CRC Rd 16 Preview
West Belconnen Warriors vs Tuggeranong Bushrangers, 3pm Sunday at Raiders Belconnen.
Both West Belconnen and Tuggeranong are treating this clash as a grand final in what is sure to be an exciting matchup in our game of the round.
Last year’s premiers West Belconnen currently sit in 4th position, but a win for the 5th placed Bushrangers would move them above Belconnen on the ladder.
With just three games remaining and with both teams with tough matches yet to play, this match is a must win for both teams.
West Belconnen will be full of confidence after they cruised past the Sharks in the battle of Belconnen last week winning 60-0.
Warrior’s front rower Aidan Greenwood has been great for the Warriors this year and is expecting a tough hit out between the forwards.
“This week is our grand final,” Greenwood said.
“In the middle they have a very tight, big forward pack, we need a bit more talk in defence and it’ll be a good game that’s for sure.”
The Bushrangers are coming off a draining 24-all draw with Woden last week. The tied score line makes it the second time this year the Bushrangers have finished 80 minutes of football only to be awarded one point.
But Bushrangers forward Wayne Bullock knows the importance of this week’s match and has full confidence in his team.
“We are playing every week like it’s our grand final, we know if we lose one it’s going to get hard,” Bullock said.
“There’s a lot of feeling against Tuggeranong, if we turn up and play well we can beat any team on the day.”
Queanbeyan Kangaroos vs Yass Magpies, 3pm Saturday at Seers Workwear Oval.
Troy Whiley and Josh Ayers will be playing their 200th first grade game as the duo lineup for the Kangaroos on Saturday afternoon.
The Kangaroos will be without top point scorer and goal kicker Brent Crisp, which has forced a re-shuffle of their squad on an important day for the club.
But the Kangaroos currently sit comfortably in second position with a seven point gap over third placed Yass Magpies ahead of this week’s game.
The Roos are coming off the back of the bye and will be well-rested and refreshed coming into the clash.
However, the Magpies are still recovering from a heavy 52-6 thrashing at the hands of the Queanbeyan Blues last week and will be looking to make amends against another Queanbeyan team this weekend.
Despite the significant occassion, Whiley is modest about playing his 200th first grade game and is just focusing on coming away with the two points.
“It’s a pretty big thing for me and I’m just worried for the boys and hope we can be there come September,” Whiley said.
“Every game we play we want to and I dare say Yass will be coming out all guns blazing.”
Belconnen United Sharks v Goulburn Workers Bulldogs, 3pm Saturday at O’Conner Oval.
The Belconnen United Sharks are hoping their young team can step up and upset the Goulburn Workers Bulldogs this Saturday.
The Sharks lost 60-0 last week at the hands of their cross town rivals West Belconnen, which is sure to fire the young team up ahead of their clash with the 6th placed Bulldogs.
Things were different for the Bulldogs who beat the Gungahlin Bulls 48-22 in an important win which keeps them in touch with the top four.
Goulburn needs to win once again to keep their slim finals chance alive while the Sharks are playing for pride at this stage of the season.
Sharks captain and hooker Jason Brown knows his young team is capable of competing against the Goulburn side.
“They have a strong spine,” Brown said.
“If we stop their forward pack and halves, that’s an area we should get them.”
Queanbeyan Blues vs Woden Valley Rams, 3pm Saturday at Seiffert Oval.
The Woden Valley Rams will need to be the team to topple the Blues for the first time this year if they are to keep their finals hopes alive.
Woden need to win all three of their finals games if they are to play finals football but they first have to beat the previously unbeaten Queanbeyan Blues.
The Queanbeyan Blues notched up their 13th straight victory after they demolished the Yass Magpies 52-6 last week.
Captain coach Terry Campese is weary of Woden and knows they have a quality team and are capable of playing good footy.
“It’s going to be a big game for them and they are going to come prepared and ready to go,” Campese said.
“They play some great football and have a big pack and are very dangerous.”