14 Aug Grand fever
Sleepless nights, coach stress and everyone training is the fever of the grand final week. Fourths are fighting fit after another grueling week of on-field training, X-fit and post training discussions at home base, The Royal Hotel.
Fourths meet Wests just after breakfast at 9.30 and then colts at 11.30 or so. Colts have a full house of talent as they prepare for their grand final against Royals.
It is likely David Kerr will come back into the early game with a solid paring with Dan Penca in the centres. That should give the tough edge in the backs with fullback Aaron Robinson and Luke Cochrane on song in attack along with the guile of five eighth Dan Hawke it looks a winning side.
Wests love to pick and drive up the field under the direction of Craig Robberds. It will be up to captain Dirk Wilkins and Tim Woods, in particular, to put them on their bums.
One of Queanbeyan’s nemesis, Alex Macnamara, is in the centre and he will need watching closely. He scored a try after the bell to defeat the Whites in a second-grade grand final some years ago.
Royals’ colts are basically Marist based with the Whites side based on St. Edmund’s recruits. That alone should ensure a battle with the rivalry entrenched.
The forwards are strong enough to provide the quality backs with enough ball for tries from anywhere on the field.
Colt Zeph Tuinona has been named in the Griffin Legal team of the season, on the bench with Will Goddard, which is an outstanding effort. He celebrated his eighteenth birthday in May and has everyone shaking their heads about his talent.