Season Review: West Belconnen Warriors

First Grade

Position: 4th
Win/Loss/Draw: 11-5-0
Points For: 400
Points Against: 298

The West Belconnen Warriors started the season with five wins on the trot which included wins against Woden, Tuggeranong and the Queanbeyan Blues.

However, a narrow Round 7 loss to the Yass Magpies saw the Warriors have a dip in form where they lost four matches in seven games. These included resounding defeats to the hands of the Queanbeyan Kangaroos as well as Woden and Tuggeranong.

A Round 16 defeat at the hands of Yass saw the Warriors’ finals aspirations under threat but West Belconnen hit their stride at the right time. A resounding win against the Belconnen United Sharks was followed with a gutsy win against the Queanbeyan Kangaroos.

The Warriors faced the Kangaroos in the first week of finals and once again showed their character and qualities in a see-sawing match to reach the Preliminary Final against the Tuggeranong Bushrangers. However, the Bushrangers proved too strong as the Warriors lost 22-0.

Reserve Grade

Position: 2nd (Premiers)
Win/Loss/Draw: 11-5-0
Points For: 448
Points Against: 258

The Warriors claimed back to back Premierships in Reserve Grade but their journey wasn’t easy.

After losing their first match against the Queanbeyan Blues, the Warriors won five of their next six fixtures to firmly cement their place as finals contenders.

However, back to back losses to the Queanbeyan outfits, saw West Belconnen drop to fourth place, with only three points separating second to seventh.

The Warriors only lost one more match before the end of the regular season but succumbed to their third loss to the Blues in the Major Semi Final.

A comfortable win in the Preliminary Final against Woden saw the Warriors reach the Grand Final where they faced the Blues. On the biggest stage, West Belconnen defeated the Blues for the first time in 2018 with a 24-16 win.

Ladies League Tag

Position: 1st (Premiers)
Win/Loss/Draw: 14-0-0
Points For: 346
Points Against: 94

Another West Belconnen side with back-to-back Premierships. The Warrior’s League Tag outfit was utterly dominant again in 2019, as they boasted the best defence and second best attack.

Their closest match came in Round 7 against the Yass Magpies as they claimed a 14-10 win but were largely untroubled throughout the season.

The Warriors brushed aside the Goulburn Workers Bulldogs in the Major Semi Final with a 22-6 win but the Grand Final was an incredibly tight affair as West Belconnen beat Goulburn 10-4.

Season Highlight

Two Premierships in three grades is a fantastic record and although both were fantastic achievements, the Ladies League Tag Premiership marked two undefeated seasons for the Warriors.

Having never lost a competitive match, the Warriors faced Goulburn in the final for the second consecutive year.

After taking a 10-0 in the first half, Goulburn scored a second-half try to set up a grandstand finish but the Warriors managed to hold on for victory.