Race to the Finals: Austbrokers Canberra Raiders Cup

With only two weeks remaining until finals begin, we take a look at the finals race across all four grades of the Austbrokers Canberra Raiders Cup.

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The top four has been finalised in the Ladies League Tag competition with West Belconnen securing first place last weekend.

The Warriors have a great opportunity to head into the finals undefeated as they prepare to face the bottom two sides, Bungendore and the Queanbeyan Kangaroos.

Goulburn and Yass currently sit on 26 points and remarkably have the same for and against. With Goulburn enjoying the bye this weekend, Yass must win against the Gungahlin Bulls before facing their Hume Highway rivals in the final round to claim second place.

The Belconnen United Sharks are sitting comfortably in fourth place and will remain in that position as they head into finals.


The top four places are all locked up for the U18’s with the Queanbeyan Kangaroos, West Belconnen Warriors, Woden Valley Rams and Goulburn Workers Bulldogs all securing themselves finals football.

The Kangaroos have already cemented first place as they remain undefeated this season. The race to secure second place is wide open, but the Warriors currently hold a two-point lead over the chasing pack.

However, the fourth placed Bulldogs remain a strong chance to steal second place as both the Rams and the Warriors have to face the Kangaroos.

Reserve Grade

The race for the finals is wide open as only the undefeated Queanbeyan Blues and West Belconnen have mathematically secured their place.

Second placed West Belconnen Warriors sit four places ahead of the fifth placed Yass Magpies and due to the Magpies taking on fourth placed Gungahlin this weekend, the Warrior cannot be caught.

Merely three points separate third down to sixth as outsiders Yass and Tuggeranong will be hoping to win their two remaining fixtures and capitalise on any slip up from the leading pack.

This weekend, the fourth placed Gungahlin Bulls will take on the fifth placed Yass Magpies in what is a must win match for both sides.

With Yass facing the struggling Goulburn Workers Bulldogs in the last round, they appear to be the team best positioned to strike should any of the current top four sides slip up.

First Grade

The top four has almost taken shape with the two Queanbeyan sides securing the top two positions on the ladder.

The Blues appear destined to claim first place and could wrap up the minor premiership this weekend if they avoid defeat against West Belconnen.

Having lost to Tuggeranong on Sunday, West Belconnen have slipped to fifth place. Although they are level on points with Tuggeranong, they are behind on goal difference with arguably the two toughest fixtures in the competition remaining as they prepare to face both Queanbeyan sides.

Tuggeranong, on the other hand, have a kinder draw as they face the bottom placed Sharks before facing the Blues in the final round.

Yass need to win their two remaining matches to clinch third place, but poor results against Gungahlin and Goulburn could see them Magpies slip outside the top four.

Goulburn could sneak into the top four but with a worse for and against, their hopes remain unlikely.