NRL VICTORIA Round 15/13 Women's Preview
ROUND 13 NRL VICTORIA – WOMEN IN LEAGUE ROUND PREVIEW
GIRLS TAG – Round 13
Waverley Panthers vs Pakenham Eels
Saturday 6th August – 11:45am
The Girls Tag Waverley Panthers host Pakenham Eels at Fregon Reserve on Saturday in a bid to keep their fight for a 2016 finals spot alive. Waverley are coming off a win over Werribee Bears Red and are sitting 1 point away from the top 4. Pakenham started the season well but the season has fallen away for them only having recorded 3 wins this season. Pakenham’s top scorer this season is Jayde Allison on 8 tries from her 6 matches, whilst Waverley have shared their tries around the squad.
Doveton Steelers vs Werribee Bears Red
Saturday 6th August – 12:00pm
Werribee Bears Red are on the road in Round 13, travelling to the east side of Melbourne to take on Doveton Steelers. Doveton are currently sitting 5th on the Girls Tag ladder, tied on 14 points with 4th placed South Eastern Titans but a long way behind on point differential. A win is crucial at this late stage of the season to have the chance to leapfrog Titans. Werribee Bears Red have been in poor form themselves, sitting on 8 points with 4 wins for the season all coming before Round 7. Doveton’s top scorer for 2016 has been Gedea Kareroa with 5 tries so far. Werribee Bears Red have been led by Jayde Te Aute and Jayda Stowers who have both crossed the line 4 times this season.
Altona Roosters Blue vs Casey Warriors
Bruce Comben Reserve
Saturday 6th August – 12:10pm
Altona Roosters Blue lead the Girls Tag ladder on 22 points so far this season, with this weeks opponents following closely behind them on 20 points. Altona Blue have gone through the season undefeated to lead the ladder, and have done so in imposing fashion, putting some big scores on their opposition. Casey have similarly been putting their opponents to the sword, with a dominant past month having an impressive 112-6 point difference since Round 10. With both teams looking to charge into the finals in full steam, this match should be tightly fought out. Tiani Waruhia have been Altona’s top scorer from this season with 11 tries herself, while Casey’s Emani-Vai Watene-Lauina sits 2nd on the league top tryscoring list with 14 tries this season.
Melton Broncos vs Altona Roosters Red
Field 5 McPherson Park
Saturday 6th August – 12:15pm
Melton Broncos have had a tough 2016 season, with just one win recorded to their name so far. Points have been hard to come by, being held scoreless through their past 3 matches all against finals contenders. Altona Roosters Red have not found 2016 the easiest with 4 wins up to Round 13. Altona are coming off a win last round against Werribee Bears Black which will give them confidence coming into this weeks clash. Melton’s few tries have come from different sources around the team, while Altona Red have been boosted by Lucina Laaina who is having an impressive season with 10 tries scored this season.
South Eastern Titans vs Northern Thunder
Saturday 6th August – 12:50pm
In what is shaping up to be the most important match of Girls Tag Round 13, South Eastern Titans take on Northern Thunder in a potentially finals deciding tie. Titans are currently sitting in 4th place on the ladder on 14 points, with Thunder sitting ahead of them on 18 points. A win for Thunder will cement their finals position while a Titans win is crucial to stop Doveton and Waverley who are both hovering below Titans on the ladder looking to pounce on the fourth finals spot. Titans have been led by an outstanding season by Sabrina Vee who has scored a huge 17 times for her team this season also leading the league’s top try scorer count. Thunder’s Heaven Lee Valenti has scored 13 times herself this season in a great performance and will be looking to help Thunder go all the way this season.
Sunbury Tigers vs Werribee Bears Black
Saturday 6th August – 1:25pm
Sunbury Tigers host Werribee Bears Black on Saturday, with Sunbury looking to throw their name in the ring for a potential finals spot. Sunbury are still mathematically possible to make the last finals spot, but will need to win their last 2 matches to have a chance, and also win big. His week they take on the league’s bottom placed Werribee Bears Black and have that chance as Werribee Bears have struggled to stop their opponents scoring big this season. Werribee Black sit bottom without a win and a -532 point differential in what has been a rough season for the girls. Sunbury’s top scorer this season has been Natasha Latu Gaulua who has scored 8 tries so far, with Werribee Black having only scored 4 tries this season, all individual scorers.
WOMENS TAG – Round 15
Doveton Steelers vs Casey Warriors
Saturday 6th August – 10:55am
Doveton will host Casey in Round 15 of the Women’s Tag, with Doveton leading the league with a 2 point lead over Werribee Bears after 14 rounds. Casey Warriors are 7 points behind Northern Thunder making them unavailable to take a finals spot. Casey won’t roll over though and will be looking to upset the leaders. Doveton’s season has been spearheaded by Jodie Henderson who has scored 8 times so far this season while Casey’s Louisa Hammond has crossed 6 times.
Werribee Bears vs Northern Thunder
Saturday 6th August – 1:55pm
With the top 4 for Women’s tag wrapped us, both Werribee and Thunder have qualified for the finals so this match doesn’t seem to have any ramifications though Werribee trail Doveton by 2 points in 2nd on the ladder and a couple of wins to end the season would see them give Doveton a challenge to finish minor premiers. Thunder have won their last 2 on the trot and would love to get one over a fellow finals contender so close to the end of the season. Werribee’s leading scorer in 2016 has been Kintana Knowles with 4 tries whereas Laken Eramiha has scored 8 times for her Thunder side.
WOMENS TACKLE – Round 15
Doveton/Northern vs Casey Warriors
Saturday 6th August – 1:05pm
Doveton/Northern and Casey have been clear leaders of the Women’s Tackle league in 2016 with Doveton/Northern holding a 4 point buffer on Casey, before an 8 point gap separates Casey to third placed Werribee. The two have played each other 3 times this season with Doveton/Northern winning the first two clashes before Casey won a close 14-12 affair last time they met. The top two leading tryscorers in the Women’s Tackle league come from these two teams with Casey’s Hera Cook-Avatea dominating the tally with 17 tries so far followed by Doveton/Northern’s Alofa Mekuli sitting on 8 tries.
South Eastern Titans vs Werribee
Saturday 6th August – 3:00pm
Werribee travel to Greaves Reserve this Saturday to take on South Eastern Titans in the 2nd of the two Women’s Tackles matches today. These two fill out the finals positions with Werribee in 3rd on 14 points and Titans 8 points behind on 6 points. Titans face a threat from Frankston for the last finals spot but Frankston have a far inferior point differential coming into Round 15. Werribee’s top tryscorer thus far has been spread around with 4 players all having scored 3 tries apiece. Titans leading scorer for 2016 so far is Chauntae Coe on 2 tries.