Queanbeyan and Easts are locked in a battle to stay in the four with Saturday’s game critical. The Whites hosts the Beasties with the Peter Morton Shield up and importantly a play-off chance.
University-Norths are sitting third on 41 with Queanbeyan on 39 and Easts on 37. The Owls play Royals, Wests and Gungahlin, Easts, after meeting the Whites, play Gungahlin and Tuggeranong, Queanbeyan has Royals and then a bye. Do not write of the Eagles either.
The loss on the bell to Gungahlin was a heart-breaker and leaves the team in must win situation. The amount of turnover ball is a worry with the Whites playing for six and giving the ball away. It is not Seiffert Oval.
Easts will be desperate to confirm their rise up the ladder and are no longer the Eastie beats or even “gunners” as a few of the old folk call them. They have prop Mees Erasmus running around and around and a multicultural mix which includes the world’s fastest man, George Morseu, on the wing. On the other wing is Ratu Jone Pio Macanawai who can claim Les Leulua’ iali’ i-makin’s title as name of the John I. Dent Cup.
Reserve grade keeps rolling along and probably wish they did not have the unbeaten title to wear. Fresh from his South American holiday, Josh Whites can show some Brazilian flair at five eighth.
Colts were beaten by Easts at the last start and will no doubt be a little more motivated this time. They have had key players rotating through injury and will be pleased when they have all on deck. James “Bobby’ Waters finally gets a start in place of Kane Kilmister.
Thirds play Young with fourths having a bye there should be no trouble in fielding a competitive team. Luke Cochrane and his men are sitting in fifth spot on 43 points with Hall on 44, Goulburn 46 and being chased by Royals on 41. It is another must win.
In other news one of the club’s Brumbies, Andrew Smith, has announced his retirement. He is welcome at Queanbeyan any time.
The ACT Schoolboys play off for third on Saturday after winning two of their three matches.