The Goose Step – Wednesday 23rd June 2021

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REVIEW
Friday Night – All Flags Signs & Banners Women’s Premiership
And here come the South Perth Lions! In our Cash Converters Game Of The Round at George Burnett Park, the Lions accounted from a brave and improved performance from the Rockingham Sharks, 28-12. The goal kicking of Rachel Withoos providing the big difference on the night, the Lions were just a bit too game sharp off the back of some close losses to the Rabbitohs and Giants. The Sharks were gallant and stayed in the contest till the final whistle, with bookends Sera Ravatudei and Stacey Teariki keeping them in the game with some strong running. Mel Thomas for the Lions continued her back to the future performance with another dominant display.
After the main game, on a bitter winters night, the Joondalup Giants were too classy for the Willagee Bears. In a match marred with injuries, the Giants kept it simple and were simply too effective with the ball in hand for the Bears. On the back of some great footwork from Stacey Hendriks, Crystal Walters and a coming of age game from Tamara Tarau, they piled on the points to win 46-0. Willagee will be licking their wounds this week, with no less than 7 players coming off injured or with concussion, and will be hoping they are able to field a side this week.
And over at Blueforce Park the North Beach Sea Eagles showed the competition what they could do with a full side, putting the Kalamunda Bulldogs to the sword to the tune of 36-4. Emysen Robinson was the architect and finisher as she ended up with a hatrick, while young Dion Morgan joined in with a hatrick of her own. For the Bulldogs, they continue to tighten up little areas of their game with June Marshall and Celia Reid showing a bit of fight in certain places, but ultimately they need an injection of speed into the side.

 

Saturday
George Burnett Park
The South Perth Lions rebounded against the Rockingham Sharks in Consolidated Energy Key Game, running over the top of the Sharks in the second half to prevail, 22-8. With the spectre of last weekends performance firmly in the back mirror, the Lions started shakily, but warmed into the contest with their returning players really making the difference in the last 7 days. The Sharks, off the back of a heroic performance against the Joondalup Giants last weekend, simply found the Lions defence a bridge too far, especially missing strike weapon Tyler Hunt. With the young pairing of Wood and Gilchrist in the halves for the Sharks, they were unable to replicate last weeks performance and struggled to create opportunities against the well drilled and stingy Lions defence.
While trailing 8-6 at halftime, the Lions put the foot down in the second half with Mason Hiko a standout performer for them in a dominant display of fast and powerful running. Ably supported by Smith and Proudler, Hiko was a best on ground performance with two tries and several scything runs to leave the Sharks defenders clutching at thin air.
In lower grade news, South Perth defeated the Rockingham Sharks, 30-16, in a fast paced game. It was the return of one of the games favourite characters with Jordan Jacobs stepping out and duly saluting the crowd with a trade mark tackle busting try. But please remember the name Alex Palmer, from the Sharks side, who was an everywhere man and kept putting himself in the frame whenever possible.
In Val Murphy, the Mandurah Storm, searching for that elusive win, led the Rockingham Sharks 6-4 at halftime. Alas it was not to be with the Sharks changing gears in the second half and the storm unfortunately unable to go with them. It was a strange game for everyone involved with Eric Koroa back in a Sharks jersey after a mid week transfer saw him playing for the Lions last weekend.
In the other Val Murphy game, the Lions reversed their result from a few weeks back, to defeat the Kalamunda Bullogs 20-18. On the back of a try scoring double from James Turner, and a crafty performance from Josh Anstis, the Bulldogs fell short, with the enigmatic Devontay Tutai Tauiti confusing spectators and players alike with his rocks and diamonds performances.
In Women’s League Tag, it was a double header with simultaneous action showing almost simultaneous scores.
Mandurah Storm had their closest every performance, succumbing to the Rockingham Sharks, 24-0. While still not a win, great comfort can be taken from the game from the Storm ladies who are continuing to improve, while the Sharks had some notable absentees in their side.
And in a battle important to the top 4 makeup this year, South Perth Lions Brooke Carroll yet again stamped her authority on the competition with a try scoring hat trick against a strong but ultimately outclassed Ellenbrook Rabbitohs, The 22-0 victory kept the Lions well in control of this years competition.

