Cottesloe still in with a chance
COTTESLOE have kept their finals hopes alive with a 31-12 Battle of Broome Street win over Associates at Harvey Field in Cottesloe on Saturday.
The Gulls narrowly led the contest 12-7 at half-time, with Soaks still hoping to steal a second half victory, before the Cottesloe attack scored three second half tries to seal their important win.
Cottesloe coach Ian Fowler said his team were able to come through in what was a vital game to keep their finals hopes alive.
“It was a must win game for us; we have to win both our games to be sure of a spot (in the finals),” he said.
“To get a bonus point win was really nice; Soaks are a really tough side.
“We have faith in ourselves that we can play well and score points against a good side.”
Cottesloe were dominant in the opening stages of the match, with their physical forward pack working the ball down the park and putting pressure on the Soaks’ defensive line.
This opened an opportunity for Adrian Hall to charge the ball through to score a try off the back of a breakdown, putting the home side on the board. Charl Nieuwenhuis converted to take an early lead, 7-0.
Soaks responded to the home sides opening surge when Tabbie Du Plessis crossed the line following a rolling maul to the left-hand side of the posts.
Matt Dreyer converted the kick, tying the game at 7-7, but Antini Brown scored the final points of the first half.
Associates began the second-half a step behind, with their star halfback Justin Turner leaving the game after sustaining a shoulder injury.
Cottesloe then took control of possession in the second-half, spending a lot of time in their opponent’s 22, which lead to Rory Crowhen scoring off the back of a rolling maul and a converted kick extending the lead to 19-7.
Soaks made a late charge to keep their hopes of winning alive, with Johnny Ogilvy busting through for a five pointer, putting his side within only seven points of tying up the match.