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Palmyra Post - 2nd Edition

1 year ago By Palmyra Media

We reach into the club record books as our Womens & Reserve Grade both produce record breaking victories as the club does a club sweep of all grades!

A fantastic weekend for the club with the club producing its first clean sweep for the season which included our 18's who won the RugbyWA Preseason 7's tournament!

Round 2 Wrap Up

Third Grade
Strong carries from returning club man Gavin Armstrong and Hamiora Tioke were highlights of the 3's contest against a fit looking UWA team. Junior Greig provided the usual reliable control and calm from first five while Auvae's impact in the first half was cut short by a nasty ankle injury - we wish 'Vae' a speedy recovery! JC Nel and Mike Marshall also featured heavily on attack to see the boys win 31-22.

A strong game from young half-back Michael McDonald which saw him score14 points was one of the key features of a see saw contest that saw the colts claim a tight 29-24 win against the students. Strong support came in the form of big running prop Jack Soa and WA U20's flanker Evan Stafford with Izaia Anapu, Sanchez Horo and Tahere Reha all crossing for tries. Sadly this is Evan's last game for the club this season as he heads over to Wales to enjoy a season of UK rugby - good luck Evan!

Reserve Grade
After a strong first up performance in round one the reserves lifted to another level as they clinically put UWA to the sword in what was one of the clubs most dominant performances in living memory. While Auega Seumanutafa was officially awarded man of the match for some punishing powerful ball carries and a huge work rate it was a tough call with every member of the squad performing at peak levels. Chris Miller bagged a hat trick with his lighting fast running while centre Michael Fotu and reserve midfielder Robin Harte each claimed doubles. 9 other players crossed the line to set up a cricket score as Pally came out on top 104-5 with Sam Jurisich scoring 29 points as half-backs Isaac Marriner and Adam Marshall thrived on clean ruck ball to constantly set the back line away. Mike McMillan dominated the line outs, Hayden Croghan was a menace both at the breakdown and with ball in hand. Fotu shredded the back line defence with regularity and Captain Dylan 'Quokka' Cunningham lead from the front all day. The most pleasing aspects of the win would have been the impact and cohesion provided by the bench and the way the boys held onto their structure all the way to the final whistle.

After a tough first up loss against Cott the Women traveled to Curtin with an eye to getting off the mark this season. Strong performances from Jess Baker, Vesinia Schaaf-Taufa and Taimani Marshall saw the women pile on the points against a Curtain side suffering from injuries and a lack of numbers. In true club fashion a number of our ladies pulled on the Curtain jersey to ensure a full team was on the field with Sabrina Stewart playing the whole game for the opposition. Wallaroos rep Madeline Putz collected a hat trick and a couple of conversions for a personal haul of 19 points while Katherine Outred, Josie Bird and Claudia Foster all bagged doubles. Final score Pally 85 Curtin 0.

Premier Grade
With an already impressive senior day coming to a close the Prems kicked off last against a very fit and mobile UWA team at 3:30. Early points were traded and round one performer Pau Halifi'i was once again prominent with his carries while Toots Waenga made a number of strong tackles. A lack of physicality at the breakdown and a stuttering line out saw Pally go into half time just leading. The players were asked to create more trouble at the breakdown for UWA and set up drives from line outs. A noticeable increase in the physicality of the clean out after the break saw Pally start to assert some dominance with Force members Mees Erasmus and Onehunga havilli carrying strongly. Manihera Eden consistently provided spark on kick returns with captain Shane Manu once again getting through a power of work. Isaac Marriner added a notable spark when he entered the fray in the last 20 with his hallmark chat and accurate passing. Erasmus capped his man of the match day with a trademark 40m try on full time to help Pally win 32-13.

Club Records
Womens - Set their High score & highest win margin (85-0) in a single game.
Reserve - Still to be confirmed but we believe they set Club records; Highest score in a Match (104), Most Tries scored in a Match, Largest Winning Margin (99 points)

Don't forget this weekend is the club first home game of the season, which includes special guest the Southern Kings (from South Africa) using our club facilities through out the week as they prepare for their clash against the Western Force on Sunday. We also will have a FREE bus into Fremantle to after the post match proceedings!


Updated 15:26 - 1 May 2017 by Palmyra Media

Where next?

Palmyra Post - 3rd Edition The Palms head into the Easter Break in a strong position.
CLUB BUSY BEE This Sunday we are calling on all our passionate Palm Tree club members to come down to the club and lend a hand!


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Sat 26 May
Colts Joondalup
League 12:00
Third Grade Joondalup
League 12:30
Reserve Grade Joondalup
League 13:50
Womens Team Divaz-Lionesses
League 14:00
Premier Grade Joondalup
League 15:30

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