17 Mar Colts carry the can
Six colts including the captain turned out for the first-grade trial at Campese just losing 17-21 to the highly-fancied Gungahlin.
Captain Wyll Holland led on prop Vinnie De Masson, lock Becs Seeto, five eighth Brad Winchester, centre Jack Gilmour and winger Brendan Jiminez against the established Eagles.
They did not lack support from the old-heads with hooker Carl Elliott amongst the best and the ageless Sokai Tai helping-out big time.
There were encouraging signs with the Whites putting plenty of phases together and aiming up in defence.
Reserve grade did not have one player from the 2018 premiership winning side. Not one. It is New Faces with coach Dave Carter. There is a long way to go with the kids playing against a monstrous Gungahlin side with more beef than on Riverview. Down 0-22, the home side finally got on the board with the elder Angus Balmaks finding the try line. Balmaks and Ben Pattended have been consistent throughout the trials and are proving to be the steadying influence.
A couple of Mudchook brothers, Steve and Chris Prail, are proving to be handy.
Two of the toughest amongst the tacklers were Matt Taylor and Noa Nadruku. Neither stop, neither shirk the hard stuff and both are on the brink of the top side.
Understandably the colts were disrupted with the elevation of key personnel. Yet they performed creditably against the quality visitors. ACT Schoolboy Isaac Crowe shredded the Whites defence while the minor errors in attack kept the side scoreless.
Prop Dan Vrkic has become a main stay of the side with No 8 Davea Teoteo, fullback Adam Priest and hooker Caleb Bower also amongst the best.