Harvey Norman Premiership Round 7 wrap-up

Sharks Bite Lions

Rockingham Sharks took a big step forward in the Harvey Norman Premiership beating South Perth Lions 19 to 18 with a Caleb Reedy 35 metre field goal with four minutes left on the clock. After going down in recent matches in the dying minutes, the Sharks finally showed some class with the win.

Coach Martyn Wood felt it was a significant moment in the season.

“We have lost a few close ones especially against North Beach and while we were tired at the end with limited subs on the bench, it feels good to get one back,” he said.

While the Sharks were dominant in the first half, they went into the shed 6-all at half time. Early in the second half the Sharks lead 18 to 6, only to see South Perth claw their way back to level the score at 18-all. After a tough fight, the field goal was a big relief for the home crowd.

The best player in the game was Sharks centre Karl Johnson.

Kalamunda Bulldogs held out to win 24 to 12 over an improved Joondalup Giants. After a tight first 20 minutes of the game, the Bulldogs put on 14 points in 10 minutes which ended up being the difference in the game. The tries came from some easy line breaks and were the only lapses from a focused Joondalup side.

“We set up the win in the second half with a good defensive game in the first”, said Jason Campbell, coach of Kalamunda. However, he felt the game was not their best.

Newly appointed coach of Joondalup, Jeff Costello, who has taken over the reins from Dave Nicholls, felt his side had turned the corner a little.

“We improved a hell of a lot from last week and could have done better if it wasn’t for some mistakes close to the line,” Costello said.

Best players for the game were Josh Benjamin and Hemi Tuiavii for the Bulldogs, and forwards Nathan Searle and Clint Fraser for Joondalup.

North Beach Sea Eagles again showed their class, beating Goldfields Titans 62 to 16 in Kalgoorlie. The Sea Eagles have continued their strong early season form and will go into the second half of the season as the benchmark side for the competition.

The major downside for the Titans was the loss of Captain Shemaiah Evans who was taken off during the game with a broken arm. Will Hall and Kieran Tarrant for North Beach, and Ramon Hare and Wiremu Stothers for the Titans were the best on field.

Fremantle Roosters spoiled the 50 year celebrations for Willagee Bears running out 58 to 12 winners. The Bears are starting to turn their horrific season around, and with 50 years behind them will continue to restore some pride back into the club. Best players were Joseph Skipper and Jarrad Dorey for Fremantle, and Bjorn Crotty and Andrew Murray for the Bears.

Game Results (subject to official Team Sheets)

First Grade
Fremantle Roosters 58 – Willagee Bears 12
North Beach Sea Eagles 62 – Goldfields Titans 16
Kalamunda Bulldogs 24 – Joondalup Giants 12
Rockingham Sharks 19 – South Perth Lions 18

Premier Grade
North Beach Sea Eagles 32 – Southwest Warriors 26
Joondalup Giants 38 – Kalamunda Bulldogs 32
South Perth Lions 34 – Rockingham Sharks 14

Under 18
North Beach Sea Eagles 32 – Southwest Warriors 24
Kalamunda Bulldogs 32 – Joondalup Giants 30
Rockingham Sharks 34 – South Perth Lions 16

Women’s LeagueTag
North Beach Sea Eagles 10 – Southwest Warriors 8
Joondalup Giants 10 – Kalamunda Bulldogs 6
South Perth Lions 22 – Rockingham Sharks 0