24 Aug Two plus two is four
Queanbeyan had two Macdougall Medal winners in the first six years of the award and waited thirty four more years to get another two.
Whites back rowers OJ Noa and Ryan Jones, along with Tuggeranong’s Ben Hyne were named joint winners as the best club rugby players in the John I. Dent Cup.
Perpetual bridesmaid Dan Penca was the next best which is a remarkable performance given he missed several games and then had to share point with his team mates.
Noa started the season with a roar, while Jones was steady throughout and Penca’s major contributions came towards the end of the season.
Lock Graham Hughes won the first medal in 1976 and flanker Ray Watson won it in 1982. Since then there has been a drought although one can wonder how five eighth John Kevin, fullback Josh Hastings and Penca have missed out over their dominant years.
Congratulations also go to former Queanbeyan player Andy Goslett who took out the second division best and fairest as captain coach of Bungendore.
The 2016 medal winners will have a chance to continue their celebrations on Friday night at the Whites presentation night at the Woden Hellenic Club. Nearly 200 will enjoy the celebrations of yet another Whites’ year.