Sea­son-opener a real thriller

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Western Sports - Elise Goodin

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.

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