Season Review: Boorowa Rovers

George Tooke Shield

Position: 4th
Win/Loss/Draw: 9-7-0
Points For: 434
Points Against: 347

2018 proved that Boorowa’s improvement last year wasn’t simply a flash in the pan as they made the finals for the second consecutive season.

However, the gap between the top three sides and rest of the competition was visible as the fourth placed Rovers claimed one win from six regular-season matches against Crookwell, Harden and North Canberra. That win came in Round 16 as Boorowa claimed a memorable one point win.

Against teams below them on the ladder, the Rovers won regularly and suffered only two losses – against Binalong and Bungendore midway through the season.

Boorowa won their first finals match against the fifth-placed Bungendore Tigers 28-20 which meant they progressed to the Minor Semi Final where they faced the North Canberra Bears. Unfortunately for the Rovers, North Canberra were 30-14 victors and ended Boorowa’s season.

Ladies League Tag

Position: 4th
Win/Loss/Draw: 8-6-2
Points For: 312
Points Against: 246

The Roverettes climbed one place in 2018 to end the season in fourth place on the ladder on the back of an extremely competitive campaign.

The Boorowa outfit claimed two wins from their first three matches before they suffered back to back losses to Bungendore and Harden.

The Roverrettes bounced back with a run of three wins from four matches which was followed by a draw to the UC Grizzlies and loss to Gunning.

A 14-10 win against eventual finalists Bungendore was a real bright spot during the season as Boorowa only lost one match in their final four regular season matches.

However, the Roverettes were bundled out in the first week of finals after suffering a 14-0 loss to North Canberra.

Youth League

Position: 2nd (Runners-Up)
Win/Loss/Draw: 11-3-1
Points For: 424
Points Against: 180

Boorowa teamed up with Harden to form Harden Boorowa in the 2018 Youth League competition

A comfortable win against Tuggeranong was followed up with a draw to Yass and then a narrow loss to Crookwell. After that moment in Round 9, Harden Boorowa won their remaining seven matches in the regular season to finish second on the ladder.

After defeating Crookwell in their first finals match, Harden Boorowa lost to Yass 20-10, meaning they had to play North Canberra for a place in the Grand Final. After claiming a 24-12 win, Harden Boorowa then faced Yass in the Grand Final.

As was the case with all matches between the two teams, it was an incredibly tight affair but Yass claimed a 10-2 win on this occasion.

Harden Boorowa ended the season as the highest scoring team in the league, with 99 more points scored than Yass.

Season Highlight

Making the finals in all three grades was a real positive for the club but the achievements of their Youth League side in making the Grand Final takes the cake.

Despite going down to Yass 10-2 in the final, Harden Boorowa enjoyed an impressive season scoring plenty of points and mixing it with the eventual Premiers throughout the campaign.

Photo: R.S. Williams