The Goose Step – Junior Preliminary Final Edition

Welcome to the Goose Step!
It was amazing to be back and show some love to our local junior competition!
This weeks Goose Step Star… Taiatini Huriwai-Brown of the Rockingham Sharks.
This week we head north up to Admiral Park, Joondalup for the Preliminary Finals, starting at 9am.
Let’s get to the games!

GLT – 9:00am
Waiting Grand Finalist – Ellenbrook Rabbitohs
Preliminary Semi Final – Roosters vs Lions
The Rockingham Sharks were game in defeat but a last gasp try to the Lions sent them into this weeks preliminary final against a plucky but ultimately outclassed Fremantle Roosters, who succumbed to the Rabbitohs last week. But they managed to make some running of their own against the Bunnies and will fancy their chances here. Watch out for the acceleration of Janelle and Jaylene Vosota, who can really turn it on when they need to. For the Lions, they will be looking for experienced Amy Therkelsen to get them to the GF. Therkelsen is a smart ball player and played a faultless game at fullback last weekend.

U13s Boys – 10:00am
Waiting Grand Finalist – Fremantle Roosters
Preliminary Semi Final – Bears vs Rabbitohs
The Roosters survived a big scare from a youthful Bears side on the weekend, and will welcome the week off from a fast and furious affair. While the Bears showed that the Roosters can be beaten, they will rue their own mistakes and come into this game against the Rabbitohs on high alert, after they produced their best defensive performance of the year to hold out the powerful Bulldogs. For the Rabbioths, they will look to their physical pack, led by Khalydos Siope and Eraia Paekau to get them on the front foot in this one. For Willagee, look for the brave Blaise Stewart. He plays well above his size and has amazing late footwork to go with a low centre of gravity. This is my pick for match of the day.

U13s Girls – 11:10am
Waiting Grand Finalist – Joondalup Giants
Preliminary Semi Final – Sharks vs Rabbitohs
On the back of a Wentholt blitz, the Giants rode straight into the Grand Final, and leave the Sharks with a big matchup this weekend against a strong Ellenbrook Rabbitohs. The Bunnies stars did all their damage in the first half against the Lions and while the Lions had their chances, they couldn’t make up the deficit, which has set up this mouth watering preliminary final. The Sharks, while having their stars, are a solid team setup, with lots of players adding to their ability to get over the line. Kailey-Jade Redoblado is a strong ball runner who will cause the Rabbitohs defence issues all the time. Although the Sharks will need to be wary of the ball running hooker from the Bunnies, Ateca Ravatudei. Her speed and footwork allowed the players around her tonnes of room last week.

U14s Boys – 12:20pm
Waiting Grand Finalist – Kalamunda Bulldogs
Preliminary Semi Final – Giants vs Lions
Both games in the U14s were absolute heart stoppers last weekend. The Bulldogs clung on for dear life against a fast finishing rampant Giants outfit, and the Lions scored last and went tit for tat against a hot Sharks team in a game where no one wanted to kick any conversions. In a forward dominant display, it was the boys in the middle who got it done for the Lions. Kingston Tioriori was a hurricane in the middle of the field for them, and his power running game was something to behold. But they will need to be much smarter and not go shot for shot with the Giants on their home turf. Nathaniel Paora was a shining light in the Giants comeback, with his smart play, silky ball skills and ability to organise a key part of the Maroon and Gold. This game should be worth coming to watch alone.

U15s Girls – 1:30pm
Waiting Grand Finalist – Ellenbrook Rabbitohs
Preliminary Semi Final – Giants vs Titans
I suppose the question in this one is who can stop the Rabbitohs? After the weekend just gone, the answer might actually be the Titans, who produced a powerful burst to completely demoralize the Sharks before halftime. The Giants, while brave and never giving in, seem to need a few more of the U13s girls to jump into this age group in 2022. But I don’t think they will go meekly into the night either, and will look to shut up a certain writer. Indianna Timms for the Titans was brilliant, using her unique combination of balance and power to score a double last weekend. Paige Hodge-Cekic was the standout shining light in the Giants loss. She is a power runner, who sees the spaces in the defence with ease and its an absolute handful to tackle.

U15s Boys- 2:40pm
Waiting Grand Finalist – South Perth Lions
Preliminary Semi Final – Sharks vs Roosters
A hatrick to Salele’a sent the Lions straight into the GF, with a question mark on gun hooker Mabbett, they will welcome the week off. The Sharks thought won’t mind another game. They seem to get better every time they play together and will be ripping and raring to go this weekend against a smart Fremantle Roosters team, who were too strong in a big team effort, against the Bunnies last weekend. The back row, composed of hard working Rihare Te Rauna and devastating Majah Peachey and Weylan Antonelli are a dream combination for the Sharks. Power. Speed. Agility. But while the Sharks have some big names, the unheralded backrow of the Roosters will be out to match them. Tane Barrett Smith and Jonathan Sarader are no slouches, and Jesse Inall has been a star in this age group, with his no frills style of play impressing many.

U17s Boys – 3:50pm
Waiting Grand Finalist – North Beach Sea Eagles
Preliminary Semi Final – Sharks vs Rabbitohs
What a way to finish on both fields last weekend. The Sea Eagles held on for a four point win in a game for the ages against the Rockingham Sharks, and the Rabbitohs rebounded in a huge way to outlast a tricky Kalamunda Bulldogs team who were playing with absolutely nothing to lose. The Sharks were great, and hung with the minor premiers every step of the way. While their usuals stood up, Jose Leef showed that he can match it with any dominant forward in the game. Ferocious in defence, his late footwork and speed make him just as dangerous with the ball. If the Rabbitohs want to match it with them, their big boys will need to step up again. Wilson Matangi Marsters was damaging last week, and will need to bring that edge to a erratic Bunnies team for them to have a chance against the Sharks.

Just another blockbuster weekend of games. See you at Admiral!