18 Aug Reserves go back to back
Whites reserve grade are the 2018 premiers with the colts faltering at the last hurdle. Both teams were defending their 2017 grand final titles against Tuggeranong. Sean Debenham’s seconds won convincingly 37-8 while Daniel Hawke’s colts were beaten by 12-29.
Five eighth Josh White was named player of the match and he was a touch ahead of back rowers Cameron Stanley and Lewis Bozzato. Had lock Josh Townsend not been injured he was the man.
The trouble with seconds is that everyone does their job and all contribute from under-rated half Nathan Exton to winger Jeremy Taylor. Throw in the very astute play of Riley Ahern and the solid centres Jake Holland and Lani Tiatia and you are hard pressed to find a way through them.
Not many notice flanker Daniel Naef or lock Tim Woods nor for that matter props Sam Bartholomeusz and Jordan Cremerius but when the work is required they are clocked on. Led by Jake Otto Gordon the side never looked in any real danger.
Leading 10-3 at the break they only allowed the home side one try in the second period before putting on four with White finishing the scoring as Gordon had no hope of kicking a sand castle.
For the colts it was a case of no ball, no territory and a run of the whistle against them. The penalties flowed and flowed to the red and white although they only led 0-10 at bananas.
It was a disappointing end to the season but in fairness the side never beat the minor premiers all season.
Unlike the seconds, it was hard to pick a stand out for the colts with plenty of triers though not many highlighters.
What stood out was the Whites crowd backing the teams. Half the grandstand was in blue and white and rocking in support. The Red Army on the other side did not appear as it was cold.