Will look to build this up over the coming weeks so it includes a weekly write up on more, but for now we have NRL, AFL, NPL WA and SBL.
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THE BELL RINGER – Round 11
Joondalup v South Perth #NRLWAGiantsLions
Round 11 of the Smarter Than Smoking Premiership and the Struddy’s Big Game of the round will see the Joondalup Giants desperate for a win up against the red hot South Perth Lions. The Giants are now 2 wins behind fourth spot on the ladder and a loss here could see them 3 wins from fourth with only 8 games to make it up, when you also factor in their poor for and against you’d almost call lights out. A win on the other hand, sees them back within 1 win of the Lions and possibly the Sharks and it’s still game on. So this is a massive game for both teams. The Giants last weekend were better in the second half than they have been, but after being 16-0 down at halftime they were never really in the game against the Roosters. They did welcome back River Coleman, who played 14 top grade games in 2017, and Anthony Jefford, who’s a former Perth Kiwi representative who hasn’t played first grade since 2014. However with 7 changes from round 9 to round 10 the Giants will need to find some stability in their line up. For South Perth they are coming off another fantastic win to make it 4 wins on the trot and they did it this time missing 3 regular top graders, who were away on international duties. They look like one of the teams to beat in this competition, with a great mix of youth and experience. PK Te Wara starred in the win over the Sea Eagles, while youngsters like Aidan Carstairs and Kade McDonald were also very impressive. Another player to keep an eye on is Akua Robert (Pictured), who has moved into the five eight role. He’s been in the top grade for some time now, but is just starting to look like he truly belongs. Perhaps his best game in first grade last week and he has long coveted the 6 jersey, so look for him to have a big game. On exposed form you couldn’t back the Giants, but with their backs up against the wall, in their backyard when all the “experts” (like myself) have written them off tends to be when they are the most dangerous. This is the third meeting between these two teams with the ledger currently square at one win apiece. The live stream will be proudly supporting Red Nose Day from 3:30pm at with all games at Admiral Reserve.
North Beach v Willagee #NRLWASeaEaglesBears
The Bears were brave in defeat last weekend at home against the Sharks, but having potentially lost up to 4 players to injury from that game will mean the Bears will have to delve into their already shallow depth pool in search of capable replacements. Ricky Cathro was great for them last weekend, while Robbie Smith grabbed a double and was a constant threat despite two stints in the sin bin. The Sea Eagles on the other hand are sitting in top spot and will want to bounce back quickly from their tight 2 point loss to the Lions. For the Sea Eagles the Lingard brothers are both in great form with Austin really stepping up to his new role in the front row. Really looking forward to seeing the team that John Hough puts out this weekend as he may see this as an opportunity to get some further minutes into the young brigade of Jaylen Grey (Pictured), Taine Boelen, Charlie Pulsford, Alex Harmer, Kristian Williams and Bowman Stein to name a few. I’m sure not all of those blokes will get a run, but they will be in the mix I’m sure. In the previous two meeting between the sides the Sea Eagles have won by a total of 100-24, so they will start as heavy favourites. Games are at Charles Riley Reserve with the main game at 3:30pm.
