The Blumers Lawyers Canberra Raiders Cup kicked off on Sunday and there were plenty of familiar names making their mark on the competition.
Woden Valley Rams 33 (Tries: B Martin, D Prior, J Morgan, L Withers, A Lucas, C Malisauskas; Goals: L Withers 4; Field Goal: L Withers) d Yass Magpies 16 (Tries: B Houston, S Aiolupo, I Niumata; Goals: S Davis 3)
The Woden Valley Rams have started their title defence with a win after holding off a resurgent Yass Magpies outfit to claim at 33-16 win at Phillip Oval.
The Rams raced to a 22-0 lead shortly after halftime thanks to tries from Brad Martin, Dan Prior, Jeff Morgan and Lincoln Withers but Yass hit their groove in the second half.
Brendon Houston scored out on the wing for Yass before quick tries to Saipani Aiolupo and Isaih Niumata narrowed the margin to six points.
However, the defending premiers lifted in the dying moments as Adam Lucas and Caleb Malisaukas scored tries.
Tuggeranong Bushrangers 32 (Tries: C Massen 2, J Kennedy, J Baker, R Sheffield; Goals: J Mitchell 4) d West Belconnen Warriors 22 (Tries: N Naseri, B Graham, L Reis, A McDonald; Goals: R Roberts 3)
Jarrad Kennedy scored his first try in Tuggeranong colours as the Bushrangers began life under Jarrad Teka in perfect fashion.
Last year’s runners-up didn’t disappoint their home crowd as Connor Massen scored a double.
West Belconnen new recruits, Naseri Naseri, Logan Reis and Andrew McDonald were all scored for the Warriors but Tuggeranong claimed a 10 point win.
Goulburn Workers Bulldogs 34 (Tries: N Cornish 2, M Cornish, H Hodge, J Aubusson, L Tauoqooqo; Goals: C Hart 5) d Queanbeyan Kangaroos 14 (Tries: L Cooper, K Pagura, B Cronan; Goal: L Cooper)
The Goulburn Workers Bulldogs showed that they will be a different prospect in 2019 as they claimed a 34-14 win over the Queanbeyan Kangaroos.
The Bulldogs took a 16-4 lead into the sheds at halftime before second half tries to Haydon Hodge and Nick and Tyler Cornish helped them on their way.
Lachlan Cooper, who backed up from playing for Monaro the previous day, was amongst the try scorers for the Kangaroos but it wasn’t enough as Goulburn claimed a 20 point win.
Queanbeyan Blues 50 (Tries: J Munro 2, I Latu 2, T Campese, M Cole, I Cotric, S Fetuani, J Wheeler; Goals: T Campese 7) d Belconnen United Sharks 12 (Tries: I Mataora, K Shepherdson, J Vejvoda)
The Queanbeyan Blues started the season in perfect fashion as new recruits Joel Munro and Isaiah Latu both scored doubles against the Belconnen United Sharks.
The Blues scored nine tries throughout the match as the Sharks crossed the line on three occasions.
Terry Campese was also amongst the try scorers for the Blues who will host the Queanbeyan derby next Saturday.