First Grade Preview Round 14
Three weeks remain for our First Grade division, with Finals spots up for grabs as the season heats up. Casey and Werribee are lengths ahead of the rest of the competition but will however be wary of their competition, will no game a guarantee.
This week showcases only two games, with both NRL VIC 9’s Finalists, Werribee and Casey travelling to Northern Thunder and Doveton respectively.
Vying for that stop is going to be key for both the top teams and with Casey’s form looking stronger than any, Werribee will have to keep applying the pressure on the competition leaders.
The reigning premiers will be looking to get a good run in before Sunday’s 9’s, having not played last week due to a forfeit. The Northern Thunder will be determined for a result, being the hunted in the chase for Finals, currently sitting in fourth position.
It’s been a horrid fortnight for the team, having matched up against Casey last week, currently undefeated, and now the reigning premiers and second place Werribee.
However, the task which seemed daunting from the outside last week, looked a real possibility to hand Casey their first loss. Yet, while falling short 24-38 against the Warriors last week, they will take massive confidence in matching it up with the top sides, not only against Werribee this week, but also leading into the Finals.
William Sila has been one of the most prolific players in the competition this year, scoring 10 tries this year and being accurate in front of goal, and will again have to be on his A-grade game for Northern Thunder to come out victorious.
Winning three of their previous four games, defence has been key for the Thunder and will again have to be on top of their game against the attackers of the Bears.
In this week’s other match, Casey will take on Doveton after their close encounter last week against the Thunder. Yet, while it may not have been convincing for the undefeated side, they continue to tick all the boxes heading into a probable match-up with Werribee for this year’s premiership.
Doveton being under dogs will try and close the gap between them and the Thunder, trying to propel them into possibly sneaking into the final spot as the season concludes, with a loss all but ruling them out.
Doveton will also host their own Women in League round as they weren’t able to host anything last week.
Northern Thunder v Werribee Bears – Werribee by 16
Doveton Steelers v Casey Warriors – Casey by 20