Season Review: Belconnen United Sharks

First Grade

Position: 9th
Win/Loss/Draw: 0-15-1
Points For: 230
Points Against: 616

It was another testing season for the Belconnen United Sharks as they finished at the bottom of the ladder.

The season started with plenty of optimism and narrow defeats to Goulburn and Yass didn’t dampen expectations for improvement. However, four heavy defeats followed.

An excellent performance against the West Belconnen Warriors in Round 8 wasn’t rewarded with competition points as the Sharks lost 18-16 in a thrilling match.

The Sharks broke their losing streak in Round 12 against the Queanbeyan Blues with an exciting 22-22 draw. However, the Sharks weren’t able to build upon that performance to claim a win during the season.

Despite this, the Sharks tightened up their defence in 2018, conceding over 100 points less than they did last season.

Reserve Grade

Position: 8th
Win/Loss/Draw: 3-12-1
Points For: 246
Points Against: 422

The Sharks improved in leaps and bounds this year as they claimed three wins after losing every match in 2017.

After a heavy opening round defeat against Goulburn, the Sharks found their form with a big 30-8 win against Yass before claiming a 14-14 draw with eventual Minor Premiers, the Queanbeyan Blues.

A rough patch followed for the Sharks as they lost their next six matches but they remained competitive and were rewarded with a further two wins for the season, against Yass and Tuggeranong respectively.

Remarkably, the Sharks scored close to double the number of points and conceded less than half of what they conceded in 2017.

Ladies League Tag

Position: 7th
Win/Loss/Draw: 4-9-1
Points For: 156
Points Against: 286

The Belconnen United Sharks missed out on a place in the finals for the first time as they finished seventh.

Belconnen started the season with an impressive 22-20 win over eventual runners-up Goulburn but followed up that performance with three straight losses.

Wins against Tuggeranong and Woden helped the Sharks sit outside of the finals positions on for and against at the halfway point of the competition.

However, the Sharks couldn’t capitalise on that position as they only claimed a win and a draw in the second half of the campaign.

Season Highlight

If you are going to break a two year winless streak, you may as well do it in style.

Under the branding of the Belconnen United Sharks, the club had never won a Reserve Grade match but that all changed in Round 2 as they claimed a 30-8 win against the Yass Magpies.