03 May Ten tries for shield
Queanbeyan scored ten tries to beat Easts 60-8 for the inaugural Peter “Froggy” Morton Shield. Third grade amassed 90 points while seconds struggled for a 14-0 win at Campese Oval.
Centre Billy Chalker scored his first try after three minutes and his third three minutes before the game was ended prematurely due to an injury. His haul was matched by No 8 OJ Noa who ran freely all day and worked off the backs perfectly.
Again lock Tai Valeni was the destroyer and he had plenty of Easts’ players counting their ribs. In another man of the match performance Valeni has a controlled aggression and high work rate to keep the pack going forward.
Half Mitch Douch suffered injury early and without Sokai Tai and Carl Elliott the whites should have faltered. With Chalker and fly half Joshua White on song the visitors had no answer. Set moves worked and the defence line was brutal. Centre Keith Morgan is working his way back into the side and he scored one try and his hand in a couple of others.
Second grade made a simple job hard. Leading by seven points at the break and only scoring another try in the second half. The missile, Jake Holland, caused plenty of grief while prop Tyron Dargue and Cameron Stanley were busy.
The thirds had a rock star look about them with Aiden Kenworthy, Sam McGlone and Chris Lindbeck all heavily into product but they can play. Zac Tarrant was no slouch at five eighth.
It was a big day out with Peter Morton’s son Alan presenting the first grade jumpers, the club hosting the sponsors for lunch and the Mayor, Tim Overall, unveiling the Froggy Morton bench. The Whites face a tough test at Phillip District against revengeful Royals.