Cotts se­cures its fi­nals spot

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Look Local -

COTTES­LOE has booked their spot in the 2016 Pre­mier Grade fi­nals for the ninth sea­son in a row fol­low­ing a 19-15 round 18 win over Perth Bayswa­ter at Pat O’Hara Re­serve on the week­end.

A win for Cottes­loe meant they were re­ly­ing on Palmyra to beat Kala­munda to en­sure Kala­munda would not fin­ish above them on com­pe­ti­tion points, with that match end­ing 45-14 in favour of Palmyra to make room in the top four for the Gulls.

Bayswa­ter came out fir­ing in the early stages of the con­test, dom­i­nat­ing pos­ses­sion and ter­ri­tory seem­ing to make light work of a usu­ally stiff Cottes­loe de­fence.

Mak­ing their way into the Cottes­loe 22 they were able to push the ball over the line through Carlos Flutey-Clarke for their first ma­jor of the af­ter­noon.

Hen­rik Oosthuizen added the ex­tras giv­ing the home side an early 7-0 lead.

The mo­men­tum shifted in Cottes­loe’s favour through the mid­dle stages of the first half, with the Gulls look­ing as if they were go­ing to cre­ate a chance down the left wing how­ever the ball went out of bounds be­fore reach­ing winger Wayne Thomp­son.

Cottes­loe’s con­tin­u­ous at­tack­ing pres­sure soon be­came in­sur­mount­able for Baysie, push­ing the ball over the line down the mid­dle through Alistair Hain­ing to tie the game 7-7 after a Charl Nieuwen­huis con­ver­sion.

Bayswa­ter struck first in the sec­ond half, clos­ing in on Cottes­loe’s lead with a Benji Keenan try after the full­back cut through the mid­dle and dived over the line break­ing through the last tackle to put the score at 14-12.

The missed con­ver­sion by Oosthuizen left his side down 14-12.

Mid-way through the sec­ond half Baysie kicked an easy penalty goal from di­rectly in front through Oosthuizen giv­ing them­selves a one­point lead, 15-14.

Cottes­loe picked up the in­ten­sity to­wards the end of the com­pe­ti­tion mov­ing the ball into Bayswa­ter’s 22 and look­ing to cre­ate at­tack­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties.

They then slung the ball out wide for right winger To­bias Hoskins who beat two de­fend­ers as he dived into the cor­ner for the clutch game-win­ning try.

Cottes­loe walked away 19-15 vic­tors, con­tin­u­ing their streak of not hav­ing missed the fi­nals since 2008.

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