2017 Review: West Belconnen Warriors

Despite missing out on finals in First Grade, the West Belconnen Warriors enjoyed a successful season as they took out the Club Championship.

First Grade

Position:  5th
Win/Loss/Draw: 9 – 7 – 0
Points For: 393
Points Against: 368

After winning the title in 2016, the West Belconnen Warriors were unable to replicate the same success last season.

A stuttering first half of the season put them behind the leading pack and even a brilliant finish to the season couldn’t salvage their title defence.

In the last few rounds, the Warriors managed to defeat each of the top three teams – the Yass Magpies, Queanbeyan Kangaroos and Queanbeyan Blues.

The Warriors attack ranked sixth in the competition, while their defence was ranked fifth.

Reserve Grade

Position:  2nd
Win/Loss/Draw: 11 – 3- 2
Points For: 440
Points Against: 262

It was a hugely successful year for the Warriors’ Reserve Grade side as they claimed the premiership thanks to a try in the dying moments of their grand final clash with the Queanbeyan Blues.

What makes the feat more remarkable is the improvement the side showed, as they built on a seventh-place finish in 2016.

The Warriors boasted the second best defence and third best defence in the competition.

Ladies League Tag

Position: 1st
Win/Loss/Draw: 16 – 0 – 0
Points For: 421
Points Against: 96

In their first season in the competition, the Warriors enjoyed a perfect season as they claimed the premiership.

The Warriors cruised through the regular season but very nearly suffered a loss in the major semi-final as they were trailing the Yass Girl Pies with only minutes remaining. However, the Warriors showed their winning mentality to snatch a late try before going on and beat Goulburn in the final.

Despite finishing first, the Warriors attack and defence both ranked second in the league.

Under 18’s

Position:  3rd
Win/Loss/Draw:  12 – 4- 0
Points For:  637
Points Against: 288

The Warriors’ enjoyed another strong season in the Under 18’s as they finished third.

West Belconnen started the season strongly and managed to claim wins against eventual premier’s Woden and were minutes away from claiming a win against the Kangaroos in the final round of the regular season.

However, that loss saw them head into the finals in third place where they were comfortably beaten by Goulburn.

The Warriors’ boasted the second best attack and fourth best defence in the competition.