29 May Maintaining the momentum
With firsts, seconds and colts having a bye it was up to thirds and fourths to maintain the momentum when they met Goulburn at Goulburn.
The weather was as tough as legendary flanker Simon Poidevin, who the field is named after, with the fourths having a day out scoring 12 tries in a 64-7 win while thirds just got there 13-5.
It was a good effort given the requirement to travel which today’s footballers are not used to. It is easy to say “I am not going” but to the credit of the club strong teams were fielded. Fourths had a troop of 22 players which is unheard of.
Thirds finally had the benefit of a solid front row and none were better than the veteran Tangi Maine.
He won the Pat Matthews Cup last year for his approach and attitude to the club and rugby and he could well win it again in 2016. Whether he plays first grade or fourth grade Tangi never fails to perform.
A consistent goal kicker would just add the topping to Grant Jones’ team.
Fourth grade ran amuck with the fresh Irish blow in Martin Cole scoring three tries on his debut. Not bad given jet lag and then a night out with the Jerrabomberra party fraternity celebrating the birthday of Jake Otto Gordon.
Forwards Mitch Callagher and Jason Wirangi picked up two each while full back Reuben House converted seven of the 12. House and captain Luke Cochrane switched roles so Luke could be close to his bros Duncan Doyle.
The Whites meet Wests on Saturday for the first time this season at home with Wests winning their first first grade game of the year over Easts.
For Queanbeyan the week off, Wests and then another week off for the long weekend it is a dangerous period. The coaches and support staff have been working on the disruption to play with a program aimed at maintaining the momentum.
The coaches will also face some difficult selection issues as most players will be back on deck including Sokai Tai.