Season Review: Queanbeyan Kangaroos

First Grade

Position: 3rd
Win/Loss/Draw: 11-4-1
Points For: 532
Points Against: 336

It was a year of what could have been for the Queanbeyan Kangaroos after they produced an excellent second half of the season.

Although their form was patchy during the opening eight rounds (four wins, three losses), the Kangaroos sparked into life with a dominant 52-22 win against the West Belconnen Warriors in Round 9. From that match on, the Kangaroos were undefeated until the final round of the regular season.

After an impressive 44-6 win over Tuggeranong in Round 17, the Queanbeyan based side knew that a win against the Warriors would seal the Minor Premiership. However, the Kangaroos squandered a 12-0 lead and had to settle for third place.

The two teams faced one another again in the Minor Semi Final and produced the same result, which knocked the Kangaroos out of the finals series.

 

Reserve Grade

Position: 4th
Win/Loss/Draw: 9-6-1
Points For: 384
Points Against: 394

After an opening round loss to the Gungahlin Bulls, the Queanbeyan Kangaroos were in fine form for the first half of the season as they regularly chalked wins to sit on top of the ladder after Round 10.

During this period, they defeat eventual Premiers West Belconnen 28-22 and only narrowly lost to their crosstown rivals, the Blues, in Round 6.

However, the Kangaroos had a rough run of results between Round 11 and Round 15 as they suffered heavy losses to Goulburn, Woden and the Blues.

Despite this, the Kangaroos found their form once again to ensure their place in the top four. They met Woden in the first week of finals but were beaten after suffering an 18-10 loss.

Under 18’s

Position: 6th
Win/Loss/Draw: 0-15-0
Points For: 76
Points Against: 636

Due to a lack of numbers, the Kangaroos had to forfeit halfway through the season. Their two closest encounters came against the Gungahlin Bulls in Round 1 and Round 10.

Season Highlight

The Kangaroos were involved in plenty of great games throughout the 2018 season but although it wasn’t their most polished performance, their Round 15 match against the Queanbeyan Blues was full of thrills.

The Blues had enjoyed wins in four of the last five encounters between the two sides including the 2017 Grand Final, but the Kangaroos raced to a 22-0 lead after 20 minutes.

The Blues fought their way back into the match and levelled the scores at 34 all with 20 minutes to go.

In front of a vocal home crowd, the Kangaroos found an extra gear in the dying minutes as Nukurua Ngere and Ryan Tuckwell scored to seal a 42-34 victory.

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