1st Grade L 14 – 27 v Royals
In what was an unfortunate end to a stellar season, the Owls men went down in a gruelling semi-final. The Royals defence remained stout in limiting the Owls scoring opportunities which proved to be the defining factor on the day.
Brumby Will Miller opened our scoring account with a strong short range try following a good passing display by the forwards. This was followed by a try to point scoring machine Jordon Thompson. JT converted both tries.
The Royals side controlled possession and territory well which gave the Owls men little opportunity to display the continuity and flair that has defined their season.
The support at the ground was fantastic as it was for all grades, all day.
Women’s XV W 43-0 v Goulburn
They say that rugby union is the game they play in heaven and ANU North Oval was certainly our heaven on Saturday. Finals footy time usually calls for a trip down to Viking Park and so our XVs Women were more than happy to run out our semi-final against the Goulburn Dirty Reds on the beloved fields of the Barn. The sun was shining, the pre-game dance moves were out (although some should have stayed in), and the women were ready to book their ticket to the big dance.
Despite the pristine conditions it was a rocky start for our girls as we found ourselves in an arm wrestle for possession for much of the first 10 mins. We knew what we needed to do but a mix of handling errors and penalties from both sides meant the ball didn’t cross the chalk until Crystal Papalii took on what always seems like most of their forward pack like she always does and opened up the scoreboard in the 12th minute. Crystal might be the ‘Baby Paps’ but James Erwin will tell you that she taught older brother Josh everything he knows, and she must’ve taught Rosaline Aumale as well as we saw her power over the line later in the game with a few poor Goulburn defenders trying to hold on to her in vain.
Talei Wilson slotted back into the centres this week and wasted no time hitting the gaps that nobody else could see and putting on the dancing shoes as she crossed the line for two of her own tries. Talei is known for making the opposition dizzy with her stunning speed but it is her defensive skills that her teammates are most envious of as she is often found rolling away from crunching tackles that look like they throw the weight of her forward pack. Unsurprisingly, Talei earnt herself 2 points for the day.
Not that I’m biased or anything, but the forwards were on fire against the Dirty Reds forward pack and this was shining through our fresh second rower Rommy Galvin . Rommy got the word from Coach Greg that she would be making the switch from back row to second row (a call up if you ask me) and Rommy must’ve misinterpreted this and decided to do it all. She made chopping hits like she was a front rower, sped through the line like her wingers, and charged the ball over the gain line with the aggression we all need. 1 point went to Rommy and was so well deserved.
We were well in front moving into the second half but we weren’t about to let our foot off the gas and showed this through the blinding speed and power of Dana-Louise Deklin . Dana treated herself to another meat pie this season after a beautiful offload from Bridgette Cunningham that set her up in the corner. Despite her small stature, Dana fancies herself as the modern day Jonah Lomu and the evidence is surely there to prove it.
Our last two tries for the day came in similar fashion from Sammie Wood and Tania Afamasaga . Woody slotted 3 difficult conversions in windy conditions but wasn’t stopping there as she ran over the grass for her own try off of some beautiful ball movement from her fellow backs.
As a squad we are so excited to have earned the chance to bring the silverware home for the second year in a row and we hope you will all be cheering us on either in spirit or at Viking Park!
Womens X’s 24-0 v ADFA
In a heartbreaking grand final defeat, our Womens X’s side were left scoreless to ADFA. The ADFA women controlled the possession and so dictated the game, with our girls trying their best with limited opportunities.
A sour end to what was a fantastic year for the side. The journey home from Goulburn would have been a time to reflect on how well the team improved throughout the season.
4th Grade L 41-27 v Whites
With a week disrupted by rain affecting the ability to train on the usual nights it was pleasing to see that the squad was prepared to work on non-standard and extra nights to obtain the result we were striving for. The piggies volunteered their time to come and do extra set piece work to ensure that we had the best chance of success and for the first time Frothies had a Captain’s run on Friday night to hone the edge and refine how the game plan was going to work. The atmosphere was excellent through the week filled with confidence that they could get the job done.
Mixed, but mainly sunny conditions were the setting for a day at the footy the Barn looking an absolute picture with the ground firm despite the week’s rain. It took the side a couple of minutes to settle into their rhythm failing on the first KPI “Fast Start” however they did execute on the second KPI “First Points” kicking a penalty with Finn Frewen knocking it over for the first of a five goals from six attempts effort. Queanbeyan was able to get points on the board through the use of an extremely dominant scrum which gave them the more than the lion’s share of possession in the match, it was the only tool that they had but it was an extremely effective one (Daisy commented to the Queanbeyan coach that if he did not give the 3-2-1 points to the front row he was underestimating their influence on the match), ultimately they scored seven tries to two to run out 41 – 27 victors. Lu Jones continued his excellent try scoring form with both of the Frothies efforts being chalked up to him.
Whilst the scrum struggled to provide ball to the backs what little ball they did get was used well and stretched the Queanbeyan defence and they were getting tired. At the end of the game there were some extremely battered opposition bodies looking gassed. The Frothies defence was also strong repelling multiple multi-phase attacks in the 22 and turning over the ball to be able to drive the raids off.
3 Points – Lu Jones
2 Points – Dom Trinder
1 Point – Max Cusack