Round 21 Preview

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After a great weekend of action in the WARL last weekend, the league now enters it’s final round.

With the finals places all locked up, all eyes will be on the games involving the top two – Fremantle and North Beach – and which side will claim the 2013 Cash Converters WARL minor premiership.

The finals are effectively locked in, with the four teams – Fremantle, North Beach, South Perth and Willagee – all locking in their final positions in the penultimate round.

South Perth will face off against Willagee in the minor final on 24th August, whilst league leaders Fremantle will face off against North Beach, with the venue to be decided with the minor premiership still up in contention.

Fremantle v Willagee
Ken Allen Field, Hilton

After the Bears managed to knock off the league leader in the form of North Beach last weekend, they’ll be looking to take another scalp as they travel down the road to take on an in-form Fremantle Roosters side.

Last week the Roosters also claimed a win to take pole position in the competition, running out 34-10 winners over the Rockingham Sharks in wet and muddy conditions at Ken Allen Field.

Ash Turner was commanding at half-back for the roosters as he notched a try and five out of six conversions against the Sharks and will again look to put the boot into the visitors.

Willagee on the other hand had a pair of tries through the wings as Te Toroa Williams and Edward Palelei both got their names on the scoresheet in the close 20-16 win at Webber Reserve.

The weather will undoubtedly play a big part in this game with showers predicted for this Saturday’s clash.

The Roosters at time seemed awash in the wet against the Sharks, however when the sun came out they regained a foothold and went on to dominate the second half.

The Bears on the other hand made the most of the wet conditions last weekend against the Sea Eagles and will be looking to take some good form into the finals next weekend. 

South Perth v Kalamunda
George Burnett Park, Karawara

South Perth host Kalamunda this weekend with the home side assured of a minor final against the Willagee Bears in the first week of the finals.

Whilst their foot may be slightly off the accelerator, the Lions will still need to put on a professional performance against a fresh Kalamunda side looking to put a roller coaster season behind them as they look towards 2014.

Centre Joss Boyton certainly put his name into contention for the Ken Allen Medal with three tries in last weekend’s 64-6 win over the Giants, taking him to sixteen tries for the season, putting him just two short of leading try scorer Vincent Silulu of the Rockingham Sharks and will again look to dominate.

The bulldogs however will be looking to finish their season on a high and will be no pushovers as they travel down the Great Eastern to George Burnett Park in Karawara this Saturday. 

North Beach v Joondalup
Charles Riley Reserve, North Beach

The two northern sides take aim this weekend with North Beach assured of a top-two finish despite a 16-20 loss to the Willagee Bears on the weekend.

Joondalup will be looking to regain some sort of parity after a 58 point defeat at the hands of third place South Perth.

Centre Roydon Gillett was the best of the bunch for North Beach last week nabbing two tries in wet conditions in Willagee, whilst Macey Howarth was the lone try scorer for Joondalup last weekend, taking his points tally for the season to 12.

With the minor premiership on the table there is no lack of motivation for the Eagles at home, and in front of a parochial crowd will be looking to get over the line.