Lions Become Premiers for the 4th Year Running!!

South Perth Lions finish to the season was complete on Saturday night when they beat North Beach Sea Eagles 12 – 8 in the Harvey Norman Premiership Grand Final to clinch their fourth title in a row and fifth in seven years.

In a game that reflected the second semi final, both defenses worked overtime for the whole game, but it was the Lions this time that won out. Ball handling by the Sea Eagles was probably their biggest downfall, and it was the Lions that made the most of the limited chances on offer.

In an entertaining game for the crowd of over 2500 at nib Stadium, both sides scored two tries but in the end it was the conversions that made the difference.

Cory Bush, coach of South Perth was delighted.

“It can’t get much better than this”, he said after being in charge of the side for the last two premierships, “full credit to North Beach in the first half, we had the ball in their half for much of the time, but they stood up and kept us out. We knew they had to get tired in the second half”.

North Beach coach Jamie Rogers knew his charges did what they could with a side, through injuries was probably under manned.

“I was disappointed with the ball control, which was the big thing that cost us the game. The way the boys held together and worked hard for each other was good though”.

Try scorers for the game were Justin Carnegie and Josh Clift for the Lions at the 30th and 72nd minutes with Scott Jones making both conversions.

North Beach scored at the 65th and 76th minute marks through Craig Phillis and Will Hall.

Player of the Final was awarded to South Perth captain and front rower Jon Phipps, with good games from Scott Jones and Michael Apps. Jake Keating and Mick Kestel headed up the better players for North Beach

The interest now moves towards next Friday when the WA Rugby League celebrates and awards the Ken Allen Medal for First Grades’ Best Player.

In the Premier Grade, South West Warriors showed they can be a force in the future of rugby league in the state, winning over Rockingham Sharks 22 to 16. It is just the second year they have had a side in the competition. South West’s Brett Robinson was the Player of the Final.

The Grand Final for the emerging Under 18 competition saw Joondalup Giants have a big win over Willagee Bears 42 to 6 with the Player for the Final going to Ben Whitely from the Giants.

In the women’s LeagueTag Joondalup Giants again won defeating Fremantle Roosters 8 to 6 with a penalty goal sealing it 8 minutes before the final bell. The Giants’ Amber Spence was the Player of the Final.