THEY’VE dominated the regular season rounds in all three grades this year.
But Queanbeyan Blues secretary Tom Ebsworth says the club’s success this season will count for little if the Blues are unable to produce when it matters most.
Last weekend’s final round of the Canberra Raiders Cup competition saw the Blues secure their first club championship since 2004.
The Blues finished the season as minor premiers in first grade, reserve grade and under-18s, becoming the first club to do so since West Belconnen in 2006.
“Coming from where we were last year where our first grade side went out in the first week of the finals and we didn’t even make the semi-finals in second division in the under-18s, it’s a great achievement,” Ebsworth said.
“But each of those sides as still got at least two games to go and those are the ones that count. The club championship is great to win but it’s grand finals that people remember.”
The club championship is determined by a cumulative points tally across all three grades at the end of the regular season.
Ebsworth lay much of the credit for the Blues’ turnaround at the feet of coach Simon Woolford who has galvanised the club’s first grade side into a premiership force.
“Simon’s played a huge role this year,” Ebsworth said.
“Not just with first grade either, he went out there and found a lot of kids for the under-18s and now we’re minor premiers there as well. His connections have been great.”
As the club’s under-18s have gone from second division also rans to premiership favourites, the Blues reserve grade side has also stamped its mark on the competition.
The side will head into this weekend’s major semi-final against Tuggeranong having gone undefeated throughout the regular season.
The Queanbeyan Blues were the last club to sweep all three grand final trophies back in 2000.
And Ebsworth said the club would be aiming to emulate that feat come the first weekend in September.
“That’s definitely the plan,” he said. “But other clubs have been in similar situations to us before and things don’t always go as you want them to but we’re in the mix there and we’ll give it a shot.”