Harvey Norman Premiership Round 8 wrap-up

Bulldogs finish too strong for Roosters

After leading for most of the game, Fremantle Roosters gave up too much ball control in the last 20 minutes of the game to go down to Kalamunda Bulldogs 30 to 32. After dropping two of their last three games, the Bulldogs are back on track with their season. On the other hand Fremantle are now in a position where they cannot afford to lose any more ground against the top sides if they want to threaten in the finals. They take on first and second placed North Beach and Rockingham in the next two weeks, and must win at least one of those to stay in touch.

With the game level 12-all at half time, the Roosters scored straight after the restart, and then again before 60 minutes to hold what looked to be a game winning lead. The Bulldogs then kept pushing their way back into the game, causing Fremantle into errors and finally scoring the winning points with just a few minutes left on the clock.

Best players for Kalamunda were Glen Walker and Tamati Kururangi. Jon Presley, with four tries, and Brad Gibson were the best for Fremantle.

An injury depleted Rockingham Sharks dominated the second half of the game against Joondalup Sharks winning 34 to 18. The Sharks went into the break 18 to 12 up and the win was never in doubt after half time, with the Giants not scoring again until the 77th minute.

The Giants are definitely getting their game back together and put in a good effort for 70 minutes of the game. Both sides used their sets well in a free flowing game, but a few errors at times spoiled it for both sides.

Sharks coach Martyn Wood was pleased and thought it was a strong win, considering they have eight players on the injury list.

“We have gained a lot of confidence since our games against North Beach and South Perth and with everyone else being fit we will be in a strong position, but we cannot afford any more injuries,” Wood said.

Jeff Costello, coach of Joondalup, feels his side is making up ground on the slow start to the season.

“I thought it was fantastic, the score did not give an indication of the effort put in. Our ball handling is getting better and giving us a chance. We are playing a lot closer to eighty minutes of the game now,” he said.

Sean Gilmore and Caleb Reedy were best for the Sharks, and Dave Huber and Gus Marshall for the Giants.

South Perth proved too dominant in Kalgoorlie crushing Goldfields Titans 62 to nil. The Lions seem to be repeating their run of 2011 and building a strong second half of the season. The game against Kalamunda next week will be a good indicator of their form. Cody Laughton scored four tries and was the best for South Perth. Ramon Hare was the Titans’ best.

North Beach Sea Eagles remain on top of the table with an easy 60 to 6 win over a slowly improving Willagee Bears. Keiran Tarrant and Wayne Ryburn played well for the Sea Eagles and Paul Missa was Willagee’s best.

Game Results (subject to official Team Sheets)

First Grade
Rockingham Sharks 34 – Joondalup Giants 18
South Perth Lions 62 – Goldfields Titans 0
Kalamunda Bulldogs 32 – Fremantle Roosters 30
North Beach Sea Eagles 60 – Willagee Bears 6

Premier Grade
Rockingham Sharks 20 – Joondalup Giants 14
South Perth Lions 18 – Southwest Warriors 16
Fremantle Roosters 18 – Kalamunda Bulldogs 12
Willagee Bears 56 – North Beach Sea Eagles 16 

Under 18’s
Rockingham Sharks 19 – Joondalup Giants 12
Willagee Bears 24 – North Beach Sea Eagles 20

Joondalup Giants 26 – Rockingham Sharks 4
Fremantle Roosters 22 – Kalamunda Bulldogs 16
Willagee Bears 44 – North Beach Sea Eagles 10