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George Tooke Shield Open Men's

  • Position: 4th
  • 0 wins, 8 losses
  • Points for: 42
  • Points against: 300

The Burrangong Bears joined the George Tooke Shield competition at the start of the season, after their Woodbridge Cup competition was cancelled due to COVID-19.

While the team fought hard in every game it was a step up in class for the side, who didn’t record any wins.

The Bears struggled at times to field enough players (they had to forfeit in round eight) but they remained competitive throughout the season.

Five-eighth Phillip Ingram was the top try-scorer for the side, with three tries throughout the competition.

Beau Reynolds, Phillip Ingram and Thomas Bethke were the highest ranked Bears players on the George Tooke Shield Best and Fairest leaderboard for the 2020 season.

Season Highlight

Their much improved performance against the Gordon Highlanders in round five.

The Bears played the Highlanders in round two of the competition, going down 74-0.

Burrangong faced the future premiers again in round five, and nearly came away with the win. Only a try to Gordon centre Dwayne Sakiasi and a conversion to Scott Boughton gave the Highlanders a 6-0 win.

The Bears had a number of scoring opportunities throughout the game, and some great defensive plays.

GTS Ladies League Tag

  • Position: 2nd (Premiers)
  • 5 wins, 3 losses
  • Points for: 171
  • Points against: 146

The Burrangong Bears League Tag side had a very strong debut season in the George Tooke Shield competition, going all the way to win the grand final.

The Bears attack was dangerous across the park, with Annika Picker, Abbie Grant, Sara Lang and Krystal Coker all scoring five or more tries each this season.

Coker was the top try-scorer for the team, with 11 tries throughout the competition.

Burrangong lost their opening game to the Bungendore Tigerettes #1 side, but bounced back to win their next two games against the Bungendore Tigerettes #2 and Gunning Rooettes respectively.

The Bears claimed wins in rounds five and six, before finishing the regular season off strongly with a 28-0 win over the Tigerettes #2 in round eight and an 18-8 win over the Rooettes in round nine.

Annika Picker was a standout player for her side, winning the GTS Ladies League Tag Best and Fairest Award for 2020. She recorded four player of the match performances throughout the season.

Season Highlight

Winning the GTS Ladies League Tag grand final.

Facing the undefeated Bungendore Tigerettes #1 side, the Burrangong Bears claimed a 20-14 victory.

With the scores locked at 14-14 heading into the final quarter, Bears centre Krystal Coker broke the deadlock with five minutes remaining and scored the match-winning try. Picker kicked the conversion to give her side a six-point lead.

The Tigerettes #1 side threw everything they had at the Bears in the final few minutes, but Burrangong held on to claim the win.

Abbie Grant and Picker were the other two try-scorers for the Bears, with Picker perfect with the boot.

Acknowledgement of Country

Canberra Raiders respect and honour the Traditional Custodians of the land and pay our respects to their Elders past, present and future. We acknowledge the stories, traditions and living cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples on the lands we meet, gather and play on.