Specsavers Katrina Fanning Shield Round 8 Wrap

Only four points separate second and fifth after Round 8 of the Specsavers Katrina Fanning Shield.

Valley Dragons 18 (Tries: C Papalii 2, C Fazey-Robinson, E Blowes; Goal: A Ingram) d Queanbeyan Blues 14 (Tries: P Condon, M Harney, C Whitehouse; Goal: P Condon)

The Valley Dragons moved up to second on the ladder after claiming a narrow win against the Queanbeyan Blues.

Crystal Papalii scored a double for the Dragons as she made it four tries from four appearances this season.

After losing the reverse fixture, 12-10 in Round 1, the Valley Dragons raced to 14-10 lead at halftime.

The second half was a tighter affair but the Dragons managed to claim the 18-14 win to leapfrog their opponents on the ladder.

Yass Magpies 30 (Tries: K Huey 2, H Massey 2, S Afele, T Wright; Goals: H Massey, S Wright 2) d Bidgee Bulls 10 (Tries: M Warburton, A Sharp; Goals: M Higgins)

The Yass Magpies have claimed an impressive 30-10 win over the Bidgee Bulls at Walker Park on Friday night.

After an early arm wrestle the Yass Magpies took the lead when a cut-out pass from Eilish Winbank found Kristy Huey who was unmarked on the wing.

The two sides continued their battle for field position but the Magpies scored their second of the night after the Bulls conceded a penalty. Sami Afele proved too powerful for the Bulls right edge and steamrolled her way over the line.

With halftime drawing near, the Magpies scored another try as Hollie Massey shaped to pass before running into the gap to extend the lead to 14-0.

It didn’t take long for Yass to continue their try scoring way as Sami Afele made a break downfield before offload supporting Huey who bagged her second.

The Bidgee Bulls fought their way back into the match and scored after Madeline Warburton scored out wide after a smart catch and pass.

Yass hit back immediately after they regathered the ball from the kick-off and Massey slammed the ball over the line.

Massey continued her solid game with a pin-point kick found the grateful hands of Taylah Wright who scored.

The Bulls hit back in the final ten minutes to make the score 30-10 as the Magpies maintained their unbeaten start to the season.


Boomanulla Buffaloes 64 (Tries: M Burton 4, N Barker 2, A Kyburz 2, M O’Brien 2, N Brunhuber, K Parsons; Goals: A Kyburz 8) d Harden Hawks 0

The Boomanulla Buffaloes returned to winning ways in style as they claimed a 64-0 win over the Harden Hawks.

Four tries to Madeline Burton helped the Buffaloes claimed their second win across the last five matches.

Nicola Barker, Mary-Ellen O’Brien and Amanda Kyburz also scored doubles as Boomanulla racked up 12 tries for the match.