09 Jul A point of separation
Queanbeyan has played Gungahlin three times this season winning the first two and losing the third on Saturday 24-27. Over the three games the Whites have scored 94 point and the Eagles 93.
The game against Easts this week is now all-important after Uni-Norths put Easts down 41-17 and are now in third with fourths up for grabs.
Reserve grade kept bouncing along with a 55-17 win, Colts fell in a hole and lost 33-8, thirds went close 39-42 and fourths won 63-43 in a tryathon. Old fellas should not have to tackle and they did not.
First grade could have won and some would say should have won but it was the Eagles turn. The wind played havoc in all games and the results hinged on using it to full advantage. For the Whites it was pleasing to see Ryan Jones playing at his best, Mitch Douch finding some form and prop Ben Gordon building his reputation.
Reserve grade built their run on the back of five eighth Riley Ahern. He is playing so well that the rest of the side think they are on a picnic. Some of the sandwich eaters included Daniel Naef, Cameron Stanley and most of the backs. Ahern helped himself to two tries and five conversions for a 20-point haul.
For the colts it was not pleasant. Missing key players like Brad Winchester and Puni Aupuni they were outclassed by a very good Eagles unit. The Eagles have accepted they are not going to make the first grade four and have “dropped” prop Tom Ross (Wallaby Under 20) and lock Oscar Cunningham (a Brumby prospect) which makes coach Troy Atkins job easy.
The colts won last time and will beat them again later in the year. Replacement five eighth Ben O’Halloran keeps on keeping on and he is one of the club’s most useful and versatile players.
Thirds was a try for try affair with both sides willing to run and run some more. Tackling was optional. The Whites scored seven tries, Eagles eight, Whites kicked two and Eagles kicked one conversion. Nobody knew the score least of all the ground announcer.
Point hog Michael Edwards
It was even better in the fourths where both sides agreed to play touch and run to keep warm. One hundred and six points were scored with the Whites bagging eleven tries and No 8 Michael Edwards touching down for four and converting four. Rienhold Kamillo scored three of his own and everyone else was at least warm.
Meanwhile in Sydney, the ACT Schoolboys won their first game against Qld 2, 18-0. They play NSW 1 on Tuesday at 10am then Victoria on Thursday at 10. Coaches Dan Hawke and Ben McGee with manager Mick Pini have been enjoying the Panic Room.