17 Aug Composure and class
The Whites have won two 2019 premierships with fourths beating Wests 22-5 and colts defeating Royals 27-21 at Erindale.
Both winning sides showed composure and class in tight contests and the class stood out.
Fourths Hahn player of the match Dan Penca just pipped Tim Woods for the honour with another crush and crash performance. If he was not hitting it up he was hitting low in the tackle in a 70 minute performance.
Prop Gordon Daunitutu scored the only points in the first half as Queanbeyan struggled for territory against the rolling rumble of Wests. The second half was a different story with the Whites deciding to open the game up and run.
Penca and replacements Michael Doyle and Toby Alleyn scored tries to put the Lions back in the cave.
The class of Aaron McInnes, Woods, Luke Cochrane, Dan Hawke, Tom Darmody and Penca told and the premiership was their first since 2014. It was a fitting reward for coach Cochrane and his efforts throughout the season.
Woods has played for the club in the last three years and has three premierships winning with reserve grade in 208 and 2017.
Colts went to the break at 7-all running uphill towards the scoreboard and defensively had Royals under control. Hawke’s side was totally calm and collected in their game management. Dominance in the scrum proved vital.
A penalty try followed by two Haloti Fonua penalties gave the side a buffer of 13 points before Royals scored their second. But Fonua’s try following a charge down and conversion put the side in a better position with time running out. Fonua was named man of the match
Captain Kane Kilmister’s leadership was spot on and he had Wyll Holland closing down the centre attack. Throw in Mika Eli, Zeph Tuinona and the Davea Teoteo workload and the side was class.
When five eighth Brad Winchester is on song the side sings. Less fancied players like front rowers like Caleb Bower and Vincent de Masson, Michael Rademaker and centre Jack Gilmour were worthy.
Coach Hawke thanked all 30 colts or so who were used during the season and showed up to training and strengthened the sides from fourths to firsts.