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There are plenty of old faces in the Whites line-up for the round game against Gungahlin at Campese but the team has a new look on the playing field under coach Paul Dillon.
Back rower Ryan Jones takes over the captaincy with one of Queanbeyan’s greats,Dan Penca,just wanting to concentrate on his football. Jones leads from the front and is a more abrasive character who expects a high standard from his troops.
The Whites are relying on the depth in the club established over the past few years to mount a challenge for the John I. Dent Cup. Both the reserves and the colts won premierships in 2017 and many of those players are itching for first grade spots.
One colt that will bear a lot of pressure is five eighth Will Goddard. His combination with half Mitch Douch will provide the structure to combat the power house sides like the Eagles.
The pack has a settled look with the back row of Jones, Justin Sikimeti and OJ Noa as good as it gets. The return of Keith JR Morgan will give the backline a boost and the inclusion of Brumby Andrew Smith at fullback is more than welcome.
The reserves have performed well during the pre-season build up and if they can convert territory domination to points then coach Debenham will force a smile.
Colts look the goods but the other clubs are gunning for them after falling in last year’s finals. Gungahlin in particular feel they have a point to prove.
A few more older heads in the lower grades would not go astray. Get there early and register before you play.