Saturday June 1, 2013 – Round 10
Fremantle and North Beach Draw
In a game dominated by the defense of both sides Fremantle Roosters held on to draw with North Beach Sea Eagles 14 all. Fremantle had much of the possession in the first half and could have put the game away, but could not push over the line when it counted. North Beach fought back hard in the second half, and again could have won it had it not been for the defense of the Roosters. It was a game befitting the two form sides of the competition.
The Sea Eagles who lost James Blake and Ben Taylor from the line up before the game, scored first within three minutes of the start after a dropped ball by Fremantle on their 30 metre line. Fremantle then worked their way back into the game and at the 15 and 20 minute mark full back Robbie Kurth answered with two tries to give the Roosters the advantage. They then controlled the first half, but could only manage another four points to go into the break with a 14 to 4 lead.
In the second half it was North Beach’s turn to take control. They threatened the line many times but it wasn’t until the 70 minute mark after a brilliant individual effort from 30 metres by veteran Mick Kestel who kicked forward and then picked up the ball to run in a try that they were able to get within 4 points. With three minutes to go Taurean Sheehan scored to level the score. Kestel was unable to convert and left the scores tied.
Both coaches agreed it was the defenses and physical side of the game which decided the result.
“It was a good physical game and North Beach defended well in the second half”, said Fremantle coach Andrew Korn, “but we did not play smart and use the ball on the outside”.
“We played well in patches”, claimed North Beach’s Ryan Gundry, “and it was a huge defensive effort from both sides”.
Best players were Gareth Martin and Josh Essex for the Roosters and Kieran Tarrant and Sheehan for North Beach.
South Perth Lions played one of their best games for the season and dominated Rockingham Sharks winning 56 to 6. After getting their season back on track last week, the Sharks failed to show up and now need to dig deep to be a force in the premiership race.
The win could set up a big second half of the season for the Lions who are still to put their best team on the field. Best players were Brandon and Willis Timlin for South Perth and Duntaine Puna for the Sharks.
In the other game Joondalup Giants just got over the line with a 36 to 34 win over Kalamunda Bulldogs. Best for Joondalup were Craig Richardson and Alastair Harris.
South Perth Lions 52 – Rockingham Sharks 6
Fremantle Roosters 14 – North Beach Sea Eagles 14
Joondalup Giants 36 – Kalamunda Bulldogs 34
BYE: Willagee Bears
Rockingham Sharks 48 – South Perth Lions 6
Fremantle Roosters 32 – North Beach Sea Eagles 22
Kalamunda Bulldogs 36 – Joondalup Giants 14
Willagee Bears 22 – South West Warriors 22
South Perth Lions 48 – Rockingham Sharks 24
Kalamunda Bulldogs 22 – Joondalup Giants 12
Willagee Bears 42 – South West Warriors 20
Rockingham Sharks 14 – South Perth Lions 12
Fremantle Roosters 18 – North Beach Sea Eagles 6
Kalamunda Bulldogs 16 – Joondalup Giants 16
Willagee Bears 24 – South West Warriors 0
By Richard Campbell