2013 WARL Cash Converters Premiership
Saturday July 20, 2013 – Round 17 Review
Roosters Knocked Off Perch
North Beach Sea Eagles put themselves back into minor premiership contention in a scrappy but all the way win over Fremantle Roosters 22 to 6. It is the first time this year that the 2012 premiers have taken top spot and the first time the Roosters, the side they played in the Grand Final, have lost that position.
The game did not rise to any great heights as both sides lacked critical ball control, but it was the character of the Sea Eagles which saw them win comfortably. The six points scored by Fremantle came with three minutes left on the clock courtesy of an intercept and 80 metre run by Billy Coughlan.
The highlight of the game was the influence of North Beach’s hooker Matt Doeg who marshaled the play feeding the ball out as he wanted. With better execution the Sea Eagles could have put a lot more points on the board.
The two sides are shaping up as the teams to beat this year and still have quality players coming back into their sides over the next couple of weeks. One of the injury concerns for Fremantle though will be full back Blane Edwards who left the field early with a dislocated shoulder.
Coach of Fremantle Andrew Korn while not panicking knows he needs to get more consistency back into the team.
“Our completion rate was poor especially in the first half with only 7 of 19 sets completed and even then we only had 4 effective kicks. We also missed 28 tackles.”
Ryan Gundry, coach of North Beach admitted his win was not of the class he wants.
“It was a scrappy affair but our boys defended well and their mental toughness showed the character of the team.”
Kalamunda Bulldogs tough season finally got a little better when they won their first game against Joondalup Giants 48 to 38. They were behind at half time, but the Giants bench was depleted and they were able to finish the game running over the top of Joondalup.
The Bulldogs have struggled all year, so it was good to see them come up for a win. Best players were Dez Lalaai and Kurt White. Despite the injuries, Joondalup’s stocks are looking good with four under 18 representative players stepping up to the mark especially Sam de Fiddes who was their best.
South Perth Lions all but ended the season for Rockingham Sharks with a 44 to 28 win. Except for the first try the Lions led throughout. South Perth are a game and a half out of the top two and will need one of those sides to drop form if they are to challenge any higher, but they look to have third position tied up. Harry Debique and Kurt de Luis played well for the Lions.
The Sharks are now going to have to depend a few things going their way to push for a final four spot, but can still make it on aggregate if games go to form. Best for Rockingham were John Weber and Blake Nicholls.
North Beach Sea Eagles 22 – Fremantle Roosters 6
South Perth Lions 44 – Rockingham Sharks 28
Kalamunda Bulldogs 48 – Joondalup Giants 38
BYE: Willagee Bears
Fremantle Roosters 20 – North Beach Sea Eagles 10
Rockingham Sharks 60 – South Perth Lions 12
Joondalup Giants 28 – Kalamunda Bulldogs 28
Willagee Bears 40 – South West Warriors 22
Rockingham Sharks 42 – South Perth Lions 14
Kalamunda Bulldogs 32 – Joondalup Giants 22
Willagee Bears 22 – South West Warriors 0
Fremantle Roosters 28 – North Beach Sea Eagles 4
South Perth Lions 26 – Rockingham Sharks 0
Joondalup Giants 18 – Kalamunda Bulldogs 12
Willagee Bears 24 – South West Warriors 4
By Richard Campbell