Women’s League Tag Grand Finals
Tonight, the NRL Victoria female league tag grand finals take place at Cardinia Recreation Reserve (Pakenham Eels).
Kicking off the evening is the Under 14 Girl’s Tag Grand Final at 7:00pm between Waverley Panthers and the host club Pakenham Eels.
With only three teams in the Under 14s Girl’s Tag competition, both Waverley and the Eels will know each other inside out, ahead of tonight’s clash.
The Panthers were the dominant side all year remaining undefeated from their ten games.
The Eels however were competitive in all their games against the Panthers, coming within eight points of a win in round five.
The Eels will have to be at their best if they are any chance of taking the win.
Following this match will be the Under 17s at 7.30pm also between Waverley Panthers and Pakenham Eels.
Just like in the Under 14’s, Waverley were the team to beat in the Under 17’s season, losing only one game for the season in their three-team-competition. That loss did however come against Pakenham, meaning tonight’s match should be a cracking contest.
The showpiece match of the night will be the Women’s Tag clash between Altona Roosters and the North West Wolves with kick-off at 8.30pm.
The Women’s final is an interesting one. Doveton Steelers were the minor premiers with only the one loss for the season, while Waverley Panthers weren’t far behind with only three losses.
Unfortunately for both those teams the Altona Roosters and North West Wolves proved too good for them in the semi-finals.
In terms of wins the Roosters and Wolves couldn’t be separated during the regular rounds. In the Round 5 clash between the two, it was the Wolves who came out 16-point winners, however the Roosters narrowed the deficit in the Round 10 match earning a draw.
North West Wolves Captain-Coach Laila Husen was confident ahead of the final.
‘We have a full squad’ she said adding that ‘We’ve been good this season and only had four losses.’
The Wolves line-up is headlined by star Jemma Collins. ‘Jemma has scored two to three tries a game this year and we are definitely expecting her to do some damage tonight.’ Husen spoke about her team-mate.
Roosters Coach Maraea Keti Taikato expects a close one tonight. ‘I think it’ll be a really tight game’ she said.
‘Wolves have a lot of young players, mixed with more experienced players.’
Taikato also said her side was ‘very excited’ ahead of the match. ‘They didn’t think they would make it this far’ she said.
Taikato mentioned Hope Talapule, Tiani-Lee Waruhia, Jadene kirk and Tasiana Tua as players to watch.