See the below match reports from Round 8, the WOMEN IN LEAGUE Round of the 2014 WARL Smarter Than Smoking Premiership.
ROOSTERS DROWN IN NORTH BEACH TIDE
Report by Justin Fris
After a scratchy opening, North Beach continued their winning form with a 34-14 victory over the Fremantle Roosters at Charles Riley reserve yesterday.
The Roosters controlled the first quarter of the match, racing to a 14-0 lead off a mountain of field position.
But whether excitement got the better of them or they just struggle against top opposition, the Roosters unravelled like an onion in the second half.
Led by Ryan Dickson, the Sea Eagles gained control of the ruck and gradually wore down the eager Roosters.
Paul Ferguson made several eye catching runs throughout the match for the Sea Eagles and the nippy Jason Godeke was also lively throughout.
The Roosters created a hatful of chances throughout the match and their creativity was excellent; silly handling errors near the opposition cost them dearly.
Ending the match with 34 unanswered points, North Beach would be glad that the early match cobwebs were shaken off, ahead of next Saturday’s mouth-watering contest against South Perth.
The match between the top two sides at George Burnett Park is easily the most anticipated match of the 2014 premiership season.
Fremantle will play Joondalup at Admiral Reserve next Saturday.
3. Taurean Sheehan (NB)
2. Tyler Thomas (NB)
1. Ryan Dickson (NB)
VALIANT SHARKS LOSE OUT TO LIONS
Report by Kristian Dwyer
South Perth Lions have escaped by the skin of their teeth after defeating the fast finishing Rockingham Sharks 22-20 at Franklin Offshore sporting complex.
Hugh Mackey would give the visitors the lead early on, dipping and weaving around the Sharks defence but not before Moses Tuivoavoa made a darting run at the opposite end of the pitch to make it 6-all.
John Taituha then pulled out some magic as his perfectly timed kick found Joshua Jerome to give the home side a sneaky 12-6 lead before the break.
Jordyn Fisher would restore some parity for the visitors as he broke the line for a try, but Taituha would again put the home side back in front, this time through a penalty right in front of the sticks.
Harry Debique and Ricky Gleis would then both put on tries for the Lions to shift the momentum back towards South Perth, but not before a late scare.
With just five minutes to go, South Perth went a player down with Kale Burton being sent off, and Taniela Moa snuck past the undermanned Lions defence on the right wing with Taituha again converting to put them within touching distance.
And the Sharks faithful thought they may have won it with just minutes remaining after Moses Tuivoavoa collected a gorgeous kick from Taituha, however play was brought back after a penalty for offside.
South Perth now continue to lead the way at the summit of the WARL Smarter than Smoking premiership, undefeated with 8 wins from 8 games and 1 bye.
3. John Taituha (RS)
2. Harry Debique (SP)
1. Moses Tuivoavoa (RS)
KALAMUNDA SNEAK HOME AGAINST JOONDALUP
Report by Gus Marshall and Kristian Dwyer
Kalamunda has thrown the competition wide open after claiming a 28-26 win against third place Joondalup Giants.
Cairo Takarangi and Hemi Tuiav’l were both instrumental in the Bulldog’s victory whilst Caleb Reedy also impressed for the Giants.
The win sees Kalamunda leapfrog Rockingham off the bottom of the ladder with themselves and Willagee holding one game in hand on the top four.
3. Cairo Takarangi (KB)
2. Caleb Reedy (JG)
1. Hemi Tuiav’l (KB)