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Brahmans out to continue perfect start

Returning to the Blumers Lawyers George Tooke Shield in 2024, questions swirled around whether the Binalong Brahmans could compete in what is fast becoming a very strong country rugby league competition.

Under the inspiring leadership of Chris Rawlinson, the Binalong Brahmans aren’t just competing. They are defying all odds, remaining unbeaten and top-of-the-table after four rounds.

They opened their account with a stunning 16-8 away win over 2023 Grand Finalist Crookwell before registering a 46-4 victory over North Canberra at home.

In their most significant result to date, the Brahmans defeated competition favourites Bungendore 24-22 at home.

Reaffirming their status as competition heavyweights, Binalong then knocked off reigning premiers Boorowa 34-10 at Boorowa Showground in Round Four.

Heading into Round Five, the Brahmans trek to Canberra on Saturday and take on the UC Stars in what could be a trap match at Raiders Belconnen.

On the other hand, the Stars are struggling and winless after four rounds, but coach Adam Booth will have his side ready and raring as they attempt to cause the season's upset.

Sitting just behind Binalong on the GTS ladder are Bungendore and Cootamundra.

Leading into a massive Saturday, the Tigers are at home and face the visiting Crookwell Green Devils at Mick Sherd Oval, while the Bulldogs are also off to Canberra when taking on the North Canberra Bears at Kaleen.

In potentially the match of the round and one that could help or hinder top-five chances later in the season, Boorowa hosts Harden at Boorowa Showground.

The Rovers have been hit and miss. The reigning premiers defeated North Canberra and Crookwell but lost to Bungendore and Binalong in the open four rounds.

Harden put a slow start behind them in Round Four, defeating North Canberra 32-12 at McLean Oval.

Heading into the middle of the 2024 campaign, it is a big match for both sides if they want to keep pace with the top three.

Click here for the Blumers Lawyers GTS men’s tackle draw.

Bears’ taggers on the prowl

The North Canberra Bears are on the improve in the Blumers Lawyers George Tooke Shield competition.

After a gutsy 18-12 win over Boorowa in Round One, the Bears shared the points with Binalong in Round Two, drawing 12-all.

A 30-nil win over the UC Stars in Round Three was followed by a very good 14-6 loss to the Harden Hawkettes juggernaut in Round Four.

Against one of the best league tag sides in the state, it was a good effort by the Bears, who could be the real deal in 2024.

The Bears can prove themselves tomorrow when hosting the second-placed Cootamundra Bullettes at Kaleen.

The Bullettes have lost just one game this season, which was a 20-14 loss to Harden in Round Three.

Saturday’s match could be a sneak peek into finals footy.

In other league tag matches, the winless Bungendore Tigerettes host the third-placed Crookwell at Mick Sherd Oval, and Harden makes the trip to Boorowa to take on the Roverettes.

The UC Stars are also chasing their first win of the season when hosting the Binalong Brahmans at Raiders Belconnen.

Click here for the Blumers Lawyers GTS league tag draw.

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.