NRL Victoria Competition Mid-Season Reviews
2016 NRL Victoria Under 11’s (Round 8)
The Under 11’s season has been a closely contested one, with the top 6 being within 5 points of each other. On top is Altona Roosters Red who are undefeated through 8 rounds, having 7 wins and a bye. The leading tryscorer for the Under 11’s is LJ Nonu from Werribee Bears who has crossed the line 18 times in the first 8 rounds.
2016 NRL Victoria Under 12’s (Round 8)
So far in the 2016 Under 12 season, its Werribee Bears leading the table with 8 wins from 8 matches and a whopping +224 points in point differential. Closely following them is Altona Roosters Red who have only dropped one game this season themselves when losing to Werribee in Round 3. They look to be the two teams to beat this season. The race for the 2016 Under 12 leading tryscorer is currently tied at 10 a piece, with Altona Roosters Blue player Eli Sitiveni and Altona Roosters Red player River Richards sharing the spoils.
2016 NRL Victoria Under 13’s (Round 8)
Werribee Bears also lead the Under 13 competition after 8 rounds, just like their Under 11 counterparts undefeated so far. Again its Altona Roosters Red who follow them just 2 points behind on the table. With finals being top 4, South Eastern Titans (4th) and Casey Warriors (5th) are equalled on 8 points and will be fighting it out with each other for the finals spot. The leading tryscorer of the season so far is Northern Thunder’s Sualauvi Faalogo who has scored on 15 occasions including a recent hattrick against South Eastern Titans in Round 8.
2016 NRL Victoria Under 14’s (Round 8)
It is Altona Roosters who lead the way in the Under 14 competition of 2016, undefeated after 8 rounds including a bye. It’s been a solid year for Altona in Under 14’s, with close victories being padded out with monster score lines such as 90-0 and 66-0. Doveton Steelers, Casey Warriors and Waverley Panthers all sit on 6 points in 5th to 7th spot respectively all looking to chase down the 4th finals spot trying to take that away from South Eastern Titans. The Under 14’s leading tryscorer of the season at the moment is Altona Roosters player Compton Fuatimau who has scored 11 times so far.
2016 NRL Victoria Under 15’s (Round 8)
The charge for the Under 15’s title at this stage looks to be between Casey Warriors and Sunbury Tigers. Casey lead Sunbury on the table due to a +20 superior point differential, both on 14 points. Be sure to watch for when these two teams clash on field during the season as it will be a cracker. The Under 15’s leading tryscorer is currently Casey Warrior’s Mika Falesau-Taleo with 9 tries, followed by Sunbury’s Derek Iva and Northern Thunder’s Jermaine Tui on 6 tries.
2016 NRL Victoria Under 16’s (Round 8)
The Under 16 top 4 looks to be in a handy spot, with South Eastern Titans in 4th spot being 4 points clear of 5th placed Casey Warriors, but a solid ending to the season from Casey could shake things up quite a bit. Sunbury Tigers are the current leaders of the competition, having not lost a match yet this season after winning 6 and drawing 16-16 with Thunder in Round 1. The current leading tryscorer is Iverson Fuatimau from Altona Roosters with 10 tries including 4 tries against Casey Warriors in Round 8.
2016 NRL Victoria Under 18’s (Round 8)
The Under 18 competition is currently being dominated by South Eastern Titans on 16 points, undefeated after 8 rounds and a massive +330 point differential to boot. Only on one occasion in 2016 have Titans scored below 40 points in a stellar season for the team. Altona Roosters, Casey Warriors and North West Wolves round out the finals spots, with Northern Thunder pushing to challenge Wolves for their spot. The top tryscorer for the Under 18’s division is Trent Toelau from South Eastern Titans, his teammate John Salatielu sitting just one try behind on 8.
2016 NRL Victoria Girl’s Tag (Round 8)
Altona Roosters Blue are the current leaders of the 2016 Girls Tag competition, with 8 wins from 8 rounds giving them a 4 point buffer over second placed Northern Thunder. Casey Warriors and South Eastern Titans are within 2 points of second spot and will be looking to fight the finals positions out amongst themselves, though Sunbury on 9 points are poised to challenge if they have a solid second half of the season. The Girl’s Tag leading tryscorer is tied 3 ways, with Titans players Eileen Kavamoungaone and Sabrina Vee, plus Heaven Lee Valenti from Thunder all having scored 10 times this season.
2016 NRL Victoria Women’s Tag (Round 10)
With 10 rounds gone, Werribee Bears lead the way in the Women’s Tag competition with a slender 2 point lead over the second placed Doveton Steelers. The finals race seems set with Waverley Panthers and Northern Thunder sitting in third and fourth being 7 points clear of 5th placed Casey Warriors. The final order of the top four will be something to watch with a few games between them all meaning it could all change by season end. The Women’s Tag leading tryscorer so far in 2016 is tied between Doveton’s Mataariki Puia and Waverley’s Sharisse Koka-Sosene who both top the list with 5 tries a piece.
2016 NRL Victoria Women’s Tackle (Round 10)
The Women’s tackle division is fought between 5 teams, and the leader of those is the cross-merged squad from Doveton Steelers and Northern Thunder who have 7 wins and a bye from 9 rounds. Casey Warriors linger just behind them looking to solidfy their finals position, while Werribee and South Eastern Titans make up the top 4 spots. Frankston Raiders are sitting equal with the Titans after Round 10 and will be aiming for that final top 4 spot. The Women’s tackle leading tryscorer of 2016 so far is Hera Cook-Avatea from Casey Warriors with 11 tries, a huge 7 tries in front of her nearest rival.
2016 NRL Victoria Second Division
The Second Division table is headed at the top by Werribee Bears, unbeaten after 10 rounds. Northern Thunder follow them by 2 points with Casey Warriors and Waverley Panthers rounding out the current finals spots. Altona Roosters Blue sit even on points with Waverley in 5th spot, being behind by a mere 2 points on point differential . The current leading tryscorer for the Second Division is tied on 7 tries between Northern Thunder’s Fainu’U Sialaoa and Werribee Bears’ Thomas Zwart.
2016 NRL Victoria First Grade
2015 First Grade Champions Casey Warriors and runners up Werribee Bears both sit tied on top of the First Grade table with 8 wins a piece from 10 rounds. Both teams look the teams to beat again this season and will be looking to take it to the grand final again, Werribee looking to get revenge for the 2015 grand final defeat. Northern Thunder and Doveton Steelers complete the top 4 at the moment, with 2nd to 7th spot being tight, the last two finals spots are up for grabs. The first grade leading tryscorer is Werribee Bears player Redeem Saleupolu who has found the tryline 13 times over the first part of the season.