Roosters Team to Beat

Fremantle Roosters and South Perth Lions, two foundation clubs of WA Rugby League put on a show for the Heritage Round which went blow for blow except for a 12 minute spell in the second half. The Roosters won in the end 30 to 16.

In a good physical clash, the sides went into the sheds locked at 10 all after sharing possession for the first half. But it was a short period from the ten minute mark in the second where Fremantle won the game. They used their strength to put pressure on the Lions who lapsed and allowed four tries over the line, three of them to centre Duane Butler.

South Perth played their way back into the game, but was never able to claw back the lead. Fremantle’s best were James Aspden and Brad Gibson with Kurt de Luis the best in an even effort for South Perth.

Roosters’ coach Andrew Korn has the club performing consistently. Like many of the other teams they are balancing their list to keep the momentum of the season going.

“It was a massive effort from the boys. We again had injuries to play with and with the disruption of recent weeks, we are happy to be winning the games.”

Rockingham Sharks kept their finals hopes alive with a hard fought 38 to 32 win over Willagee Bears who are now just one game ahead of them in fourth position. Neither side dominated the game for any great period with the Sharks able to kick away at the end. The Sharks best included Danny Smith and Andrew Jeffery.

The Sharks are still in a position to force their way into the top four and must win all games to guarantee their fate. They face two of the top three sides in the final five rounds while Willagee face all three. It could come down to percentage deciding fourth spot in the end.

North Beach Sea Eagles blew away Kalamunda Bulldogs with a 102 to 6 win. They again set up the win when they jumped out early with the Bulldogs never able to keep up. North Beach is in hot form at the moment and it was Mick Kestel at five eight who controlled the game with Dustin Hume chipping in with four tries.

The Sea Eagles and Fremantle have now set themselves for a top of the table clash next week in what should be the game of the season so far. Both clubs are playing a relentless brand of football. When they met in round 10 they drew at 14 all, and next week promises to be the same.

Game Results

First Grade

Fremantle Roosters 30 – South Perth Lions 16

Rockingham Sharks 38 – Willagee Bears 32

North Beach Sea Eagles 102 – Kalamunda Bulldogs 6

BYE: Joondalup Giants

Premier Grade

Fremantle Roosters 24 – South Perth Lions 10

Rockingham Sharks 36 – Willagee Bears 18

Kalamunda Bulldogs 42 – North Beach Sea Eagles 38

Under 18

Rockingham Sharks 48 – Willagee Bears 12


South Perth Lions 18 – Fremantle Roosters 4

Rockingham Sharks 22 – Willagee Bears 4

Kalamunda Bulldogs 18 – North Beach Sea Eagles 0