In what was a danger day for the club, all our teams played some fantastic rugby to ensure our strong start to the season continued
Third Grade Ladder Position - 2nd (8 wins, 1 loss)
As the injuries continue to mount in higher grades and with two players sadly leaving the club this week, third grade found itself putting out a fairly fresh lineup. The 9-10-12 combo of Brett Limpus, Junior Greig and Tairi Noema however have the trio have played plenty of rugby together (with Junior and Tairi first combining on the 1924-25 Invincibles tour) and were the foundation that allowed individuals to shine. Obed “Obie only-twice” Silinui, Jamon Tuiavi'i and Mike Marshall carried strongly all day while Liam “Jono” Phipps and Callum 'Sheep' Payne provided a steady flow of ball at lineout time. Lineouts, it turns out, are easy to win when your jumpers are six foot tall but only weigh the same as an U16 half-back. Ryan Pieterson was awarded man of the match with yet another electric performance on the wing. Destructive ball in hand, he was even more impressive mowing down several Soaks players who had thought their run to the line was clear. With substitutions flowing in the last 15 minutes, Pallys scrum started to move backwards at a rate only matched by Jonny when it's his round at the bar. With the pressure mounting Pally conceded some late points but ultimately held on for a 31-26 victory.
Colts Ladder Position - 1st (9 wins, 0 losses)
The final game of round one saw the Colts continue their undefeated winning streak against a competitive Associates side. An early two tries to Kale Bisset saw the boys go up 12-0 only 12 minutes into the game. An injury to Izzy Aupanu saw the backline reshuffled early on in the game although this did not prevent the boys from running some fancy moves and setting up a full field try finished off by Elliot Knox. Some questionable passes and cross field kicks lead to a few Soaks tries late in the game but through strong performances from Kale Bisset, Marshal Moran and Trey Moloney proved too much for Associates with the boys getting up 65-19
Fourth Grade Ladder Position - 9th (3 wins, 5 losses)
This week fourth grade had a bye, though a number of their regular starters made significant contributions to the Third grade victory, while Jason Satherly ensured that Juniors kicks at goal were a success.
Women Ladder Position - 5th (5 wins, 4 losses)
The Womens team again travelled seperate to the rest of the senior club, this week heading down to Southern Lions. While Pally sits fifth on the table it is only points differential seperating them from Nedlands (fourth on the ladder) and they were looking to keep the fight alive. Kat Outred was Pallys best performer in the 24-5 victory and was ably supported by Miriama Muela and Claudia Foster. Special mention goes also to Anne Fagan, who in her first game tackled outstandingly.
Reserve Grade Ladder Position - 1st (9 wins, 0 losses)
If previous seasons were anything to go by then this week’s fixture vs Associates was going to be a cracker. Our forwards got us off to a fantastic start; with 43-year veteran Hamiora Tioke showing that age counts for nothing when you have heart. Moving around the field slower than peak hour traffic on the Kwinana Freeway, he managed to grab a crucial early score. His 7 partners in crime were also up for the challenge, all of who contributed massively to a dominant 59-0 victory. None more so than returning fan favourite Shannan (Shagga) McRae. Having struggled with niggling injuries for the better part of the season so far, his recently installed home chair lift now alleviates some of the strain on his old, eroding bones and has given life to what was a sleeping beast. Managing 80 minutes on Saturday was a huge deal for Shagga who, after this year, is looking forward to his freshman year at the Pally Pigs Academy. Ra Davies & Robin Harte (AKA: Kim & Kanye) combining better than a farmer mid-harvest season for the backs in the midfield, ran through holes quicker than diarrhoea. Debutant Pierson Kennington also crossed the line for a debut try, adapting to his new environment as easily as Justin Bieber in a Spanish pop song. Kris Setu and Josh Warmington also shone with their performances in the back 3. Weighing in at a combined total of 36 kilos, punching well above their weight, a try and an assist to their names meant it was a great team performance from 1-15. At full time, coach Jerry Mataceva was unavailable for comment, found sleeping in the shade. Not sure if this was as a result of the lamb and kava the night before or the torturous chat from opposition supporters on the sidelines. Either way, a great day for Reserve Grade and at the halfway point of the season the boys remain undefeated.
Premier Grade Ladder Position - 1st (8 wins, 1 losses)
A win of any kind would guarantee the boys finishing round 1 at the top of the ladder. Not an easy feat when the opposition are on a 4 game winning streak and playing with confidence. The difference between this year’s team compared to previous is that the added ingredient of belief is rife at the moment. Duck slotted an early penalty to give the team a 3-0 lead, showing their intent to keep the scoreboard ticking over. It was 1991 when Palmyra were last crowned as Premiers in WA, coincidentally this was also the same year that scrum half Kieran Duffin scored his last try. He managed to break the drought by crossing the line from a cleverly taken quick tap deep in the Associates “22”. After a cagey first half, the 2nd half got off to a flyer with Hunga, Auega, Paasi and Fotu all enjoying runs more damaging than a dodgy takeaway curry. The sight of Hunga busting the line like the elastic on Lex Wilson’s underpants was terrifying, sending Toots over for another try to add to his collection. Toots now has more tries and more yellow cards than he does studs on his boots. In an interesting add-on: according to the official club statistics, Auega has now covered more run metres than a Kenyan marathon runner, made more hits than Ed Sheeran’s latest album and stopped more line breaks than a Mexican wall, really staking his claim for involvement in Perth Spirit for a second successive season. Late tries to Jackson & Mani claimed a hard fought 36-22 victory. Player of the day again went to Mees Erasmus but, as he was neither in Perth, nor playing…nor even at Soaks, he was unable to receive his award - resulting in his replacement Paasi claiming the honour to close out the first half of the season. The boys will get a much deserved break next week during the scheduled BYE week, but will return in 2 weeks to take on Cottesloe back at Tompkins Park.
Notes from the Weekend
Updated 14:00 - 30 May 2017 by Palmyra Media
As we draw to the end of the first round of senior fixtures the club sits in a very strong position across the board. The BYE week has come at a great time with many players needing a much earned week off to rest their sore bodies. To help us continue this great start, we are still short a few players to help bolster the club in particular Fourth Grade - so if you or someone you know are thinking about dusting off the boots make sure you head down to the club!