Fremantle v Rockingham #NRLWARoostersSharks
The Sharks scored with their first use of the football last weekend, but then seemed to switch off and allowed the Willagee Bears to control the tempo for much of the match, before over running a tiring outfit. They should welcome back South African
international Willem Smith for this clash, while front rower Richie Hicks will be fitter for the run against the Bears. Ben Bolth should also not be too far away from a return, however it is rumoured that both Tevita (Pictured) and Misaeli Pomale have moved to Newcastle in NSW which will be a big blow on the eve of this important game. The big positive for the Sharks over the last couple of weeks has been the form of Luke Hughes. The big unit was easily the Sharks best in his first stint and caused the Bears constant headaches, crossing for 2 tries and he is getting better every week. For the Roosters they haven’t been in the best of form through the second round of the competition, but did enough last weekend to get the win over the Giants. They will welcome back Bjorn Crotty and Tarin Katu from suspension and have also named the dynamic Taiapa Graham to return from injury, however it’s a few of their lesser known players that have been growing in stature over the last few weeks with Nikau Sollitt Mackey and Shandyn Moody developing into more than competent first graders. It’s that fringe depth that keeps the Roosters as one of the premiership favourites. One thing is for sure that these teams always manage to have close games with no more than 6 points separating the teams in their last 4 meetings. Games will be down at Ken Allen Field with first grade starting at 3:30pm
THE BELL RINGER – NRL WA Round 10
Willagee v Rockingham #NRLWABearsSharks
Round 10 of the Smarter Than Smoking Premiership Struddy’s Big Game of the round will be hosted by the Bears for the first time ever as they look for an improved performance against the Rockingham Sharks. The Sharks themselves will be looking for an 80 minute performance after once again having to come from a fair way behind against the Giants last weekend to win. The Sharks have struggled to put together a complete performance since losing Anthony Bowman, who headed back to England after starring in a 58-16 win over the Bears back in round 5. Since then the Sharks have had to come from 32-6 down against Fremantle, given up a 14-0 lead to lose to North Beach, turned in a lacklustre performance against South Perth and come from 22-4 down against the Giants. Rockingham currently sit in fourth spot on the ladder and with Ben Bolth and Richie Hicks to return to the team over the next month or so, they will only get stronger, but coach Darren Shaw will be desperate to increase consistency over the next 10 rounds. The other blow for the Sharks team is the loss of boom rookie Will Smith, who has earned selection for the South African Rhinos who take on Malta this weekend. For the Bears, they suffered their biggest defeat of 2018 last weekend and were held scoreless for only the second time this year. There is little doubt that the Bears are a better team at home. So far this year they have conceded 25% less and scored 14% more when they are at home, however they still have not been able to get within 20 of their opposition. Against a Sharks team with a point to prove this will be a tough assignment, but they will want to put in a better performance for their home fans than they showed last weekend. The live stream will be brought to you by Willagee Bears Game Day Sponsor Myelec Electrical Wholesalers from 3:30pm at Webber Reserve.
North Beach v South Perth #NRLWASeaEaglesLions
Arguably the two form teams of the competition, the Sea Eagles have won 5 in a row to scream to the top of the table, while the Lions have won 3 on the trot since losing to Joondalup in a shock loss at home. It was a last minute try that won them a game against the defending champions the Fremantle Roosters that has really kick started their season, and there last two performances have been impressive, beating the Sharks by 20 and handing the Bears a 78-0 thumping in a merciless showing. They will go into this game without Isaac Thomas, Tyler Thomas and Wiccus Boshoff who will all be involved in the international game between South Africa and Malta this weekend, but they should welcome back captain Scott Jones from a concussion. For the Sea Eagles, they are comfortably the competition favourites at this stage, with a strong team getting even stronger. The biggest question mark on the side from North Beach has been their forward pack, but the small, mobile pack led by the Lingard brothers is providing a great foundation that Trent Trotter is exploiting opening up even more space for the scintillating talents of Cairo Takarangi, Jeremy Wallace and Josh Toole. With the Lions missing some key players they will need to dig into their depth to compete at home against the league leaders. Games are at George Burnett Park with the main game at 3:30pm
Joondalup v Fremantle #NRLWAGiantsRoosters
The Roosters have lost 3 of their last 4 after their perfect start to the season, but they have matched up well against the Giants in the last couple of seasons having won 8 of the last 10 matches between the clubs, including a 44-24 win earlier this year. In the Giants favour will be that the Roosters will enter this game missing both Bjorn Crotty and Tarin Katu through suspension, which gives the biggest forward pack in the competition and distinct advantage. The Giants though will be looking to arrest a worrying trend of fading out of games. They led the Sea Eagles at halftime 16-14 a fortnight ago and last week led the Sharks 22-4 just before the break. In the Giants last 2 second halves they have conceded 66-0. They have slipped outside the top 4 and loss could potentially see them sitting 2 wins from fourth. Desperate times, but they will be at home and they’re another team that tends to perform better in front of their fans. Games will be down at Admiral Park with first grade starting at 3:30pm