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George Tooke Shield Open Men's

  • Position: 1st (Runners-up)
  • 6 wins, 2 draws, 1 loss
  • Points for: 224
  • Points against: 110

The Bungendore Tigers had an excellent 2020 season, winning the minor premiership and reaching the grand final.

The Tigers were the benchmark of the competition, losing just one game. They had the best attack out of all the teams, with 224 points across eight games.

Their spine of Joseph McLennan (fullback), Robert Sheffield (five-eighth), Benjamin Rayner (halfback) and Jack Bramley (hooker) were very consistent and dangerous, providing plenty of attacking opportunities and leading the team well.

Bungendore started the season confidently, defeating the Burrangong Bears and Gunning Roos in their opening three games.

They lost to the Roos in round five and recorded a 24-all draw against the Gordon Highlanders in round six, before winning their last three games of the regular season to make the grand final.

Hooker Jack Bramley won the George Tooke Shield Best and Fairest Award for the 2020 season, just pipping his teammate Robert Sheffield. It’s the first time since 1995 that a Bungendore Tigers player has won this award.

Season Highlight

The Bungendore Tigers last made the George Tooke Shield grand final in 2015, so it was a great achievement by the team to reach it again this year.

The Tigers headed into the grand final with all the momentum, having defeated the Gordon Highlanders 16-12 the week before.

It was an exciting grand final, with the Highlanders jumping out to an early 12-0 lead before the Tigers scored just after half-time, bringing the score to 12-6.

Gordon scored next to extend their lead to 16-6, but the Tigers again bounced back to within six points (16-10) after a try to centre Thomas Warner.

But Bungendore were unable to score again, with Gordon scoring twice to seal the win.

GTS Ladies League Tag

Bungendore Tigerettes #1

  • Position: 1st (Runners-up)
  • 9 wins, 0 losses
  • Points for: 266
  • Points against: 67

The Bungendore Tigerettes #1 side excelled in 2020, undefeated during the regular season and falling just short of a grand final win.

The Tigerettes #1 side remained on top of the ladder throughout the season, carrying their momentum all the way to the grand final.

They had the best defence in the competition, leaking just 67 points across their games. The next best defence was the Gunning Rooettes, who leaked 138 points across the same number of games.

Bungendore’s attack was also very slick, with five players scoring five or more tries throughout the competition.

Jessica O’Rourke was the team’s top try-scorer, with a huge 18 tries across the season.

The side just missed out on winning the grand final, going down 20-14 to the Burrangong Bears.

Jessica O’Rourke placed second in the GTS Ladies League Tag Best and Fairest 2020 leaderboard.

Season Highlight

Winning nine straight games throughout the regular season is a massive achievement, and definitely the season highlight.

The Tigerettes #1 side had some tricky matches, but kept finding a way to win.

Some of their best clashes were the season opener against the Burrangong Bears which they won 46-0, holding off a strong Gunning Rooettes side to claim a 10-8 win in round five, and their solid 24-6 win over the Bungendore Tigerettes #2 side in round nine.

Bungendore Tigerettes #2

  • Position: 4th
  • 0 wins, 9 losses
  • Points for: 56
  • Points against: 248

This season, Bungendore entered two teams into the GTS Ladies League Tag competition.

The Bungendore Tigerettes #2 side were competitive throughout the season, but were outclassed by the other teams. The side didn’t record any wins during the competition.

Jo-Anne Altmann was the top try-scorer for the side, scoring five tries in the season.

Georgia Laverack finished as the highest ranked player from her team on the GTS Ladies League Tag Best and Fairest leaderboard at season’s end.

Season Highlight

Their round two performance against the Burrangong Bears.

The Tigerettes #2 side got within two points of victory against the future champions, going down 18-16.

Patricia Massa, Kate Wyeth, Brooke Mitchell and Jo-Anne Altmann all scored for Tigerettes #2, but it wasn’t quite enough as the Bears snuck home.

It was Bungendore’s closest match of the season.