Final Four Still in Balance
With Willagee Bears and Rockingham Sharks both dropping their games on the weekend, the race for the finals is still open. The form and strength of Fremantle, North Beach and South Perth looks like guaranteeing them a spot in the finals, but it is the vital fourth spot which is still on the line.
Willagee currently hold a two game lead over the Sharks with both of them meeting next week in a game that could decide the fate of either. If the Sharks win they have a better run in the last round and could force their way into the finals. But with the mercurial form of Willagee, they really have their season’s outcome in their own hands.
Round 15 was always going to be interesting with the two top sides missing key players on representative duty with the WA State side playing the NSW Country Bulls in the curtain raiser to the Rabbitohs and Warriors clash.
To the credit of the discipline and depth of both Fremantle and North Beach, they recorded big wins and held their place at the top of the table.
North Beach Sea Eagles got great support from their young players who stepped up to deliver a 60 to 20 win over Rockingham Sharks. The game was open in the early stages with the Sharks wresting the lead at the fifteen minute mark, but for the remainder of the half the Sea Eagles put on five unanswered tries to go into the shed with a 34 to 12 break.
In the second half, the Sharks started well, but their defense again let them down as they allowed too many soft tries over the line. North Beach was led through their halves in Ben Lindegaard who stepped up as captain for the day and Josh Rogers in only his second first grade game. Cameron Walters played well for the Sharks.
Fremantle showed they have good depth in the club when they easily accounted for Kalamunda Bulldogs 62 to 4. Kalamunda have struggled in 2013 but injuries hurt their chances against the Roosters on the weekend. Josh Upton with 5 tries was best afield for the Roosters.
Joondalup Giants got reward for effort when they defeated Willagee Bears 30 to 22. Going into the break they led 14 to 6 and got the first try in to the second half. But with three tries to the Bears soon after they could have folded but were able to fight back. They scored another two tries in the final 10 minutes to leave the Willagee fans again wondering about the inconsistent form of the side.
Brandon Sbrana and Alastair Harris were the best for the Giants.
North Beach Sea Eagles 60 – Rockingham Sharks 20
Joondalup Giants 30 – Willagee Bears 22
Fremantle Roosters 62 – Kalamunda Bulldogs 4
BYE: South Perth Lions
Rockingham Sharks 36 – North Beach Sea Eagles 28
Joondalup Giants 38 – Willagee Bears 26
Fremantle Roosters 40 – Kalamunda Bulldogs 18
South Perth Lions 80 – South West Warriors 8
Rockingham Sharks on forfeit to North Beach Sea Eagles
Joondalup Giants 52 – Willagee Bears 24
South Perth Lions 20 – South West Warriors 10
Rockingham Sharks 20 – North Beach Sea Eagles 10
Joondalup Giants 34 – Willagee Bears 4
Fremantle Roosters 16 – Kalamunda Bulldogs 10
South Perth Lions 20 – South West Warriors 4