While we have no rugby to keep us occupied, club life member Phill Hawke is providing us with a trip down memory lane.

2003 – Room For Improvement

A theme running through season 2003 was “room for improvement”. The appointment of Kim Thurbon as coach, the arrival of a couple of overseas players and a crop of youngsters all gave the struggling club hope.

The Queanbeyan Leagues Club continued as the Whites’ major sponsorship which began in 2000 after the Whites President Bruce Greentree and QLC supremo John McIntyre reached agreement.

It involved financial support and the use of the Down Under room at the QLC as the Whites headquarters. Thurbon arranged some memorable events at the club which are still etched in the memories of many.

In 2003, the Down Under was the focus for the television show Room for Improvement and a makeover.

David Campese’s connection to the Whites was the selling point for the cameras to roll into town.

The renovation of the clubhouse included new carpet, paint and furniture. Life size cut-out figures of players were featured on the walls.

It was a boost to the Whites who went through a season that featured Adam Fahey’s 100th first grade game, Sterlo receiving the ACT Volunteer of the Year and a lowlight of thuggery in a game against Easts.


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