Women's First Grade Preview

Women’s First Grade Preview

The First Grade competition for the Senior Women continues this week, with a big focus on Women in League. It has been an extremely tight competition for the women, with only six points separating second and fifth, making for a tight run to the finish line for all sides.

Werribee vs South Eastern Titans @ Haines Drive Reserve

A bottom of the table clash with plenty on offer for the winner, the Bears especially. While being a couple of games behind the Northern Thunder, the Bears will look to close in this weekend against the last-placed Titans. However, the Titans have proven no easy beats, with their defence holding up strongly in recent weeks, including an upset win over Doveton. With Werribee being unable to score consistently this season, if the Titans can perform strongly in their own half, an upset could be on the cards.

Oneata Schwalger will lead from the front for the Titans, having score six tries in her four games, while stopping Hiria Williams [three tries] from Werribee will go a long way to the Titans clinching a victory.

Northern Thunder vs Casey Warriors @ Seabrook Reserve

The Northern Thunder will face Casey just two weeks after falling agonisingly short in the reverse fixture. However, with the Northern Thunder being fifth in the race for a finals spot, their season is on the line at home against the Warriors.

Airana Lautasi contributed with a try last time out, and will look to do so again as she chases the leading try scorer, while Louisa Hammond and Tofamamao Tupai will form a formidable attack for the Thunder to deal with, both scoring last meeting and scoring 11 tries between them for the year thus far.

For Casey, they can close in on Doveton, possibly leap-frogging them for second place, to help set up their season with a genuine chance of going all the way. The current winning streak is five, and will be aiming to make that six this weekend.

Truganina vs Doveton @ Langama Park

The undefeated Rabbitohs clash with second-placed Doveton in a bid to expand their lead on the rest of the competition in this weekend’s game of the round. The Rabbitohs have been the most complete side all season, evident with being the best attacking team as well as the best defensive side. However, this week’s game shapes as no pushover as Doveton will look show their worth against the premiership favourites in a possible clash for the premiership.

An upset win here would not only give the Steelers confidence in the last part of the season, but will also inspire the remaining teams aiming to push for those last finals spots that a win over the Rabbitohs is possible.

Their previous meeting was the first game of the year, with Truganina running out 24-8 winners. However, the Steelers have shown the development of their side, and how much improvement since that outing.

Jamie Te Pania, Te Aroha Hapuku and Willow Rowland form an attacking trio, which may be too much to handle for the Steelers, all having scored seven tries each and will be itching to score more on the weekend.

Yet, Doveton have their own damanging duo with Jean-Shannel Schmidt and Alofa Mekuli aiming to conquer the Rabbitohs defence.

This game shapes as a real four-point game, with a loss for Doveton putting them back in the middle of the pack of chasers, while a win closes the gap on the ladder leaders.

Predictions:

Werribee v South East Titans @ Haines Drive Reserve – Titans by 2

Northern Thunder v Casey Warriors @ Seabrook Reserve – Casey by 4

Truganina Rabbitohs vs Doveton Steelers – Truganina by 8

Altona Roosters - BYE




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