PALMYRA heads into its first finals campaign since 2013 on the back of winning the RugbyWA Cup in its final regular season game against Kalamunda.
The Premier Grade side secured a playoff position the previous week but the 45-14 the victory over the Kalamunda Bulls meant Palmyra hoisted the RugbyWA Cup for the very first time.
Based on New Zealand’s Ranfurly Shield, the RugbyWA Cup is contested on a challenge system with the holder defending it in home fixtures during the regular season.
The winner is the team in possession of the Cup after the final round of the regular season.
The Cup defence took on extra importance for Kalamunda who entered the game needing a win to ensure a spot in the 2016 Premier Grade finals.
But it was Palmyra that got off to the better start, opening the scoring with a penalty to fly half Jared Trevathan.
Kalamunda hit back a short time later with a try under the posts but Palmyra then took charge of the game with a converted try midway through the first half and further penalty to Trevathan to take a 17-7 half-time lead.
Palmyra came out firing in the second half with its forwards dominating the physical Kalamunda pack.
Try doubles to both Pau Halafihi and Mani Eden, as well as another try to Jackson Neilson built Palmyra an insurmountable lead although Kalamunda never stopped trying and ran in a late consolation try.
Palmyra president Justin Petersen said winning the RugbyWA Cup was a just reward for the club’s tireless effort all season.
“The club is extremely proud to win the RugbyWA Cup for the first time,” he said.
The win on Saturday was extremely important to our Premier Grade team before they go into their finals campaign.
We know Kalamunda is a very hard place to win especially since they had both a finals berth and the RugbyWA Cup on the line.”
Palmyra take on reigning premiers Nedlands in an elimination game at Foreshore Park on Sunday, August 14 kicking off at 3.20pm.