17 May Entertaining Royalty
Pictured: Captain Ryan Jones with the Bob Hitchcock Shield won from Easts last Saturday. Bob’s son Robert and daughter Lara enjoy the moment.
The Royals are coming to Queanbeyan on Saturday to challenge the Whites for the Bob Hitchcock Territory Shield in the presence of the club sponsors and development fund members.
It is also hoped that life member and former Queanbeyan coach Hitchcock will be present.
Defending premiers Royals have done a great job in re-building their side given the number of players who have moved on since 2017. The Whites have also done themselves proud so far this season with a new coach, new structures, a long list of injuries and new personnel in key positions.
The embarrassment of so may quality back rowers has hit home again with last week’s man-of-the -match, flanker Lewis Bozzato back in reserve grade. With Dan Penca, Ryan Jones and Soakai Tai making up the back three, OJ Noa has moved to lock and adds a bit of weight.
Wallaby Under 20 shadow player Justin Sikimeti will play time in colts but Isaiah Latu is in camp with the Junior Wallabies preparing for the World Cup.
With an injury to Will Goddard, Zac Tarrant has the opportunity prove his worth linking with JR Morgan and Lani Tiatia. Colt winger Kyle Hanns holds his spot on the wing and he is an excitement machine. Throw in fullback Tom Rudeiger and the side is starting to build.
Reserves remain strong with centre Nathan Smith moving up to show shades of his former first grade days. Former Australian Schoolboy and prominent first grader Tim Macnamara also found his way onto the paddock in fourths last week and he will be valuable.