01 Jun Great day
Centre Keith JR Morgan led the side on against Easts at Griffith Oval for his 50th game and his efforts showed why Queanbeyan hopes he continues to his 100th.
For the first time this season the Whites won all grades with the firsts just getting home 34-26, reserves winning their first game of the season 73-24, colts sloppy in 31-0 and thirds getting home comfortably 45-0.
Morgan was dominate in defence and continually threatened against a solid Easts. One of his wingers, Jack Gilmour, was more than handy with some hurtful hits and buster runs.
Colts player Davea Teoteo proved his credentials with an impressive display at No 8 which is no easy task for a youngster in the top side.
It was a great game with the score moving to 12-all then 26-all before the Whites sneaked ahead when Gilmour’s hard run gave Neori Nadruku a few metres to allow Davea to score, 31-26.
Five eighth Will Goddard kicked nearly everything, and a penalty resulted in a 34-26 hard win.
The replacement of Queanbeyan’s front row proved to be a master stroke as the side gained ascendancy in the last 10 minutes.
Reserve grade won their first game of the season in high fashion. They scored 10 tries with Pierre Mounal enjoying a day out in the Aussie sunshine. He kicked goals and scored tries and probably enjoyed some other conversions on Saturday night. And you cannot help loving half Ben O’Halloran who plays half and is as good as his brother-in-law.
Colts played one of the sloppiest of the season. They won but it was not a display to lift the spirits. Daniel Vrkic was again the go-forward man. He is a big improver each and every week. Centre Haloti Fonua could play first grade and did play second grade after his master class in the under 20’s. Another who has talent if not total commitment is Johnny Lalatoa. He can be a star.
If you want inspiration, then get it from the player improvements. Full back Angus Maxwell will play where he is asked given, he is living down the coast and cannot train. Thirds were the go this weekend and he was so good they called him to bench for the colts. Elijah Chadwick could play first grade but prefers third grade. He is a very dominant player and should aim higher.