The regular season has come to a close in the 2019 Blumers Lawyers CRC First Grade competition with the top four finishing teams now ready to face off in the finals.
Queanbeyan Blues 22 (Tries: J Stuckey, T Campese, G Stewart, J Williams; Goals: T Campese 3) d Tuggeranong Bushrangers 16 (Tries: J McGrath 2, C Massen; Goals: J Mitchell 2)
The Queanbeyan Blues have secured the Minor Premiership and a home semi final after defeating the Tuggeranong Bushrangers 22-16 at Greenway.
The Queanbeyan Blues took the lead in the ninth minute when second-rower Josh Stuckey was sent through a gap by hooker Zac Patch.
The Blues continued to assert their authority on the match and doubled their lead when Patch sent Campese through untouched.
From that moment on, Tuggeranong had the majority of the ball and field position and finally found their way over the line when Jacob McGrath forced his way over five minutes before the break.
After holding a 12-6 lead at the break, the Blues extended the lead when Jack Williams, playing on the wing for the Queanbeyan side, crossed for a try out wide.
Tuggeranong pushed for a try but a Nathan Smith offload went astray and was gathered by Blues winger George Stewart who ran 60 meters to score.
The Bushrangers kept pushing for the win and McGrath grabbed his second of the afternoon before Massen scored out wide to set up a grandstand finish.
With only six points separating the sides and the fulltime whistle looming, the Bushrangers pushed hard for a winner but ultimately the Blues held on for the win.
The result means that the two sides will face each other next week in the major semi final at Seiffert Oval.
Goulburn Workers Bulldogs 80 (Tries: M Cornish 4, S Cummins 4, J Aubusson 2, C Hart, T Cornish, C Brebner, R Fonoti, L Tauoqooqo; Goals: C Hart 7, T Cornish 3) d Gungahlin Bulls 0
The Goulburn Workers Bulldogs finished with a mammoth performance over the Gungahlin Bulls to ensure they finished in third position on the ladder.
The Bulldogs had to win in order to finish in third position and enter the finals series with a home semifinal against the Queanbeyan Kangaroos.
Mitch Cornish and Steve Cummins both scored four tries in the rout, while James Aubusson also scored a double.
The Bulls have had a tough 2019 season with this loss making it four in a row finishing in eighth position.
Queanbeyan Kangaroos 28 (Tries: K Pagura 3, L Ingram, T Robinson; Goals: L Ingram 4) d Belconnen United Sharks 20 (Tries: T Aroha-Tuinauvai, C Mcaskill, S Tupuola, E McCarroll; Goals: T Aroha-Tuinauvai 2)
The Queanbeyan Kangaroos have finished the 2019 season in fourth position ready to take on Goulburn in the elimination semifinal.
The Kangaroos have been in impressive form winning seven of their last eight and will be heading into the finals confident from the last performance.
Kaine Pagura scored a hattrick during the match to bring his tally up to 18 tries for the season.
The Belconnen United Sharks finished in seventh position following their loss to the Kangaroos.
West Belconnen Warriors 38 (Tries: R McQueen 3, R Roberts 2, B Loughhead, A McDonald; Goals: R Roberts 5) d Woden Valley Rams 6 (Tries: J Thompson; Goals: L Withers)
The West Belconnen Warriors finish their season with an impressive win over the Woden Valley Rams.
It was a hattrick from Ryan McQueen that inspired the win for the Warriors while a double from Bobby Roberts helped his team win by 32 points.
Following their win over the Rams, the Warriors have finished the season in fifth position while the Rams finished in sixth.
Article written by Laura Gale