2017 Review: Tuggeranong Bushrangers

The 2017 season was mixed for the Tuggeranong Bushrangers as they showed plenty of improvement in First Grade but were unable to match their previous success in the other grades.

First Grade

Position:  4th
Win/Loss/Draw:  8 – 6 – 2
Points For: 472
Points Against: 351

Having finished sixth in 2016, the Tuggeranong Bushrangers showed plenty of improvement under the guidance of Justin Giteau last season.

Having looked to have missed out on finals football for 2017, the Bushrangers went on a remarkable run where they beat the West Belconnen Warriors and Queanbeyan Blues to ensure their season continued.

However, once reaching the finals, they were comfortably beaten by the Yass Magpies 32-18.

The Bushrangers boasted the third best attack and fourth best defence in the competition.

Reserve Grade

Position: 5th
Win/Loss/Draw:  9 – 6 – 1
Points For: 404
Points Against: 301

The Tuggeranong Bushrangers missed the finals by only one point, as they were unable to match the previous season’s result.

Having finished as runners-up in 2016, the Reserve Grade side enjoyed some impressive results throughout the season.

The Bushrangers managed to defeat the Queanbeyan Blues and draw with the West Belconnen Warriors who finished the season as Premiers.

Tuggeranong had the third best defence and fifth best attack in the competition.

Ladies League Tag

Position: 6th
Win/Loss/Draw:  5 – 11 – 0
Points For: 228
Points Against: 264

As the Ladies League Tag competition grew in size during 2017, the Tuggeranong Bushrangers slid down the table as they finished sixth.

Having finished as runners-up last season, the Bushrangers started the season brightly before suffering a seven-match losing streak which ended their finals aspirations.

The Bushrangers had the fifth-best attack and defence in the competition.

Under 18’s

Position: 5th
Win/Loss/Draw:  7 – 8 – 1
Points For: 474
Points Against: 346

They finished as Premier’s in 2016, but Tuggeranong finished one place out of the finals series last season.

However, the Bushrangers finished well behind Goulburn who finished in fourth place.

Although Tuggeranong did manage a draw against Goulburn, they were unable to claim a win against any of the sides above them. However, they only suffered one loss to any sides below them.

Reflective of their position, the Bushrangers’ attack and defence were both ranked fifth in the competition.

Youth League

Position: 3rd
Win/Loss/Draw:  7 – 4 – 1
Points For: 284
Points Against: 240

The Tuggeranong Bushrangers were the only Austbrokers Canberra CRC side to compete in the Youth League last season, but they were unable to repeat the success of the previous year.

Having won the title in 2016, the Bushrangers looked well placed to compete in the grand final once again after finishing third.

However, the Bushrangers were bundled out of the finals after suffering defeats to Crookwell and North Canberra.

Tuggeranong had the third best attack and defence in the competition.