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The Queanbeyan Blues are set to bounce back with "enthusiasm" following a disappointing season in the Canberra Raiders Cup First Grade. 

While the Katrina Fanning Shield side look to back up a premiership winning season, and the League Tag side aim to make their mark upon their reintroduction to the competition in 2024. 

The Blues finished third last in the first grade competition last year, only winning three games and suffering 12 losses.

Blues player Blake Murray highlighted the positive influence Coach Jeremy Braun has infused into the club and expressed excitement about the emerging young talent within the squad.

“We’ve got Jeremy Braun leading us this year, and he’s really brought the club back together as a whole and the culture has really taken off," Murray said. 

“It’s good to see a lot of the young fellas coming through with all their enthusiasm and make us older heads work a bit harder.

“It’ll be a very enthusiastic and special side to watch this year”.

After taking out the competition in Tier 2 of the KFS last year, Blues player Briony Frater is thrilled about the opportunity to test themselves against the Tier 1 teams of last year. 

“We were pretty devastated that we just fell under into Tier 2 last year, so we’re ready to give ourselves a run against the higher clubs this year and see how we go," said Frater. 

“We’re hoping to achieve getting through our game and focusing on the week after. We don’t want to focus too far into the comp, so we just take it week by week”.

Blues League Tag player Rebecca Maher-Hill expressed the club's excitement about rejoining the League Tag competition in 2024.

“It’s really exciting to have a team back in the league tag comp, it’s been a little while but it’s really good to have some new faces around and to get us back in there," Maher-Hill said. 

“We struggled for numbers early but that’s built as the seasons gotten a little bit closer, we’ve got some really good numbers now and a lot of young girls who are really keen to get amongst it which is really good for building the clubs future”.

The Queanbeyan Blues enjoy a home game in round one at Seiffert Oval against the Gungahlin Bulls. 

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