Harvey Norman Premiership Round 4 wrap-up

Field goal thriller to Sea Eagles

The last ten minutes of the game between North Beach Sea Eagles and Rockingham Sharks thrilled the crowd at Charles Riley Reserve, with both sides throwing everything at it to get a result. The scores were locked at 22-all when the Sharks kicked for a 45 metre penalty goal that went right, then the Sea Eagles attempted two field goals before their third went through with 15 seconds on the clock. Both sides deserved to win, maybe a draw would have been a fitting result.

The final 23 to 22 result was an important win for North Beach and a disappointing loss to the Sharks who have gone close in the last two weeks. The aggression at the ball from both sides led to errors and penalties playing a role in the outcome.

A highlight of the second half was a 90 metre intercept try from centre Ben Taylor when North Beach were defending hard in their third defensive set to shift the momentum of the game. They scored minutes later with a try to Mick Kestel to take a 22 to 10 lead. To the credit of the Sharks, they kept the pressure up and were rewarded when the scores were tied late in the game.

Best players were Brad Shapham and Kieran Tarrant from North Beach and Josh Simm and Karl Johnson for the Sharks.

“Some of the decisions and errors played and part in the end”, a disappointed Martyn Wood, coach of the Sharks, reflected at the end.

Ryan Gundry, coach of North Beach was relieved with the result.

“It was a sloppy game and the Sharks held in there… We played in patches and in the end I am happy to get away with the win.”

Fremantle Roosters scored a 54 to 24 win over Goldfields Titans. After getting away to an 18-nil start, they always controlled the game, but the Titans showed spirit in the second half and were unlucky not to have scored more to take the game up to Fremantle. The win keeps the Roosters on track as a serious top two contender after dropping their first game to the Bulldogs.

Fremantle’s best were Sam Graham and James Aspen, who was taken off to hospital, with Wiremu Stothers and Sam Watego the Titans’ best.

South Perth Lions came from a 4 to 16 deficit at the 35 minute mark to score a good 42 – 22 win over Joondalup Giants. After going into the shed 12 – 16 down, the South Perth turned the game around with three converted tries 15 minutes into the second half. With a new and young squad the Lions are starting to gel and will build as the season progresses.

The Lions’ best were Isaac Thomas and Pikari Te Wara both with a double, and Gus Marshall and Nathan Searle for the Giants.

With 48 points from seven tries and 10 goals for the game, Cairo Takarangi led Kalamunda Bulldogs to their fourth straight win, 106 to 12 over Willagee Bears. Good games were also put in by Tamati Kururangi and Gary Nicholl.

Game Results

First Grade
North Beach Sea Eagles 23 – Rockingham Sharks 22
Fremantle Roosters 54 – Goldfields Titans 24
South Perth Lions 42 – Joondalup Giants 22
Kalamunda Bulldogs 106 – Willagee Bears 12

Premier Grade
North Beach Sea Eagles 28 – Rockingham Sharks 28
Fremantle Roosters 62 – Southwest Warriors 6
South Perth Lions 38 – Joondalup Giants 8
Willagee Bears 48 – Kalamunda Bulldogs 32

Under 18’s
Rockingham Sharks 66 – North Beach Sea Eagles 12
South Perth Lions 36 – Joondalup Giants 24
Kalamunda Bulldogs 26 – Willagee Bears 24

North Beach Sea Eagles 12 – Rockingham Sharks 10
Fremantle Roosters 34 – Southwest Warriors 4
Joondalup Giants 16 – South Perth Lions 12
Kalamunda Bulldogs 38 – Willagee Bears 14