Whites’ colts will join reserve grade in the grand finals next week after accounting for Gungahlin 20-17 in the preliminary final while fourth grade fell just short going down 24-28 to the home side at Erindale. Both colts and reserves are the 2017 reigning premiers.
The Whites’ eight was completely dominant and tied up the Eagles’ pack throughout the second half to allow the three-point win. The dominance was matched by a barn storming winger performance from Elijah Chadwick who score two tries through his power, pace and persistence.
After losing both wingers early in the game, Chadwick’s appearance was a revelation. Some even likened his performance to Eric Grothe. None of the colts were born.
Fullback Jackson Stuart opened the scoring and the 5-0 lead looked a little thin at the end of the half given his side was running with the wind. Chadwick’s first try was quickly matched by Gungahlin, 10-7.
The scrum took over with Ben Gordon, Vincent de Masson and Fred Kaihea dominated the highly rated Oscar Cunningham and Tom Ross. A push-over try gave Dan Hawke’s side a 15-7 lead which then became 15-12. Chaddy’s second pushed it to 20-12 then at 20-17 nerves set in.
No need to worry the Whites just kept setting the scrum, taking the scum penalties, set the scrum take the penalty and time was up.
Fourths were down 2-21 and closed to 24-28 before running out of time. Chaddy even scored in this game.
Props Kyle Priest and Mika Eli were best with both playing hard against experienced opposition. First half five eighth Dan Hawke was also good giving the side the options. One of the best tries was an interchange of passes between the speedsters Luke Cochrane, Kyle Hanns and Jordan Read. It even featured a kick and chase.