08 Aug Two from two with high drama
A dramatic after the siren try to flanker Cameron Stanley stole the second grade grand final from Tuggers grip 29-28 and third grade held their premiership trophy high beating Tuggers United 25-20.
Seconds and thirds faced plenty of stars in the opposition with the reserves up against plenty of regular first graders but Coach Sam French’s no-name brands made it five from five against the home side this season.
Down 24-28 and with the siren blaring the Whites earnt a couple of penalties just outside the try line when half Dan Hawke made just enough space for the best try sneak in the World, Stanley to go over under the posts. There was complete mayhem as the Whites were swamped with the passionate 2620 supporters.
Tuggers led 11-13 at half time led 28-24 with two minutes to go and a man up as centre David Kerr went to the bin. Interestingly the referees hardly go to the pocket for the red and white repeated infringements and cynical football but are quick to fire against the Whites.
With Captain Ryan Jones leading from the front, prop Neori Nadruku again proving his credentials as a representative prop, flanker Jake Holland throwing himself around and the grind of hooker Jake Gordon the Whites kept in it all the way.
The use of replacements proved critical with half Dan Hawke adding another dimension in the second period.
Stanley was named the man of the match.
Captain-coach Hawke led his team with great maturity with selective kicking and quick ball distribution. He won the man of the match trophy with daylight second.
After a flow of early penalties against Queanbeyan the side settled down and focused on a well-disciplined defensive line. An intercept try from Zeb Leeroy in the first half and another from a never give up chase was the edge and the win.
There were no enough fingers and toes to count flanker Sam Boyton’s tackle count, hooker Matt Sillis turned back the clock for an energetic game while backs Luke Cochran and Aiden Kenworthy exerted plenty of pressure.