03 Jun A different day
The last time Queanbeyan played Gungahlin they lost all grades but Saturday was a different day with the Whites winning first grade 29-14, second grade 47-14 and fourths 21-10. Colts just lost 12-19 and thirds were pipped 33-40.
Three Danny Matthews penalties had the home side up 9-0 at Campese running up the hill. Apart from his kicking fullback Matthews had a fine match with plenty of incisive running and smart kicking.
With Brumby Andrew Smith in the centres it was a different side with plenty of penetration and entertaining passages of attack. If anything, the Whites should have won by more.
Lock Toby Wilson enjoyed the move to No 8 and he was totally involved. It was the defence that kept the Eagles grounded. Centre David Kerr, Wilson, hooker Carl Elliott and prop Neori Nadruku pounded away.
On debut winger Larry Manu proved his worth and must have cemented a permanent spot. Sound in defence and damaging in defence he added another dimension.
Then of course captain Dan Penca was the leader. He never stops and the opposition never stops him.
Replacements Mitch Douch at half, Billy Chalker in the centres and Ben Gordon at prop all contributed to a satisfying win.
Seconds were on fire lit up by half Mitch Douch. Yes, he is back and he is the X-factor. He scored the first two and set up the third. With a few third graders made up more than the numbers they made significant contributions. Centre Lani Tiatia , flanker Damien Darmody and returning veteran Tom G. Darmody put their hands up.
One of the best was Josh Wells followed by Billy Chalker, Dan Jancesvki and the mighty Douch.
Colts at last realized their potential and pushed the undefeated Eagles to 12-19. They even had chances to draw the match if not win it. The old heads were far better with Harri Dahl and Levi Goodwin-Shaw muscling up. Prop Francis Sokai-Tai had his best game of the year and was closely followed by the consistent Noa Kurimalawa.
Thirds were best served by fullback Angus Balmaks , half Tom Luic and lock Zac Byrnes. The opposition got away to a flyer leading 26-0 at the break and then 31-0 before Queanbeyan scored. They nearly caught up.
Fourths got the club off to a good start with Erina by far the stand out. Coach Luke Cochrane showed his freakish skills and captain Chris McRoberts was the main stay.