2012 Grand Final Previews

RugbyWA Senior Grade Grand Finals – Preview

by RugbyWA Media

The 2012 RugbyWA Senior Grade competition culminates this weekend with grand finals in all grades to be played at McGillivray Oval, Mt Claremont on Saturday 29 September and Sunday 30 September.

Entry to the ground is $5 on Saturday and $10 on Sunday and with the weather expected to be fine it will be a great weekend of rugby with teams from nine clubs represented.

For all information regarding the event including details on parking, food and beverages and prohibited items please click here.

Premier Grade
Nedlands v Associates
Sunday 30 September, 2012
Field 1 – Kick-off: 4.00pm

The Pindan Premier Grade grand final is set to be a thriller with the top two teams, Nedlands and Associates, battling it out for Western Australian rugby glory.

During the season, Nedlands took the points in Round Three defeating Soaks 22-13 while in Round 12 it was Associates who were celebrating after a nail-biting 25-23 victory that ended Neddies’ 11-match undefeated streak.  They were pitted against each other in the major semi-final with Nedlands scoring a try in the dying minutes to win 22-18  and earn themselves a week’s rest and a ticket into Sunday’s grand final.

The 2012 Pindan Premier Grade finals series is Nedlands’ 30th consecutive campaign and they will be hungry to claim back the premiership trophy after a disappointing loss to UWA in the decider in 2011.  Neddies finished just a point ahead of Soaks to take out the minor premiership. 

Soaks won’t make it easy for them and will no doubt be keen for retribution after the heartbreaking four-point loss in the major semi.  If their major semi-final loss taught them anything, they know they will need to play out the full 80 minutes if they are to return their first Premier Grade premiership since 2002.

Both sides are relentless in their attacking play and the crowd is sure to be treated to a spectacle on Sunday afternoon.

3rd Grade Gold
Nedlands v Kalamunda
Saturday 29 September, 2012
Field 2 – Kick-off: 3.30pm

It was a very one-sided affair in Round Five when Nedlands overwhelmed a lacklustre Kalamunda 62-0.  However, Kalamunda put in a much stronger showing in their second meeting in Round 14 to defeat Nedlands, 23-20.

Minor premiers Nedlands proved they are the team to beat in this grade, losing just two games this season and finishing 17 points clear of their nearest rival on the ladder.  The three-point loss to Kalamunda in latter stage of the competition will no doubt provide added incentive for the side to put in a master effort on Saturday.

Kalamunda finished the season in third position on the ladder and were forced to take the long route to the grand final. Defence will be the key to their victory on Saturday against a Nedlands were easily the best attacking side, scoring an average of more than 40 points per game.

4th Grade Gold
UWA v Nedlands (Nomads)
Saturday 29 September, 2012
Field 2 – Kick-off: 2.00pm

Minor premiers, UWA, hold the wood over their Nedlands counterparts for Saturday having beaten them 40-15 in Round One and 24-7 in Round 10.

UWA, who have only dropped one match during 2012, earned their week off with a 22-13 victory over Wanneroo in the major semi-final and will be refreshed and ready to go for a tilt at the title on Saturday.  With 15 four-try bonus points this season, UWA are formidable attacking outfit and are expected to put on an entertaining game of rugby.

Nedlands will have their work cut out for them but with nothing to lose, could easily cause an upset on Saturday.  After losing the grand final last year, they will be desperate to make amends. 

4th Grade Blue
Nedlands (Cavaliers) v Cottesloe
Saturday 29 September, 2012
Field 2 – Kick-off: 12.30pm

It has always been a close encounter between these two sides throughout the season with Nedlands taking the competition points in Round 8 with a 12-0 victory and Cottesloe claiming a 7-3 victory in Round 17.  When they faced off again in the major semi-final, it was Nedlands that earned the one-week break and a spot in this Saturday’s grand final with a one-point victory over Cottesloe.

This is Cottesloe’s only team in the 2012 grand finals and they’ll no doubt have a very strong supporter base willing them over the line on Saturday afternoon.  As the only team to have defeated Nedlands during the 2012 season, the Gulls will go in with some confidence that they can get the job done.

Nedlands were the standout side in the Fourth Grade Blue competition and finished the season with the minor premiership.  Cottesloe will be a tough opponent but if Nedlands can maintain the form they’ve shown during the season, they’ll prove hard to beat.