TTM Canberra Raiders Cup Round 6 Wrap Up
Queanbeyan Blues (3) 44 defeated Belconnen United Scholars (8) 6 at Northbourne Oval
Belconnen United’s dismal start to the year has continued after last year’s runners up, the Queanbeyan Blues, smashed the Scholars 44-6
The Blues led from start to finish in the Round 6 encounter with Jake Knight grabbing a double in the eight tries to one triumph.
After a slow start to the year, Queanbeyan have now ascended to third place on the ladder following back-to-back victories.
On the other end of the spectrum, the Scholars remain winless after six rounds and possess the unwanted tags of having the worst defensive and offensive records in the competition.
Queanbeyan Blues 44 (Jake Knight 2, Ben Nicoll, Adam Misios, Tyler Stevens, Peter Nibb, Tom Leddy, Dave Pangai tries; Marc Herbert 3, Levi Freeman 2 goals) defeated Belconnen United Scholars 6 (Mitchell Shaw try; Chris Thorley 1 goal)
Queanbeyan Kangaroos (1) 38 defeated Gungahlin Bulls (6) 22 at Gungahlin Town Centre Oval
Reigning premiers the Queanbeyan Kangaroos returned to the winner’s circle in Round 6 with a 16 point win over the Gungahlin Bulls away from home.
Despite the fact they are yet to taste defeat in 2014, Kangaroos Coach Aaron Gorrell has not been overly impressed with his side over the last month with the side registering back-to-back draws coming into this fixture.
Jordan Macey was again pivotal for Queanbeyan with the star five-eighth contributing a personal points haul of 14 through two tries and three goals.
Bryan Cronan was also impressive for the visitors with the winger bagging a double.
After Round 6, Queanbeyan has retained their ranking as the best defensive side in the competition statistically.
Queanbeyan Kangaroos 38 (Jordan Macey 2, Bryan Cronan 2, Ratu Tagive, Robbie Byatt, Josh Baker tries; Jordan Macey 3, Josh Mitchell 2 goals) defeated Gungahlin Bulls 22 (Hayden Pengelly 2, Anthony Onorato, George Hewitt tries; Aiden Greenwood 3 goals)
Goulburn Workers Bulldogs (2) 40 defeated Tuggeranong Bushrangers (4) 10 at Greenway
Goulburn flexed their muscles at Greenway and completely blew the home side off the park with the Bulldogs smashing the Tuggeranong Bushrangers 40-10.
The victory by Goulburn has seen them leapfrog Tuggeranong into second place on the ladder. Despite the disappointment of the loss, the Bushrangers can be pleased with the fact that they still remain in the top four after Round 6.
On the back of a hat-trick to Tim Turner, a double to Matt Worboys and the near-flawless goal kicking of hooker Ben Picker, the Bulldogs delivered one of their best performances of the year.
Goulburn is now ranked as the best attacking team in the competition.
Goulburn Workers Bulldogs 40 (Tim Turner 3, Matt Worboys 2, Michael Bani, Mitch Turner tries; Ben Picker 6 goals) defeated Tuggeranong Bushrangers 10 (Jayden Pollard, Mitch McAppion tries; Carl Johnson 1 goal)
West Belconnen Warriors (5) 21 defeated Woden Valley Rams (7) 20 at Raiders Belconnen
West Belconnen halfback Bobby Roberts completely spoilt Woden stalwart Josh Burns’ 150th game celebrations after slotting a field goal in the final stages of the match on Sunday.
A hearty crowd of Rams supporters travelled to Raiders Belconnen to cheer on their inspirational Captain in his milestone match and fittingly, Woden’s players stood up.
Woden looked certain to celebrate Burns’ milestone in fitting fashion until Roberts stepped up to the plate with a series of influential plays.
West Belconnen were behind when Roberts swooped onto a loose ball that was lost in a tackle and raced away to score, putting the Warriors ahead by two points with just six minutes remaining.
The Rams managed hit back with a score-levelling penalty goal before Roberts dealt his next and ultimately match defining blow, slotting a 25 metre goal to break Burns’ heart.
“It wasn't pretty at all and [Woden] played well for Burnsy ... it was tight the whole game and we were down 12-4 at half-time,” Warriors Coach Justin Giteau said.
“It wasn't the best footy you'll see but we're happy with the points and the way you win them doesn't matter.
The Rams, who have won just one game this year, were devastated to lose Burns' milestone game.
“It was very tough to swallow,” said Coach Cameron Hardy. “We've been our own worst enemy making mistakes, but the match was up for grabs the whole time and if we had have cut out the mistakes we would have been sweet.
“Mistakes and errors have cost us all year and that's why we're sitting where we are on the ladder, we've had five or six games where there's been just six points in it.”
West Belconnen Warriors 21 (Ryan McQueen 2, Isaac Hamad, Bobby Roberts, Scott Jones tries; Bobby Roberts 1 goal, 1 field goal) defeated Woden Valley Rams 20 (Josh Pheeney, John White, Tim Crome tries; Tim Crome 4 goals)