An outstanding day for the club with the Palms collecting a Clean sweep against the Powerhouse of the North - Joondalup.
The Under 18s took on Joondalup Blue at HBF Arena and came away with the win. The final score was 22 to 7 but could have been much higher with the boys wasting a number of scoring opportunities. Tries to Victor Caulton, Ethan Soden, Jackson Pugh and Adam Turner. The final try from Adam was a fast sprint for over half the field with a number of Joondalup players in hot pursuit. After two games the boys are showing a lot of promise but also have a bit to work still to do. Next week they take on West Scarborough at home in what is sure to be a fierce grand final rematch.
After suffering their first loss of the season last week at home the 3rd grade side looked to bounce back against fellow top four team Joondalup. A number of late defections from players in higher grades saw a few key changes made but the men coming in did a great job of continuing the form that sees Pally fighting for a top two spot. Strong carries from Ruihi Wihongi, Jamon Tuiavi'i and Keegan Dassler in the forwards allowed the backs to play with freedom. The outside backs did a great job of finishing the work done up front combining for 5 tries between them. Other points came from the boots off Junior Greig and Jesse Maguire and a couple of hard running forward efforts as the final score blew out, 57-12 to Pally.
Facing off against the previous table leaders of the competition, the colts proved a point by continuing their undefeated streak and taking a 28-10 victory. Numerous line breaks from the 10 and 12 pairing of Leighton Short and Izzy Aupanu, saw the game played at an intensity too great for Joondalup. Jack Soa and Henny DeWet showed solid performances in the forwards while the return of Elliot Knox from injury and Trey Maloney from Senior duties, made a difference in the backs.
Taking their game on the road again, fourth grade knew they were going to be in for a scrap as they once again took the field with only 11 fresh players. Wing, Fullback, lock and half-back were all filled with players that had already played a full game for the threes! Despite this the teams character shone through, and with some individually brilliant performances the men got the win 47-19. Joondalup's big men were full of hard straight runners and big hitters, but the experience and footwork of club veterans like Brendan Tucker turned those tactics into a weakness as space was constantly found around the edges of contact. Player-coach Jason Satherly had another strong game along with double game players Ryan Pieterson and Brett Limpus.
After a close, physical encounter against Nedlands last week it would be understandable to expect a few sore bodies to dodge training during the week. Not in this team though. The calibre of coaching, particularly in the backs division, saw a full turn out and the impressive work ethic we've come to know and expect from our Reserve Grade outfit these days shone through once more. Lead from the front, impressively again, by Dylan (Quokka) Cunningham with his 4XL shirt stuck to him like cling film on a packed lunch, the boys backed up last week's efforts by posting another big win against Joondalup Brothers. More impressively, however, maintaining there ferocious appetite to defend their line and keep another team scoreless. Michael Fotu (Player of the day) charged through the defence like Paasi Fine at an all you can eat buffet, supported well by Rawiri Davis...running lines Corey Norman would be proud of. Perhaps the surprise package of the day was "pocket rocket" Adam Marshall, scoring 2 tries from an unfamiliar position out on the wing. Deceptively quick and as agile as Premier Grade captain Shane Manu on the dance floor, he helped himself to a brace, matching his brother Michael's efforts in the forwards. JC Nel was as industrious as ever, providing yet another high class performance.
Asked for a few post match words, coach Jerry Mataceva had this to say: "GOOOO FIJI GOOOO.....I mean, sorry, the boys played well today - looking forward to another big turn out at training and meeting West Scarborough next week."
Ok Jerry. OK.
With seven of our Women away with the state team we had no game this week. Congratulations to the Ladies who helped the Alcohol Think Again Women’s team achieved 4th place at nationals.
Another week, another Nail biter. Joondalup have had a decent run so far this year and the Pally men knew they were going to have to fight hard to get a result and their strong season back on track. Weather they knew just how deep they'd have to dig was unknown though as the game went right down to the wire. Four David Nelson penalties and tries to constant performers Jackson Neilson, Mees Erasmus (welcomed back after a week off for Force standby duties) Manihera Eden and Joel Winterburn set the platform for a 36-30 victory. This week, unlike last, the Pally men stood up when they were needed most finishing the game with a demonstration of perfect patience and accuracy as they wound down the clock with a series of runners of the half back that numbered close to twenty phases. Joondalup's half-back Johann Louw will be pleased with a kicking display that kept Joondalup in the contest but ultimately it wasn't enough to stop the Pally men. With Kalamunda defeating Wests Scarborough, Pally climbed back into first place on the Premier ladder. This week we are back at Tompkins Park to host Wests which promises to be an enthralling encounter across all the grades.
Notes from the weekend
Updated 06:58 - 15 May 2017 by Palmyra Media
Ryan Pieterson, Brett Limpus and Jonah Pope all played 2 full games for the club on Saturday as fours are still looking for numbers. If you're thinking of getting back into rugby come on down to training Thursday nights. Even if you're only wanting to play 20 minutes a week these men sure could use the help! Here's looking at you Adam Dubbleman, Ian Hendricks and Sam Herrmann!