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BACK TO BACK AWAY WINS FOR THE LIONS
The Lions made the trip up the Mitchell Freeway on Sunday to take on North Beach in all grades. Kicked off by our Lion Cub juniors in the morning and capped with a solid win by our first graders – it was another great day for the club.
In the senior grades, our Women’s League Tag got things started with their first win of the year defeating North Beach 22-4. Janey Mackey once again took out the best player award.
It was a blow-out in the Under 18’s, our boys giving North Beach a footballing lesson on their way to a massive 74-18 win.
Reserve grade had a disappointing 34-10 loss. Poor ball control gifted the Sea Eagles too much possession, which resulted in North Beach running away with the game in the second half as the extra defensive work started to take its toll on the Lions. Best players were awarded to Harry Debique and Richie Davis.
In the main game North Beach got on the scoreboard first, grabbing a try from a well placed grubber kick into the in goal area. The try was converted for an early 6-0 lead to the home side. The Sea Eagles continued to win the territory battle in the early stages as the Lions failed to complete their sets effectively. Following on from their earlier success, North Beach went to the grubber play again with another good kick to the in goal - only this time to be denied by our fullback Jordan “Zippity Do Dah” Jacobs (well named by O.Bray). Jordan is fast becoming a crowd favourite with his magic footwork and courageous play and this was from the top drawer as he beat five or six Beach defenders to miraculously get the ball back into the field of play. It’s not the first time this year that Jordan has pulled off plays like this, saving his team from repeat sets in defense – and we’re sure it won’t be the last.
As the first half progressed the Lions gained some momentum and converted that into points with a try to Eddie Proudler who muscled his way over the line. Eddie, who has made his way back to the club after a season with the Newcastle Knights U/20’s was in the thick of the action again shortly after , with a grubber of his own and TK Kahaki on the spot to pick up the Lions second try. Another try to North Beach before half-time saw the teams go to the break level at 12-12.
The second half started well for the Lions with a great team try scored in the corner by the Illawarra Flash, Ricky Gleis. The ball was put through the hands, ending up with PK Te Wara who made a great run and delivered the money ball for the winger to score. The try was converted from the sideline by Wayde Kelly to take the Lions to an 18-12 lead.
South Perth moved one step closer to victory when Reno Burkhardt dived over under the posts following a beautiful delayed pass from Wayde Kelly. A penalty goal from Kelly increased the margin to a 14 point lead and was extended by a second penalty goal - this time by TK Kahaki to bring up the final score of 28-12.
Coach Barney, said there was a lot to work on, but was happy with his team’s second half performance and to start the year with two wins away from home. He expected the game to be a bit of an arm wrestle (as they tend to be between these two rival clubs) and this is how the game played out. He was particularly pleased that they managed to keep Beach scoreless in the second half and mentioned the heavy involvement of the back three (Zip, Rick and TK) when the game was there to be won.
The team and coaching staff were very appreciative of their supporters who made the trip up to North Beach on Sunday.
Best players for First Grade: Jon Phipps and Wayde Kelly, with Players’ Player awarded to prop Joss Boyton.