WARL PREVIEW – Smarter Than Smoking First Grade SEMI FINALS

By Justin Fris

LIONS PRIMED FOR HOME GRAND FINAL

 2014 matches:

South Perth   3  – 28-12 (r2) , 30-6 (r9)  26-16 (r16)
North Beach 0

 Perennial first grade heavyweights South Perth and North Beach face off in Saturday’s major semi final at George Burnett Park.

The Lions have comprehensively dominated all meetings with Beach this season, but finals football? Well, we all know how different things can turn.

Barney Nixon prides himself on set completion and will be eager for his men to set the tone of the game from the outset.

Beach have often become frustrated against the Lions this season, and have adopted a more physical approach instead of persisting with creative sets.

In this major semi final, they can’t afford to do this, as this plays into the Lions’ hands.

South Perth should advance to the grand final from this match, but North Beach is capable of winning if they leave nothing in the tank.

 

THREE STEPS TO HEAVEN FOR ROOSTERS AND BEARS

 2014 matches :

Fremantle 2   – 50-22 (r10)  38-18 (r17)
Draw           1  – 22-all, (r3)
Willagee     0

Local neighbours Fremantle and Willagee square off in Saturday’s minor semi final at Ken Allen Field.

Lose this one and you go home, it’s as simple as that.

Fremantle are arguably the form team in first grade right now, putting several teams to the sword.

Willagee have also had a memorable season, capable of knocking off superior opposition against the odds.

In reality though, the Bears will have to play out of their skins to knock off the Roosters away from home.

The Bears struggle to match up well against the Roosters, with their defence battling to keep Jordan Stringer and Wellington Tulilou under wraps.

It should be a tight affair early, but a solid burst from the Roosters should see them advance to next Saturday’s preliminary final.

 

SEMI FINAL FIXTURES

for all fixtures in this weekend’s Senior Semi Finals at George Burnett Park and Ken Allen Field, click below:

2014 Senior Semi Finals Draw