Season Review 2020: Queanbeyan Blues

CRRL Cup First Grade

The defending premiers were unable to reach the same heights of their 2019 season this year.

The Queanbeyan Blues started off the competition with a lot of promise, but fell away in the second half of the season.

The Blues recorded a 25-18 win over the Gungahlin Bulls in their opening game, before losing a tough one against the Raiders U20’s in round two. They bounced back in round three, holding off a strong Woden Valley Rams side to claim an 18-14 win.

But from there, the side lost their next five matches to miss out on a place in the grand final.

Lachlan Ingram and Todd Jamieson stepped up and played in the halves after a season-ending quad injury to five-eighth Terry Campese in round six. The team also had five different starting hookers throughout the season; Campbell Woolnough, Lachlan Ingram, Dale Ferguson, Joshua Mitchell and Bayley Hitchcock.

Winger Cyprian Ale and prop Manu Vanisi were the top try-scorers, with four tries each.

Terry Campese, Matthew Parsons and Joshua Hitchins were the top Blues players on the Best and Fairest leaderboard for the CRRL Cup First Grade competition.

 

Season Highlight

Their tight round three win over the Woden Valley Rams.

In what was a wet and physical game, the Blues held off a strong Rams side to claim an 18-14 win.

The Rams led 14-12 in the second half before Joshua Hitchins scored the match-winning try for the Blues, with Matthew Parsons successfully converting.

The win saw the Blues finish the round in second place.

 

CRRL Cup Reserve Grade

The Queanbeyan Blues reserve grade side had a strong 2020 season, just missing out on a grand final berth.

It was a slow start to the season for the Blues, losing their first three games, but they bounced back in round four with a 20-0 win over the Gungahlin Bulls.

Queanbeyan went on to win their next three games, including against the two grand final sides.

A win in the final round could have seen the Blues reach the grand final, but they lost to the Rams in a tight 14-10 match.

Centre Remy Oldrey was the top try-scorer for the Blues, with four tries during the season.

Forward Samiuela Taholo finished third on the CRRL Cup Reserve Grade Best and Fairest leaderboard for the 2020 season.

 

Season Highlight

Their 24-14 victory over future premiers the Woden Valley Rams in round six.

Winger Simon Holstein scored a double, with halfback Nicolas Grant and hooker Hayden Bradley also crossing for tries to seal the win for Queanbeyan.

The Blues went on to win their next two games before falling to the Rams in the final round.

 

CRRL Cup Ladies League Tag

The Queanbeyan Blues league tag side had a terrific 2020 season, culminating in their grand final victory over the Gungahlin Bulls.

The Blues gained some strong momentum in the second half of the competition, winning four straight games to seal a spot in the grand final.

Georgia Smith scored six tries throughout the competition and was the team’s top try-scorer.

Blues captain Kimberley Grant had an excellent season, capped off with winning the Best and Fairest Award for the CRRL Cup Ladies League Tag competition.

 

Season Highlight

Winning the CRRL Cup Ladies League Tag grand final against the Gungahlin Bulls.

The Blues had lost to the Bulls in round one and round four, before defeating them in round seven 14-10.

Queanbeyan found themselves down 14-6 with 10 minutes to go in the grand final, before staging a comeback. Kasey Dragisic scored with 10 minutes to go, with Briony Frater successfully converting, before Georgia Smith crashed over for the match-winner with three minutes left on the clock.

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