Season Review: Gungahlin Bulls

First Grade

Position: 8th
Win/Loss/Draw: 3-12-1
Points For: 303
Points Against: 484

The Gungahlin Bulls didn’t threaten the finals places for the second consecutive season but showed glimpses of their potential with a strong end to the season.

The Bulls almost claimed a shock win in their opening match against the Queanbeyan Kangaroos before eventually succumbing to a 34-30 defeat. Gungahlin had to wait until Round 5 for their first win, a 26-16 win against the Belconnen United Sharks.

Their next competition points were accrued in Round 13, when a late Nic Mead field goal salvaged a draw for the Bulls against the Queanbeyan Blues. With confidence brimming, Gungahlin defeated Belconnen 54-18 in the following match.

The Bulls’ final three games always looked tough on paper but they managed to produce a massive upset to defeat the top of the table Tuggeranong Bushrangers 22-12.

Reserve Grade

Position: 7th
Win/Loss/Draw: 7-9-0
Points For: 383
Points Against: 506

The Gungahlin Bulls enjoyed a solid season in Reserve Grade but a poor second half of the season ultimately cost them a place in this year’s finals series.

The Bulls started their season with back to back wins against the Goulburn and the Kangaroos before losing against eventual Grand Finalists, West Belconnen and the Queanbeyan Blues.

However, the Bulls bounced back to claimed three wins in their next four fixtures to sit one point off the top of the table after nine rounds.

Unfortunately for Gungahlin two wins from their final eight games saw them finish in seventh place, five points adrift of finals.

Under 18’s

Position: 5th
Win/Loss/Draw: 3-11-1
Points For: 236
Points Against: 636

It was a tough season for the Gungahlin Bulls in the Under 18’s competition as they struggled for results but showed improvement throughout the year.

After starting the year with a 42-18 win over the Queanbeyan Kangaroos, the Bulls lost their next six matches before once again defeating the Kangaroos.

Having gained confidence from that win, the Bulls went on to claim a 4-4 draw against eventual runners-up, the Goulburn Workers Bulldogs. Having been ahead for most of the game, Goulburn scored late to make it a draw.

The Bulls were unable to win another match for the season but did claim two points courtesy of a forfeit.

Ladies League Tag

Position: 4th
Win/Loss/Draw: 7-6-1
Points For: 246
Points Against: 200

The Gungahlin Bulls finished off the season in terrific fashion as they made a late surge up the ladder to play finals football.

It took a while for the Bulls to register their first points of the season but a Round 5 win over the Belconnen United Sharks was followed by a tense 4-4 draw with the Woden Valley Rams and a big win over Tuggeranong.

Their next three matches were more difficult as they lost to the top three sides in Yass, Goulburn and West Belconnen. The results left them sitting four points off finals with five rounds remaining.

Valuable wins against the Blues, Belconnen, Woden and Tuggeranong all but sealed their finals place but a Round 17 16-0 win against the Magpies in Yass made the competition take real notice of the Bulls.

However, Gungahlin struggled to get going in their Minor Semi Final against Yass and were knocked out of the finals after succumbing to an 8-0 loss.

Season Highlight

The Ladies League Tag win against Yass could easily be the highlight of the season but the magnitude of their First Grade side’s upset victory over Tuggeranong ensures it is named as the season highlight.

After Tuggeranong took the lead early in the match, most people would have assumed the Minor Premiers would have taken the two points but a disciplined defensive performance combined with the attacking threat of Mikaele Ravalawa gave the Bulls a 22-12 win.