Specsavers Katrina Fanning Shield Round 1 Wrap

The Specsavers Katrina Fanning Shield began last weekend as three new clubs played their first competitive games.

Boomanulla Buffaloes 40 (Tries: M Burton 3, E Johnson 3, A Kyburz; Goals: A Kyburz 6) d Harden Hawks 8 (Tries: T McGrath-West, K Guest)

Two of the competitions newest teams went head to head in the first round, with Boomanulla Buffaloes running out 40-8 victors over the Harden Hawks.

Hat-tricks to Boomanulla’s Madeline Burton and Emma Johnson helped the away side to a monster victory, showing the other members of the competition that the Buffaloes mean business.

Harden was able to score tries on either side of half-time, with Tara McGrath-West and Karissa Guest getting the clubs first tries of the campaign.

Harden face South Tuggeranong Knights next weekend, who had a bye in the first round, whilst Boomanulla enjoy a week off as they have the bye.

Yass Magpies 18 (Tries: G Suckling, S Afele, H Massey; Goals: S Wright 3) d Bidgee Bulls 12 (Tries: E Hickey, T Freeman; Goals: M Higgins 2)

Yass Magpies have started off the season strong with an 18-12 win over one of the competitions new teams Bidgee Bulls.

Tries to fullback Gabrielle Suckling, second-row Samara Afele and halfback Hollie Massey were enough to see them overcome a strong Bidgee side.

Bidgee were adamant to impress in their first game, with tries to Emma Hickey and Teisha Freeman sadly not enough to get a win in their first competitive match.

Magpies face Queanbeyan Blues next weekend, while Bidgee head out to Greenway when they meet with the Valley Dragons.

Queanbeyan Blues 12 (Tries: K Hirst, T Thorpe; Goals: J Ruiz 2) d Valley Dragons 10 (Tries: N Ngan-Woo, J Teivonen; Goals: E Ernst)

The Queanbeyan Blues claimed a tense 12-10 win against the Valley Dragons in the opening game of the season at Seiffert Oval.

Queanbeyan were down at halftime, as tries for Valley from Ngan-Woo and Teivonen cancelled out Kody-Leigh Hirst’s four-pointer.

Yet it was Queanbeyan halfback Taylor Thorpe who took the game into her own hands, scoring the only try in the second half to seal a two-point win for the Blues.

Article written by Michael Caruana