The Queanbeyan Blues have ensured the grand final will be an all Queanbeyan affair after they beat the Yass Magpies 30-0 at Seiffert Oval on Sunday afternoon.
Having suffered three consecutive losses, Blues captain-coach Terry Campese was pleased that his side managed to return to winning ways to secure a grand final berth.
“Obviously you want to be in the big game at the end of the year,” Campese said. “We took the hard way, we lost three in a row and it was a pretty poor performance from us last week.
“Westies and then Tuggeranong the week after that embarrassed us as well. I didn’t know what to do, obviously it’s the first time I’ve been in this position, I had a lot of questions and a lot of sleepless nights.”
The Blues didn’t let their leader down either and raced to a 12-0 lead inside the opening ten minutes when Michael Cullen latched onto good passes from Campese to cross the try line twice.
Yass fought their way back into the match but were unable to convert their effort into points before a Campese penalty made the score 14-0.
Blues prop Aaron McInnes added another try to the tally when he barraged his way over the line before he had to limp off the field with a lower leg injury in the second half.
Stunned from the first half, Yass fought their way back into the grind before Campese once again broke the deadlock with a chip for Thomas Ruediger before a try from Brendon Taueki on his return from injury made the score 30-0.
The loss sees Yass denied a chance to replicate their feats from 2006, while the Blues will attempt to win their third premiership in four seasons next Sunday.