On an afternoon where all four grades scored wins, it was the Lions’ first graders who put an exclamation point on the day with an entertaining, but one-sided 74-12 victory over the Kalamunda Bulldogs. South Perth put on a footballing clinic in front of their home fans, with Shannon “Barge Arse” Coleman and the forward pack laying the platform for the Lions backline, and in particular Jordan “Zip Zip” Jacobs to shine.

The Bulldogs were the first to score when the Lions elected to let a kick bounce and paid the price when Kalamunda regained possession and scored out wide.

Running towards the Manning Road end, the Lions got on the board at the 10 minute mark when a back line move featuring Jacobs was finished off by TK Kahaki for a try in the corner. Wayde Kelly, playing at hooker in the absence of Dean Sheppard was the next to score when he caught the markers napping and beat some flimsy defense to score under the posts. The try was converted by Harry Debique to give South Perth a 10-6 lead.

From the re-start, Hayden Fisher made a strong run down the left edge and broke clear, finding TK supporting back on the inside for a try.  Interplay from the Lions’ forwards was the feature of the next try beginning with Coleman who made a strong surge and played the ball quickly for Kelly to make a good scoot out of dummy half. Kale Burton took the next hit-up and got a great ball to Isaac Thomas who dashed away, taking the score to 22-6 at the 23 minute mark.

The game got away from Kalamunda in the last ten minutes of the first half when Zip scored back to back converted tries, one courtesy of a classy Mike Gray ball to take South Perth out to a 34-6 half-time lead.

It was more of the same in the second half with the fitness of the Lions showing as the match wore on. Phippsy did well to back up another break from hooker Kelly to get things rolling in the second half. But it was a dazzling run from crowd favourite Jacobs at the 50 minute mark that proved to be the highlight of the game. Jordan beat 4 or 5 defenders in a brilliant bobbing and weaving 70 metre run before finding TK backing up for his hat-trick.

It got embarrassing for the Dogs from then on with the 50 brought up from a Mike Gray try and more points to follow with Mark Porges, Kuara Tamata, and Isaac (his second) all crossing over.

But the Lions and Coleman weren’t done with yet. Barge Arse took a strong hit-up, burst through the line and headed up field. With support looming on the inside B.A sold a great dummy, bamboozling the full-back and his team mates, while DJ and the supporters at the scoreboard end rode him home. It was a fitting end to a great game for Coleman and the Lions.

In the other games, best players were awarded to: WLT – Tayssa Lockyer.  Under 18’s – Savaan Tahere. Reserves - Josh Parker and First Grade – Jordan Jacobs and Shannon Coleman.  

Please don’t forget about the big club event we have this Saturday night featuring hypnotist Matthew Hale. It is bound to be a very funny night. Tickets are $35 and include a meal. $50 bar voucher to be won on the night. Pre-sale available or get your tickets at the door.

Next games:  Sat 17/5 v Rockingham at Franklin Offshore

Home Game v North Beach on Sat 24/5.





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