The finals begin this weekend as the four remaining teams hope to move one step closer to the Blumers Lawyers Canberra Raiders Cup trophy.
Minor Semi Final – Goulburn Workers Bulldogs v Queanbeyan Kangaroos
3pm, Saturday, August 24 at Workers Arena
The Goulburn Workers Bulldogs and Queanbeyan Kangaroos have their seasons on the line as they play for a place in next weekend’s preliminary final.
Goulburn enter the match after claiming a mammoth 80-0 win over the Gungahlin Bulls last weekend, and have won five of their last six matches.
The Kangaroos have hit their straps with three consecutive wins to make it seven wins from their last eight fixtures.
The two sides have already played each other twice this season with the spoils shared at one win apiece.
It was the Kangaroos who edged past the Bulldogs in the most recent encounter which was at Seears Workwear Oval. On that occasion, two tries to Josh Ayers saw the Queanbeyan side claim an 18-14 win.
The Bulldogs boast the best attack and defence in the competition, having scored 159 more points than the next best side. The Kangaroos have the second best defensive record and the third best attack in the competition.
The winner of this match will play the loser of the major semi final while the team that loses will see their season come to an end.
Major Semi Final – Queanbeyan Blues v Tuggeranong Bushrangers
1:50pm, Saturday, August 25 at Seiffert Oval
One week after fighting it out for the Minor Premiership, the Queanbeyan Blues and Tuggeranong Bushrangers will battle it out for a place in the Grand Final.
Last weekend, it was the Queanbeyan Blues who claimed a narrow 22-16 win and they’ll be hoping for a similar result at their home ground, Seiffert Oval.
The Bushrangers will take plenty of positives from the match having forced their way back into contention late in the match courtesy of a Jacob McGrath double.
The Blues enter the match with five straight wins which have included victories against the other three sides taking part of this year’s finals series.
Tuggeranong, on the other hand, enter the match on the back of consecutive defeats. The Bushrangers will hoping to bounce back quickly to ensure they can reach the Grand Final for the second year running.
The loser of this match will play the winner from the minor semi final at Gungahlin Enclosed Oval next Sunday.