The New Zealand Warriors will host an open training session 10.30am tomorrow, 5th June, at nib Stadium with all welcome to attend.

Led by coach Andrew McFadden, the boys will be training hard as they prepare to take on the South Sydney Rabbitohs on Saturday.

Come down for a glance at the club’s training program and a chance to meet some of your favourite players too!

Prove your passion!

History will be made on Saturday when the West Coast Pirates Under 16′s side take on the New South Wales Indigenous Development Squad in the curtain raiser for the NRL blockbuster between South Sydney and New Zealand Warriors at nib Stadium.

The Shield, a brainchild of WARL Development Officer Edward Easter and NSWRL’s, will see two of the games’ most exciting batch of youngsters face off on what is hoped to be an annual event.

The NSW Indigenous squad, led by head coach Gerald Bradshaw, are already training in Western Australia in the lead up to the inaugural clash.

The Pirates Under 16′s squad is a transitional group that maintains a pathway for young players in Western Australia and also prepares them for the rigours of SG Ball football.

“The point of this match is two-fold, firstly, to expose a talented group of players to a level of representative football they may have missed out on otherwise due to the range and age of state teams,” he said.

“And secondly, to build a relationship with the NSW Indigenous Rugby League setup by playing a curtain raiser here every year.”

As part of this agreement, there will be a return fixture in January each year when the Pirates Academy, the Under 15′s, travel to Sydney on tour.

“This will be great for Junior Football in Western Australia”, Easter said.

Round 10 Wrap

There’s been some movers and shakers in the Smarter than Smoking WARL Premiership with a last minute loss to Joondalup leading them to be the biggest losers, tumbling out of the four on Goal Difference. With South Perth lengths ahead of the pack in the chase for the premiership, it will be a tightly contested race for finals football and this was never more evident with the shock win to the Rockingham Sharks who snatched a 36-34 win over the giants. This result puts the Sharks one win away from the top four and with a favourable draw ahead of them, could make a play for top half. The Roosters returned to the winners circle, dominating the Willagee bears to win 52-22 at Ken Allen Field, with Sampson Graham and Delane Edwards starring for the home side. And at Charles Riley Reserve, North Beach took advantage of the two sides above them and leapt to second with a complete 42-22 rout of the Kalamunda Bulldogs.

Clinical Sea Eagles trump spirited Bulldogs
Report by Justin Fris

North Beach continued their impressive home form with a 40-12 win over Kalamunda at Charles Riley Reserve. Despite dominating for large periods, the Sea Eagles appeared complacent after half time. At no stage did the endeavour of the Bulldogs drop; they were just simply outclassed. Inspired by youngster Josh Rogers, the Sea Eagles raced to a 28-0 lead midway through the first half. For all the efforts made by Bulldogs duo Ricco Heta and Cairo Takarangi, the Sea Eagles line was impenetrable. As the Sea Eagles cruised throughout the second half, the Bulldogs were rewarded for dogged persistence. Natural order was restored late in the match, with Gershom Adams owning the middle of the field for the Sea Eagles. Both sides will take plenty from this result, for vastly different reasons.

Fremantle blitz home against weary Bears
Report by Kristian Dwyer

The Fremantle Roosters have overcame a post half-time stutter to blitz home against the visiting Willagee Bears 52-22 at Ken Allen Field.

Delane Edwards was the catalyst in the opening fifteen minutes as the home side raced away to a 22-6 lead in the opening 25 minutes.

Willagee kept their resolve though and aimed to stem the tide against them but Sam Vanner jumping on an Edwards grubber to spare another try, the resulting play saw Stephen Gherarde cross for the Roosters.

Edwards would again cross before half time to take the scores to 32-6 in favour of the home side with the parochial travelling support beginning to get restless.

Sam Vanner, easily one of the more impressive for the Bears, must have had the coaches words ringing in his ears as within minutes of the break he mazed his way past two backs before powering accross the line and restoring a bit of parity to the scoreline. Bjorn Crotty would also benefit from a fortituous bounce of the upright just minutes later to return the score to 32-16 and give the visitors some hope.

Fremantle Fullback Alan Cowen would turn the pendulum in Fremantle’s favour however after he took advantage of some lapse Willagee defence to score.

And from there it was all Fremantle, with Wellington Tuliloa, Josh Upton and Roydon Gillett wrapping up the result in the last ten minutes.

