Season Review: Woden Valley Rams

First Grade

Position: 2nd (Premiers)
Win/Loss/Draw: 11-4-1
Points For: 518
Points Against: 281

The Rams overcame a horror start to the season where they only won one of their first five matches before producing a stunning 13 match unbeaten run to be crowned Premiers.

Boasting a young and talented side, Woden had shown glimpses of their potential over the last couple of seasons but the return of club junior Lincoln Withers helped the Rams reach the next level.

A last minute Round 10 win against the Tuggeranong Bushrangers proved to be a season defining match for the Rams as they gained plenty of confidence in what was their second win against a top four side for the year.

After a dramatic 22-22 draw against the Queanbeyan Kangaroos in Round 11, Woden entered the finals in top form but were dealt a scare as they were down 16-0 to Tuggeranong in the first half hour in the Major Semi Final.

However, the Rams turned around the match and booked their place in the Grand Final where they broke a 22 year drought in the most dramatic of circumstances.

Reserve Grade

Position: 3rd
Win/Loss/Draw: 10-6-0
Points For: 462
Points Against: 264

Woden doubled the number of wins they had in 2017 and were only one match away from the Grand Final.

The first half of the season was mixed for the Rams as they accrued four wins and four losses but six wins from their final eight games catapulted the side into premiership contention. An 18-12 against the minor premiers, the Queanbeyan Blues, was a real highlight.

An 18-0 win against the Queanbeyan Kangaroos in the Minor Semi Final moved the side into a Preliminary Final against eventual Premiers the West Belconnen Warriors. However, the Rams succumbed to a 22-14 defeat.

Under 18’s

Position: 2nd
Win/Loss/Draw: 12-3-0
Points For: 587
Points Against: 206

The Rams missed out on the minor premiership by one point after a season in which they only lost three matches. Their second placed finished equalled that of Woden’s class of 2017 who claimed the Premiership.

In what appeared to be a three horse race for the Premiership, the Rams proved they were in the mix with regular season wins against the Queanbeyan Blues and Goulburn Workers Bulldogs.

However, once finals began Woden’s winning form deserted them as they bundled out with consecutive losses.

Ladies League Tag

Position: 5th
Win/Loss/Draw: 5-8-1
Points For: 182
Points Against: 192

After a difficult run of fixtures to start the season, the Woden Valley Rams sparked into life around the midway point of the competition as they looked poised to claim a finals place.

An 18-10 win against Yass in Round 12 was a particular highlight as Woden proved they could match it with the top teams in the competition.

However, a Round 15 20-10 loss against Gungahlin saw the Bulls leap into fourth place at Woden’s expense as the Rams had to settle for fifth place.

Season Highlight

A field goal by returning junior Lincoln Withers sealed the 2018 Austbrokers Canberra Raiders Cup for the Rams in a Grand Final for the ages.

After a 30-0 lead over the Tuggeranong Bushrangers shortly after the break, the match appeared to be won before their rivals surged back into contention and levelled the scores.

However, the Woden veteran allayed his side’s fears and kick the field goal to send the Rams supporters into raptures.