Queanbeyan’s fourth grade will start the semi-finals with the major on Saturday against Tuggeranong at 9.35am at Erindale. On Sunday, the thirds play at 11.40 also against the Valley, colts play Uni-Norths at 11.35, seconds play Uni-Norths at 1.25pm and the firsts finish the weekend against Wests at 3.15pm.
The Whites have hooker Carl Elliott, No 8 Soakai Tai, captain Dan Penca and fullback Danny Matthews back on deck after lay-offs last Saturday.
Although Queanbeyan has beaten Wests on all three occasions this year the smarts of Lions’ coach Craig Robberds will ensure that the game will go to the wire. Given Wests upset Tuggeranong recently and as this sudden death football the Whites will have to be up for it.
Seconds play their bogey side Uni-Norths but the Darren Bulley and Josh Hastings side has been playing very effective and entertaining football in recent weeks. It is a team that can score from anywhere. It must be remembered that the Owls do not have first grade in the finals and will be at fuller strength.
Colts suffered a couple of setbacks at training but have plenty of depth to cover any late withdrawals. The big men, Harri Dahl and Levi Goodwin-Shaw, will provide the grit to get the team home.
Thirds and fourths face very tough challenges with Vikings having 60 players on their books in first division. Everyone who has walked into their clubs has signed a rego form and qualified.