31 Mar Royal flush
Royals beat Queanbeyan in all grades at Campese Oval with Royals now holding the Jack Maguire Cup.
The Whites young guns stood up with debutante lock Michael Gordon best on the field. Half Mitch Douch was not far behind and the lady’s choice Vinnie De Masson, at prop, right amongst it.
The 23-10 score line was fair indication but was in many ways a boost for the club given the dire straits with numbers available. Apart from the myriad of retirements the club is reeling under the injury count of 15.
Spectators at the ground had their hands full in recognising who was who, not only in first grade, but right through to the fourths.
Fourths had 15 bodies on the paddock and pretty tired bodies they proved to be as Royals used their reserves to full effect late in the game. Thirds were run ragged by a youthful side and reserve grade had no answer to the Royals pack. The Whites are lacking depth and are waiting for many to return.
Colts fell over with some poor decision-making particularly at the attacking end. At one point the Whites trailed 20-15 and had the chance. Royals were let off the hook and went to the other end to win 25-15.
Kane Kilmister showed why he is a big part of the club’s future along with Wyll Holland. Incoming hooker Caleb Bower impressed again as did Zeph Tuinona, a very lean lock.
A minute’s silence was held at the beginning of first grade with a whole host of former mates of Jack Maguire joining the payers on the field.
For the Whites the highlight of the day was the season presentation night at the House. A big crowd including many colts’ parents enjoyed mock interviews, player presentations and a few games.