Rockingham claim grand final berth with win over South Mandurah

The Rockingham Rams moved into the Dudley Tuckey Cup grand final keeping their record unblemished with a five-goal win over South Mandurah in the semi final round on Sunday afternoon.

A sublime defensive effort in the first quarter saw the Falcons kept scoreless as Rockingham broke away, eventually running off with an 11.13 (79) to 7.7 (49) win.

Firing early the Rams were able to record seven of the first eight goals on the day.

Nathan Anderson was off to a good start when he nailed the first of the day, with Fraser Millar and Haydn Matthews soon following to give the home side a 22-point edge at quarter time.

Young key forward Michael Hansen responded for the Falcons, giving them their first while Troy Lee and Jaydon Cullen worked hard.

But the Rams continued their assault with another run, this time slotting four unanswered goals as Steve Kenny and Dale Roberts nailed two apiece for the term.

Things were looking grim for the Falcons as they trailed the undefeated league leaders by 34 points at the half time break, but they did conjure a response.

South Mandurah was able to nail four goals to Rockingham's one in the third term as they came out of the long break blazing hot.

Chris Swarts, Brody Wemm and Callum Dews all found themselves among the scorers in the quarter, as the Falcons did all they could to come back into the contest.

But the Rams weren't to be outdone for too long.

Gaining control again in the final quarter, Rockingham managed a further three goals to put the game on ice.

Cody Nelson nailed South Mandurah's only major for the term, while Matthew, Tyson Powell and Ben Dunbar hit the scoreboard for the Rams.

Young midfield star Kyle Havelberg capped off an outstanding game by getting the nod as Rockingham's best afield, while Anderson wasn't far behind.

The victory boosts Rockingham straight into the grand final game, as they now enjoy another week off before playing for a premiership.

Meanwhile South Mandurah will need to bounce back when they face Baldivis with their season on the line in this weekend's preliminary blockbuster.