3 July 2011
Big Mac: number eight Mac Heke scores
Perth-Bayswater first grade failed to bring home the Bill Watt Trophy but they gave Wanneroo a good run for their money, the eventual 41-27 score flattering the home side considerably.
Another slow start cost Perth early points as Wanneroo dominated play and raced to an early 12-0 lead with two tries and a conversion.
But Perth worked back into the game, number eight Mac Heke striking a telling blow when he rescued turnover ball from a ruck and forged over the line to score. Centre Thomas Trautmann converted to draw close at 12-7.
A second try to Heke, converted by Trautmann, and a penalty to Trautmann grabbed the lead for Perth 17-12 as the visitors dominated possession late in the half and pressured Wanneroo into errors.
But the Roo-dogs bounced back early in the second spell to score a converted try and then score their bonus point try to retake the lead 24-17. Perth worked hard to get back into the game, another Trautmann penalty closing the gap to 24-20 but again the Roo-dogs went further ahead with a try from a charge down.
The conversion opened up a 31-20 lead for the home side, and went on to add another converted try to shoot ahead 38-20.
Perth pegged back the lead with a controversial converted try to Trautmann under the bar but at 38-27 it was too little too late, and Wanneroo added insult to injury with a late penalty to blow out their score even further.
Thanks to Dave Withnell for the images. See more at www.davewhitnell.com
In other grades, seconds narrowly lost to Wanneroo 22-15, thirds had another close and encouraging loss to Wanneroo 17-14, fourths returned to their familiar winning ways with a 19-5 win over Wanneroo, Under 20s went down 22-8 to Wanneroo while Under 18s defeated Palmyra 34-10, and the Women's team suffered their first defeat for some time with a 15-10 loss to Wanneroo.