It was a clash between first and second on the ladder and it was the contest that everyone expected with a hard-fought 10-all draw in Goulburn on Friday.
The teams traded a try apiece in the first half with the conversion by Goulburn’s halfback Lauren Kelly proving the only difference at half time as they took a 6-4 lead into the break.
A length of the field try to the Magpies and conversion to Shannon Wright after the break gave them a four point buffer before Goulburn hit back to level the scores but a missed conversion from Kelly would see the game remain in a stalemate.
Speaking to the Goulburn Post, Goulburn coach John Sykes said he knows how even the sides are and is ready for another clash in the finals.
“When crunch times come, it’s just going to be who can outsmart the other,” Sykes said. “Yass’ defence is very good, they work very well off the line together.
“It’ll take something special to get through them.”
The draw sees Goulburn slip to third while Yass remain on the top of the ladder by three points.
Queanbeyan United have shot themselves into the top two following a comprehensive 30-point victory over the Tuggeranong Buffaloes.
The away side proved too strong for the Buffaloes running in eight tries to three at Greenway Oval in Tuggeranong on Friday.
Carrie Jackson grabbed two tries for the Buffaloes while Makayla Clark also got over the line with all three conversions being missed.
Queanbeyan had lost two of their last three matches coming into this one which were also the club’s first every losses in the competition after an undefeated season last year.
The win puts them back in a dominant position though with a big clash this weekend against the top of the table Yass Magpies as they try to consolidate second position.
Elsewhere, the Valley Dragons forfeited against the Queanbeyan Kangaroos giving the Kangaroos a 30-point victory.
Written by Josh Knox