Senior Grand Finals Previews

Women’s Tag – Doveton Steelers v Waverley Panthers @ 3:35pm

 

Doveton will look to do the double, being in both Women’s First Grade and Tag Grand Finals.

 

These teams met in the first week of the season, with the Steelers winning 14-4. However, in round four it was different story, with the Panthers able to hold of the Steelers attack, winning in a low scoring affair, 6-0. It was the same result in round 9, with Panthers attack being more efficient, triumphing 22-12. Their last meeting in round 11 was again a close encounter, with neither team being able to be separated, succumbing to a 14-all draw.

 

Waverley might benefit with Jean-Shannel playing in the First Grade, after her dominance in the tag competition also, while the Panthers boast the two top try scorers, Jessica Rata [14] and Ashleigh Rata [11].

 

Second Division - Werribee Bears v Truganina Rabbitohs @12:55pm

 

Truganina will be in their club’s first ever Grand Final, as they will take on minor premiers, Werribee, for the Second Division Premiership. While a disappointing loss against Werribee wasn’t ideal, they responded in perfect style with a 26-18 victory over Sunshine to book another meeting with the in-form team of the competition.

 

In their previous meetings this season, Truganina upstaged Werribee in the first game of the season, stealing a 2-point victory. However, that would be Werribee’s only loss for the season, as their dominance reigned supreme, including a dominating 30-14 victory.

 

Rabbitohs star Innocent Tuimavave-Mau leads the league for most tries scored, and was crucial in that round one win against the Bears, where he scored twice. However, for the Rabbitohs to be a chance to try and hand the Bears their second defeat, his attack will be crucial, as well as his goal kicking. Werribee is clearly the best attacking and defensive team in the competition, and will be hard to stop again come Saturday afternoon.

 

 

Women’s First Grade – Truganina Rabbitohs v Doveton Steelers @ 2:25pm

 

Having a near perfect season, with only dropping one game, the Rabbitohs are in a perfect position to win their first premiership. While for Doveton, they’ve had the dream run, finishing in fourth position, and upsetting the higher teams in consecutive weeks.

 

Looking back through the season, the Rabbitohs had the edge comfortably with the Rabbitohs attack being too much for the Steelers to handle.

 

This final will be a battle of the two top scoring try scorers, with Jean-Shannel Schmidt for the Steelers scoring 14 for the season, and Jamie Te Pania scoring 13 for the Rabbitohs. Yet, looking at both team’s form, you would expect Jean-Shannel to score a try or two for them to cause another upset.

 

 

Welcome to Country Ceremony @ 3:25pm

 

Men’s First Grade – Werribee Bears v Casey Warriors @ 3:30pm

 

Werribee Bears and Casey Warriors have had a longstanding rivalry in big games over the last couple of seasons, with this week’s matchup being a rematch of last year’s Final. Werribee came out on top in that game, and will be looking to do the same this season.

 

In this season, they have come across each other three times, with Werribee winning the 9’s Grand Final as well as the Major Semi-Final. Speed and physicality will be present from the first whistle to the last, with the outside run of Werribee being too strong for Casey in the previous few games.

 

However, with bragging rights and the title of “Premiers” on show, both teams will be keen to settle in, play their style of football, and prepare themselves for tough and physical football. 




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