WARL ROUND 17

Willagee v Fremantle – Webber Reserve
Kalamunda v North Beach – Pioneer Park
Rockingham v Joondalup – Franklin Offshore

 

 NON-NEGOTIABLE ATTENDANCE

 Fans look set for a feast of quality rugby league on Saturday at Webber Reserve.

In a potential semi final preview, both Willagee and Fremantle need victory for different reasons.

For the Bears, the ecstasy of sealing third spot would be almost assured.

With wintery conditions set to continue, the match is primed for a gritty workmanlike Bears effort.

However Fremantle will have ideas of their own.

The Roosters have exhibited the efficiency of a German home appliance in recent weeks.

Both sides will also breathe a little easier if Joondalup slip up against Rockingham .

 

NO EXCUSES FOR GIANTS

Joondalup’s finals hopes hinge on victory over Rockingham at Lark Hill on Saturday.

A loss coupled with a Fremantle victory at Webber Reserve, would see the Giants fall two games behind in the race for 4th place.

They won’t get any favours from Rockingham either.

Plagued by injury in 2014, the Sharks have played more freely in recent weeks and the play has been scintillating.

One reason alone to travel to Lark Hill this week is to watch Vincent Silulu.

A nippy mover, Silulu’s talent would brighten the sky during the gloomiest storm.

League followers will be glued to updates of this match around the city, as the result will play a major part in deciding the final four.

 

WHEN FORCES COLLIDE

 Kalamunda and North Beach go into Saturday’s contest at Pioneer Park with mixed emotions.

For Beach, they would be seething at letting South Perth off the hook last week.

After dominating field position over the Lions early, four sets of six in as many minutes all resulted in turnovers.

Beach never recovered from this period of play and toughed their way through a forgettable performance.

You can be sure Ryan Gundry has his men primed for a swift rebound.

Kalamunda’s fans have witnessed further hidings in recent weeks and surely must wonder when their luck will change.

On a boggy track with an unforgiving wind, there may never be a better chance to cause a boilover for their loyal fans.

 

Picture – North Beach v South Perth – WARL Round 16 – MEN OF LEAGUE HERITAGE ROUND

MOL Round - NB v SP

By Justin Fris

ROUND 16

  • North Beach v South Perth
  • Fremantle v Joondalup
  • Willagee v Kalamunda

GAME OF THE SEASON

North Beach and South Perth renew hostilities at Charles Riley Reserve on Saturday, easily the matchup of the season.

The advantages that both sides can gain from winning this match are huge.

Since being belted 30-6 in round nine, Beach have lifted their tempo and played merciless football.

But the question is: has Ryan Gundry learned enough from the loss to tame ‘Barney’ Nixon’s men this time?

A solid South Perth victory would deal a massive psychological wedge to Beach prior to the finals.

 

PULSATING CONTEST AWAITS LEAGUE LOVERS

 Fremantle came ever so close to knocking off North Beach last week.

A new challenge looms this Saturday at Ken Allen Field, with Joondalup arriving intent on maintaining their finals push.

Both sides will also keep one eye on Willagee’s match, with a Bears slip up against Kalamunda beneficial to both.

The Roosters know what they have to achieve for victory, as their form for success has been excellent.

When they are on song, the Giants are also deadly.

Trailing 14-4 early last week at Pioneer Park, Caleb Reedy lead a surge of 34 unanswered points for his men.

Whoever gains control in the forwards will hold the key for a vital two points.

 

BEARS EYE ANOTHER HOME VICTORY

Willagee can gain further hold on third place with a convincing showing against Kalamunda at Webber Reserve.

But the Bears know this match has ‘trap game’ written all over it.

Up 14-4 last week against Joondalup, the Bulldogs showed positive signs. It was a pleasure to see such quality rugby league.

Unfortunately, as the lead became deficit, silly penalties through ill discipline crept in and cost them victory of a winnable game.

Both sides have impressive forward packs and will tire each other out as the match wears on.

Whoever has the stamina and keeps their head will walk away with victory.

 

Rd 15 FRvNB - #7 Beach Rd 15 FRvNB - #12 BeachImages from Rd 15 Fremantle v North Beach:

  • North Beach’s Ryan Dickson kicking the penalty goal that puts them in front of Fremantle by 6 (top).
  • Wayne Ryburn taking a hit up for North Beach (bottom).

CAS Boys Do Us Proud

Story by Kristian Dwyer

On the national front, and the under 18’s Combined Affiliated State squad has just finished off their run at the Australian Schoolboy’s Championships with a 46-22 win over NSWCIS in Darwin yesterday.

