NRLWA Round 3 – Magic Round – Review 

By Peter Rowe

The trickery of halfback Kade McDonald provided a piece of last minute excitement at the NRLWA’s Magic Round on Saturday as North Beach Sea Eagles came back from three tries down to defeat north of the river rivals Joondalup Giants 34-32.

The Sea Eagles were staring at defeat on the hour mark after the Giants had taken control of a game that ebbed and flowed with halfback Davey Martin conjuring up moves that gave them a 14-point lead.

But the never-say-die attitude of Beach saw them claw back that lead and with 30 seconds left on the clock McDonald pounced from a metre short of the try line to secure the points.

“It was all about playing the 80 minutes, staying confident and keeping our line speed up,” assistant coach Ed Easter said after the game.

“We are quite a small team and they are a big side – so for me it was about player management.

“If there was ever more than 10 minutes left then we knew we could score points.”

For Joondalup coach Taurean Sheehan, it was the opposite.

“We played for 79 minutes,” he said.

“We seem to have good starts to games and then we fall off. We didn’t understand the position we were in and made some silly mistakes.

“Disappointing but we can improve and not make that mistake again.”

The Giants had jumped to a 16-0 lead before the Sea Eagles crossed to score and with the game locked up at halftime 16-12, it was there for either side to take.

Joel Irvine (2) and Kingston Niwa-Siolo, and a superb breakaway try from winger Donovan Kahupukoro extended the Giants lead before the fightback began.

In the second game of the NRLWA Fuel to Go and Play Premiership’s Magic Round at Treeby, host club Fremantle Roosters had to withstand a late onslaught from the Rockingham Sharks before prevailing 26-20.

The Sharks, who lost fullback Daniel Goodwin in the warmup with a hand injury, took the fight to the unbeaten Roosters, jumping to an 8-0 lead, thanks to a try from Connor Hudson and a conversion and penalty from Keelyn Tuuta-Edwards.

But sloppy defence late in the first half let the home side back into the contest with three quick tries in 10 minutes from Delane Edwards, Joe Po’uhila and Harrison Sanders to take an 18-8 lead into the break.

The Sharks were the first to score in the second stanza as forward Tuakana Williams barged over from five metres out and when hooker Jona Mato aded another, the Roosters had to dig deep to keep their lead.

Despite several attempts to score again the Fremantle defence held firm to come away with the points.

That was a tough game,” Roosters skipper Duane Butler said. “Even the ‘old man’ (Delane Edwards) had to come up with a try to keep us in it.

“We had to show some real character in defence to hang on. Rockingham threw everything at us, and we knew we were in a fight.

“We were too complacent at times and that let them back in, but fair play to them, they are going to be a threat.

“There is no easy game this season, everyone is turning up.”

Sharks player coach Tom Murphy, who dragged himself off his sickbed to play, was disappointed with the result.

“We couldn’t finish it at the end. Fremantle are a really strong side. We are still building so I know we can be better,” he said.

“We focused on our ball control but at the end we just didn’t have enough to take it.”


Full Results

Blueforce Park, Charles Riley Reserve, North Beach

Women’s Premiership
North Beach Sea Eagles 6 def by Joondalup Giants 48

North Beach Sea Eagles 6

Tries – Anahera Te Rahui
Goals – Sinead Loundes

Joondalup Giants 48

Tries – Amiria Edwards (3), Taryn Wylie (2), Topaz Porter, Jeune Mahuru, Tyran Parekura-Schirnack, Freda Smith, Rianna Pocsidio
Goals – Arnika Cave (4)

George Burnett Park, Karawara

Women’s Premiership
Fremantle Roosters 22 def Rockingham Sharks 18

Fremantle Roosters 22

Tries – Kiarhnie Atwell, Nina Rutene, Kayla Webb, Taylavie Frost-Kelemete, Kateraina Horner
Goals – Jeneya Paul

Rockingham Sharks 18

Tries – Natalia-Vamasdale Kake (2), Anthea Tau, Lauren Lambert
Goals – Melissa-Jane Buchanan

South Perth Lions 6 def by Ellenbrook Rabbitohs 46

South Perth Lions 6

Tries – Ariana Ruru-Hinaki
Goals – Renee Smith

Ellenbrook Rabbitohs 46

Tries – Paihau Pomare (3), Bobbie-Lee Barker (2), Mariah Bell (2), Journey Kereopa, Heather Matoe
Goals – Turiti Galiki-Koiatu (4), Mahinarangi Clair



Blueforce Park, Charles Riley Reserve, North Beach
Men’s Fuel To Go & Play Premiership

Fremantle Roosters 26 def Rockingham Sharks 20

Fremantle Roosters 26

Tries – Delane Edwards, Harrison Sanders, Wiremu Paki, Joseph Po’uhila
Goals – Paora Kemp (5)

Rockingham Sharks 20

Tries – Connor Hudson, Johnathon Mato, Tuakana Williams
Goals – Keelyn Tuuta-Edwards (4)

Joondalup Giants 32 def by North Beach Sea Eagles 34

Joondalup Giants 32

Tries – Joel Irvine (2), Domanyc Fidow-Kele, Donovan Kahupukoro, Luke Turner, Travis Haney
Goals – Gus Marshall (4)

North Beach Sea Eagles 34

Tries – Kade McDonald (2), Bailey Millar, Edward Shand, Tyron Cranston, Kallum Gulliver-Brown
Goals – Kade McDonald (5)


Val Murphy Trophy

Fremantle Roosters 22 def by Alkimos Tigers 28

Joondalup Giants 6 def by Ellenbrook Rabbitohs 34