28 Apr All is not lost
The Whites were derailed at Gungahlin but not all is lost as the club exposes some of the best young talent to the rigours of grade football.
First grade lost 19-32, reserve grade lost, thirds lost while fourths and colts won.
Jack Gilmour, Zeph Tuinona, Michael Gordon, Vincent de Masson, Justin Sikimeti, BJ Jiminez and William Goddard are not yet household names in Queanbeyan. They will be in years to come as they grow and mature.
Gungahlin had the perfect mix with the old heads such as the Dobson brothers and the Duffy brothers leading the Eagles to the win. The Whites have little grey matter and it matters. Winger Jamie Marmont had to be replaced due to a badly broken nose leaving only prop Neori Nadruku, captain Ryan Jones, half Mitch Douch and centre JR Morgan with players of experience.
The performances of wingers Jiminez and Gilmour and the growing five eighth Will Goddard was enough to give the club some hope.
Colts won on the bell after trailling and struggling to find some rhythm. Centres Jacob Tozer and Haloti Fonua had their hands full and kept at it while No. 8 Davea Teoteo was again the best.
Unfashionable hooker Caleb Bower was the hero with a short lineout throw to snatch the winning try.
Fourths were the other winner at Nicholls with plenty of the old boys making the effort. Ill-discipline led to an upset referee and a steady flow of penalties against the Whites. The old ones should know better.
Thirds were short staffed, so it was back to days past when players backed up. The good news is that each week there are more faces and new faces filling the ranks.