Season Review: Tuggeranong Bushrangers

First Grade

Position: 1st (Runners Up)
Win/Loss/Draw: 12-4-0
Points For: 485
Points Against: 276

It was a season to remember for the Tuggeranong Bushrangers as the side started the season in ideal fashion to claim their first ever Minor Premiership.

The Bushrangers entered the final month of the regular season three points clear of the rest of the table but their form began to stutter as they lost back to back matches against the Gungahlin Bulls and Queanbeyan Kangaroos.

Despite slipping into second place ahead of the final round, Tuggeranong climbed back into first place before facing the Woden Valley Rams in the Major Semi Final. The Bushrangers took a 16-0 lead before succumbing 24-16.

Tuggeranong responded well to play arguably their best game of the season in the Preliminary Final, downing the West Belconnen Warriors 22-0.

However, the chase for their first ever Premiership continues as they were beaten again by Woden, this time in the Grand Final. The Bushrangers fought back from 30-0 down to level the scores but a late Lincoln Withers field goal handed the Rams the trophy.

Reserve Grade

Position: 6th
Win/Loss/Draw: 8-7-1
Points For: 297
Points Against: 341

It was an incredibly tight season in Reserve Grade and this was epitomised by the Bushrangers. Sitting in third place with two rounds to go, Tuggeranong ended the season in sixth place on the back of two consecutive losses.

Despite missing finals, there were plenty of positives for the Bushrangers including a dramatic 13-12 win over eventual Minor Premiers, the Queanbeyan Blues in Round 9.

Defence proved to be a strength for Tuggeranong as they boasted the third best defence but their attack only ranked seventh in the competition.

Under 18’s

Position: 4th
Win/Loss/Draw: 7-8-0
Points For: 265
Points Against: 460

Tuggeranong returned to finals football in the 2018 edition of the Under 18’s competition after finishing fifth the previous year.

However, the top three sides proved to be a class above the Bushrangers, although Tuggeranong did manage a 32-28 win over Goulburn in Round 6.

Tuggeranong regularly beat the teams below them on the table but once finals arrived, they proved no match for Goulburn in the Minor Semi Final as they lost 38-16.

Ladies League Tag

Position: 8th
Win/Loss/Draw: 0-14-0
Points For: 38
Points Against: 522

It was a tough year for Tuggeranong in the Ladies League Tag competition as they weren’t able to muster a win.

After a difficult run of fixtures in the opening rounds, the Bushrangers nearly claimed a win in Round 9 against the Queanbeyan Blues before losing 18-12.

Season Highlight

Claiming the First Grade Minor Premiership for the first time in their history was a clear highlight for the Bushrangers.

After a fantastic start to the season, it appeared that the process would be a formality but Tuggeranong’s try scoring form deserted them in the final month of the season.

Facing the Queanbeyan Blues in the final round, it looked like the Bushrangers could fall to a third straight loss but a second half double to Michael Brophy sealed the win as Tuggeranong leapfrogged the Queanbeyan Kangaroos to claim the Minor Premiership.

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