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Specsavers Katrina Fanning Shield 2020 Round 8 Wrap

The Queanbeyan Blues and the Bushpies both booked their spot in the grand final after recording strong wins in round eight action.

Bushpies 58 (Tries: T Frost 2, E Blowes 2, E Masi 2, C Fazey-Robinson, J Teivonen, J Cooke, L Davis, S Afele, K Huey; Goals: E Blowes 3, E Ernst 2) d West Belconnen 0

The Bushpies put the rest of the competition on notice with a convincing 58-0 win over West Belconnen at Gungahlin Enclosed Oval on Saturday.

The Bushpies attack was on fire, running in twelve tries throughout the game.

West Belconnen started the game with a great opportunity to open the scoring after the Bushpies knocked on from the kick-off, but the Bushpies defence held strong to deny them any points.

It was Bushpies hooker Caitlin Fazey-Robinson who got her team on the board first, crossing over the tryline after a great run by Samara Afele.

The Bushpies were awarded a penalty in the West Belconnen attacking zone, and centre Jana Teivonen ran straight through on the next play to score a try, with Elissa Blowes converting.

Jenna Cooke was next to score for the Bushpies, giving the visiting side a 14-0 lead.

Logan Davis then crashed her way over the tryline for her first four-pointer of the season. Blowes was unable to covert, leaving the score at 18-0 at the half-time break.

The Bushpies picked up right where they left off in the second half, with Afele breaking through a tackle and planting the ball in the in-goal just  after the break. Emily Ernst added the two points, with the Bushpies extending their lead to 24-0.

Bushpies five-eighth Nirada Phonsaya had a great run, fending off a player and setting up Blowes to score down the sideline a couple of plays later. Ernst was unbale to convert, leaving the score at 28-0.

From there, the Bushpies put their foot on the accelerator, with Kristy Huey crashing over the tryline next.

Taylah Frost and Ema Masi both scored doubles, with Blowes scoring her second try right on the full-time buzzer to bring the score to 58-0.

The win sees the Bushpies cement second place on the ladder, six points ahead of the Buffaloes.

Queanbeyan Blues 28 (Tries: A Brooks 2, B Frater 2, P Condon, J Ruiz; Goals: P Condon, B Frater) d Tuggeranong Buffaloes 4 (Try: M Burton)

The Queanbeyan Blues maintained their unbeaten winning streak with a 28-4 win over the Tuggeranong Buffaloes at Seiffert Oval on Saturday.

Blues player Briony Frater scored a double in her first game for the Blues this season, while halfback Alanna Brooks also scored twice in the win.

Queanbeyan hooker Payge-Louise Condon had a great performance for the home team, capping it off with a four-pointer.

Buffaloes centre Madeline Burton scored her team’s only points. Tuggeranong again fought hard in the game, but just couldn’t match it with the top team.

Queanbeyan are now four points clear on top of the ladder, and have wrapped up the minor premiership.

They take on the Bushpies next weekend, in what will be a dress rehearsal for the grand final the following week. West Belconnen will face the Tuggeranong Buffaloes.

Acknowledgement of Country

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