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Katrina Fanning Shield: Round Three Wrap

The West Belconnen Warriors didn't show any signs of cobwebs in their first game of the 2024 Blumers Lawyers Katrina Fanning Shield. 

West Belconnen Warriors 32 defeat Tuggeranong Bushrangers 4 

West Belconnen have picked up from where they left off last year, kick starting their title defence season with a strong win against the Bushrangers at Greenway Oval. 

Following a round one washout and the bye last week, Saturday marked the first game for the Warriors in 2024, and you could tell they've been hungry to get back on the paddock. 

In the one-sided affair, the visitors were too strong and powerful, scoring seven tries to Tuggeranong's one, including a double for halfback Gisela Vea. 

The Bushrangers have had a slow start to their season, but their eyes will be lit up at the prospect of recording their first win of the year this weekend when they come up against an also winless Goulburn side. 

The Warriors will have their work cut out for them when they face an undefeated Bulls side, as they try to secure back-to-back wins on Sunday.

Queanbeyan Blues 28 defeat Belconnen United Sharks 10

The Queanbeyan Blues carried their momentum through to NSWRL HQ on Saturday, securing back-to-back wins after getting over the Sharks by 18 points. 

Blues halfback Briony Frater had a day out, scoring two of her sides five tries, and having success with the boot. 

Despite the loss, Belconnen United showed a lot of promise in the second game of their inaugural season, as they kept the Blues at a 10-all score line until the back end of the second half before Queanbeyan ran away with it.

The Sharks enjoy the week off after facing tough opponents in consecutive weeks, while the Blues face their biggest challenge yet against last years Tier 1 grand finalists, the Yass Magpies, on Saturday. 

Gungahlin Bulls 26 defeat Yass Magpies 16

In a battle between two competition heavy weights, the visiting Bulls were too strong for the Magpies at Walker Park. 

Gungahlin sought redemption in the semi-final rematch, proving to be too fast for Yass as they beat them on the edge on multiple occasions with winger Caitlin Turnbull crossing for a hat-trick, and centre Tijana Zdravevska scoring two.

It was a hard fought game from both sides, and it doesn't get any easier for either this week.

The Magpies will host the undefeated Queanbeyan Blues, while the Bulls face the reigning premiers, West Belconnen, who are coming off a strong win. 

Woden Valley Rams 40 defeat Goulburn City Bulldogs 4

The Woden Valley Rams put on a clinic in front of their home fans, securing a dominant win over Goulburn. 

Woden beat the Bulldogs with their blistering pace, as six of their seven tries came from their backline. 

Fullback Lara Cosgrove and centre Tamsyn Cairns were the standouts, both crossing for doubles and Cosgrove only missing one conversion. 

Goulburn have had a disappointing start to the season, they will be motivated to secure their first competition points of the year when they face Tuggeranong on Saturday. 

While the Rams look to keep their undefeated run going when they come up against the Bungendore Kangaroos.

Image by Trish Sullivan

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