13 Jun Gala Gungahlin
It will be another big day of rugby at Campese on Saturday with juniors, starting at 8.45am, and senior games filling up the fields.
First grade meets the ladder leading Gungahlin who are fresh off a 42-8 win over Easts with Queanbeyan just getting home 34-26 the week before against the Beasties. Those scores are an indication of what the Whites face.
In the previous meeting Gungahlin won 29-19 and they have gone on to win seven with one loss against Royals. Royals last weekend were beaten 54-17 by Erindale Vikings.
The Whites have an unchanged lineup which is a bonus in a season where injuries and absences have meant chopping and changing.
As the season heads into the back end there are a fair few coming back with national representatives Nick Frost and Becs Seeto (Fiji) due in a couple of weeks, prop Fred Kaihea nearly ready to resume, Josh Townsend getting some minutes this weekend and Jamie Marmont just about right from rhinoplasty surgery.
No doubt the Eagles will target the home side scrum. With two hot locks, Zeph Tuionoa and Kieran Frost, the eight should stand up.
The reserves and colts face tough tests as well with Gungahlin having plenty of player numbers and talent. The seconds have quietly been developing under coach Dave Carter and gaining confidence as players return to the fold.
Colts will be under the pump with the Eagles still smarting from their last minutes loss 21-18 at Nicholls.
The funeral for former Whites player Tim Robinson was held last Friday. Tim was one of the first group of junior Whites that graduated into the seniors in 1965. Tim played through grades including a few appearances in first grade. He went on the club’s first “overseas” tour to Tasmania. His football career was cut short due to an accident.
In those days the players drank at Walsh’s Hotel and you could be assured of a warm welcome from Robbo and friends like Ian Moore, Noel Borman and Sean Moloney.
Tim was always on for a joke. He was an ACTION bus driver and the story goes:A boarding passenger with a very colourful Mohawk was asked b to pay two fares-why he inquired of Tim. “One for you and one for the parrot”.
He is survived by wife Anne and five children.