Lions roar into Preliminary Final


The WARL premiership fairytale is over for the Willagee Bears after a 42-16 defeat at the hands of a resolute South Perth Lions outfit at George Burnett Park.

Both sides came into the match with some good form, with the Lions defeating the Bulldogs last week by 84 points and the Bears taking the scalp of the Sea Eagles a fortnight ago before nearly knocking off the Roosters the week prior.

The South Perth Lions stormed away to a 32-6 lead at half time, with a double from Jordan Jacobs and single tries to Michael Guthrie, Wayde Kelly, Harry De Beque and Joss Boyton.

One particular highlight came on the right wing where the ever-present Jacobs was causing a manner of headaches for the Bears with his lightning quick passes and keen eye for team-mates allowing for him to notch two assists to his match stats.

The visitors willed on by heir vocal travelling support came out firing in the second half, but Willis Timlin put paid to their chances though, crossing after a barnstorming run by the impressive Jacobs.

Notching tries through Andrew Bannister and Jarek Goebel, the Bears gave themselves a glimmer of hope but again five-eighth Wade Kelly crossed to extend the Lions superiority.

The bears could consider themselves lucky it wasn’t an even bigger margin after a knock-on right on the try-line by the Lions with minutes to play.

Coach Nathan Johnson was ecstatic with his charges performance and acknowledged that his side had stepped up against a strong opposition.

“Collectively as a team, it was a bit of a step up from last week, but they out enthused them in the first half and obviously Willagee got away from their game plan and started throwing it around,” he said.

“The boys saw that and that kind of weathered the storm a little bit”

When asked to highlight any one player who stood out, Johnson highlighted the team dynamic.

“Our lock was very good, hooker as well, those would be the main ones.. Joss Boyton as well,” he said.

“The structure wasn’t too bad and I don’t think we got away from it too much”

Next Saturday, the Fremantle Roosters take on the North Beach Sea Eagles in the Major Final for a place in the 2013 Cash Converters WARL Premiership decider.

Game Results

Premier Grade

Kalamunda Bulldogs 36 – 34 Joondalup Giants

Rockingham Sharks 28 – 26 North Beach Sea Eagles

Under 18

Rockingham Sharks 24 – 20 Joondalup Giants (after Golden Point)


Rockingham Sharks 8 – 12 Fremantle Roosters

Joondalup Giants 22 – 10 Kalamunda Bulldogs