The Kangaroos stole Queanbeyan bragging rights in the Canberra Raiders Cup grand final but the club’s reserve-grade side secured the biggest upset of the year to add salt to the Blues’ wounds on Sunday. The Kangaroos won the reserve-grade premiership with a 20-10 win over the Blues in the Canberra Raiders Cup curtain-raiser at Seiffert Oval.
Few gave the Kangaroos any hope of toppling the previously undefeated Blues. But led by inspirational captain-coach Peter Hunt, the Kangaroos defied the odds to secure a sweet victory and cap off a successful day for the club.
Hunt, 29, has been playing for the Kangaroos since he was four years old and won a Canberra Raiders Cup premiership in 2011.
”I just love the club. I’ve been here for the hardest times I’ve ever seen, won a first-grade competition and my goal this year was to win reserve grade,” Hunt said.
”I’d do anything for this club. My first game of footy was 1989 and I was four years old playing in the under-6s.”
The Blues finished the regular season at the top of the ladder with 14 wins from 14 games.
They scored 618 points and conceded just 146 to be the standout team in reserve grade.
But they fell at the final hurdle, after cross-town rivals the Kangaroos stormed from third place to win the title.
The Kangaroos missed out on a premiership hat-trick when the club’s under-18 zone 2 team lost its grand final to Gungahlin 24-26.
In other games, Gungahlin beat Woden Valley 36-20 in the under-18 zone 1 grand final and Binalong beat Harden 32-6 in the George Tooke Shield on Saturday.
The original release of this article first appeared on the website of Hangzhou Night Net.