Palms stamp authority over Wests
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.