Women's First Grade Preview Round 14
In the Women’s First Grade this week, there are three important games with only a couple of rounds to go. First placed, and undefeated, Truganina will be up against Altona, who are currently fourth. Second placed Doveton will play third placed Casey for that second spot, and lastly Northern Thunder will try to get within touching distance of the top four with a win against Werribee.
Yet, the matchup of 2 v 3 will be crucial for both sides, with the game having serious implications for the race for that second spot and double chance. The winner will go to second, and have the chance to put a bit of distance between them and third and fourth, while for the loser, the possibility of obtaining a double chance in the finals becomes more unlikely.
In their last outings, Doveton fell short against ladder-leaders Truganina, 34-8, while for the Warriors, they had a win against South East Titans a fortnight ago. This week’s game is a real four-point game, with both sides looking to take their place in trying to bring down Truganina come finals.
Truganina will take on the well-rested fourth placed team, Altona Roosters. After a strong win last week against the Steelers, the Rabbitohs will try not to slip up heading down the stretch, continuing to build confidence and combining excellent defence with some fierce attacking.
Altona are in the middle of the chasing pack, along with Northern Thunder, Casey and Northern below them. They have been great at times this year, but have been too inconsistent for majority of the season.
In the last encounter between these two sides, Truganina came out on top with a strong 30-6 performance, with Tasia Seumanufagai scoring a double while four other Rabbitohs each were able to score a try.
In the weekend’s last game, Northern Thunder will look to stay in touch with a matchup against sixth placed Werribee. In their reverse fixture, it was a low-scoring nail-biter with neither side being able to dominate the scoreboard, with the scores tied at 8-all as the final whistle sounded.
Since that game however, neither side has been able to elevate into a strong position in the competition, struggling to find consistency against the higher placed teams.
Mathematically, Northern can still play in Finals, however, will need to fix up their consistency and balance of scoring and defending and play both ways, with a point differential being crucial to any chance of them being able to leap frog Altona.
South East Titans will have a bye this weekend.
Doveton Steelers v Casey Warriors – Casey by 2
Truganina Rabbitohs v Altona Roosters – Truganina by 16
Northern Thunder v Werribee Bears – Northern by 10
South Eastern Titans - BYE