16 Jun Somewhat unlucky
Although beaten 24-40, the Whites can consider themselves somewhat unlucky with a disallowed try, an Eagles try off a long forward pass and a string of high shots going unpunished. Gungahlin fullback Mac Hansen was flying and the visiting forward pack had the grunt for two pushover tries.
Fourths defeated Cooma 36-21, thirds beat the same Cooma fifteen 41-7, colts lost 7-38 and seconds fell over 7-40.
First grade led at the break 21-19 and faded away towards the back end of the second. Two yellow cards did not help with half Mitch Douch and Vinnie De Masson sitting on the naughty chair.
Prop Ben Gordon and flanker Michael Gordon stood out and both scored tries with Douch running from the base to score the other. Five eighth Will Goddard kicked everything.
One thing about the side is that they never give in and despite the decision-making kept their cool and kept going. It was a case of the big men dominating the enthusiastic.
A mountain of possession and some fancy footballers gave the Eagles a commanding win in reserve grade. Coach Dave Carter was again forced into playing a makeshift side with Fraser Smith moving to five eighth and the versatile Tom G. Darmody in the centres.
No 8 Rowland Mateyawa was clearly the best with Smith, Sam Perkins and Daniel Naef working hard. Fullback Jeremy Lawrence Taylor was gutsy as he faced the breakaway birds. Welcome back Matt Taylor.
The return of Fred Kaihea at No 8 was nowhere enough for the colts to contain Ben McGee’s team. Coach Dan Hawke had his hitmen, Haloti Fonua and Davea Teoteo, playing first grade and it showed with no punch through the line.
Fourths and thirds basically played the same side with Cooma struggling for any numbers. The visiting last placed Reds were in the game in fourths and led the second placed Whites 17-21 before the changes were called.
Thirds had the benefit of playing a very tired team to run up a score.