It was a special round in the Blumers Lawyers Katrina Fanning Shield, with the Woden Valley Rams defeating the Queanbeyan Blues in the curtain raiser for the Women's State of Origin on Friday night.
Woden Valley Rams 22 d Queanbeyan Blues 16
The Woden Valley Rams came out winners on the big stage, defeating the Queanbeyan Blues 22-16 at GIO Stadium on Friday night.
In what was a momentous occasion for women’s rugby league in Canberra, the new look Rams made sure not to disappoint, putting on an impressive performance to withstand a strong Blues outfit.
The Blues started strong, striking first on the right-edge through Klaudia Osztrenkovics, who ran a great line to score untouched in the opening ten minutes.
The Rams rallied back to score two quick tries and hold a 10-6 lead heading into the halftime break.
But the Woden Valley side were good enough to hang on, fighting off a strong Blues outfit to close out the 22-16 round eight win.
Both sides have tricky round nine matchups with the Rams hosting the undefeated Yass Magpies, while Queanbeyan will travel to Tuggeranong to take on the in-form Bushrangers.
Yass Magpies 58 d Harden Worhawks 0
The Yass Magpies have continued their unstoppable run in 2022, demolishing the Worhawks by an emphatic total of 58-points at McLean Oval on Saturday.
Samara Afele starred for the undefeated Yass outfit, scoring three tries off the interchange bench, with backrower Jess Howard also chiming in with a double of her own.
It has been a challenging season so far for Harden with them only winning one out of their six matches which came against last placed Bommanulla. They will have a bye this coming weekend to prepare for a tough clash with the Blues.
For Yass, they take on another round eight winner in Woden Valley who is the only team left in the Katrina Fanning Shield they are yet to beat.
Tuggeranong Bushrangers 50 d Boomanulla Raiders 4
The Tuggeranong Bushrangers have made it back to back wins for the first time this season, defeating the Raiders by a convincing 46 points at Boomanulla Oval on Saturday.
Grace Tai and Caitlyn Fazey-Robinson both bagged doubles in the Bushrangers' biggest win of their 2022 campaign.
Bushrangers halfback Kathryn Niki also crossed for a double and kicked five goals to wrack up 50 points for the Tuggeranong side.
Tuggeranong will look to jump into the top four with a victory over the Queanbeyan Blues while Boomanulla host South Coast United looking for their first win of the season.
Goulburn City Bulldogs 30 d South Coast United 4
The Goulburn City Bulldogs have registered their fifth straight win with an impressive 30-4 victory over South Coast United on Sunday at Workers Arena.
After a disruptive start to the season, the Bulldogs are beginning to prove their premiership credentials, as they continue this impressive run of wins.
Jessica Zammit, Madyson Tooth and backrower Elly Hazelton all crossed the line for doubles, in the Goulburn side's big win over the new South Coast team.
The Bulldogs will have a great chance to make it six consecutive wins when they face the UC Stars at Raiders Belconnen this coming weekend.
The South Coast United side will look to bounce back against the Boomanulla Raiders.