Harvey Norman Premiership Round 5 wrap-up

Another close one to North Beach

Kalamunda Bulldogs’ unbeaten start to the Harvey Norman Premiership was stopped with another good finish by North Beach Sea Eagles. The Sea Eagles won 24 to 20 after holding out the Bulldogs in a scoreless final 20 minutes of the game.

There were some critical errors and penalties near the end that could have made a difference for either side, but the intensity of play and aggression at the ball was a treat for fans. Both coaches agreed the outcome could have gone either way, but the closeness of the game was a true indication of the competition.

North Beach coach Ryan Gundry thought his team was in control.

“I was always confident we would win providing we held the ball and played out the sets. They kept us honest though and I am happy to win,” he said.

Jason Campbell, coach of the Bulldogs believed it was a good gauge as to where his side is.

“A couple of decisions at the end hurt a bit. They started well in the first half and then we had a good start to the second half that got us back. Overall I think we played well.”

North Beach went to a 10-nil lead in the first 15 minutes of the game, but through a restart kick that hit the goal post, the Dogs were able to put pressure on the Sea Eagles’ line and scored after two sets. They then leveled 10-all at 25 minutes with a kick into the try zone which was scored by Josh Benjamin.

North Beach was then allowed to dominate until half time with a 20 to10 lead at the break.

Kalamunda broke open the game with a 10 minute burst in the second half which saw them draw level with North Beach. The Sea Eagles could have been swamped, but they settled and gradually built their game back which resulted in a try to James McGowan after a strong full-field set.

The crowd then sat through an enthralling last 20 minutes as both sides threw everything at the opposition. Best players for North Beach were Fred Pakatoa and Matt Doeg, with Tim Cook and Cairo Takarangi the best for the Bulldogs.

Fremantle Roosters came from behind at half time to defeat Joondalup Giants 28 to 16. They may have paid a high price though, with an injury to fullback Delane Edwards who was also placed on report. Edwards has been a key player in the Roosters’ first few games.

After being 10 to 12 down, the difference in the second half was mainly due to an intercept try and some easy points to Fremantle which helped them over the line. Jon Presley and Sam Graham were best for the Roosters with Joondalup’s best being Mark Ioane and Clint Fraser.

South Perth Lions continued the woes for Willagee Bears winning 72 to 6. Isaac Thomas, with four tries, was the Lions’ best and Wayde Kelly chipped in for three.

Rockingham Sharks were left without a game as the bus from Kalgoorlie bringing the Goldfields Titans to Perth broke down at Southern Cross.

Game Results

First Grade
North Beach Sea Eagles 24 – Kalamunda Bulldogs 20
Fremantle Roosters 28 – Joondalup Giants 16
South Perth Lions 72 – Willagee Bears 6 

Premier Grade
North Beach Sea Eagles 52 – Kalamunda Bulldogs 18
Fremantle Roosters 34 – Joondalup Giants 16
South Perth Lions 46 – Willagee Bears 32
Rockingham Sharks 56 – South West Warriors 18

Under 18
Kalamunda Bulldogs 38 – North Beach Sea Eagles 28
Willagee Bears 30 – South Perth Lions 28
Rockingham Sharks 86 – South West Warriors 6 

Kalamunda Bulldogs 30 – North Beach Sea Eagles 10 
Fremantle Roosters 14 – Joondalup Giants 6
South Perth Lions 38 – Willagee Bears 10
Rockingham Sharks 44 – South West Warriors 4