SEMI FINAL SUNDAY DULY DELIVERS

By Justin Fris
Jnr SF 1 

From the opening kickoff on Sunday at George Burnett Park, you could feel something magical in the air.

Beautiful skies, happy families and smiling faces lined both fields as WARL junior finalists served up six hours of spectacular rugby league.

The Rockingham Sharks U/11’s started the day with a bang, advancing to the preliminary final with a solid 44-0 win over Joondalup.

It was tighter over in the U/11’s major semi final, with Fremantle holding out South Perth 6-0.

However the spectators only had to wait until girls league tag for their first taste of golden point drama.

Deadlocked at 4-all on the stroke of full time in golden point, South Perth had the chance to advance to preliminary final against Willagee.

Cool as a cucumber, Kalani Kahu’s penalty goal sailed over the black dot for the thrilling victory.

Kalamunda stormed into the league tag grand final, accounting for Willagee 18-6.

As the sun beamed down brightly, the quality of rugby league only got better.

The minor semi of the U/12’s between Rockingham and Fremantle provided some of the tensest football of the season, with both sides refusing to give an inch.Jnr SF 2

Trey Peni’s on field presence for the Roosters was sublime and he single handedly kept his side in golden point.

However Rockingham’s 16-12 golden point win was sealed by the darting Tamati Clarke, who burned down the right hand touchline with four defenders chasing his shadow.

Joondalup’s state representatives made the difference in their minor semi final, easily defeating North Beach 32-4.

In the U/13’s major semi, South Perth and North Beach added another chapter to their special rivalry, with the Lions holding on for a 26-22 win.

Kalamunda duo Tamaho Tiernay and Devontay Tutui-Touiti were first class from the opening kickoff in the minor semi, helping their side punish Rockingham 42-12.

But if the spectators thought the day couldn’t get any better, the U/14’s served up two more epic contests.

Leading 20-6 in the major semi, Rockingham faced a ferocious return of serve from South Perth, holding on for a last gasp 30-26 victory.

North Beach appeared to be coasting against Joondalup, leading 10-0 well into the second half of the minor semi final.

It took supreme mental toughness and a touch of misfortune for Beach to deny the brave Giants, 12-10.

But easily the most convincing performance of the day went to the Rockingham Sharks U/16’s, who dismantled Fremantle 55-18 in the major semi final.

The game highlight belonged to Connor Sattler, who soared above two defenders to claim a cross-field kick under the posts for the Sharks.

South Perth will fancy their chance in next week’s preliminary final against Fremantle, after accounting for Joondalup 45-18.

Regardless of who won and lost, families and players alike enjoyed themselves on a memorable day for rugby league lovers.

Sportsmanship never wavered from a single player, who all should be commended for playing their football in the best way possible.Junior Semi Finals