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!

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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

By Kristian Dwyer

The heavens opened and the sunshine came out at Ken Allen Field on Saturday, as the Fremantle Roosters took out a 56-8 win against the Kalamunda Bulldogs.

An unlucky bounce from a grubber off the Kalamunda defence opened the scoring for the home side, but the impressive Tamati for the Bulldogs equalised shortly after.

Sadly for the visitors it would be all one-way traffic, as Fremantle put on three more tries through Gherradi, Gibson and Aspen to open up a 20-4 lead at the break.

Despite some big hits and some impressive running, small errors plagued the Bulldogs, and despite some white line fever from the Roosters, after 15 minutes of the second half, the floodgates were opened.

Delane Edwards, Duane Butler and James Aspen, who went over for his second, within ten minutes opened up an unassailable lead, and the result was in the bag for the home side.

The day turned from bad to worse for the visitors when Hohepa Galvin through a hospital pass wide, and could only watch hands on head, as Billy Coughlan intercepted and ran 70m to the in-goal.

A selfless offload from Wellington Tuliloa to Jordan Springer and a Ryan Foster try ticked the scoreboard over 50 for the Roosters, before powerhouse Jaon Kaihe smashed his way through for a consolation for the bulldogs.’

And in the dying moments, Wellington Tuliloa crossed over to complete the rout, and send the Fremantle Roosters into third place on the table.

By Simon Escott

The Willagee Bears brought the fury against home side the Rockingham Sharks in front of an enthusiastic crowd at Franklin Offshore Sporting Complex on Saturday, running out 30-22 winners.

The air was crisp as the Bears faced off against the eager Sharks, controlling the ball early and pushing forward looking for the first score eager for a win.

They weren’t quite able to put good intentions onto the scoreboard as Taniel Moa put the first try on the board for the Sharks w,ith an excellent conversion from second rower Ryan Wilson, to set the score at 6-0.

Within moments the Bears proved they had what it took equalising the scores as Jordan Pereira clasped a tight fly ball rushing forward placing the ball beneath the posts for an easily converted try by Shaun Cooper.

The field was very evenly matched as both teams clawed for the ball into the seventeenth minute with Sharks Julian Wilson claiming the ball on the wing, after a good run from Moses Tuavoa, with an unconverted try leaving the scores 10-6.

After great deliberation and fierce contact the Bears hooker Jarrad Smith placed the ball by the post converting his own try pulling the Bears ahead in the last ten minutes of the first half.

The Sharks replied viciously moving double time on ykr field, the winter rain persuaded to release the sun for Moa as he took a ‘good run’ on the wing placing the ball behind the try line line just shy of the dead ball line.

Still needing the win Bears’ Kyle Murray grabbed the ball on the wing reeling away from the pack to place the ball in the middle of the posts with Smith kicking it right through the middle, with the scores 16-18 going into halftime.

The Sharks came out feeding in the second half with Keelyn Tuuta-Edwards proving he had what it took to take a run on the wing scoring his first try for the match, 22-18.

Not taking this laying down the Bears returned with Jarek Goebel running through the pack after a sneaky pass from team-mate Murray, which landed on his chest before placing the ball between the posts, with Smith getting his third conversion, 22-24.

The Bears were playing a strong off ball offensive on the Sharks as number ten Anthony Fox was sin binned for an off-ball clash with Sharks’ Wilson.

Rhys Peakman proved he was still in form clasping the ball in a turn-over, pulling away from the pack with a bone crunching palm, leaving Smith to place the ball in the middle of the posts, leaving the scores 22-30 going into full time.

As the sun was setting in the west the Bears coach Mark Bilsborough stated that “they needed to hold onto the ball a bit more, have a few more completions, but all in all glad we could pull away with a win…and if we can stick a few more wins together and get a bit more consistent i think we will go alright.”