The Goose Step – Wednesday 16th June 2021

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Week to week, we will provide a wrap up of Rugby League in Western Australia along with a quick preview of the week coming up!
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REVIEW
Friday Night – All Flags Signs & Banners Women’s Premiership
The Willagee Bears, who weren’t even sure if they would play at the start of the year, have rumbled their way into the top 4 with a good win in a entertaining game against the North Beach Sea Eagles in our Cash Converters Game Of The Round. The brave Sea Eagles were again undermanned, but fought hard in the 38-22 loss. Big performances from Emysen Robinson and Reagan Woolley just wasn’t enough against the big forward game of the Bears, led by Cheyenne Campbell and Celia Strickland.
Ellenbrook Rabbitohs were ruthless in their game against the Kalamunda Bulldogs. While the Bulldogs were brave and played to the final whistle, they were no match for the speed and tempo of the Rabbitohs, who were led by a 4 try haul from Paihau Pomare. With speed to burn on the edges, Ellenbrook were just too quick with the Dogs chasing the Bunny all game. In some promising signs for the Dogs though, they showed some willing forwards and great physical contact.
And in the final game of the night, the Joondalup Giants did enough to see off the South Perth Lions, 16-6. In stop start performance, the Giants just showed a little too much class, courtesy of a hatrick to lightning hooker Crystal Walters. The Lions, who were short of numbers, toiled hard all game, and actually ended up over the Giants line 4 times, but only came away with the one try. Cherysh Leaf was fantastic for the Lions, showing a great battle with opposing WA State player Chanelle Edwards as a sign of things to come.

 

Saturday
Marie Marland Reserve
Round 2 of the North West Cup was played over the weekend with the South Hedland Cougars showing some attractive style of football to defeat the Tom Price Steelers, 42-10. While the Cougars were impressive, a huge effort from the Steelers has to be appreciated. With an average age of 32, the “dads army” from Tom Price also featured 51 year old Clayton in the front row who constantly took the ball into the teeth of the defence all game. What a man! But ultimately the Cougars showed too much speed, with the likes of Kyle Murray and Kelima Levi putting the afterburners on in the contest.

Ken Allen Field
The Fremantle Roosters showed too much fire power, when they defeated the South Perth Lions 22-8. While the Lions had all the early ball and field position in the Consolidated Energy Key Game, they couldn’t crack the Fremantle goal line defence. With some poor 5th tackle options hurting the Lions, they were made to pay as soon as Fremantle got down the other end, with the Roosters, in typical Fremantle style making the Lions pay in quick succession, skipping out to a 22-0 lead before the break. Although showing a bit more fight in the second half, it was a bridge too far for the Lions, with them only able to score twice to make the scoreline more respectable. 10 minutes before full time, some enterprising children decided the game was over and promptly switched the lights off, causing a 15min break before the game could be resumed and finished.
Delane Edwards was again the conductor for the Roosters, showing some vintage form which has made him a headline player in the NRL WA competition for quite sometime, although praise has to goto Lewis Samuels. Thrust into the game early, with a injury to starting hooker Tuakana Rangihaeata, Samuels played the rest of the game and helped Fremantle lose none of their continuity. For the Lions, young Toby Sullivan and Lleyton Cameron had acceptable debuts in the top grade, with both showing in small stints that they wouldn’t let the occasion get to them. Eddie Proudler was close to the Lions best, especially when moving to the halves, which begs the question. Will the Lions continue to use Proudler at hooker?
In lower grade news, South Perth were too well drilled for Fremantle with a 26-6 win. The Lions played the kind of football they are known for, high pressure and high completion, and rarely let the Roosters into the contest. Dolf Klyn, showed he is more than the 8 letters it takes to spell his name, with a huge performance for the Lions.
In Val Murphy, the Lions also ended the Alkimos Tigers perfect start to the season, winning in a close contest 12-10. In a game marred by a brawl in the closing stages, the Lions skipped out to a 12-0 lead, only to just barely hang on in the closing stages. Diminutive fullback Josh Antsis was huge for the Lions, cleaning up multiple times.
In Women’s League Tag, the Roosters showed a clean pair of heels to defeat the Kalamunda Bulldogs 60-6, with the biggest cheer of the game coming when the Bulldogs scored off some great play from June Marshall. Caitlin Pears showed her class and ability in a solid performance for the Roosters. And in the other fixture, the South Perth Lions kept their perfect record intact with a 44-4 win over a plucky but ultimately outclassed Alkimos Tigers. And if you haven’t already, please get out and watch the speed and skill of South Perth fullback Brooke Carroll, who announced herself with a 5 try haul.

