RESOLUTE defence in the face of a physical Joondalup outfit carried Palmyra to an 18-11 victory in the opening round of the Premier League at Tompkins Park on Saturday.
Joel Winterburn was best on ground for Palmyra, the flanker setting the tone for the rest of the forwards with committed tackling and courageous work at the breakdown.
With two big packs fired up for the opening round, the game was always going to be decided in the forwards and it was Palmyra that edged an engrossing arm wrestle in the set pieces and rucks.
While the forwards laid the platform it was the backs that scored the points, winger Lewis Flood finishing off a good team try to cross first before a fantastic individual effort from Jackson Neilson saw the centre gather his own chip kick before blasting across the line.
Stephanus Grobler scored Joondalup’s only try while Johann Louw added two penalties.
The result leaves Palmyra fourth on the ladder after round one. It travels to Harvey Field to take on Cottesloe next weekend.
In the reserves game Palmyra prevailed 48-13 with the third grade team also winning 17-5.
Palmyra also dominated the fourth grade clash to record a 53-7 drubbing but Joondalup had the best of the Colts game, emerging 24-21 victors.