Curtis Rona has started the 2015 NRL Season at the Bulldogs with a bang. The WA junior talent has scored 5 tries from 4 matches and is in great form.

Check out the below article in the Sunday Times where the junior Joondalup Giant discusses his recent move to the Dogs and how the Rugby League pathway on offer in WA got him to where he is today.

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Check out the full match highlights of the Pirates in their first win of the 2015 season.

 

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There is again $1000 worth of cash prizes so click on the link below and register to Tip in 2015.

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It’s been a long time coming for the Cash Converters West Coast Pirates to claim their first victory of the 2015 season. It took six rounds of the SG Ball competition for everything to finally stick together for the Pirates as they defeated the Central Coast Centurions 22 – 20 on Saturday 21st March.

After the long trip to the Central Coast, the Pirates started the match slowly and let the Centurions jump out to an early 14 – 0 lead. However the injection of Poinga Biddle and Alec Campbell into the game got the team moving forward in the right direction. Head Coach Ryan Gundry praised the efforts of the two forwards helping turn the team around, “Poinga in particular made some bone jarring hits and some strong runs”.

After the Pirates gathered more possession and a couple of penalties fell their way, the points started to flow for the West Coast boys. Both teams were locked up at the break 14 all.

At the start of the second half, halves Jake Gleeson and Sonny Kerr impressed Gundry, “Jake and Sonny took over; they executed our game plan to put us in front”. However the home team weren’t giving up and they clawed their way back into the lead with 10min left of the clock. However this game the Pirates weren’t going to let them get the win that easy.

“The boys remained composed, built pressure until they couldn’t hold on any longer”, Gundry said. It was at this point that Jake Gleeson danced his way through several defenders to score and give the Pirates a 2 point advantage with minutes remaining in the match. In those final minutes Gundry was impressed by the team’s ability to hold on, “The last 4 minutes were again a show of defiance in defence and it really showed how far we have come since round 1”.

The Pirates played well as a team, although the stand out performances came from Poinga Biddle, Liam Donelly, Alec Campbell and Jake Gleeson.

The hard work from Head Coach Ryan Gundry and his team of support staff and players has finally paid off. Everyone in the Rugby League community is extremely proud of the efforts all the entire squad and staff.

The Cash Converters Pirates match up against North Sydney Bears on Saturday 28th March at Charles Riley Reserve. Kick-off is 11am, let’s show our support for the West Coast boys and cheer them to victory this weekend.

 

WEST COAST PIRATES 22
Tries: Jona Chase, Siailoa Faafua, Corban Daniels, Jake Gleeson, Jamie Crocker
Goals: Jamie Crocker

CENTRAL COAST CENTURIONS 20
Tries: Harry Mulligan, Kiah Cooper, Jake Hardman, Jarrett Boland
Goals: Matt Downey 2

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Here are the results on what was the first hit out for many clubs for 2015.

Saturday 21st March 2015

North Beach Sea Eagles v Joondalup Giants
First Grade – North Beach 30 drew with Joondalup 30
Reserve Grade – Joondalup 14 bt North Beach 4
Under 18’s – North Beach 36 bt Joondalup 26
Third Grade – North Beach 26 bt Joondalup 10

Rockingham Sharks v South Perth Lions
First Grade – Rockingham 30 bt South Perth 22
Reserve Grade – Rockingham 26 bt South Perth 20
Third Grade – Rockingham 24 bt South Perth 6
Women’s Leaguetag – Rockingham 14 bt South Perth 0

Kalamunda Bulldogs v Willagee Bears
First Grade – Willagee 18 bt Kalamunda 10
Reserve Grade – Kalamunda 18 drew with Willagee 18
Women’s Leaguetag – Willagee 40 bt Kalamunda 10

Fremantle Roosters v South West Warriors
Reserve Grade – South West 22 bt Fremantle 20
Third Grade – Fremantle 24 bt South West 10

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