07 May Owls have the last hoot
It was in the last two minutes when the Whites went ahead 35-33 and it was in the last minute Uni won 35-36. Heartbreak for the home side and the great crowd made up of the club’s sponsors and supporters.
Queanbeyan was fortunate to have Saia Faingaa and Les Makin in the depleted side while the Owls are a no-name brand. Without the Brumbies the Whites would have been well behind the eight ball. Both made great contributions in the scrums and around the paddock.
Captain Dan Penca, who scored two tries, and flanker Cameron Stanley ,playing his first first grade game in 2017, were the pick along with lock Toby Wilson who has laid his body on the line game after game.
Winger Josh Wells made a second half impression and centre Billy Chalker is the rock.
One thing is for sure that as the season goes on coach Adam Fahey will have plenty returning to the squad and difficult choices will have to be made. The young brigade of flanker Lewis Bozzato, winger Josh Wells, centre Isaiah Latu and prop Fred Kaihea are settling into the higher grade.
Apart from the first grade result all the others went Queanbeyan’s way. Fourths won 52 to 21,Thirds 19-12, Colts 28-12 and Seconds 27-15.
Seconds had winger Larry Manu on fire with the service from five eighth Ben Darmody just getting better and better. He even did a couple of double pumps and expect a dummy or two in the next weeks. Lock Tony Tarlinto has added another dimension to the side as he runs freely and dominates the lineout. The aging David Kerr was man of the match.
Colts backline players are enjoying the service from Liam Moseley and then Brad Winchester with centre Petau Lefau scoring two tries and the rest getting plenty of running.
Thirds centre and then flanker Michael Edwards cannot keep off the scoreboard with another try and two conversions. He is busting upfield with confidence. With Adam Wise and Tony Fifita in the centres the team is playing with confidence.
Fourths early start suited most of the glamour backline as they made their way from Civic straight to the ground. Fullback Luke Cochrane stood out in the blackline which featured the footwork of Dom Finau and the skills of Rienhold Kamilo and Maligi Finau. No 8 Adam Res was the pick of the forwards until he went to the showers. Flanker Fongia Moala is one to watch and it was great to see Lani Tiatai back on Campese.
Major sponsor Tony Innaimo presented the jumpers to the first grade and the Pat Matthews trophy was presented to University-Norths by Pam Sassella as the evening deteriorated into a celebration of the ethnic.
Next Saturday the Whites play Easts at Campese Oval with first grade fighting it out for the Peter Morton Cup.