19 Jul Outstanding
The Whites first grade, second grade and third grade will all contest the major semi-finals on Saturday while the colts and fourths play in the sudden death minor semi-finals on Sunday at Erindale. It has been another outstanding season for Queanbeyan with full credit to the coaching and support staff and the committed 2620 players.
The Saturday games are all against the NRC squad while colts meet University-Norths and fourths play Royals.
For first grade against Owls, half Mitch Douch was all energy as he swept at the back, attacked up front and tackled anything. He led the side to a 24-0 win over the Owls to recover the Pat Matthews Cup and secure second spot on the ladder.
If it was not Douch then it was lock Tai Valeni ripping in or captain Dan Penca storming through the defence. Centre Keith Morgan’s early touches showed his enormous talent. A talent that has to be given more ball. He scored the first try and only try of the first half. Penca loves the downhill run and the appreciation of the home crowd and his second half performance was inspirational. He made the break for the second try with the hound dog Carl Elliott on hand to cross. Valeni scored the third after Morgan displayed his soccer skills. Douch kicked a penalty and all three conversions.
The work horses Toby Wilson, Sokai Tai and Neori Nadruku also deserve mention.
Fourths broke the ice with a 47-5 win on the back of five eighth Mark Henjak’s smarts and the hard yards of Jonno Murphy and Paul Bowden.
In a hotly contested colts game the Whites fell just short 17-19 with captain Ben Darmody, flanker Lewis Bozatto at their best. Tyran Sullivan made an impression in the second stanza and winger Tony Fifita continuing his rapid improvement.
Thirds won 32-10 with winger Jack Rowe, lock Andrew Lindsay and fullback Luke Cochrane best. Seconds lost 7-17 as they struggled to get combinations as the turnstiles keep turning with players here there and everywhere. The old Tangi Maine , the young Tyron Dargue, the tall Tony Tarlinton and the spinach eater Zeb Learoyd won the chocolates. Dan Hawke and Tyran Sullvan lifted the tempo in the second half.