Palms stamp author­ity over Wests

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Look Local - Erin Bunn

PALMYRA has stamped their author­ity on the Premier Grade with a 22-10 win over Wests Scar­bor­ough in slip­pery con­di­tions at Tomp­kins Park on Satur­day af­ter­noon, in a per­for­mance that hon­oured the life of former head coach John Tay­lor.

The rain held off for the first half of an in­tense clash but with the rain came dis­ap­point­ment for the Boars whose ball han­dling er­rors cost them a re­demp­tion win, go­ing down 22-10 at the fi­nal whis­tle.

Palmyra coach Donny Steven­son at­trib­uted Palmyra’s suc­cess this sea­son to their depth of tal­ent.

“The first thing is that we’ve at­tained a lot of last year’s play- ers and the ad­di­tion that have come in have re­ally added to the team,” Steven­son said.

“But I think the big­gest thing about Pally is the depth, our sec­onds came in un­de­feated last year and they’re un­de­feated this year, so we’ve got the lux­ury of cov­er­ing in­juries with guys that can step up and fill the roll and I know a lot of the other clubs strug­gle with that.”

The win was also very spe­cial for Pally who took a minute’s si­lence in mem­ory of life mem­ber Tay­lor who died this week af­ter a long and brave bat­tle with pan­cre­atic cancer.

Palmyra started the match strong with winger Michael Fotu break­ing through the line to score the first try of the match in the first two min­utes.

David Niel­son man­aged to con­vert to bring the score to 7-0.

Al­bert Nikoro was ag­gres­sive in his at­tack bring­ing the ball back to the Wests red zone and set­ting up am­ple op­por­tu­nity for his team to score.

But the Boars buck­led un­der the pres­sure, los­ing the ball over the line.

Grow­ing frus­trated by Wests Scar­bor­ough’s missed op­por­tu­ni­ties in the red zone, Nikoro fi­nally broke through the Pally line to score the first try for the Boars in the 19th minute.

He failed to con­vert leav­ing the score 7 – 5.

Palmyra’s Mani­hera Eden used some fancy foot­work to side­step his op­po­nent and score the sec­ond try for the Palms to score a strong set piece try.

True to form, Neil­son con­verted bring­ing the score to 14-5 at the 30-minute mark.

Dis­ap­point­ment fol­lowed their tri­umph when Palmyra was left with 14 men due to Tutere Waenga be­ing yel­low-carded for a high tackle.

In other games, Ned­lands de­feated Joon­dalup 37-9, Cottes­loe beat Perth Bayswa­ter 18-17, UWA had a 26-0 win over Wan­neroo and As­so­ci­ates de­feated Kala­munda 29-14.

Wem­b­ley lacrosse play­ers (L - R:) Kee­gan Davies, Sa­muel Koczwara, Joseph Delich, Con­ner Davies and Cameron Mcrae.

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