Neither the Whites nor Uni-Norths had the skills to beat the other side’s defence in a gritty struggle between the 22 lines with Queanbeyan getting home 16-8. Only two tries were scored in a match which matched the dark and overcast conditions.
The Whites had a reasonable day winning fourths 29-24, losing thirds 35-36, colts going on a romp to win 50-12 and seconds also running freely for a 43-5 score line.
Highlight of the day was captain Dan Penca leading the side on at University Oval. He quickly found the grove with his bustling breaks and damaging defence. Fullback Jamie Marmont scored the only first half try to give the Whites a 7-3 edge at oranges. Nothing to get excited about except the try was scored when the back line managed to catch and pass and then catch and pass.
Half Mitch Douch tried everything to get the game going forward and perhaps he tried to do too much but someone had to. He kicked a few penalties to keep the Whites just ahead. Uni winger Sam “Twinkle toes” Irwin was on a one- man mission scoring a try for the Owls and a penalty.
One of the Uni players went home early after punching an innocent Carl Elliot and then Elliot, in a show of fairness, went to the bin for a foul.
At 13-8 anything could have happened and the wise men were predicting an Owls win as they appeared to have the enthusiasm.
Another Douch penalty and the introduction of Keith Morgan gave the Whites the winning edge. Morgan added spark in attack and defence.
Best on field was No 8 Tom G. Darmody. Battling to get a run in first grade he showed what a valuable player he is with the ability to break the line and clean up scraps from go to whoa.