The West Belconnen Warriors have defeated the Queanbeyan Kangaroos 18-16 at Seears Workwear Oval to book their place in the Preliminary Final.
For the second week in a row, it was Ryley Thomas who delivered the knockout blow as the Warriors replicated last week’s scoreline against the same opponent.
After a tense start to the match, Josh Ayers powered his way over the line to give the Queanbeyan Kangaroos a 6-0 lead.
Warrior’s captain Ryan McQueen hit back for his side in the 29th minute but Lachlan Keeley missed the chance to level the scores as he missed the conversion from out wide.
West Belconnen continued to win the battle for field position as they proved to be staunch in defence and they were rewarded for their efforts as Mitchell Shaw busted through the line to give the Warriors the lead on the stroke of halftime.
The Queanbeyan Kangaroos bounced back in the second half as Brent Crisp scored after a Josh Ayers run left the Warriors’ line in disarray.
The match continued to see saw as Campbell finished off a set play for West Belconnen but the Kangaroos hit the front via Nukurua Ngere.
However, for the second week in a row Ryley Thomas put a dagger in the Kangaroos’ hearts with a try out wide as the Warriors held out to win.
The Kangaroos’ exit means there will not be a Queanbeyan side competing in the Grand Final for the first time since 2009.