2017 Review: Gungahlin Bulls

Having made the finals in three grades in 2016, the Gungahlin Bulls endured a tough season this year.

First Grade

Position:  8th
Win/Loss/Draw:  4 – 12 – 0
Points For: 350
Points Against: 516

The Gungahlin Bulls started the season in ideal fashion as they defeated the reigning premier’s, West Belconnen, comfortably in the opening round.

However, the Bulls were unable to build upon 2016’s fourth-placed finished as they suffered a number of tight loses.

Having managed another two wins by the halfway point of the season, Gungahlin’s season went downhill as they only managed one further win for the season.

Gungahlin’s attack and defence were reflective of their position on the ladder as they ranked eighth in both disciplines.

Reserve Grade

Position:  6th
Win/Loss/Draw:  9 – 6 – 1
Points For: 367
Points Against: 366

The Bulls were close to finishing in the top four once again but fell agonizingly short as they finished one point behind the fourth-placed Yass Magpies.

Remarkably, the Bulls accrued the same amount of points they managed in 2016, but it wasn’t enough for them to sneak into finals football.

The Bulls showed their potential with comfortable wins against eventual premiers, West Belconnen, and a draw against minor premiers, the Queanbeyan Blues.

The Bulls defence and attack were ranked seventh in the competition.

Ladies League Tag

Position: 5th
Win/Loss/Draw:  5 – 10 – 1
Points For: 200
Points Against: 418

In their first season in the Ladies League Tag competition, the Gungahlin Bulls performed admirably as they finished in fifth place.

Despite this, they were nine points away from the fourth-placed Belconnen United Sharks.

The Bulls proved to be a match for the teams around them on the ladder as they beat each team outside the top four at least once during the season.

Gungahlin had the sixth best attack and eighth best defence in the competition.


Under 18s

Position: 6th
Win/Loss/Draw: 7 – 9 – 0
Points For: 420
Points Against: 532

The Bulls were solid in 2017 as they secured a mid-table position for the season.

Gungahlin regularly picked up wins against teams around them on the ladder as the amassed seven wins, but similarly to the League Tag side, they were unable to threaten the top four.

In a reflection of their league position, the Bulls attack and defence were ranked sixth.