By Dave Burton
WEST Perth’s Rogers Cup team played an impressive four-quarter game notching up a 5.6 (36) to 2.3 (15) win against Claremont.
In the reserves match the Falcons 6.4 (40) to 6.5 (41) almost caused a boil over with the Tigers winning by just one point.
But despite both teams playing with great spirit the finals are now beyond the Falcons for season 2019.
In the past two weeks the reserves have played the top two sides and in both games not let their opposition just have their own way.
Against Claremont the Falcons forward line was dangerous early kicking five goals straight to half time to be 10 points in front of the ladder leaders.
Claremont certainly had to adjust in the second half and with two goals to two behinds in the third quarter they had managed to grab the lead for the first time and when they kicked an early goal in the last, everyone could have been forgiven for thinking the Tigers had finally broken the shackles and run away with the game.
But the Falcons were not going to be denied and a late rally saw them kick the last eight points of the game to fall agonisingly short.
Sixteen-year-old Emily Bennett was instrumental in setting up the Falcons great fighting spirit with her best game in the senior side.
She was very well supported by Nicole Bombardieri who rucked well and covered a lot of ground copping her fair share of heavy tackles, but still managed two goals as well.
A great highlight was Kavita Pepper summoning her inner Liam Ryan to prevent the ball going for a behind and while falling to the ground kicking a miraculous goal.
The Rogers Cup team notched up consecutive wins for the first time this year.
Elissa Price moved up to the wing and it paid dividends with her using her speed to great advantage setting up many of the Falcons inside 50s and kicking a goal herself to win best on ground honours.
Dixie Corcoran who spent most of the day in the forward line kicked two goals and applied her trademark tackles on the Tiger defence.
Sarah Henderson swapping from full back to ruck ensured that Claremont were kept to just two goals and her skills of kicking both left and right footed on the run was brilliant to see.
Indi Servass played well above her height, never taking a backward step in big contests and standing under the ball with great courage on several occasions to ensure the Falcons prevailed.
Credit goes to Piper Day and Isabel Strover who donned the Tigers jumper for a half each and both played very well for their temporary team showing great sportsmanship with Strover kicking one of Claremont’s two goals.