14 Jun Heightened Expectations
The Whites beat University-Norths at University 22-20 yet the supporters went away expecting more. Few seem to remember when any win was celebrated as the recent years have heightened expectations.
It was an ugly win but with a patched up side including a missing front row it was a bonus point win and a worthy one against a very competitive Owls.
After another week off, playing without the ball and without an astute referee Queanbeyan did enough showing some flair and plenty of spirit. At game end half the regular first graders were sidelined.
The best of the best in the John I. Dent Cup, Sokai Tai, was again the man. His ability to remain relaxed and then stamp his genius on the game is remarkable. Sometimes he has his hands on his hips and sometimes he just hammers home an advantage.
Centre Keith Morgan’s defensive efforts may be missed by some but not the opposition. JR tackled the Uni attack out of the game and then put on his own show to score and give the Whites an edge. Next up was the veteran, Jamie Marmont, who is playing at his ever best. The four try scorers Marmont, Morgan, Tai and Tom G. Darmody were best.
Seconds were beatedn 7-22 in their first loss of the season. They suffered from the withdrawals from first grade. Lock Josh Townsend, centre Doug Lancaster and flanker Cameron Stanley’s efforts were to no avail.
Colts were the best of the day winning 25-22 against the second placed Owls. They deserved a break after competing well in recent games they finally found their mojo. With Tom Mitchell at half and Slippers Taylor at fullback the team had energy. Lock Euan MacKillop is inspirational and flanker Lewis Bozatto played so well he received a run in first grade.
The terrific thirds ran home 31-0 against the second placed Owls. Five eighth Fraser Kemp played smart, Dylan Jancevski tough, Matt Sillis slowly and Luke Cochrane was as usual electrifying.
Fourths found just enough to scrape home 29-28. Veteran Mark Henjak was the pivot to the win as was old Boots Taylor. The Doyles were back and thank goodness as the controlled the tight match.
Qbn play Easts at Easts next Saturday.