South Perth Lions vs North Beach Sea Eagles
Val Murphy Trophy started the year with 10 teams in the competition. And we got to whittle it down all the way to the final two. The rivalry continues. South Perth. North Beach. Its an old rivalry. And a fierce one. North vs South. And it rears it head once again. Two of the oldest clubs in Western Australia, almost 70 years of history go at it again.
South Perth, the minor premiers, showed throughout the year that they can pile on the points when it counts. Showing the ability to take games away from teams with 10-15 minute bursts, they can explode with speed and skill to really burn sides. They tend to be a little erratic sometimes, with Kade McDonald a real enigma in terms of risk versus reward. But they contain an honest forward pack, with the likes of Worth, Halpin and Fisiihoi that make sure you have to actually beat them if you want the game.
North Beach, well their first grade woes haven’t affected this side. It is brimming with talent and experience. Godeke. Cook. De Vorms. Taylor. Blake. Roa. Names that scream class. Although a bit older, they are wiser and a more than capable crew. Add in Wallace and Buckley, last years player of the year winners, and you have a recipe for some of your grandmas sweet potato pie. Amazing. But its not just the flashy stuff that wins premierships, and their willingness to do the tough stuff last week saw off a good Joondalup Giants side for their chance at the big one.
Key Match Up— Tremayne Kamso vs Jason Godeke
Maybe not the most dangerous pair on the field, they never the less will control a large portion of how this game will play out for their respective teams.
Kamso, an ex premiership player with the Bears, is a fleet footed hooker who can hold his own with the big boys. He is extremely dangerous when taking off from dummy half, and will sweat on any quick play the balls that come his way. Look for him to run late in each half to take advantage of any tired players.
Although Godeke isn’t the speed merchant that he was in his younger days, he is still no slouch. Possessing a 20 metre burst that most wingers and fullbacks would be jealous of, he is extremely quick between the ears and willing to do the tough stuff as well as the flashy. An underrated ball player, he is Beach’s “Mr Fix It”.