Katrina Fanning Shield Round 11 Wrap

The Queanbeyan Blues handed out the Yass Magpies their first defeat of the season while Goulburn continued their good form with a big win.

Queanbeyan Blues 26 (Tries: K Dragisic 2, R Hart, R Wilton, T Martins; Goals: K Dragisic 2, R Hart) d Yass Magpies 22 (Tries: S Afele, J Howard, J Murphy, S Wright; Goals: S Wright 3)

The defending premiers stamped their mark on this year’s Katrina Fanning Shield with a four-point win over the top of the table Yass Magpies.

Having suffered their first two losses since the inception of the competition in recent weeks, the Blues dug deep to come from behind at halftime to win.

Blues captain Remi Wilton said that despite recent defeats the team has been relaxed.

“After the couple of losses we had against Yass and Goulburn, it was a bit more of a relaxed mood,” Wilton said. “On Friday, we just wanted to have a good game and have a bit of fun.”

Stand-in Blues coach Jeb White said he was pleased with his sides performance on the night.

“The girls had heaps of energy in defence,” White said. “To go into the finals knowing that they can beat Yass will be handy, especially when we get a couple of girls back from injury too.”

With finals looming Wilton said her side isn’t looking too far ahead.

“We lost momentum with those losses a couple of weeks ago but we are starting to build that up now,” Wilton said. “We aren’t too worried about finishing in the top two, we’d rather get into the finals, build up and hopefully be in the Grand Final at the end of the season.”

Goulburn 66 (Tries: E Bradley 3, E Hazelton 3, E Selmes 2, H Deaton, L Kelly, G Marshall, P Rakete; Goals: L Kelly 9) d Gungahlin Bulls 6 (Tries: A Kolo-Buckle; Goals: E Ernst)

After a draw in their last outing against the Yass Magpies, Goulburn stormed back into the winner’s circle with a 66-6 win.

Currently sitting in third place, Goulburn will have a top two place in sight as they drew within two points of the top of the table Yass Magpies.

Goulburn fullback Elly Hazelton jumped into equal second on the competition’s top try scorer list with a hattrick, while Elizabeth Bradley also scored three.

Tuggeranong Buffaloes 36 (Tries: M Clark 2, A Kyburz 2, C Jackson, E Johnson, D Jux; Goals: A Kyburz 4) d Valley Dragons 4 (Try: D Tere)

The Tuggeranong Buffaloes moved another step closer to sealing a finals berth with a comprehensive win over their south Canberra rivals.

Doubles to Makayla Clark and Amanda Kyburz helped the Buffaloes bounce back from last week’s loss to the Queanbeyan Blues.

However, their place in this year’s finals series is not yet sealed as the team have three tough fixtures ahead with matches against Yass, Goulburn and a vital game against the fifth placed Queanbeyan Kangaroos in Round 13.

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