The North Beach Sea Eagles will look to create WA Smarter Than Smoking Premiership history when they host the South Perth Lions in Round 10 action at Blueforce Park on Saturday.
The Sea Eagles will look to become the first Premiership side this decade to win their first nine games of a new season – in the process trying to eclipse the Lions who won eight-straight in 2014.
North Beach coach John Hough says the milestone is not playing on his side’s minds, however.
“I’ll be honest, I did even know that,” Hough said when told of his side’s potential milestone.
“It’s something we’ve not even spoken about, it’s not something we’re focussing on.
“We’re taking it each week as it comes and if we pick those accolades up along the way, great, but at the end of the day we’re focussing on South Perth.”
The teams last met in Round 3, with North Beach claiming a 48-16 win – something which Hough says is irrelevant come Saturday.
“You’re only as good as your last game,” Hough said. “We did pretty well against Joondalup last week.”
“South Perth are second for a reason and have dangers across the field.”
The Lions themselves come into the fixture fresh off the bye round and have won four of their last five games.
The form of player/coach Daniel Green, Jarrad Smith and Harry Debique has been instrumental in the Lions’ strong form, but Hough says he is wary of the whole of South Perth’s lineup.
“They’ve got dangers across the park – we can’t afford to focus on one particular player – we’ve got to make sure we’re on the board for the other players as well,” Hough said.
In team news, North Beach welcome back Jayden De Vorms who returns from illness and forward Wiremu Paki while Kristian Williams and Dave McCollough drop out.
South Perth, meanwhile, have a question mark over the fitness of WA State halfback Eddie Proudler, with Josh Anstis named as 18th man.
In the competition’s other games, Ryan Foster plays his 150th Premiership game as the Fremantle Roosters take on the Willagee Bears, while the Rockingham Sharks host the Ellenbrook Rabbitohs.
The Joondalup Giants have the bye.