Round 13 losses in all four grades to South Perth means the juniors will have to fly the Mariners’ flag in finals as the under-15s and under-17s secured victories.
John Murphy and Tony Coulson accounted for nearly three quarters of the firsts’ tally of 200 in attempting to get near Souths’ 332.
Coulson made a second straight half century; 68 with seven boundaries during a stand of 137.
Murphy has stood up during the club’s lean post-Christmas trot and achieved his first A grade half century scoring 75, which was his sixth score over 30 in his past eight digs.
The second year player is one of the chances in the Martin Baird Medal, to be announced on March 8 at Lark Hill if he can produce in the last two rounds of the season.
Although the third grade missed the top six, they had a gallant season and did not sink without an almighty fight. Defending 214, the match fluctuated before Rockingham-Mandurah nearly engineered a miracle. Three wickets in a finger-snap resulted in Souths collapsing from 6-209 to 9-211 before they crawled to the line.
Fourths only made 86 in the first dig but followed up with 6-114 to avoid outright loss, something second grade couldn’t escape from at Richardson Park, making a second innings score of 123 to lose by an innings and 11 runs.
Kyle Gardiner helped his under-17 teammates comfortably knock over South Perth for 109 in a 108 run win. The spinner’s 4-30 takes his 2013-14 haul to 43 wickets across juniors and seniors.
Griffin Polglaze left a trail of destruction through South Perth’s under-15s in taking 5-12 to show the way for Rockingham-Mandurah in a 34-run win. Adam France backed up his important first week 42 with 2-11 and Wesley Steele chipped in to take 2-17.
Next week the juniors will chase results against Perth in the morning before the seniors take over in the afternoon.