It was a record-breaking year for the North Beach Sea Eagles in many ways, but ultimately one where they didn’t achieve their end goal of winning the WA Smarter Than Smoking Premiership Grand Final.
Winners of the past two minor premiership titles, it was a case of déjà vu for the Sea Eagles, who again ran into a rampaging Fremantle Roosters in the final.
Read on for NRL WA’s review of the Sea Eagles’ 2019 season.
Record: 13-1 (Minor Premiers. Lost Grand Final)
What went right?
The entire regular season beside 80 minutes in Rockingham…
North Beach were as close as you are going to get to being flawless during the regular season as they finished with 13 wins and one loss.
That one loss game in a nail-biter against the Rockingham Sharks in Round 12….but aside from that, the Sea Eagles were immaculate – winning a record 10 in a row to start the season.
What went wrong?
John Hough would be the first to admit his side were not the same force in the finals as they were in the regular season.
After losing the Major Semi-Final to the Roosters, they limped over the line in the Preliminary Final against the South Perth Lions before falling again to Fremantle in the Grand Final.
Most impressive game
North Beach jumped out of the blocks to start 2019 – travelling to the reigning premiers, Fremantle’s home crown and pummelling the Roosters 42-22.
The game set the tone for the rest of the regular season, as the Sea Eagles would go on to win their next nine games.
NRL WA’s Player of the Season: Jeremy Wallace/Trent Trotter
Ok…we may have cheated on this one, but we just couldn’t decide between Wallace and Trotter.
Wallace became the 70th recipient of the prestigious Ken Allen Medal, alongside Daniel Green, but teammate Trent Trotter wasn’t far off.
Wallace led the competition with 18 tries, while captain Trotter was a leader on the field, scoring 14 of his own.
Honourable mentions: Josh Benjamin, Kahan Joyce-Vaughan, Kani Solomon