RD 16 PREVIEW – Smarter Than Smoking Premiership

By Justin Fris


  • North Beach v South Perth
  • Fremantle v Joondalup
  • Willagee v Kalamunda


North Beach and South Perth renew hostilities at Charles Riley Reserve on Saturday, easily the matchup of the season.

The advantages that both sides can gain from winning this match are huge.

Since being belted 30-6 in round nine, Beach have lifted their tempo and played merciless football.

But the question is: has Ryan Gundry learned enough from the loss to tame ‘Barney’ Nixon’s men this time?

A solid South Perth victory would deal a massive psychological wedge to Beach prior to the finals.



 Fremantle came ever so close to knocking off North Beach last week.

A new challenge looms this Saturday at Ken Allen Field, with Joondalup arriving intent on maintaining their finals push.

Both sides will also keep one eye on Willagee’s match, with a Bears slip up against Kalamunda beneficial to both.

The Roosters know what they have to achieve for victory, as their form for success has been excellent.

When they are on song, the Giants are also deadly.

Trailing 14-4 early last week at Pioneer Park, Caleb Reedy lead a surge of 34 unanswered points for his men.

Whoever gains control in the forwards will hold the key for a vital two points.



Willagee can gain further hold on third place with a convincing showing against Kalamunda at Webber Reserve.

But the Bears know this match has ‘trap game’ written all over it.

Up 14-4 last week against Joondalup, the Bulldogs showed positive signs. It was a pleasure to see such quality rugby league.

Unfortunately, as the lead became deficit, silly penalties through ill discipline crept in and cost them victory of a winnable game.

Both sides have impressive forward packs and will tire each other out as the match wears on.

Whoever has the stamina and keeps their head will walk away with victory.


Rd 15 FRvNB - #7 Beach Rd 15 FRvNB - #12 BeachImages from Rd 15 Fremantle v North Beach:

  • North Beach’s Ryan Dickson kicking the penalty goal that puts them in front of Fremantle by 6 (top).
  • Wayne Ryburn taking a hit up for North Beach (bottom).