28 Jun Easts not easy
Although Easts have yet to win a game in the John I. Dent Cup they do always present a challenge for the Whites. Many have memories of being hijacked at Griffith Oval by the Beasties.
The Whites are in a precarious position sitting fifth just behind Wests and Gungahlin and need to win at least three out of their four last games to guarantee a spot in the finals. The Whites also need to be competitive against Royals on Saturday week to build the confidence.
The side has been pretty well settled over the last month with the only change forced by a head blow to centre David Kerr. He is back for this week with the only other change being big Benny Gordon replacing a sore and sorry Neori Nadruku. Nadruku had a mighty game against Tuggeranong. Big Benny though is up to the task and his open field running is worth the admission.
Second grade need a boost and they have a side to be envied with Macdougall medal winner Ryan Jones making his first appearance since suffering a knee injury, half Mitch Douch working his way back, Keith JR Morgan still on one leg but better than most centipedes and Jake “Hitman” Holland ready to seek and destroy. The man who gets them going, Tom G. Darmody, is also there to create opportunities.
Colts have some form as well with a competitive game against Tuggers and a good win the week before over Uni Norths. Coach Hawke has his selection headaches as players return from injury. We wish him all the best next week when he takes the ACT Schoolboys to the Australian championships at Riverview.
Two of the Queanbeyan colts who attend Erindale College, Fred Kaihea and Petau Lefau, are in the ACT side.
Thirds need a good win to keep their distance from Tuggeranong to hold down third spot. Again coach Michael Dyer has a settled side and was the only team to beat Tuggeranong last week. This week he has in-form Riley Ahern playing fullback after spending most of his time this season in seconds. It could be argued Riley should have went the other way, up to first grade. Centres Lani Titia and Ivan Fifita will cause havoc.
Fourths play on Friday night against RMC at 6.30 at RMC’s Kapyong Oval to allow both sides a full weekend at Mooseheads.
Coach Luke Cochrane has named a very good side with only Maligi Finau missing due to his fear of the dark.