02 Apr Eagles swoop
Queanbeyan had a miserable day at Nicholls with the Gungahlin Eagles winning all grades. Firsts lost 23-28, seconds 8-20, colts 3-12, third grade 10-25 and fourths 10-15.
Fullback Mitch Douch did everything possible to steal a win in the last minutes of the top grade. Several darts nearly paid off and one run of 70 metres could have been the sealer but he slipped and the game was gone.
Again, lock Soakai Tai had major input scoring two tries and working tirelessly throughout. The other lock, Toby Wilson, does not earn the plaudits but his work in the tight stuff is to be appreciated.
The Whites made schoolboy errors in failing to find the line with penalty kicks and in general play kicking too often to a smart back three Eagles.
Winger Angus Le Lievre proved to be human missing two conversions, kicking one and two penalties. He made up for it with a super cross-field try saver.
Second grade had a high error rate with too many passes dropped and kicks misfielded. The experienced Daniel Hawke made a difference in the second half with the team matching Eagles in the second period 5-all.
Flanker Daniel Naef came off the bench to score the try with the replacements, Fred Kahea, Angus Balmaks and David Kerr adding the enthusiasm. Prop Sam Bartholomeusz was hard at it for the full game while flanker Lewis Bozzato just keeps on impressing.
Winger Doug Lancaster was at his go-go best and suffered the indignity of a yellow card due to a too-hard tackle.
Colts had a fiery match with a fiery Gungahlin. It was only a two try defeat but it was heart-breaking for a side that is working hard for success. None try harder than fullback Kyle Hanns. His running lines and his commitment in defence make him a stand-out.
Third grade had no answer to the Ben McGee led Eagles. His experience gave the home side a significant edge. Down 0-15 at the break, Queanbeyan managed two tries in the second half to add a little respectability. Fullback Angus Balmaks must be in line for a promotion after another energetic game.
Five eighth Hugo Mahoney is a genuine five eighth and steers the side around well. Flanker Damien Darmody and centre Adam Wise were amongst the best.
Fourths nearly made it going into the last 10 minutes at 10-all. An injury to the man of the match Elijah Chadwick put the side off and Eagles scored the winner. Half Chris McRoberts and winger Ivan Fifita were stand-outs.
Thirds and fourths play Goulburn at Campese on Saturday while the other grades have a bye.