FOOTBALL: National Premier League
Cooma Tigers bowed out of the National Premier League finals series after it was dismantled 6-1 by Sydney club Bonnyrigg Eagles at the AIS Track on Saturday afternoon.
The Tigers were crowned league champions a little over a month ago after an exceptional regular season campaign, but failed to play with the same flair and conviction throughout the premier league finals.
Cooma struggled again on Saturday, despite scoring the opening goal of the match.
Jordan Lando was the man of the moment, latching onto a wonderful through-ball from Robbie Cattanach and toe-poking the ball past Bonnyrigg goalkeeper James Chronopolous.
But it was all Bonnyrigg from that point, the visitors piling on six unanswered goals to send Cooma packing.
Canberra United made it two wins from as many attempts when it overcame a resolute Adelaide United side 1-0 on Sunday afternoon.
United opened its W-League account with a resounding 4-1 away victory over Western Sydney Wanderers last week, and last season’s league champions ensured its perfect start to the season continued in Adelaide.
Stephanie Ochs delivered the decisive goal in the 56th minute of the contest. She linked well with fellow striker Michelle Heyman before slamming the ball into the back of the net from near the penalty spot.
The goal came after Caitlin Munoz had missed a first-half penalty, but that miss mattered little in the end as United closed out the game to go top of the league.
RUGBY UNION: National Rugby Championship
The Canberra Vikings drew 37-all with the Sydney Stars in the pair’s thrilling National Rugby Championship clash in Sydney on Saturday.
The teams couldn’t be separated at the end of 80 eventful minutes, with each side scoring five tries during the entertaining encounter.
Canberra had looked destined to leave Sydney with all four points, but Sydney winger Jono Sullivan scored with 20 seconds remaining to dash the Vikings’ hopes of securing a third consecutive win.
Sean Doyle, Fotu Auelua, Lausii Taliauli, Jesse Mogg and JP Smith scored tries for the Vikings, with Mogg converting all bar one of them.
HOCKEY: Capital League
Central stamped its authority on the Canberra hockey scene when it added yet another Capital League premiership to its trophy cabinet on Saturday.
The reigning champions defeated Goulburn 3-1 in an absorbing grand final at Lyneham to claim a record 24th Capital League title.
Central has been the dominant team over the past decade and has won six of the past seven premierships, including the past three in a row. Saturday’s victory was the icing on the cake in what has been another superb year for the club, with Central having lost just one match all season.
Chris Jorgensen was awarded the man of the match honour after putting in a star performance to get his team over the line. He scored two goals from penalty corners, and was joined by teammate Troy Sutherland on the score sheet.
Aaron Kershaw netted Goulburn’s only goal.
In Sunday’s women’s grand final, St Patricks defeated Central 2-1 to claim the crown.