantle believes the results for effort came straight from the training track.

“We had some good work on the track after last week’s showing and felt we controlled the game. The guys worked for the sets and each other. It was very much reward for effort,” said Toon-Poynton.

North Beach’s coach Ryan Gundry was disappointed with his team.

“We had too many errors, too much dropped ball. They were just better than us at toughing the game out. Fortunately it’s early in the season and we can work on the game a bit,” said Gundry.

The Fremantle side had a good effort across the park with the best being Jake Treloar and Sam Graham. Matt Doeg and Mick Kestel were the best for the Sea Eagles.

Rockingham Sharks continued the woes for Willagee Bears with a 134 to nil win. There are problems at the Bears and it will be good for the game to sort them out soon. Alan Cowen scored a club record 6 tries for the Sharks and Caleb Reedy was in the best with 21 goals from 23 attempts.

Goldfields Titans backed up a solid game last week to record a good home town victory over Joondalup Giants winning 38 to 20. After a high penalty count against them in the first half, the Titans recovered to control the game in the second. The Titans best were Hesekaia Lomu and Aaron Owens. Daniel Sneddon was the best for Joondalup.

Game Results

First Grade
Fremantle Roosters 18 – North Beach Sea Eagles 12
Kalamunda Bulldogs 26 – South Perth Lions 24
Rockingham Sharks 134 – Willagee Bears 0
Goldfields Titans 38 – Joondalup Giants 20

Premier Grade
North Beach Sea Eagles 18 – Fremantle Roosters 14
South Perth Lions 62 – Kalamunda Bulldogs 10
Willagee Bears 36 – Rockingham Sharks 22
Southwest Warriors 38 – Joondalup Giants 10

Under 18’s
Kalamunda Bulldogs 34 – South Perth Lions 32
Rockingham Sharks 44 – Willagee Bears 12

Women’s League Tag
Fremantle Roosters 34 – North Beach Sea Eagles 6
Kalamunda Bulldogs 26 – South Perth Lions 20
Willagee Bears 12 – Rockingham Sharks 8
Joondalup Giants 28 – Southwest Warriors 0