TOP SIDES STILL IN FRONT

The top three sides in the Harvey Norman Premiership race kept themselves ahead of the pack with some telling wins on Saturday.

South Perth outclassed Kalamunda Bulldogs 62 to 16, Fremantle Roosters beat Joondalup Giants 30 to 14 after being down at half time and North Beach Sea Eagles held on in a tough encounter on their road trip to Kalgoorlie beating the Goldfields Titans 28 to 22. In the other game Rockingham had a poor second half but managed to hold on for a 38 to 32 win over Willagee Bears.

There are good signs for the competition, but there is still a gap that needs to be closed. All eight clubs have recruited well and have shown improvement on 2010 and are very optimistic with the season ahead, even though the scoreboard does not show it.

Goldfields coach Rob Hunt was upbeat about his team’s efforts against North Beach. “We were very good today and still have players yet to get into good form. We went try for try all day and only really lost the game in the final few minutes”.
Best players for the game were Mike Te Ao from the Sea Eagles and Kane Moors for the Titans.

Ian Robinson from Willagee was also happy with the way the club is coming up. “After being 26 nil down at half time, which went out to 32 nil early in the second, our boys really reacted well to the half time talk. We still have players to come in and still carrying injuries so I can see us going much better in 2011”.
Rockingham were disappointed with the fade out. “We were lucky to win, and to tell the truth I am quite relieved”, a disappointed Rockingham coach Martyn Wood said after the game. He was quite concerned with such a big fade out.
Best players were Luke Falconer and Kevin Brown for the Sharks and Brad Wann and Blake Champion for the Bears.

Equally Joondalup Giants would be concerned after going scoreless in the second half for the second consecutive game, although up against a very confident Fremantle Roosters.
Rowen Hastings of Fremantle and Nathan Seale for the Giants were the best for each side.

South Perth’s Cory Bush was happy with the side’s start and showing against an injury laden Bulldogs.
“We kept to the basics today and got off to a good start. It was just good to play the way we did”.
Callum Coleman and Jack Greenwood starred for the Lions with two tries each and Josh Benjamin and Darryl Gordon the best for the Bulldogs.

GAME RESULTS

First Grade

Fremantle Roosters 30 – Joondalup Giants 14
North Beach Sea Eagles 28 – Goldfields Titans 22
Rockingham Sharks 38 – Willagee Bears 32
South Perth Lions 62 – Kalamunda Bulldogs 16

Premier Grade

Fremantle Roosters 32 – Joondalup Giants 10
South West Warriors 42 – North Beach Sea Eagles 14
Rockingham Sharks 88 – Willagee Bears 0
South Perth Lions 42 – Kalamunda Bulldogs 20

Under 18

Rockingham Sharks 36 – Willagee Bears 20

LeagueTag

Fremantle Roosters 16 – Joondalup Giants 0
North Beach Sea Eagles 22 – South West Warriors 8
Rockingham Sharks 16 – Willagee Bears 14
Kalamunda Bulldogs 16 – South Perth Lions 4