WARL Premiership Rd 5 Review

2013 WARL Premiership

Saturday April 20, 2013 – Round 5


Bears Stun Lions

Willagee Bears impressive start to the season continued with a stunning 36 to 10 win over the favoured South Perth Lions. After spending the last few years at the bottom of the table the Bears have found the form they need to be a threat in the competition.

South Perth who were without key players and then lost Pikari te Wara in the first five minutes had no excuses as the Bears strangled them and took advantage of the mistakes made. The win puts them in equal top position and sets them up for the next two games against North Beach and Fremantle.

Brigham Martin and Carlos Raneka played well for the Bears with Taka Peneha and Kurt de Luis the best for the Lions.

Rockingham Sharks were scrappy in their win over Kalamunda Bulldogs taking out the game 34 to 18 after being tied at 18 all 15 minutes into the second half. The standard of the game was not high with errors on both sides and penalties playing a role in the flow of the game.

Kalamunda took an early 12 nil lead with tries to Tom Watts and Bruce Anderson in the first ten minutes. The small backs were allowed to break through too often for the Bulldogs and the Sharks could not get their balance right. Rockingham were able to break the lines when they got their running game working and put on 18 points to finish the first half. After a similar start to the second, the Sharks were again allowed to run in easy tries as Kalamunda tired.

Rockingham coach Jamie Papa was disappointed with the effort. “It was very scrappy and we played ill disciplined football, with too many fundamental errors and penalties”.

Jason Campbell, coach of the Bulldogs thought their game was reasonable. “We played well for a good part of the game but were let down by our outside defense and did not man up late in the second half”.

Best players for the game were Josh Simm and Reece Potter for Rockingham and Thomas Watts and Larry Vnele for the Bulldogs.

Fremantle Roosters had a convincing 44 to 12 win over Joondalup Giants mainly set up through a 36 point first half. As in the last two weeks, Joondalup recovered and played well for a much more even second half. The Giants have proven they can match it with the competitions top sides, but they need to play for 80 minutes.

Blane Edwards dominated for Fremantle with Scott Sablowski again playing well. Ricky Carl and Nathan Searle were the best for the Giants.


Game Results

First Grade

Willagee Bears 36 – South Perth Lions 10

Fremantle Roosters 44 – Joondalup Giants 12

Rockingham Sharks 34 – Kalamunda Bulldogs 18

BYE: North Beach Sea Eagles

Premier Grade

South Perth Lions 54 – Willagee Bears 14

Fremantle Roosters 40 – Joondalup Giants 22

Rockingham Sharks 38 – Kalamunda Bulldogs 4

North Beach Sea Eagles 32 – South West Warriors 18

Under 18

South Perth Lions 54 – Willagee Bears 20

Kalamunda Bulldogs 36 – Rockingham Sharks 26

North Beach Sea Eagles 26 – South West Warriors 20


South Perth Lions 26 – Willagee Bears 12

Joondalup Giants 6 – Fremantle Roosters 4

Rockingham Sharks 18 – Kalamunda Bulldogs 8

North Beach Sea Eagles 42 – South West Warriors 0