23 Jun Turnaround
In the first meeting of the year the Erindale Vikings scored an aggregate of 154 points to the Whites 56 in the premier division. On Saturday Erindale scored 85 point across the three grades with Queanbeyan 81.
The turnaround was built on the colts winning (27-19), reserve grade building from the basement (26-29) and first grade showing pride (28-37).
Third grade lost 21-31 while the mighty fourths played a thriller winning 45-40.
Two yellow cards cost the Whites dearly as lock Kieran Frost went for a high tackle in the first half with the visitors capitalising to score their second try in the first half. A two metre lock swoops on a much smaller player with a ball and all tackle and pays a heavy price.
No 8 Carl Elliot’s yellow also led to quick points against the home side. There was no excuse for this infringement.
Lock Zeph Tuinona was the leading light in the fight by the White. He made plenty of metres and pulled off many tackles in the man of the match performance.
Gun fullback Brendan Jimenez had to be replaced with an ankle injury in the second period with colt Johnny Lalatoa moving to half and Mitch Douch to fullback. In some ways that was a boost as Lalatoa is an aggressive runner and Douch enjoys the open spaces.
Prop Fred Kaihea was in everything, Will Goddard sharp and Keith Morgan continuing his fine season form.
Reserve grade deserved to win with a first-round loss of 17-68 to just a five-point loss. They hung tough for the whole game and hit the front 26-24 before falling to a late try.
The whole side can hold their heads high with the injection of Ryan Jones adding the enthusiasm and grit. Fraser Smith has become pivotal to the team with his enthusiasm infectious. Half Ben O’Halloran kicked everything into the creek.
Colts were the story of the day coming back from 3-19 and 8-19 at half time to keep Tuggers scoreless in the second period. It was nearly the Whites’ strongest side with the inclusion of Vinnie de Masson, Haloti Fonua, Johnny Lalatoa, Davea Teoteo and Wyll Holland.
Fourth grade was a tryathon with the score changing by the minutes. Luke Cochrane was brilliant, Tim Woods totally solid and the other veterans-Dan Hawke, Dan Penca and Aaron McInnes all making big contributions. Not that the youngsters did not contribute with Aaron Robinson and Toby Alleyn enjoying the day.
Thirds had a real battle with another yellow card costing them dearly.