The Queanbeyan Blues recorded their sixth straight win, while the Bushpies proved too good for the Tuggeranong Buffaloes in round seven action.
Queanbeyan Blues 38 (Tries: A Brooks 2, P Condon 2, K Dragisic 2, S Wood, M Turner; Goals: S Wood 3) d West Belconnen 0
The Queanbeyan Blues extended their lead on top of the ladder after a comprehensive 38-0 win over West Belconnen at Seiffert Oval on Saturday.
The Blues are now four points clear of the second-placed Bushpies, with two rounds remaining of the regular season.
Queanbeyan ran in eight tries during the game, with Alanna Brooks, Payge-Louise Condon and Kasey Dragisic all scoring doubles.
Dragisic again starred for the home side, picking up her fourth try in the last two games.
West Belconnen fought hard all game, but couldn’t get through the strong Blues defence.
Bushpies 22 (Tries: E Winbank 2, E Banks, E Ernst, C Fazey-Robinson; Goals: E Ernst) d Tuggeranong Buffaloes 0
The Bushpies bounced back from their round six loss with a strong 22-0 win over the Tuggeranong Buffaloes at Phillip Oval on Saturday.
The first quarter of the match was a real arm-wrestle, with both sides unable to crack each other’s defence. The Bushpies looked like scoring early through Kristy Huey, but she was bundled into touch by the Buffaloes. The score remained locked at 0-0 at the end of the first quarter.
The Bushpies scored the first try of the match just after the quarter break, when prop Emily Banks charged her way over the tryline. Emily Ernst kicked the conversion to give her side a 6-0 lead.
Bushpies five-eighth Caitlin Fazey-Robinson crossed for her first try of the season a few minutes later, bringing the score to 10-0.
A Buffaloes error on their own line put pressure on their goal-line defence, but a one-on-one strip got them the ball back and out of trouble.
Bushpies halfback Eilish Winbank scored on the stroke of halftime, after a great offload by Logan Davis. Ernst couldn’t add the two points, and the Bushpies went into the halftime break with a 14-0 lead.
The home side started the second half right where they left off, and it was Ersnt who scored next. Elissa Blowes missed the conversion, with the score at 18-0.
The Bushpies extended their lead to 22-0 after a line-break by Winbank, who ran down the field to plant the ball over the tryline for her second try of the day.
The Bushpies nearly finished off with their sixth try of the day, but a forward pass was ruled as they crossed the tryline.
The win sees the Bushpies maintain second place on the ladder, four points ahead of Tuggeranong.
The Bushpies take on West Belconnen next weekend, while the Tuggeranong Buffaloes face the Queanbeyan Blues.