26 Jul Two from three
Two Whites’ grades advance to the grand final while first grade have to play the preliminary final after falling just short to the NRC, 22-19 .Seconds beat the home side 20-15 and thirds won 31-10 to secure their grand final appearance on August 8.
Half Mitch Douch kept the Whites in the game slotting four penalties in the first half for the sides to turn 12-all. Tuggers prop Taulua was red carded on the close of the first half for allegedly attacking the head of captain Dan Penca. It did not stop Penca from turning in the man of the match performance.
The amateurs’ defence matched the breakout attack of the professionals time and time again. With forwards Carl Elliott, Tai Valeni, Sokai Tai, Les Making and Toby Wilson all laying it on the line. Replacement prop Neori Nadruku made the impact in the second period.
The throw woes into the lineout took a toll as Queanbeyan struggled to maintain momentum. Random miskicks did not help. All the Whites can be proud of an effort that deserved a little better.
Much can be made of the 14 man opposition but what other club can bring a fresh reserve Brumby off the bench and other NRC squad members.
Sam French’s second grade made it four from four against Tuggers this season. As usual they faced a comeback from 3-10 at the break. Back rowers Tom G. Darmody and Jake Holland pounded the opposition with Holland’s missile attacks causing mayhem. A Josh Townsend charge down gave the Whites the lead and then Darmody sealed it.
Third grade had the best win 31-10 over the minor premiers. They wwere always in front with Tuggers getting to within nine points before lock Andrew Lindsay and then fullback Luke Cochrane scored runaway tries to put it in the bag. Cochrane is the long range try specialist but Lindsay’s was memorable. About 30 metres out he won the lineout and took off to get to the line untouched.
Centre Angus Balmaks was best with the usual suspects Cochrane, Gareth Slarke , Lindsay and captain Dan Hawke in the mix.
Special mention to Hawkeye who played a role in all three grades on the day. His dad calls him “super sub”.