Storm strike at Broncos to win the final
Pilbara Rugby League premiers the Karratha Storm beat hometown rivals the Broncos 34-12 in an emphatic grand final win at the Leisureplex on Saturday night.
The Karratha Storm were dominant in their 34-12 win against the Karratha Broncos in the Pilbara Rugby League grand final on Saturday night.
Under the big lights of the Karratha Leisureplex the sidelines were a mixture of purple for Storm, Maroon for the Broncos, and black since the Kiwis had won the Bledisloe Cup that afternoon.
The Storm opened up the scoring and ran in a series of unanswered tries before the Broncos struck back through a hit-up to second-rower Alex Dunn who ran a straight line through defenders and right next to the posts.
Broncos full-back and captain Harley Speight converted and his side went into halftime down 24-6 after Storm interchange Cain Windley crossed the line before the hooter.
The second half didn’t get any better for the Broncos, who grabbed another try through Isiah McDonald, but could not muster a comeback as the Storm kept coming.
Storm centre Karauna Ripia had another solid game, bagging four tries and two conversions.
Darren Haumaha and Clay- ton Home Cassidy also contributed to the Storm’s total with a try each.
Storm coach Morgan Leaf said it had been a shaky first half for his side, but they stuck to what they’d done all year, which was to focus on their defence and let the offence flow from there.
“We did this one for Chucky, he was a Rooster booster but he supported us all the way,” he said. “I’m really proud of all the boys and thank all the supporters and the sponsors.”
Storm five-eighth Mitch Willmot received the Christo Benjamin award, named after the Karratha Roosters and PRL life member, for his manof-the-match performance.
PRL representative Tom O’Keefe congratulated the Storm on their win and for lifting the shield of the competition which has been going since 1973.
Speight had only commiserations for his comrades and best wishes for the Storm.
Karratha Storm’s Cain Windley barnstorms over the line for a try.