Cash Converters Big Game of the Round: Joondalup Giants v South Perth Lions
Big Game Day Sponsor: Red Nose Australia
Joondalup Giants v South Perth Lions, Saturday 3rd August, 3.30pm, Admiral Park.
Joondalup Giants: 1. Luke Turner, 2. Rodney Mauga, 3. Hemi Kani, 4. Daniel Sneddon, 5. Brenton Scott, 6. Gus Marshall, 7. Caleb Reedy, 8. Nathan Searle, 9. Davey Martin, 10. Adam Smith, 11. Luke Callan, 12. Daniel Smith, 13. Beau White, 14. Levi Mitchell 15. Josh Houghton, 16. Jeronia Raea, 17. Keanu Te Tai, 19. Samuel Samuela
Coach – Gus Marshall
Ins: Brenton Scot, Luke Turner, Levi Mitchell, Samuel Samuela
Outs: Sam DeFiddes, Connor Favell
South Perth Lions: 1. Kade McDonald, 2. Connor Hudson, 3. Will Smith, 4. Dylan Estriech, 5. Billy Judge, 6. Isaac Thomas, 7. Harry Debique, 8. Daniel Green, 9. Zac Wood, 10. Kiam Fletcher, 11. Ethan Gourgard, 12. Brandon Wright, 13. Jarrad Smith, 14. Caleb Norton, 15. Tim Noble, 16. Reno Burkhardt, 17. Taine Kingi
Ins: Isaac Thomas, Reno Burkhardt, Tim Noble
Outs: Josh Anstis, Wessell Van Tonder, Michael Guthrie
It’s as simple as this. Joondalup need to win this weekend against South Perth if they want to have any hopes of playing finals footy.
Currently sitting two points adrift of fourth spot (and will be four points if they don’t win against the Lions as the Sharks have the bye and two guaranteed points), the Giants can accept nothing but a win.
Having lost six of their last seven games, form is not on Joondalup’s side as they welcome back Brenton Scot, Luke Turner and Levi Mitchell for this weekend, while Sam DeFiddes and Connor Favell drop out.
South Perth will be up for the clash after falling short to Fremantle in Round 12.
Boosted by the return of Isaac Thomas who has recovered from a leg injury, the Lions realistically only need one more win to assure themselves of a top four finish. Can they get it on Saturday?
Fremantle Roosters v Ellenbrook Rabbitohs, Saturday 3rd August, 3.30pm, Ken Allen Field.
Roosters: 1. Delane Edwards, 2. Mitch Wade-Whalan, 3. Regy Manu, 4. Manihera Eden, 5. Kerrod Hignett, 17. Robert Kerr, 16. Tamaho Teirney, 8. Brad Gibson, 9. Blake Hignett, 10. Callin Tereu, 11. Ezra Taomia, 12. Tane Peakman, 13. Bjorn Crotty, 6. Duane Butler, 7, Jamie Le, 14. Baldy Neho, 15. Ricky Cathro, 20. Aaron Hodges
Manager – Zac Speir
Ins: Aaron Hodges, Kerrod Hignett
Outs: Takaroha Peneha, Ryan Foster
Rabbitohs: 1. Jona Chase, 2. Nga Joseph, 3. Wananga Kingi, 4. Kade Pearce, 5. Jesse Rihari, 6. Tyrese Trey, 7. Jaylen Grey, 8. Fernando Ekeroma, 9. River Colman, 10. Manasseh Gudgeon, 11. Payden Porter, 12. Willz Tuheke-Wade, 13. Chase Watson, 14. Koen White, 15. Malakai Chan-Boon, 16. Taamilo Aisake-Peseta, 17. Philip Tunupopo
Coach – Jarek Goebel
Ins: Taamilo Aisake-Peseta, Philip Tunupopo
Outs: Christopher Finau, Shaan Evans
With a minor premiership still firmly within their reach after North Beach’s slip up last week, Fremantle will be gunning to make it four straight Premiership wins when they host Ellenbrook.
Aaron Hodges and Kerrod Hignett return from the side who defeated South Perth 28-20 last weekend with the impressive Takaroha Peneha dropping out.
Their opponents, the Rabbitohs are coming off a high-scoring 54-40 win over the Giants last weekend and still have aspirations of playing finals football in their inaugural season.
A win over the reigning premiers would significantly help their chances.
Ellenbrook have named the same halves pairing of Tyrese and Jaylen Grey for the third-straight week, while their entire backline remains unchanged from last weekend’s win over Joondalup.
North Beach Sea Eagles v Willagee Bears, Saturday 3rd August, 3.30pm, Blueforce Park.
Sea Eagles: 1. Kahan Joyce-Vaughan, 2. Tye Saus, 3. Jayden De Vorms, 4. Kani Solomon, 5. Beau Constable, 6. Cairo Takarangi, 7. Jeremy Wallace, 8. Ben Dickson, 9. Trent Trotter, 10. Terelli Whaanga, 11. Wiremu Paki, 12. Greg Lingard, 13. Adam Roy, 14. Sam Buckley, 15. Bow Stein, 17. Kristian Williams
Coach – John Hough
Ins: Greg Lingard, Sam Buckley
Outs: Josh Benjamin, Tayla McGregor, Dave McCullogh
Willagee Bears: 1. Te Toa Parkinson, 2. Junior Tairea, 3. Luke Pollock, 4. Kotahi Erueti, 7. Lewis Samuels, 8. Victor Ulukita, 9. Tremayne Kamso, 11. Lenoir Tairea, 12. Isziah Gardiner, 13. Stevie Aull
Coach – Lenoir Tairea
Coming off their first defeat of 2019, North Beach will be without key players Josh Benjamin and Tayla McGregor as they host Willagee.
John Hough’s men will hope to prove last weekend’s loss to Rockingham was nothing but a minor bump in the road as they take on a Willagee side who are coming off the bye round.
Bye – Rockingham Sharks
All of Saturday’s games will be played to support and raise awareness for Red Nose Australia – a charity which helps families who have been impacted by Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).