Cottesloe overpowered a gutsy University team 36-17 on the back of complete first half control at McGillivray Oval in the club competition match of the round, sponsored by KWIK Crane and Transport Hire.
Versatile backrower Matt Hodgson has been rewarded for his outstanding 2009 season by winning The West Australian Rosendorff Rolex Emirates Western Force Player of the Year Award.
Cottesloe and University meet at McGillivray Oval on Saturday, both teams gaining a new lease of life in this season's tight, hard-fought WA club rugby competition, sponsored by KWIK Crane and Transport Hire.
The already-imposing prop brigade at the Emirates Western Force has been further bolstered by the signing of three-Test Wallaby Nic Henderson from the Brumbies.
Wanneroo jumped up to second place with a surprisingly hard-fought 13-10 win over rejuvenated reigning premiers Kalamunda at Hartfield in the WA club rugby competition, sponsored by KWIK Crane and Transport Hire.
Two teams on the redemption trail face uphill battles on Saturday when reigning premiers Kalamunda face third-placed Wanneroo at Hartfield and Nedlands take on Perth-Bayswater at Sir Charles Court Reserve in the WA club rugby competition, sponsored by KWIK Crane and Transport Hire.
Emirates Western Force coach John Mitchell likes how his 2010 Investec Super 14 squad is shaping up after the signing of Andre Pretorius and he is confident of keeping James O'Connor.
Fifth-placed Perth-Bayswater bounced back from last week's dismal defeat to grind third-placed Associates down 22-16 at Allen Park on Saturday in the WA club rugby competition sponsored by KWIK Crane and Transport Hire.
The Emirates Western Force has signed former Springboks flyhalf Andre Pretorius as its marquee international for the 2010 season.
Two unexpected crunch games wrap up the first half of the season on Saturday when fifth-placed Perth-Bayswater travel to Allen Park to play third-placed Associates; and second-placed Wanneroo go south of the river to Thompkins Park to play Palmyra in the top of the table clash in the WA rugby club competition, sponsored by KWIK Crane and Transport Hire.