06 Apr Keeping up with the Joneses
In what is a first for the Queanbeyan Whites and probably every club in Canberra, Ryan Jones has been named as the 2018 first grade captain after his father David held the position in the early 1980’s.
Fittingly, father Jones will present the jumpers to the players tomorrow before the home game against the Gunagahlin Eagles. David has done every thing in the club-captain of a first grade premiership team (1983), played more than 100 first grade games, coached first grade and led the club as president.
In the foreground has been partner Franca,who dates back to the Miss Rugby crown, and has gone on to be a crucial part of the Whites. While David is giving the speech Franca will be chatting in the canteen.
Gungahlin look a fairly settled side like Queanbeyan. There are not many changes in their line up from 2017 with a potent centre pairing in Luke Duffy and the ageing Matt Hawke. Hawke has spent plenty of hours on the dance floor and may find the pace a little too fast. The closing of Academy may help.
They still have Rocky at 8 and that is where OJ Noa has to nullify his opposite.
The whites are fortunate with Brumby Andrew Smith spending some time at fullback which will give five eighth Will Goddard support as he heads into his first first grade game fresh from school.
Reserve grade and colts face significant tests as other sides go gunning for the premiers. The Eagles in colts must be still smarting about their exit from the premiership in 2017 having led the comp all year.
A Mcdougall medal winner, Soaki Tai, will make an appearance in reserve grade after a slow start to 2018. There are plenty of others in the team putting their hands up for higher selection including David Kerr, Josh “Pocock” Townsend, Josh White and Lewis Bozzato.
First grade is at 3.05, reserves at 1.40, colts at 12.15, thirds at 12.15 and fourths at 10.55 straight after breakfast.