26 Apr Jubilee highlights
Six hundred people packed the Queanbeyan Bicentennial Hall to celebrate the Whites jubilee in 2005. It was a celebration that few will forget.
The year was a long list of highlights with the formation of the development fund by Ian Darmody and Ron Hill, Camp Flat, the arrival of Henry Seavula, John Kevin and Jimmy Maher to name a few future stars, Glen Stumbles 100th first grade game at 24 years of age and some significant imports.
Scotsman Davie Muir’s 203cm frame with 115kg was a big addition along with Kiwi Anton Edwards, South African Ludwe Titus, Tongan No. 8 Asema Williams and Irishman Andrew Hassard.
The pre-season featured a camp at Captain’s Flat. No luxury trip for the Whites under camp commander Kim Thurbon. Thurbon showed his mean streak with one torture session followed by another. Players did things they would never dream of including the team relay of gourmet delights. Lock Matt Hirst’s digestion of a bull’s eye was stomach turning. The 33 metres of the Captain’s Flat long bar took a hiding.
A season start of four wins in a row with Royals, Easts, Wests and Norths accounted for and then a post jubilee victory over Tuggeranong kept the celebrations humming.
Thurbon had turned the club around with Whites finishing third in first grade, third in second grade, fifth in colts and third grade and fourth in fourth grade. The club was third in the club championships.
First grade lost their minor semi-final to Gungahlin in extra time 33-25 to end the season. Thurbon was named the coach of the year with the awarding of the Michael Hickey Memorial Award.
First grade for the semi-final was: Glen Stumbles, Adam Hastings, Nathan McGrath, Matthew Hirst, Brendan McNamara, Aaron Thompson, Jordan Wind, Asema Williams, Jimmy Maher, John Kevin, Ryan Gibson, Peter Davies, Henry Seavula, Evan Haigh, Mark Henjak with Wayne Southwell assistant coach and Michael Fahey manager.