Men's First Grade Grand Final Preview
Grand Final Preview
After fighting it out on a weekly basis to show their worth, the two most consistent teams in the Men’s First Grade division will meet again, except this time it’s for the First Grade Premiership.
The reigning Premiers Werribee Bears, and last season runners-up Casey Warriors will battle again at Fregon Reserve to decide this year’s title.
The teams have battled on numerous occasions throughout the year, in both the regular season and the NRL Victoria 9’s competition, with tough, fierce and physical football evident in all games.
Having played with the opposition in representative football, they know each other’s game style better than most, and it will be crucial for success on Saturday.
In their most recent meeting, it was the Bears who were able to rise to the occasion, using their speed on the outside, and strength in the middle to overpower Casey, especially in the second half.
After a disappointing showing in the qualifying final, the Warriors were able to respond last week with a dominating display, running out 32-14 victors over Northern Thunder.
Casey’s coach, Arana, questioned his team’s desire after their loss against Werribee, “Our boys were undisciplined, we didn’t work for our team mates or do our individual roles, we need to be better next week.”
Better they were indeed, with twice consecutive NRL Victoria Player of the Year Pride Patterson-Robati and Charles Ierome both scoring two tries, as their attacking dominance was back to its damaging best. Petterson-Robati’s performance was of note as it was his first match since Round 6 after suffering an injury.
In their three meetings so far this season, Werribee has the upper hand in the ‘important games’ with a win in the qualifying final as well as the 9’s Final. While for the Warriors, their solitary win over Werribee was in round 8, a 28-12 victory.
One thing for sure is that there will be nothing left in the tank for each player when that final whistle blows. The two best teams all season will battle it out again for another 80 minutes to crown this year’s premiers.
Werribee Bears vs Casey Warriors @ Fregon Reserve – Casey by 4