Kwinana Local Stadium
The Rockingham Sharks surprised the competition, with a hard fought win over the Joondalup Giants. With star player, Tyler Hunt succumbing to an injury early on in the piece, you could be forgiven for thinking the Giants would run over the hapless Sharks. But in true Rockingham Sharks style, off the back of an inspired performance from Connor Hudson, they outpointed the Giants 28-24. With stalwart Andrew Jeffreys in the middle impressing, the Giants missed the calming influence of Taurean Sheehan and Lee Te Maari in the middle of the park. Chris Harrison enjoyed a welcome return for the Giants, but their decision making on the day left alot to be desired and will take the week off this week to reassess what went wrong. They will welcome back a host of players in the next fixture, in the hope of correcting the ship.
In reserve grade the Sharks again impressed with a 40-18 victory over the Giants. Scoring a rush of points at one stage, they continually
showed superior ball movement and ability to play through the line.
In Val Murphy Trophy, the Ellenbrook Rabbitohs continued their impressive form with a 26-8 victory over a brave Rockingham Sharks. A double to Taiaha Maxwell against his former club was key to the victory.
In Women’s League Tag the Rockingham Sharks were too good for the Willagee Bears 26-6, keeping them on pace with the top 4, while the Ellenbrook Rabbitohs ultimately ran out of legs for the fleet footed Joondalup Giants, who were victorious 20-6.

Ocean Road Reserve
The Mandurah Storm were ultimately outclassed in a double header against the North Beach Sea Eagles.
In Val Murphy Trophy, the Sea Eagles to a quick 22-0 lead and looked like they would kick on with the job, off the back of a big performance from the returning Nathan Roa. But some good play from Unawin Clarke and an opportunistic intercept try from the Storm, brought it back to 22-10 and some faint hope, before ultimately the Beach finished the game 30-10 winners.
In WLT, the Beach shutout the Storm, 62-0, with the Storm ladies still having a whale of a time in the competition.

 

PREVIEW

All Flags Signs & Banners Women’s Rugby League Premiership
The Joondalup Giants travel to George Burnett Park, to take on the Willagee Bears, in what should be a bruising encounter. Featuring heavy hitters in Edwards & Tiakia for the Giants and Campbell and Stickland for the Bears, strap in for this one folks.
At Blueforce Park, the North Beach Sea Eagles take on the Kalamunda Bulldogs in what shapes as a desperate battle for both sides. Needing to get a win on the board for the season, both sides will fancy their chances here in what should be an entertaining game.

And in the Cash Converters Game of the round, South Perth Lions will look to get back in the winners circle against a well rested and ready to go Rockingham Sharks team at George Burnett Park. The Sharks, who were impressive early in the competition, will hope the bye provided some much needed rest for sore bodies as they look to get the hop on the Lions, who have been brave in two close losses to the ladder leaders.

Fuel to Go & Play Premiership
In this weeks  Consolidated Energy Key Game, the South Perth Lions host the Rockingham Sharks. With the Premiership competition still very close, both teams will come into this one with obvious motivation. The Lions will be looking to bounce back from a ambush loss to the Roosters. The Daniel Green coached side will hope to start much faster this week and not let the game get away from them. The Sharks, will be hoping to extend to another win, but will probably do so without their main attacking weapon in Hunt. Proudler vs Jeffrey in this game should be a belter.

The North Beach Sea Eagles host the Fremantle Roosters in the Noel Williams Cup. Noel Williams, a WA Rugby League icon, is a WA Life Member, former Brice Trophy/Ken Allen Medal winner, along with serving both clubs with absolute distinction. The Roosters will be looking to continue their good form with Bookends Mitchell Kerr and Bjorn Crotty in excellent form and condition. While North Beach have had a week to mull over their heartbreaking loss to the Giants in Round 05. The speed battle out wide between Parkinson/Cowan and Palmer/Saus should be something to behold.