Round 10 Match Reports – WARL Smarter Than Smoking First Grade

Round 10 Wrap

There’s been some movers and shakers in the Smarter than Smoking WARL Premiership with a last minute loss to Joondalup leading them to be the biggest losers, tumbling out of the four on Goal Difference. With South Perth lengths ahead of the pack in the chase for the premiership, it will be a tightly contested race for finals football and this was never more evident with the shock win to the Rockingham Sharks who snatched a 36-34 win over the giants. This result puts the Sharks one win away from the top four and with a favourable draw ahead of them, could make a play for top half. The Roosters returned to the winners circle, dominating the Willagee bears to win 52-22 at Ken Allen Field, with Sampson Graham and Delane Edwards starring for the home side. And at Charles Riley Reserve, North Beach took advantage of the two sides above them and leapt to second with a complete 42-22 rout of the Kalamunda Bulldogs.

Clinical Sea Eagles trump spirited Bulldogs
Report by Justin Fris

North Beach continued their impressive home form with a 40-12 win over Kalamunda at Charles Riley Reserve. Despite dominating for large periods, the Sea Eagles appeared complacent after half time. At no stage did the endeavour of the Bulldogs drop; they were just simply outclassed. Inspired by youngster Josh Rogers, the Sea Eagles raced to a 28-0 lead midway through the first half. For all the efforts made by Bulldogs duo Ricco Heta and Cairo Takarangi, the Sea Eagles line was impenetrable. As the Sea Eagles cruised throughout the second half, the Bulldogs were rewarded for dogged persistence. Natural order was restored late in the match, with Gershom Adams owning the middle of the field for the Sea Eagles. Both sides will take plenty from this result, for vastly different reasons.

Fremantle blitz home against weary Bears
Report by Kristian Dwyer

The Fremantle Roosters have overcame a post half-time stutter to blitz home against the visiting Willagee Bears 52-22 at Ken Allen Field.

Delane Edwards was the catalyst in the opening fifteen minutes as the home side raced away to a 22-6 lead in the opening 25 minutes.

Willagee kept their resolve though and aimed to stem the tide against them but Sam Vanner jumping on an Edwards grubber to spare another try, the resulting play saw Stephen Gherarde cross for the Roosters.

Edwards would again cross before half time to take the scores to 32-6 in favour of the home side with the parochial travelling support beginning to get restless.

Sam Vanner, easily one of the more impressive for the Bears, must have had the coaches words ringing in his ears as within minutes of the break he mazed his way past two backs before powering accross the line and restoring a bit of parity to the scoreline. Bjorn Crotty would also benefit from a fortituous bounce of the upright just minutes later to return the score to 32-16 and give the visitors some hope.

Fremantle Fullback Alan Cowen would turn the pendulum in Fremantle’s favour however after he took advantage of some lapse Willagee defence to score.

And from there it was all Fremantle, with Wellington Tuliloa, Josh Upton and Roydon Gillett wrapping up the result in the last ten minutes.

Sharks epic comeback bites Giants
Report by Kristian Dwyer

The Rockingham Sharks have shown tremendous courage to fight from a 24 point deficit to sneak home 36-34 at Admiral Park. Both sides had plenty to play for with Rockingham aiming to keep touch with the top four, whilst Joondalup were looking to build on last weeks win against the Roosters and claim second place on the ladder.

The giants were dominant early on and raced ahead to a 24-0 lead until three minutes to go in the first half when the Sharks crossed twice to take the game into the break 24-12.

The Sharks would put on two more early in the second half but again Joondalup pulled away to restore their lead to six points.

Both sides would go try for try until a double salvo from the Sharks put them within two points with ten minutes to go.

And in the dying minutes the travelling Rockingham fans were in ecstacy as they took the lead for the first time in the game to snatch victory from defeat.

Premiership Table after Round 10

Position Team Played Won Drawn Lost Byes For Against GD Points
1 South Perth Lions 8 8 0 0 2 290 132 158 20
2 North Beach Sea Eagles 9 6 0 3 1 257 204 53 11
3 Willagee Bears 7 3 1 3 2 180 175 5 11
4 Fremantle Roosters 9 3 2 4 1 202 200 2 10
5 Joondalup Giants 9 4 0 5 1 234 242 -8 10
6 Rockingham Sharks 8 2 0 6 2 200 266 -66 8
7 Kalamunda Bulldogs 8 1 1 6 1 154 298 -144 5