The Tuggeranong Vikings overcame arch-rivals the Queanbeyan Whites 25-13 in Saturday’s John I Dent Cup final to claim its fourth straight title.
Tuggeranong ran in three tries to one as it finished a dominant season with yet another premier division trophy.
Nigel Ah Wong was the hero, the ACT Brumbies recruit scoring all three of the Vikings’ tries to cap an impressive season in the Canberra competition. Isaac Thompson enjoyed a successful afternoon with the boot by kicking two penalties and two conversions.
Robbie Coleman scored Queanbeyan’s only try, while HP Momsen kicked two penalties and a conversion.
The Canberra Raiders suffered yet another defeat in what is quickly becoming one of the club’s least memorable seasons in recent memory when they fell 18-10 to Parramatta in Darwin on Saturday night.
It wasn’t all doom and gloom for the Canberra side, however, which put in a far more concerted performance than last week’s dismal display against the Warriors.
Canberra led 10-6 with eight minutes to play, but allowed Eels star Jarrod Hayne to bust through its defensive line and race away to score. Tepai Moeroa scored just minutes later to secure the result.
Bill Tupou and Jarrod Croker crossed for the Raiders.
In local Canberra Raiders Cup action, Queanbeyan Kangaroos edged past West Belconnen 26-20, Goulburn beat Woden Valley 34-26, Gungahlin eased past Belconnen United 30-14, and Queanbeyan Blues thrashed Tuggeranong 54-10.
Ainslie romped to a 92-point victory over arch-rivals Eastlake at Alan Ray Oval on Sunday.
The damage was done by a ruthless Tricolours midfield whose relentless work allowed key forward Nick Salter to finish with an incredible 67-point (10.7) haul, which would have been enough to secure victory on its own.
Salter was joined on the score card by six other Ainslie players in the 21.16 (142) to 7.8 (50) victory.
In other NEAFL action, Belconnen fell 8.18 (66) to 11.11 (77) against Sydney Hills Eagles.
Canberra City produced one of the upsets of the National Premier League season by defeating Canberra FC 2-0 at Hawker Football Centre on Sunday.
Goals from Sam McDonald and Jeremy Hegarty were enough for last-placed City to record just its third win of the season.
The loss was another in a series of defeats for Canberra FC, which now can’t finish any higher than third on the table with two rounds remaining.
In Sunday’s other game, Thomas James scored from the spot as Monaro beat Woden Valley 1-0. On Saturday, Belconnen United scored a late equaliser to draw 1-1 with Canberra Olympic, while Cooma recorded a 2-2 draw with FFA COE.
The Cinderella story of the Australian Ice Hockey League season continued on Sunday night with the Canberra Brave confirming its spot in the top four with a 4-2 win over the Melbourne Mustangs.
The Brave has defied the odds in 2014 by challenging the order at the summit of the AIHL, and Sunday’s victory over the top-of-the-table Mustangs underlined the club’s title ambitions.
Canberra now sits second on the ladder, just one point behind the Mustangs, and with an unassailable nine-point lead over fifth-placed Adelaide, the Brave cannot finish lower than fourth place.
The Brave lost 4-2 to the Mustangs on Saturday night, but bounced back in front of a home crowd on Sunday to record the sensational victory at Phillip Swimming and Ice Skating Centre.
Goals from Stephen Blunden and Matt Harvey gave the Brave a 2-1 lead at the end of the first period. Cory Wilkie scored in the second to make it 3-2 before Matt Lehoczky scored late on to give the home team a 4-2 victory.
The Canberra Gunners’ hopes of qualifying for the SEABL finals were dashed after two disappointing losses over the weekend.
The Gunners fell 88-73 at Mount Gambier on Friday night before suffering a heavy 109-79 defeat to Ballarat on Saturday. Garlon Green was the standout for the Gunners all weekend, scoring 22 points against Mount Gambier and 35 against Ballarat, but not even his individual heroics could lift the Gunners to victory.
In the women’s competition, Canberra Capitals Academy suffered a 69-58 loss at the hands of Ballarat.