Women’s First Grade Semi Final Preview
By Jayden Cameron
With a tight battle at the top of the table, the Finals series will be a fierce contest in the Women’s First Grade. Truganina, the minor premiers, only lost one game all year, yet will face Altona in the first week, the team that defeated them. In the elimination final, Casey will face Doveton Steelers.
Truganina Rabbitohs v Altona Roosters
2.05pm @ Clearwood Drive Reserve
In the first match-up this season, the Rabbitohs were able to continue their strong form in round 5, winning comfortably 30-6. Tasia Seumanufagai was able to score two tries in the game, while Truganina also had four other try-scorers, giving them a vast range of options going forward.
Patrice Mareikura was the only try scorer for the Roosters that day, but has been a strong contributor on the season for the Roosters.
However, it was a different story in the next two fixtures between the sides, with the Roosters getting within touching distance in the second match-up. While the Rabbitohs were able to sneak through a 34-28 victory, they were unable to show their dominance that they were able to play with in the first half of the season.
Janetta Vaioletama and Jamie Te Pania both scored two tries each in this particular game, while Lydia Quedley scored a hat-trick for the Roosters.
The final matchup between the pair resulted in the Roosters stunning the Rabbitohs and handing them their first loss for the year 24-22.
Yet, while the Rabbitohs won the mini-series 2-1, it will be the last game between the two that will motivate the Roosters for the matchup this weekend. Given that the Rabbitohs had a depleted side, they will be looking for some revenge this weekend.
Jamie Te Pania has been a class above this season, scoring 12 tries to lead the league, while for the Roosters, Lydia Quedley has been in sensational form scoring 10 tries herself.
The Rabbitohs will look to overpower their opponents, as they have done for most of the season, will be prolific in attack and solid in defence. The Roosters will look at spread the field and use Lydia going forward to cause an upset and book a place in the Grand Final.
Casey Warriors v Doveton Steelers
3.20pm @ Bruce Comben Reserve
Casey will be disappointed losing second spot on the ladder, even though winning their last game of the season. With the Roosters winning thanks to a forfeit from Thunder, the Warriors have dropped to third and now face a do-or-die matchup with the Steelers.
While being below them, the Steelers have the edge in their match-ups, winning both games in tight affairs.
In the first contest, the Steelers won 24-22, with Jean-Shannel Schmidt being the difference, crossing the try line four times. In the reverse fixture, offence wasn’t too be seen, with the Steelers again winning by 2, except this time it was 6-4 in a low-scoring affair.
The Steelers have the upper hand, but with the pressure of Finals upon us, and have shown this season to concede heavily in games, and will need to limit the impact that Casey, and in particular, Krystal Williams and Tofamamao Tupai, will have on the game.
Truganina Rabbitohs v Altona Roosters – Truganina by 6
Casey Warriors v Doveton Steelers – Doveton by 4