Sharks epic comeback bites Giants
Report by Kristian Dwyer

The Rockingham Sharks have shown tremendous courage to fight from a 24 point deficit to sneak home 36-34 at Admiral Park. Both sides had plenty to play for with Rockingham aiming to keep touch with the top four, whilst Joondalup were looking to build on last weeks win against the Roosters and claim second place on the ladder.

The giants were dominant early on and raced ahead to a 24-0 lead until three minutes to go in the first half when the Sharks crossed twice to take the game into the break 24-12.

The Sharks would put on two more early in the second half but again Joondalup pulled away to restore their lead to six points.

Both sides would go try for try until a double salvo from the Sharks put them within two points with ten minutes to go.

And in the dying minutes the travelling Rockingham fans were in ecstacy as they took the lead for the first time in the game to snatch victory from defeat.

Premiership Table after Round 10

Position Team Played Won Drawn Lost Byes For Against GD Points
1 South Perth Lions 8 8 0 0 2 290 132 158 20
2 North Beach Sea Eagles 9 6 0 3 1 257 204 53 11
3 Willagee Bears 7 3 1 3 2 180 175 5 11
4 Fremantle Roosters 9 3 2 4 1 202 200 2 10
5 Joondalup Giants 9 4 0 5 1 234 242 -8 10
6 Rockingham Sharks 8 2 0 6 2 200 266 -66 8
7 Kalamunda Bulldogs 8 1 1 6 1 154 298 -144 5

By Justin Fris

GIANTS WARY OF CIRCLING SHARKS

 Joondalup will be under no illusions ahead of their clash with Rockingham on Saturday at Admiral Park.

Although in good form of late, the Giants know they must keep on winning to ensure a finals appearance in 2014.

But no match is easy, and the Sharks have been serving it up to those higher up on the table.

The Giants dominated their clash with the Roosters last week, but their play was scrappy at times and must improve.

In order for a Sharks victory, they must sustain their application and not commit silly penalties with the game on the line.

Look out for Giants winger Ra Davis to have a big say on the outcome of the match with his suburb workrate around the ball carrier.

 

WOUNDED SEA EAGLES PRIMED FOR REBOUND

After being hammered by Willagee last Saturday, the last thing Kalamunda needs is to face North Beach at Charles Riley Reserve.

The Sea Eagles, who would be still smarting from their 30-6 loss to South Perth last week, will be out for redemption.

Taureen Sheahan has been a livewire for Beach this season and coach Ryan Gundry would be expecting him to burn the flanks against the Bulldogs line.

One of the hardest workers in the WARL is Bulldogs forward Tommy Te Ahuru. Irrespective of the final score, keep an eye on how he marshals the forwards out in the middle of the ruck.

 

LOCAL DERBY SET TO CAPTIVATE

 Easily the most important fixture of the weekend is between local rivals, Fremantle and Willagee.

The Bears are currently in 3rd position and are having a fantastic season, wowing the public with their honest, hardworking game style.

Hopefully the Roosters coaching staff have focussed on ball handling and catching the high ball at training; they need practice in this area badly.

Overall, the Roosters have the makings of a good side; they just need to eliminate unforced errors from their sets of six.

This contest has all the makings of a thriller and local sportfans should be encouraged to flock down to Ken Allen Field.

UNDER 11′s
Fremantle 64 def Willagee 8
South Perth 34 def Mandurah 0
Joondalup Bye
Rockingham Bye

GIRL’S LEAGUETAG
Willagee 40 def South West 4
Kalamunda 22 def Joondalup 8
South Perth 16 def Mandurah 10
North Beach 12 drew with Rockingham 12
Fremantle Bye

UNDER 12′s
Fremantle 58 def South West 0
Joondalup drew with Kalamunda (match abandoned prior to half time due to injury)
South Perth 40 def Mandurah 4
Rockingham 36 def North Beach 4

UNDER 13′s
North Beach 34 def Rockingham 20
South Perth def Mandurah (fft)
South West/Willagee Bye

UNDER 14′s
Fremantle 54 def South West/Willagee 8
Kalamunda 18 def Joondalup 14
Rockingham 36 def North Beach 16
South Perth Bye

UNDER 16′s
Joondalup 50 def Kalamunda 18
South Perth 78 def Mandurah 0
Rockingham def North Beach (fft)
Fremantle Bye