Gazette sport review: Fremantle Roosters claim NRLWA crown, South Fremantle’s WAFL season over

Fremantle Roosters celebrates its NRLWA premiership win.
Fremantle Roosters celebrates its NRLWA premiership win.

WAFL

South Fremantle’s 2017 season has ended with a disappointing 32-point loss against Subiaco in Sunday’s preliminary final.

The Bulldogs started the game strongly and went into the first quarter break 10 points up, but a six goal to one second quarter from Subiaco put it in the box seat at half time and they never faltered from there.

South Fremantle fought back briefly in the fourth quarter but the minor premiers proved to be too strong and the Bulldogs eventually went down 98-66.

Cory Dell-Olio was strong in front of goal kicking three while Haiden Schloithe and Marlion Pickett grabbed 27 and 25 disposals respectively.

Subiaco will now take on Peel Thunder in Sunday’s grand final.

South Fremantle will still have a chance to take out a flag with its reserves team taking on Subiaco in the grand final, while in the colts grand final East Fremantle takes on Claremont.

Rugby League

Fremantle Roosters has been crowned NRLWA premiers after a big win over rivals Rockingham on Saturday.

The Roosters went into the game familiar with playing on the big stage, having made the grand final every year except one since 2012, but their success has been limited to just one win in 2015.

But it was a new day on Saturday and despite finishing second to Rockingham at the end of the regular season, Fremantle proved too strong on the field, taking out the cup with a 28-22 win.

Tane Peakman opened the scoring for Fremantle with a huge try off the back of a line-busting run from Taiapa Graham.

Rockingham got the next one back before Jarrod Thompson ran through another try on the brink of half time to send Fremantle 12-6 up.

The second half was another tight affair, but three more tries to Fremantle’s Peakman, Bradley Gibson and Delane Edwards secured the win for the local team.

The Roosters had double cause for celebration with their women’s league tag team also taking out their grand final with a 20-0 win.

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