Blueforce Park
And the North Beach Sea Eagles sent a shockwave through the competition with a scintillating victory over a gallant but injury riddled Fremantle Roosters side, 25-18. The Sea Eagles, off the back of a bye last week, were full of running and energy all game, but much like Justis Huni, left it till late to land the knockout blow. Everytime Beach looked like they would seal the deal and get further in front, the Roosters would respond with an length of the field intercept to Paora Kemp, a 70 metre try off the back of an error for Alan Cowan, and a 50 metre intercept break from Wiremu Paki, keeping the Roosters well in the game.
But cometh the hour and cometh the man, Bowman Stein, the Noel Williams player of the day, played close to his best game of football, at lock. Many consider Bowman to be a lock, with his impressive running game, the changes made to the side, which saw Buckley to hooker, Takarangi to halfback and Joyce-Vaughn to fullback worked a treat with Stein’s workrate and late footwork proving a nightmare for the opposition. Not to mention the amazing field goal from 35 metres out, off the back foot, which put the game firmly in the Sea Eagles corner, Stein had a day out to remember. With young Kobi Aiesi scoring a late try on the bell, the Sea Eagles regained control of the Noel Williams Cup for another year. For the Roosters, it was a mixed performance, with some sore bodies hoping to get back to 100% before the new week, but what was encouraging was the debut performance of young Cooper Sanders. With the hair down to the shoulders in all his glory, he proved he wasn’t out of his depth, alongside the likes of fellow youngster Nick Riggs, who was huge for the Roosters.
In reserve grade, the Sea Eagles added yet another large score to their resume, with a resound 56-0 victory over the Fremantle Roosters, which has led to calls that a end of season grudge match between Premiership and Reserve Grade would be an interesting affair. Young Bailey Millar showed his class in a man of the match debut which is sure to have Sea Eagles supporters licking their lips of the future prospect.
In Val Murphy Trophy, the Alkimos Tigers hit back in emphatic style with a 40-26 victory over the North Beach Sea Eagles. The Sea Eagles fielding names Roa, Richards, Adams and Boelen, simply could not match the attacking power of the Tigers. Centre Jojo Ranger and captain Tuipulotu Lasike were completely devastating in their ball running.
In Women’s League Tag, North Beach Sea Eagles were in cruise control against a great defensive effort from the Tigers. While the Sea Eagles dominated the match, the Tigers kicked a penalty goal in the final seconds to trouble the scorers, 26-2.
And in the match up of the round in WLT, the Fremantle Roosters continued to improve, out pointing the Joondalup Giants 28-14. On the back of a side brimming with speed, they also welcomed back playmaker Michelle Trainor, who was the conductor they have been sorely missing, and they will fancy their chances heading into the second half of the season.

PREVIEW

All Flags Signs & Banners Women’s Rugby League Premiership

In the Cash Converters Game of the round, South Perth Lions will be back on television, taking on cross town rivals the Kalamunda Bulldogs. Now while both teams had differing matches last Friday, the Bulldogs will fancy themselves more in this contest with two big forward packs meeting in this contest. Crafty hookers Michaela Turner Wallace and June Marshall will go head to head in this encounter.
On the heels of the main game, the Rockingham Sharks will look to go one better when they take on the ladder leading Joondalup Giants. Although the Giants have a few notable ommisions, including the ineffable Anneka Stephens, they will still field a strong side which features WA fullback Elle Warren. The Sharks will look to halves Xanthe Grey and Missy Buchanan to control the contest from the outset.

And up at Charlottes Sports Pavilion in Ellenbrook, the Rabbitohs will look to heap more misery on the injury riddled Willagee Bears. With tackle busting Azhure Turner and try scoring Lillee Wearing making waves for the Rabbitohs, it will be up to the likes of Mikayla Savage to stop the Rabbitohs potent point scoring machine.

Fuel to Go & Play Premiership
The  Consolidated Energy Key Game this week see the old rivalry, South Perth Lions taking on the North Beach Sea Eagles. With both teams off the back of smart wins, they will be looking to continue to build momentum moving forward. With the FIFO nature of some of the teams, its a bit of a lottery as to who you get and when, but an interesting matchup sees veteran Harry Debique at fullback match up against Kahan Joyce-Vaughn. Debique a ball playing, tempo changing fullback, will look for nous and knowledge over the dangerous and powerful running game of JV.

And the Joondalup Giants return to Admiral Park, to host the Fremantle Roosters in an interesting crossroads for the two sides. The Roosters and Giants are very aware you don’t win Premierships in June. With the Roosters happily in 2nd place on the ladder and slowly building to getting all their troops ready, the Giants will be looking for a bit of consistency of their own. With multiple combinations being used in the Giants spine, it remains to be seen what their best side will look like moving forward, but would hope to get another win on the board, as the Sharks have the bye this week and will jump them on the table.