ROOSTERS TOO GOOD FOR LIONS

Fremantle Roosters strengthened their claim as a serious contender in 2011 beating South Perth Lions 30 to 16. They have now beaten both Grand Finalists from 2010 and are in equal first place in the Harvey Norman Premiership race.

Fremantle worked and protected the ball all day limiting the play for the Lions and making the most of the opportunities when they came. Two tries in the last 10 minutes of the game rewarded them for sticking to the game plan.

Coach Lee Toon-Poynton was pleased with the way hooker Chris Traynor worked the plays and controlled the game. Delane Edwards also played well for the Roosters with Josh Clift was the best for South Perth.

Rockingham Sharks again showed they have the class, but still made critical ball handling errors to allow Kalamunda Bulldogs to control much of the first half. The completion rate was low for the Sharks and a sign that the side is still learning to play together. They ended up winning 36 to 16 after trailing 10 nil up until the 37 minute mark.

After being up 12 to 10 at half time they gradually strangled the Bulldogs out of the game.

Martyn Wood, coach of the Sharks understands what needs to be done and is looking forward to the group building from here.

“We have to clean up our act and stop having these 10 minute spells where we get into mistakes. The side is still learning as a team and we can do much better than we are.”

Christo Benjamin from the Bulldogs was happy with the efforts from a side still missing key players.

“We have four backs out at the moment and had players playing out of position. They did well, but we need to get our best team on the field.”

Caleb Reedy, Kevin Brown and Daniel Smith played solid games for the Sharks with Josh Benjamin and Robbie McLean playing well for the Bulldogs.

Joondalup Giants broke through with their best win of the season and ran away with a 30 point to nil second half to win 52 to 14 over Goldfields Titans. Daniel Sneddon had 3 tries with Alistair Harris and Matthew Badrotta the Giants best. Matthew Murray again was outstanding for Goldfields.

Willagee Bears are showing signs of improvement this year but were still no match for an in form North Beach Sea Eagles. After an 18 to 6 half time score the Sea Eagles had a runaway 66 to 16 win. Best players were Rick Williams and Jake Keating for North Beach with Brad Wann and Blake Champion putting in a good performance for the Bears.

 

HARVEY NORMAN PREMIERSHIP LADDER

Team Played Won Lost Draw +/- Points
North Beach Sea Eagles 6 5 1 0 +135 10
Fremantle Roosters 6 5 1 0 +82 10
South Perth Lions 6 4 2 0 +88 8
Rockingham Sharks 6 4 2 0 +3 8
Kalamunda Bulldogs 6 3 3 0 -8 6
Joondalup Giants 6 2 4 0 -22 4
Goldfields Titans 6 1 5 0 -130 2
Willagee Bears 6 0 6 0 -148 0

 

OTHER RESULTS

First Grade
North Beach Sea Eagles 66 – Willagee Bears 16
Joondalup Giants 52 – Goldfields Titans 14
Fremantle Roosters 30 – South Perth Lions 16
Rockingham Sharks 36 – Kalamunda Bulldogs 16

Premier Grade
North Beach Sea Eagles 76 – Willagee Bears 20
South West Warriors 44 – Joondalup Giants  16
South Perth Lions 24 – Fremantle Roosters 16
Rockingham Sharks 60 – Kalamunda Bulldogs 22

Under 18
Willagee Bears 50 – North Beach Sea Eagles 18
Joondalup Giants 62 – South West Warriors 14
Rockingham Sharks 34 – Kalamunda Bulldogs 18

LeagueTag
North Beach Sea Eagles 12 – Willagee Bears 0
Joondalup Giants 22 – South West Warriors 4
Fremantle Roosters 36 – South Perth Lions 0
Rockingham Sharks 16 – Kalamunda Bulldogs 14