Season Review: Queanbeyan Blues

First Grade

Position: 6th
Win/Loss/Draw: 7-7-2
Points For: 396
Points Against: 393

The defending Premiers started the season with promise as they won six of their first seven matches to sit second on the ladder near the halfway mark of the competition.

However, a 42-8 loss against the Tuggeranong Bushrangers in Round 9 sparked a poor run of results as the Blues went seven matches without a win. The stretch of games included draws against the Sharks and Bulls after the Queanbeyan side were in winning positions.

With the side out of the finals equation, the Blues showed their capabilities with a 44-12 win over Goulburn in Round 16 but then succumbed to the Bushrangers in their final match of the season.

Reserve Grade

Position: 1st (Runners Up)
Win/Loss/Draw: 12-3-1
Points For: 440
Points Against: 269

It was a case of deja vu for the Queanbeyan Blues in 2018, as they claimed the Minor Premiership but fell just short of winning the Premiership.

The Blues started the season well, having been undefeated until they faced Goulburn in Round 7. Their following match resulted in their second loss for the season, as they went down to Tuggeranong in a nail-biter.

From that point onwards, the Blues hit their stride as they won all but one match in the second half of the season. These matches include wins against Goulburn and Tuggeranong.

In the Preliminary Final, the Blues faced last year’s Premiers West Belconnen and claimed a 26-10 win to move into the Grand Final. Having beaten the Warriors on all three occasions in 2018, the two sides faced each other in the Grand Final once again but West Belconnen claimed the win.

Under 18’s

Position: 1st (Premiers)
Win/Loss/Draw: 12-2-1
Points For: 598
Points Against: 188

It was a season to remember for the Blues’ Under 18 side as they finished top of the table and claimed the Premiership.

Boasting the best attack and best defence in the competition, the Blues started the season in form as they won their first five matches of the season.

Goulburn handed the Queanbeyan side their first defeat of the season in Round 7 in a match that finished 26-24. The Round 10 fixture between the two sides finished as a draw.

The Blues continued their winning ways as they beat the Gungahlin Bulls but were beaten 22-18 by Woden. With finals a month away, the Blues rediscovered their form with wins over Goulburn and Tuggeranong.

Finals football brought the best out of the Blues and first half blitz against Woden was enough to book a place in the Grand Final. They faced Goulburn in the final and despite a second half scare, were comfortable 28-28 victors.

Ladies League Tag

Position: 6th
Win/Loss/Draw: 5-8-1
Points For: 186
Points Against: 274

Playing the Ladies League Tag competition for the first time, the Queanbeyan Blues proved to be a competitive side as they were in the mix for finals for a majority of the season.

The Blues had a difficult start to the competition as they face Yass and West Belconnen in the first two rounds but claimed their first ever win with an 18-16 win over the Belconnen United Sharks. That win was a followed by another, as the Blues beaten eventual semi-finalists the Gungahlin Bulls.

The Queanbeyan based side sealed a win against Tuggeranong in Round 9 before they gave West Belconnen a late scare in Round 11. A draw against the Sharks took place in Round 12 before they defeated in Round 14.

Season Highlight

The talent of the Under 18’s outfit was there for all to see this season as they claimed the Premiership.

Their performances didn’t go unnoticed by Terry Campese who gave five members of that side a run in First Grade.

The exciting talents of Jordan Williams and Tristan Eldridge were given an extended run in First Grade too, playing at halfback and fullback respectively. Williams impressive with eight tries in six matches and Eldridge managed three tries in seven.