PALMYRA TOO GOOD FOR SOAKS
ASSOCIATES have fallen to Palmyra in a hard-fought four-point 29-25 result at Allen Park on Saturday afternoon.
In a seesawing contest that saw five lead changes, Palmyra made the most of their opportunities, running in four tries to three to notch up a bonus-point victory.
Palmyra came out firing, with prop Tuhoe Mahaki muscling over the line for the first score of the afternoon to put the visitors up 7-0.
Associates drew a penalty on their first attacking possession of the match, with Matt Dreyer knocking it over for the home side to stay in touch.
‘Paly’ continued their early dominance, running in their second try of the first 20 minutes through Onehunga Kaufusi, handing the visitors a nine-point lead, before ‘Soaks’ responded through Dean TaylorMenzies, with Dreyer’s conversion closing the gap to seven points. Dreyer knocked over a penalty on the stroke of half-time to go into the sheds trailing 15-11.
Associates picked up where they left off after the break, with Justin Turner slipping down the left wing to put his side in front for the first time in the match at 18-15.
However, Paly hit straight back with their third try of the afternoon through the sheer pace of Kamhata, who split two defenders to score next to the uprights, as Palmyra wrestled the lead back.
The tries continued to flow, as Associates struck back through Robbie Ingram to re-establish Soaks’ three-point lead.
With time ticking down, Palmyra executed a five-man lineout to perfection and found James Simpson waiting in midfield, who barged over, with Jurisich’s conversion finalising the 29-25 result.
In the weekend’s other results, Cottesloe were too strong for Joondalup, 65-33; Nedlands overpowered Perth Bayswater, 64-12; Kalamunda defeated UWA, 25-6; and Wests Scarborough outmatched Wanneroo, 45-7.
Palmyra 29 (Tuhoe Mahaki, Onehunga Kaufusi, Panashe Kamhata, James Simpson tries; Sam Jurisich 3 conversions, penalty goal) defeated Associates 25 (Dean TaylorMenzies, Justin Turner, Robbie Ingram tries; Matt Dreyer 2 conversions, 2 penalties)