WA Boys Kiam Fletcher and Falcon Peni both found themselves on the scoresheet with Peni also notching a goal for his efforts. Off the back of a successful under 18’s schoolboys championship, WA had 6 reps in Falcon Peni, Kiam Fletcher, Tyler Thomas, Alec Campbell, Sam Defiddes and Willem Boshoff who all did the state proud after reaching the semi final stage on Wednesday where they gallantly went down to NSWCCC. The combined affiliated state side had already won 28-16 over the NSWCIS in Pool B before a loss to tournament favourites QLD 30-12 who topped their group.

A huge congratulations to all of our WA CAS Representatives who played at the 2014 Australian Schoolboys Championships in Darwin this week!

CAS Reps U18 - 2014

WARL journalist Justin Fris takes us through the Round 15 Preview of the First Grade WARL Smarter Than Smoking Premiership.


ROUND 15

South Perth vs Rockingham
Fremantle vs North Beach
Kalamunda vs Joondalup

 

ROOSTERS FACE MOMENT OF TRUTH

 Fremantle face North Beach on Saturday at Ken Allen Field, in a match their faithful have awaited for weeks.

After solid showings against several contenders, we will finally see if the Roosters truly can match hardened opposition for 80 minutes.

Beach simply did as they pleased last week against Rockingham and will welcome a competitive contest away from home.

A Roosters win would see them close to within a point of second place.

Last time these two sides met, Beach ran out 34-14 winners.

GIANTS TAKE ROADSHOW TO KALAMUNDA

The Joondalup Giants will look to keep the heat on Fremantle and Willagee with a win over Kalamunda at Pioneer Park.

Easily the most entertaining team in the WARL, watching the Giants is a pleasure for anyone who truly appreciates rugby league.

Although last week’s 46-36 defeat wasn’t ideal, the brand of football produced was breathtaking.

Kalamunda were brave last week against South Perth and will be keen to maintain their competitive spirit.

Expect Caleb Reedy to continue his impressive form for the Giants and lift his side to victory.

 

LIONS AND SHARKS LOOK TO SHAKE COBWEBS

Both Rockingham and South Perth have slumped in form dramatically over the last month.

This Saturday’s clash at George Burnett Park begs the question: What will happen next?

Only Vincent Silulu could hold his head high last week, as the Sharks were mercilessly crushed at North Beach.

South Perth returned to winning ways last week, but ‘Barney’ Nixon will be hoping for a solid 80-minute effort.

The Lions typically enjoy the wide expanses of George Burnett Park, with their wingers often mistaken for mosquitos, such is their pace.

Expect the Lions to grind out a satisfying victory in front of their home supporters.

Round 14 Preview

WARL Journalist Justin Fris has provided his preview on the upcoming Round 14 matches in the Smarter Than Smoking First Grade Premiership.

Joondalup v Willagee – Admiral Park 3.30pm

Kalamunda v South Perth – Pioneer Park 3.30pm

North Beach v Rockingham – Charles Riley Reserve 3.30pm

 

FINALS LOGJAM HEATS UP

Both Joondalup and Willagee will go to extreme lengths to pocket a win on Saturday at Admiral Park.

The Giants were nothing short of awesome last Saturday, scoring four tries in the opening 10 minutes of the second half, burying South Perth in their wake.

But as has been the story all season, this Giants team has struggled to replicate this form from week to week.

Bears fans would have enjoyed their win last week, but are acutely aware that a loss here would dent finals aspirations.

Expect both sides to burn the flanks and give all spectators a traditional afternoon of smashmouth rugby league.

LIONS SET TO REBOUND

 South Perth were jolted last Saturday against Joondalup, but expect them to bounce back convincingly against Kalamunda.

‘Barney’ Nixon’s men were blown away by the Giants in the second half, but their attitude for the contest didn’t.

The Lions should surge early and cripple the Bulldogs’ defensive line through creative cutout passing.

Last week’s 58-8 pounding by Fremantle was easily the most painful afternoon Bulldogs faithful have had to sit through this season.

Hopefully their boys look deep within themselves and reward the fans with a competitive display.

 

NORTH BEACH’S TIDE TURNING

With a three point cushion over the chasing pack, North Beach can relax a little more ahead of their contest against Rockingham on Saturday.

Positive form and South Perth’s loss would deeply satisfy the men from Charles Riley Reserve.

Rockingham’s loss to Willagee last week was extremely untimely.

In order to make finals, the Sharks will have to win almost all of their matches and hope others above falter.

Expect Beach to turn on the style for their loyal fans and win easily.

 

 Smarter Than Smoking Premiership Ladder

1 South Perth Lions 13 9 1 1 2 365 212 153 23
2 North Beach Sea Eagles 13 8 0 3 2 335 228 107 17
3 Fremantle Roosters 13 5 2 5 1 316 241 75 14
4 Joondalup Giants 13 5 0 6 2 296 298 -2 14
5 Willagee Bears 13 4 2 5 2 274 295 -21 14
6 Rockingham Sharks 13 3 0 8 2 274 348 -74 10
7 Kalamunda Bulldogs 13 2 1 8 2 210 422 -212 9