The Goose Step – Edition 02 – Step Up

Welcome to The Goose Step.

This week’s feature goose step… Tyran Davis from the Joondalup Giants!
Send in photos of your favourite stepper’s to creedy@nrl.com.au to be our feature player.

In our second edition for the week, we are having a look at some players who are known for their exploits in Reserve Grade or Val Murphy Trophy in 2021, who we want to see make a difference at the top. Are they guys coming back from injury? Or have had some really good players in front of them? Or just can’t commit? Maybe its a player that has been floating between the two for a while? Unfortunately we will be around the teams with Premiership clubs on this one.

Anyway thats enough from me, lets get into the players in no particular order…

10. Will Ramsay – Ellenbrook Rabbitohs
Along with the understated Shaan Evans, Will is one of those hard working backrowers that can really play. Possessing good natural footballing ability, his leg speed and strength always make him a massive handful for opposition teams. With a cheeky smile and natural fitness, Will is one of those guys that can make a difference on both sides of the ball. Stepping up to first grade this year will be a challenge for the whole Ellenbrook squad, but he definitely wouldn’t look out of his depth in Premiership.

9. Tuipoluto Lasike – Joondalup Giants (Alkimos Tigers)
The Val Murphy Trophy player of the year last year, “Las” once upon a time was an underrated premiership centre. And while he isn’t getting any younger, he would still cause some waves in Premiership. Converting to a big minute lock in recent seasons, you could literally play Tui in any position on the field and he would make a difference. A tough ball carrier and a rugged defender, his work ethic make him a perfect player to slide straight into a Fuel To Go & Play Premiership side.

8. Cooper Sanders – Fremantle Roosters
Long hair waving in the breeze, this skinny kid jumped into the senior grades last year and didn’t take a back step. Immediately becoming one of the first players picked in reserve grade, he also featured in a few first grade games to already wet the appetite. And surely he is hungry for more Premiership action. A hard working back rower or lock, Cooper is a Dallas Johnson type player, who literally just throws everything he has at the opposition. A ball of hair and limbs, the slight backrower puts maximum effort into every play he is involved in and is turning into one of those ever-reliable players.

7. Elahzaye Delaney – Rockingham Sharks
Towards the back end of 2021, a couple of outside backs were really starting to make their mark in the lower grades at the Sharks. Elahzaye was one of them. Young and full of energy, the tall outside back was finishing off back line moves for fun and becoming a reliable try scorer. With good speed and an ability to beat the first defender, he isn’t lacking any confidence. Competent under the high ball, Elahzaye can rise above the pack without any problems and is a threat whenever the ball is kicked in his direction. While still needing to learn a bit about defensive positioning, it won’t be long before he is scoring tries in first grade.

6. Peliata Fisiihoi – South Perth Lions
Peliata is super talented. That’s never been a question. But what is “Peli’s” best position? And what is the best way to get him involved in the South Perth team, especially considering how stacked up they are in the forward pack. A powerful backrower, it seems Peliata’s best spot is probably in the middle of the field somewhere, but he can play a bit of outside backs if you need as well. Not the tallest guy in the world, he is a powerful ball run, with a super low centre of gravity which makes it hard for opposition teams to dominate him in the tackle. But getting the best out of Peli in a spot he can contribute continues to be a riddle at the Lions.

5. Tyran & Dylan Davis – Joondalup Giants
Have put the Davis twins together in this list as they have both spent time in the Premiership grade, without cementing a position. A combination of injury, concussion, work and availability has kept the proud Giants players on the cusp of cementing a full blown first grade position. Both outside backs, who are comfortable on the wing, fullback (mainly Tyran) and centre (mainly Dylan), they are rugged defenders who you have to beat two or three times before getting rid of them. With good speed and evasive skills, they are stronger than they look and can sniff out a try where there isn’t one like all good outside backs. Will they see more of Premiership this year?

4. Rihari Clarkin – Fremantle Roosters
This is a bit of a soft pick for myself. Rihari played plenty of Premiership last year, basically backing up after playing a full game in reserve grade. As honest as they come, he will toil away without complaint in the middle of the field or on an edge. While not a player who will set the world alight, he is a tough defender who won’t miss tackles, is extremely fit and will take any tough carry you give him. Like most Fremantle back rowers, he excels at finding his front and providing a quick play the ball for the next phase. A first grade level player, his will to keep going even when tired sets him apart from other reserve graders.

3. Luke-David Wells-Talamaivao – South Perth Lions
You’d have to think 2022 will be Luke-David’s year. Showing immense talent as a junior and coming straight into the first grade setup as a 17 year old, Luke got a bit stalled behind some bad luck and some very good players. Seen as the heir apparent to one of the spine spots at the Lions, the last couple years he just didn’t click into gear and looked slightly uncomfortable. But knowing Luke, he will shrug that off and try even harder. A talented half or hooker, he contains a very good passing and short kicking game, along with being a rugged defender. A couple years older and wiser now, he should be ready to step right into a spot at the Lions with no problems.

2. Beau Constable – North Beach Sea Eagles
Firstly, we could have chosen a list which just contained the Sea Eagles if we really wanted to, but we will start here with Beau. Fast. Strong. Incredible balance and footwork. The only thing lacking in Beau’s game previous seemed to be the mental side of football. Knowing when and where to impose himself, along with knowing when to play the percentages and when to have a crack seemed the gap. Now, a year or two older, and with an increase in maturity, Beau looks primed to take on the Premiership Grade.  Able to play anywhere on the field, it seems he has found a home in the backrow, and if he can stay committed and locked in, he will turn alot of heads.

1. Jay Roa – North Beach Sea Eagles
Jay has had a few cracks at Premiership already. But with a horror injury toll and an ever constant battle with his fitness, it has consigned Jay to always having to work his way back to the top. But the guy can really play. A former half, and then outside back, he has made a home for himself as a devastating backrower in the lower grades. Incredibly quick for his size and with good acceleration, he is a handful of a matchup, especially in the attacking zone. Not afraid to be cheeky or throw a barb out, Jay can normally back it up and loves a challenge. Possessing a capable offload in any situation, he also has a great knack for heads up footy and can pass or kick with the best of them. A talented footballer, its time he goes back into Premiership.