Truganina storms into Grand Final, while Casey bow out
Women’s First Grade Review
The Women’s First Grade Finals began with some close matches cementing a Grand Final spot for Truganina, and ended the season of Casey.
Truganina Rabbitohs 16 – 12 Altona Roosters
The top of the table Rabbitohs were a class above for majority of the season, dropping just the one game during the season, to the Roosters. However, with Finals adding more pressure to be successful, the Rabbitohs were desperate to book their place in the Grand Final in a fortnight’s time.
As with their recent meetings, the game was close, with each team trading tries, unable to break away and create a significant gap between them and their opposition.
The Roosters were unable to cause the upset as they did earlier in the year, falling agonisingly short of booking their spot in the final, losing 16-12.
Consistent try-scorer, Jamie Te Pania continued her strong run, crossing the line for the Rabbitohs, with Jacqueline Tuhega, Ofoi Taumoelau and Feagaimapuapuaga Sa scoring once also.
For the Roosters, Tessa Hika crossed the line twice while Ngahuia Blair was able to hit the scoreboard also.
While it means the Rabbitohs get the week’s rest, it’s not all doom and gloom for the Roosters, with a second chance beginning this week against Doveton.
Casey Warriors 20 – 24 Doveton Steelers
The Warriors faced a determined Steelers side in an eliminiation clash, with the winner progressing, while for the loser it would mean season over.
The recent meetings were a key indicator of the tight contest, with the game expected to be fierce and tough, and close down to the wire. In what was a see-sawing affair, the teams traded punches on the scoreboard, with no team able to break away from the opposing team.
Yet, it was Doveton who were able to get the upper hand late in the game and be in front as the final whistle was blown, running out 24-20 victors.
Krystel Williams continued her purple patch, with a hat-trick of tries and Annette Ngawini crossing the line for one. For the Steelers, Alofa Mekuli scored a double, while consistent performer Jean-Shannel Schmidt and Jayne Kareroa and Nikkita Rata scored a try each.
It spells the end for the Warriors, ending a successful season in a disappointing way, narrowly missing out on a double chance in the last week of the Finals. While for the Steelers, it gives them the chance to book a potential Grand Final spot next week.