Wests go down in thriller
KALAMUNDA caused a major upset to defeat a previously unbeaten Wests Scarborough team 34-27 in a thrilling Premier Grade contest at Bennett Park on Saturday.
The Bulls largely dominated the game and with the majority of attacking play created by Kalamunda, the top side was shell-shocked from the first whistle.
Russell Burges put in a herculean effort, while the Bulls pack held their own against a powerful Wests side.
The home team started brightly, with Albert Nikoro taking advantage of poor ball-handling and slicing through several defenders to complete a superb solo effort from the halfway line.
Kalamunda applied the pressure and was eventually rewarded, with Burges stealing the ball from a Wests scrum before handing off to Future Force Foundation member Jordan Holgate, who crossed over to make it 7-7 after 15 minutes.
Holgate followed up his try with a barnstorming run moments later, with Leo Avuaa profiting, taking the ball over from close range after some brutal phases.
Trading of penalties then kept the fixture within arm’s length as Nikoro and Aiden Shortall made no mistakes in front of the sticks.
Will Dreadon rubbed salt into the wounds late in the half, with Shaun Baker giving a cut-out pass to allow the number four an easy path to the try line, with the underdog Kala side going into the break leading 19-10.
Wests again struck first to be within two points, with Matt O’brien reaching full stretch for the line after being found unmarked in the corner.
Kala once again took control of the contest, with sustained pressure resulting in a penalty at the breakdown, with Shortall adding the extras.
Kalamunda spiritual leader Burges then turned the game once again, charging over from close range to extend the lead to nine points with 15 minutes to play.
Shaun Baker sealed the contest with 10 minutes to go, as an attacking set piece saw the number 10 cross over in the corner, with the home crowd silenced by a remarkable display.
A late Loui Toetu try was merely a consolation, as the premiership favourites were outplayed in a bruising encounter.
The fixture finished 34-27, with Kalamunda moving into fifth position, while Wests give up top spot to Palmyra.
Burges was delighted after the victory, with the Kala leader believing a team performance was vital to knocking off the dominant Wests side.
“There wasn’t one person in our team that didn’t rise today. We have been building over the past few weeks. We have been trying to drive patience and it’s really starting to pay off now,” he said.
In other matches, Associates defeated Perth Bayswater 24-15, Cottesloe beat Wanneroo 42-26, Palmyra had a 3630 win over Joondalup and Nedlands beat UWA 28-19.