Perth Senior Results – Preliminary Finals

Women’s League Tag – 12:50pm
Preliminary Final – Joondalup Giants 15 def North Beach Sea Eagles 14

Giants – Tries – Hayley Utia (2), Amiria Edwards
Goals – Amber Spence (1)
Field Goal – Amber Spence
Sea Eagles – Tries – Emily Wallce (3)
Goals – Sinead Loundes

Well the Giants left it extremely late to overcome a pumped up Sea Eagle team, and win the game in the second period of golden point extra time, courtesy of a field goal from kicking ace Amber Spence. With North Beach leading the whole, and speedy winger Emily Wallace scoring a hat trick, the Sea Eagles looked like they were on their way to another grand final. But the Giants had other ideas. with young Amiria Edwards one of the best on field, a try to her followed by two late tries to Hayley Utia gave Amber Spence a chance to win it in normal time, with a conversion which is definitely within her range. But the windy day had other ideas and we were all tied up at the end of regulation. With a back and forth contest all day, golden point was no different, but at the start of the second stanza, Spence found the sideline from the kickoff to put the Giants in a brilliant position, and they made no mistakes. With a field goal on tackle 3 from perfect positions, the Giants get a chance at redemption against the Roosters.

Val Murphy Trophy – 2:00pm
Preliminary Final – North Beach Sea Eagles 10 def by Alkimos Tigers 40

Sea Eagles – Tries – Kalis Mason, Mackenzie Martin
Goals – Mitchell Wade-Whalan (1)
Tigers – Tries – William Akroyd (3), Tyler Moeau (2), Sky Wanahi, Luke Turner
Goals – Aaron McDonald (6)

The Tigers are on the march to the Grand Final after defeating the Sea Eagles in a comprehensive victory. The minor premiers went out in straight sets in a couple of games where they didn’t really show up for 70 minutes in either contest. While the Tigers and Roosters were good in previous weeks, the Sea Eagles faithful lamented that they just didn’t turn up with their best, but they will be back with a vengance in 2023. Kalis Mason and Beau Constable can hold their heads high as they were among their teams best, while Nate Roa and Shane Toka toiled hard for the losing side. But the Tigers seem like they will not be denied. Tyler Moeau is a monster in the back row for the Tigers, and would start in every Premiership side in the competition, and the Tigers spine we have spoken about before was immense. But the real story here is the dominant game from captain and leader William Akroyd. While not a man of many words, he puts himself at the forefront for the Tigers this season and has assumed the mantle of leadership with aplomb. The tip of the spear for the Tigers, he is a hard working, big ball running prop forward who can cause issues from anywhere on the field. Ably backed up by Manu Rakena, David Martin and Sky Wanahi in the forwards, their pack are on a collision course with the Roosters this weekend.

Women’s Premiership – 3:30pm
Preliminary Final – North Beach Sea Eagles 6 def by Joondalup Giants 38

Sea Eagles – Tries – Latoya Chase
Goals – Sinead Loundes
Giants – Tries – Anneka Stephens (3), Roimata Toa Amoa (2), Cara Lucky (2), Arnika Cave
Goals – Arnika Cave (3)

Sea Eagles had an amazing season this year, with some top notch victories and an ability to play football through some hard situations. But they ran out of steam in the last three weeks after a long year, and it unfortunately coincided with the Giants turning on the afterburners in the preliminary final. In a game that they dominated from start to finish, Joondalup went and showed their class. A complete team performance, it was one of the more complete games the Giants have played in the last half a decade and they will go into the grand final next week full of confidence. The return of some players such as the hard hitting Cara Lucky and veterans Tiakia and Stephens, along with the emergence of some new tackle players such as Smith, Gillmor-Spence and Wylie has given new life to the side. But you have to wonder at luck sometimes as well. Arnika Cave and Roimata Toa Amoa are brand new this season and have all the makings of elite players at this level as well. For the Sea Eagles, no excuses from their camp and they can take hope from the main core of their squad still being very young. They will be hoping 2023 is nicer to them on the injury front as they look to bounce back from their back door exit this season.

Men’s Fuel To Go & Play Premiership – 4:50pm
Preliminary Final – Rockingham Sharks 12 def by North Beach Sea Eagles 16

Sharks – Tries – Connor Hudson, Sam Pera
Goals – Keelyn Tuuta-Edwards (2)
Sea Eagles – Tries – Kahan Joyce Vaughan, Brody Whitehead
Goals – Justin Buckley (3), Jason Godecke

In what most teams are calling the upset of the day, it was the tough and gritty Sea Eagles who hung on and outlasted a strong but ultimately erratic Sharks team. The Sharks were the favourites for this clash, and many people thought they would be the side to challenge the Roosters next week. But it was the Sea Eagles who came out with all the fire in this one. Two first half tries to unheralded players Kahan Joyce Vaughan and Brody Whitehead meant that the Sea Eagles led 12-0 at the main break and they looked like they were full of running. Whitehead and Keiran Tarrant in particular were immense for the Sea Eagles and led the brash team who just wanted it more. For the Sharks, they got going late and in the second half came back like an absolute hurricane. With all the running, and field position they took massive shots at the beach line and score twice through Hudson and Pera, who stayed alive on a big play from Trego to make it incredibly close. But they couldn’t land the knock out blow. Being held up over the line multiple times, the Beach boys hung tough and screamed and urged at their own team mates to keep showing up. Wilson-Wyllie and Jeffery were huge in the middle and consistently trouble the Sea Eagles, and you have to love with Benjamin Bolth brings to the side. A big man, who plays a dominant big mans game, he is a bully in the middle of the field who loves the tough stuff. But the brave Sea Eagles would not be denied. Tarrant, who actually limped off, got back on the field and hit everything that moved, took a bunch of tough carriers and basically smiled when he got nailed, was the epitome of the Sea Eagles mentality and they just wanted it more. Deserved grand finalists, they head in with no fear against the Roosters this week.