Sea Eagles Ready for Lions

North Beach Sea Eagles experience together with some telling ball handling errors by the Fremantle Roosters, pushed them through to the game against South Perth Lions next week and the double chance for a shot at the Grand Final in the Harvey Norman Premiership. The final score was 22 to 12.

Both teams scored within the first ten minutes of the game and then went into a defensive pattern for the remainder of the first half. The deadlock was broken when five eight Craig Phillis took the ball from the scrum feed 15 metres from the try line and ran under the posts just before the bell to give the Sea Eagles a 12 – 6 half time lead.

An all in brawl at 30 minutes made difference to the game flow after North Beach’s Tom Fry upended an opponent in a tackle. As well as Fry being sent off, Fremantle’s play maker Delane Edwards got 10 minutes in the sin bin and it was from then the discipline of Fremantle was affected.

Jamie Rodgers, coach of North Beach had prepared his side well.

“Because of players being unavailable, we had to change the way we played, we simplified the game plan and used what strengths we had. The boys stuck to that plan for us”.

Fremantle’s coach Lee Toon-Poynton was frustrated after the game.

“Our discipline was the most disappointing factor. We did not stick to what we had worked on during the week. I was very happy in the lead up, but it did not happen for us”.

Best players for the game included North Beach’s Jason Godecke and Jake Keating with James Aspin and Brad Gibson for the Roosters.

Fremantle will now face an elimination final next week against Rockingham Sharks who easily won their final 42 to 14 against Goldfields Titans.

Rockingham Sharks after a disruptive week and start to their game came through and won as expected, but will still be looking to nurse some players back into the side for next week.

“It was a scrappy game, but we did what was needed in a half hour stint, so we are pleased to get through”, said Sharks coach Martyn Wood who was satisfied but knows there is work to be done.

Goldfields had two trips to Perth this week, on Wednesday, in the knock out game to earn the right to play in the final and on Saturday for the final itself. It was a good effort but always going to be a tough one for them to win.

Andrew Bowman, Fred Purcell and Peter Worth were the best for the Sharks and Hesekaia Lomu and John Fabar for the Titans.


Game Results
First Grade
North Beach Sea Eagles 22 – Fremantle Roosters 12
Rockingham Sharks 42 – Goldfields Titans 14

Reserve Grade
South West Warriors 44 – Fremantle Roosters 6
South Perth Lions 30 – North Beach Sea Eagles 8

Under 18
Willagee Bears 40 – Kalamunda Bulldogs 8

Joondalup Giants 6 – North Beach Sea Eagles 4
Rockingham Sharks 22 – South Perth Lions 6