Group 7 Grand Final Previews
Looking back on the 2015 VB South Coast Group 7 Rugby League season, it always looked like Shellharbour City Sharks and Gerringong Lions would fight out the grand final, and that’s exactly the way it has turned out.
While the Sharks have pretty much cruised through, with their only hiccup all season being a late-season loss to Kiama Knights, the Lions have been hard hit by injuries at times, but as they say in the classics, ‘the cream always rises to the top’.
The Sharks have been awesome during the season, leading the competition from round one, scoring almost 800 points to date and having a points
differential of an enormous 483 in the competition rounds.
The Lions stumbled toward the end of the season with two late losses, but after losing a thrilling qualifying semi to Kiama, they bounced back with a late winner to eliminate premiers Nowra-Bomaderry, then came back from 14-0 down against Kiama last weekend to win comfortably.
The biggest worry for Gerringong appears to be injuries to captain Brad Davidson with back-rower Lloyd Bowen both under a cloud, but the Lions are a resilient mob and both will do everything they can to play.
There are mouth-watering battles all over the field, with Rixon Russell, who had his best game of the season last Sunday, taking on Sharks playmaker
Matt Carroll, Peter Cronin up against Ian Catania in the centres and fullbacks Joel Roberts lining up against the multi-talented Jai Field or Danny
The Sharks, with Craig Stapleton and Josh Cordoba up front will be looking to dominate and the Lions will be hoping if they can hold them there,
hooker Nathan Ford, Brad Davidson and Patrick Cronin will be able to lay the platform for a win.
Either way a massive crowd is likely to get a great game of football.
Kiama Knights will be hoping to go back-to-back when they take on minor premiers Shellharbour City in the reserve grade clash, but with the
Sharks dominating both recent clashes, they will be red-hot favourites here.
The Knights Under-18s will still have nightmares after their major semi-final meltdown against Sunday’s opponents, the Nowra-Bomaderry Jets, when they blew a 22-6 lead to lose 24-22 and almost did the same last Sunday.
The fresh Jets will probably start as favourites, and the Knights will need huge games from captain Dylan Morris and the livewire Alex Boles if their are to get the win.
The Women’s League Tag grand final should be a cracker, with Milton- Ulladulla not only defending their premiership, but also an unbeaten record,
however the last twice they have played have been thrillers with the Dogs grabbing two point wins on both occasions and this one could go either
The resurgent Albion Park Outlaws will go into the third grade decider against Shellharbour City with plenty of confidence after some very good wins
recently, however will find the Sharks very tough on Sunday.
The Outlaws are more than capable of causing an upset, but will have to be at their best to secure the win.
GROUP 7 GRAND FINAL DAY TICKETS ON SALE
For the second year in a row, the VB South Coast Group 7 Grand Final tickets are now available for purchase via Ticketek.
With the huge success of the new format in 2014, the Country Rugby League and partner South Coast Group 7 Rugby League has again utilised the services of the ticketing giant to bring another great event to the Region.
Greater Southern Regional Manager Kevin Felgate has expressed his excitement for the event coming up on the 20th of September at the Collegians Sporting Complex.
‘Last year’s event was such a rousing success, we thought it to be a no-brainer in bringing Ticketek back in for this year’s event as well. We are ahead of the pack by having such an arrangement. Everything is going online and we need to keep up with the times. I feel with this model, we are and moving the regional game forward in leaps and bounds’.
Avoid the queues and purchase your tickets on ticketek.com.au