Season-opener a real thriller
THE 2015 Premier Grade season kicked off over the weekend with some high-scoring affairs and a couple of upsets. Wests Scarborough and Nedlands took their match to the wire with scores tied at 19-all and were still battling it out eight minutes after time had elapsed in the second half. Neddies held possession for the majority of the time with patient phase play moving it forward before their scrumhalf tried to sneak through. He was tackled and when his teammate sent the pass to a forward runner, it was dropped and Wests Scarborough capitalised. Winger Brad Lacey pounced and ran it 80m before being brought down at the 22m mark, but he popped it up to Sheldon Tarawa who ran it over and snatched the 26-19 victory. Cottesloe’s season is off to a flyer with a resounding 55-12 defeat of Perth Bayswater at Harvey Field, while Palmyra also won comfortably, defeating Wanneroo 53-17. Associates accounted for reigning premiers UWA 22-5 at McGillivray Oval. It was a history-making victory for Joondalup Brothers who kicked off their Premier Grade career with a thrilling 22-17 win over Kalamunda. Kalamunda’s decision to turn down several early opportunities at goal had little effect as they headed into the break with a 17-7 lead, however it was Joondalup that had the better running of the second half, scoring 15 unanswered points to claim the memorable victory. Inside centre James Wepener bagged a hat-trick for the home side, running in tries on either side of the break as his side impressed in front of an ever-boisterous home crowd in the northern suburbs.