Casey and Werribee expected to tick along
By Tate Spiteri
The Northern Thunder will get an immediate chance to make up for a disappointing performance against the undefeated Casey last week when they face the competitions other heavy weight Werribee at Haines Drive Reserve on Saturday.
While coach Ed Simamao conceded the 3rd placed Thunder were still a way off the competitions top two the Thunder will want a more competitive performance.
“We learn a lot from those two teams, we want to be like them,” he said.
The Northerners were blown out of the water last week by the Warriors’ star players such Pride Petterson-Robarti, Michael Ki and Chase Aporo and will have to be more watchful of the star Bears players.
But that is no easy feat with the Bears evenness across their team the clubs biggest strength. It is hard to pick out star players for the Bears given their even squad but Ben Tuitau has been their most prolific scorer and the strong form of Fisifou Holani, Ben Tuiatua and Tasmania Johansson earned them selection in the Victorian squad.
The Bears have cruised along this year, consistently notching up solid wins and should be expected to the do the same on Saturday.
In the other game this weekend Casey will again go in overwhelming favourites when they meet Doveton at Casey Fields in a replay of last years Preliminary Final.
The Steelers however seem to have dropped off from last year and are set to plummet to 8th on the ladder with Sunbury having the bye this weekend.
In other good news for Casey, Chase Aporo who has started the First Grade season in blistering form was named as the Victorian U20 player of the year for his impressive FOGs campaign.
Werribee by 20
Casey by 38