12 Aug Hat trick
Not any would have given the Whites a chance to take all three preliminary finals and advance to the grand finals but that is just what they did with a hat trick of wins.
Fourths led by one point at the Go Troppo break and were one point ahead at full time against RMC 19-18, the most unexpected win was in colts who blew Tuggeranong off the park 34-19 and then seconds did a job on Royals winning 40-27.
The standard of the fourth grade was first grade material with long periods of possession for both sides and few errors from either side. Hooker Tom Coffey got Luke Cochrane’s team off to a good start and then it was a case of hanging on as the soldiers went to battle.
Down 14-18 with a few minutes to go Jake Powley was again the go-to man as he weaved and wandered over the try line for his second and the win. It came on the back of work from Zac Byrnes, Jarrett Miller and Daniel Jancesvki.
Colts have not beaten Tuggeranong all year and the home side lost only one game during the rounds. So, there was little hope yet never underestimate the power of 2620. Flanker Justin Sikimeti turned it on and the others followed. He scored the first try and then winger Petau Lefau the second off the bustling forwards. Then the critical moment came when a Tuggeranong player received a red card for a dangerous lifting tackle.
From the next scrums, Queanbeyan earned a penalty try and the 24-7 lead looked the goods.
If Sikimeti was the man then not far behind him was the bell ringer Ben Gordon. He has all the skills with a raking kick along the sideline and plenty of yards with the ball. Toss in the thinking of five eighth Brad Winchester, the commitment of Levi Goodwin-Shaw and Harri Dahl, and the outstanding talents of Isaiah Latu there was no stopping the flow.
Seconds love the leadership of No 8 Tom G. Darmody. It was another Tom that stole the man of the match, lock Tom Holland. He was as good at the end as he was at the beginning. He had the comfort of knowing his brother Jake was the wrecking ball in the centres.
With a super bench including Neori Nadruku, Dan Hawke, Damien Darmody , Sam Batholomeuz and Toni Fifita the Whites had plenty in the tank and cruised home.