Saturday 29th June – Rd14 weekend results

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Saturday June 29, 2013 – Round 14

 

Bears Upset Roosters

Willagee Bears continue to be the rogue side in the WA Rugby League Premiership this year with a stunning form turn-around from the previous week to stun the ladder leaders Fremantle Roosters 42 to 36. The local derby has gone the way of Fremantle for almost 20 years and the Bears not only finally beat their cross town rivals, but lifted themselves off the canvas after the comprehensive loss to North Beach last week.

The mercurial Bears have now beaten all other sides in the top four and have proven that on their day they can match it with the best in the league. The win has also set up a thrilling final round for the competition with the top four sides being separated by just three points. It possibly has dealt fifth placed Rockingham Sharks a body blow who are now four points adrift and will need to rely on other teams results to determine their finals hopes for 2013.

The Bears Roosters game was hard fought with the more injuries to the Fremantle side which is currently going through a flat spot in their campaign. Next week’s game for them and North Beach could be telling with both clubs without key players who are on representative duty for the state side. WA State plays against New South Wales Country Bulls in the curtain raiser to the Rabbitohs and Warriors NRL clash on Sunday.

Best players for the game were Beaudine Turipa for the Bears and Karl Boden Steadt for the Roosters.

North Beach Sea Eagles won their game as expected against Joondalup Giants 60 to 18. They played well in the first half to put the game to bed. Four unanswered tries in the first fifteen minutes of the second half then put the result beyond doubt.

While injuries to key experienced players have affected the Giants season, it was good to see the young side showing spirit and fighting out the match. They have some good emerging players and their enthusiasm was impressive and will create some impetus for the club in the future.

Josh Rogers, from the North Beach under 18’s made an impressive debut playing out the second half with confidence in the halves and getting over the line for his first try in the top grade. But it was the North Beach forwards setting up the win with Ben Dickson the best for the Sea Eagles and Zane Mataori the Giants best.

South Perth Lions are starting to run into some consistent form and easily accounted for bottom side Kalamunda Bulldogs 66 to 4. The Bulldogs are still winless for the year and with a strong under 18 team performing this year, it is hoped some of this talent will make their way into first grade next year to boost their stocks.

The Lions Kale Burton and High Mackey were best on field.

Game Results

First Grade

North Beach Sea Eagles 60 – Joondalup Giants 18

Willagee Bears 42 – Fremantle Roosters 36

South Perth Lions 66 – Kalamunda Bulldogs 4

BYE: Rockingham Sharks

Premier Grade

North Beach Sea Eagles 30 – Joondalup Giants 20

Fremantle Roosters 32 – Willagee Bears 6

Rockingham Sharks 48 – South West Warriors 14

Under 18

Joondalup Giants 68 – North Beach Sea Eagles 18

Rockingham Sharks  66 – South West Warriors 4

LeagueTag

Joondalup Giants 16 – North Beach Sea Eagles 6

Fremantle Roosters 32 – Willagee Bears 6

Rockingham Sharks 36 – South West Warriors 0