A solid 38-12 which sees them occupy top spot on the table.
With the team finally over their hangovers after the bye-week team-bonding session (i.e. helping Shagger move his new spa into McShaggins I TOLD YOU THAT'S WHAT WOULD HAPPEN), and several players making their way back to civilization after the floods of two weeks ago, the Pally Thirds team bus rolled into Tompkins Park ready for a tough battle against top 4 side Kalamunda. And sure enough it was Kalamunda, with a strong wind at their backs, who scored first with a converted try in the seventh minute. However if there is one thing the Pally Thirds like doing it's giving away the first try in a game of rugby and soon a Jesse Maguire penalty and Elliot Knox try had the team move ahead. Another thing the Pally Thirds apparently enjoy doing is running head-first into gale-force winds as they scored two more tries before the half, one gleefully claimed by Marshall Moran and the other scored by the still jetlagged Scot: Scott (Webster). Jesse only nailed one conversion in the half but, considering the wind, it was a minor miracle the two missed conversions didn't sail back through the Kala goals.
With the strong wind at their backs, Pally ironically found the second half to be a tougher slog with scores hard to come by. Indeed, it was Kalamunda who eventually scored the first try of the half. A successful conversion (due to a brief break in the breeze that seemed suspiciously like divine intervention against the home team) closed the gap to a single score, causing coach George Sutherland to lose his ever McLovin mind. However Pally hit back when tremendous defensive work from Cameron Knox led to him sprinting down the wing for Pally's only try of the half. A subsequent conversion and penalty to Jesse further pushed the scoreline from shaky to comfortable and ultimately a fifth straight win for the boys.
31-8 victory which sees them nestled in second place 2 points behind Joondalup
The only undefeated team in the competition heading into Round 5, Palmyra Women were already shaping up as title favourites (or if they don't like us mentioning that particular F word: "first"; "finals-bound"; erm... "Foenix"...). However this week was shaping up as the team's toughest test of the season so far, with Kalamunda recruiting a number of excellent players in the off-season including Western Force captain and Wallaroos fly-half Trilleen Pomare. Palmyra co-coach Leka Lolohea was also missing but a conveniently re-injured Brad Scharff capably took both coaching reigns. Pally came out firing and quickly scored through Claudia Foster. With the wind at her back, Kendra Fell impressively curled the conversion attempt into the top corner under the crossbar, but unfortunately this isn't a thing in rugby and the score remained 5-nil. The floodgates didn't open but, mid-way through the half, Alexa Toi's winger speed saw her scoot past the Kala defence for a try which Kendra successfully converted.This buffer did not survive the half, with Kalamunda scoring a try shortly before the break, but the missed conversion saw Pally maintain their converted-try advantage.
Tries were very hard to come by in the second half for both sides, the game living up to expectation as Palmyra's toughest test of the season so far. Pally did manage to score the only try of the half - Fossie's second - which Kendra successfully converted despite kicking into the strong breeze. The team held Kala out for the remaining 20 minutes to score an important win and establish a two-game cushion at the top of the ladder. Unfortunately reports were not forthcoming from the team's 1.5 hour court session after the game but a special mention must go to Grace Kay who managed to emerge from the depths of the Women's changeroom to successfully take part in the traditional Palmyra post-game boat race.
Updated 14:10 - 10 Aug 2018 by Palmyra Media