Both first grade (22-26) and second grade (17-27) lost their grand finals to Tuggeranong on Saturday.
This was what was written about the major semi-final- “Tuggeranong just kept getting territory on the back of penalties. The red and whites are the masters in loitering off-side around the break down and get away with it.” Same referee same story.
The Whites had the chance to win the game as they attacked the try line from 10m out trailing by 22-26. Repeated professional foul infringements occurred with the referee penalising Tuggers but not taking more action. Even the penalty awarded to the winners to end the game was at best dubious.
Credit to the home side though their defence was great and they played the game to win. Queanbeyan had the ascendancy in the scrum but found themselves being penalised time and time again. That was all the red and whites needed and tries were built on piggy backs down the field.
Queanbeyan led 17-14 at the break and then an Andrew Smith try took the score out to 22-14. A few more whistle blows later and the home side led 22-26.
Second grade were well in the game until injuries to lock Tony Tarlinton and hooker Jake Gordon took the momentum out of the pack. Tuggers scrum was dominant and earnt penalties. Penalties goals by Danny Matthews kept the Whites within striking distance but a dominant Tuggers forward push try was the end game.