22 Jul Perfect Combo
No 8 Soakai Tai and flanker Ryan Jones proved to be the perfect combination against Wests taking the Whites to an 18-4 win. Queanbeyan won all grades beating Cooma in the thirds 20-18 after the bell, fourths again against Cooma 33-5, colts 60-0 and seconds 47-0 both against Wests.
Given that Wests beat Tuggeranong last week and Gungahlin the week before that it was an impressive hit-out for the home side.
Tai provides so much in terms of smartness at the breakdown and reading the opposition’s play. Jones provides so much in terms of energy, lineout wins and open field football. For Jones, it was his first full game in the top side after returning from injury. Hooker Carl Elliott was captain for the day in the absence of an injured Dan Penca. He led the pack to a points decision over the much-rated Wests who demolished both the Vikings and the Eagles.
It was a struggle which Queanbeyan won on its defensive effort. Wests were held up in mauls and conceded turnovers within inches of the try line.
Flanker Lewis Bozzato put Queanbeyan ahead 5-0 at the break and then winger Jamie Marmont opened the second half with a try to take it to 10-0. Lock Josh Townsend added the third try with Josh Wells stabbing a penalty and conversion.
Seconds had flanker Cameron Stanley on the loose and he scored three tries and Zac Tarrant snared two in a rout. With the quality of Bill Chalker, Tom G. Darmody and Keith Morgan in the side it was one-way traffic. Billy the Kid kicked six from six. Chalksy may have made an appearance later in the night.
Colts hardly had a contest against an under-strength Lions. Eventually they clicked into gear and scored ten tries in a far from challenging hit out. Lock Levi Goodwin-Shaw was best with Isaiah Latu, Noa Kurimalawi and Matt Taylor close on his heels.
Big Francis Soakai-Tai made plenty of ground as he played himself into some sort of fitness.
The magic of Chris Lindbeck was enough to get the thirds out of the hat and a win. He is a class player. At 15-18 it looked over until the on-bell try for the victory. Lewis Powley showed why he a player of the future and Ivan Fifita cemented his standing as one of the most improved footballer in the club.
Fourths led 26-0 at the break but only managed one more try which was matched by Cooma in the second half. There were a few missing which made it hard to get a combination. Thank goodness for the likes of veteran Daniel Hawke and the ever- present Damien Darmody.
It was Ladies Day and a huge thanks goes to organizer Mara Bales and helpers for putting on such a great spread. Thanks also to Lexus for their champagne support. All monies raised goes to HOME in Queanbeyan.