09
APR
2016

Loss with injuries

all but one

OJ Noa again outstanding

The Whites were beaten in the last minutes by Gungahlin 19-21 and along the way suffered a list of injuries.
With Sokai Tai and Neori Nadruku already sidelined and another four first graders could be lining up at Matrix. Captain Dan Penca (hamstring), hooker Carl Elliot (shoulder), fullback and goal kicker Dan Matthews (leg) and winger Brendan Spears (throat) are all likely to miss games.
Queanbeyan led all game but the margin was always narrow. The game should have been sealed when Eagles’ winger Jamie Kotz deliberately infringed when the Whites were to score. He was sin-binned and there should have been a penalty try. Kotz returned to the field to make the long run for the home side’s victory.
When it came to the crunch Gungahlin had more punch off the bench with the Whites having to use replacements early due to the injuries. No 8 OJ Noa was again the pick with the Elliot and lock Toby Wilson working their butts off.
Second grade welcomed the return of half Mitch Douch who led the side to a 26-21 win. At 18-0 at the break it should have been plain sailing. The Eagles kept at it and narrowed to 23-21 before Douch kicked a penalty to put the game to bed.The experience of fullback Jamie Marmont and the running skills of centre Moa were the difference.
Colts woke up after 40 minutes and realised they could give it a shake even though they were down 0-19. They closed to 19-24. The bigger men need to take more responsibility to get the go forward and allow the back line some space.
Third grade fell off in the second half to allow ADFA to snatch a draw 24-all. The usual suspects Dan Jancevski, Tom G. Darmody and Aiden Kenworthy were the backbone with Adam Wise showing some form.
The fourth grade back line is a Harlem Globetrotters affair with Chris Lindbeck, Luke Cochrane, Simi Latu, Rienholt and Reuben House bouncing off each other. They won 27-17 against a very young and enthusiastic opposition. Forwards Chucky smith and Simon Wookey also stood out.
It does not get any easier with the first home game at Campese Oval against Uni-Norths who put Wests well away. Thirds and fourths meet Young at Campese as well.