19 Aug Two up
The Whites have won two 2017 premierships with the colts getting home 17-11 against Gungahlin and the seconds 26-15 over Tuggeranong. Fourths were overpowered by Tuggers 0-38.
Colts flanker Justin Sikimeti and second grade half Josh White were named as man-of-the-match in their respective grades.
The colts led 12-6 at the break thanks to two tries for Benny the bell Gordon. His first from a rolling maul and the second off an Isaiah Latu push up field. Winger Puni Aupuni scored the first after the break to give the edge and then it was a case of hang-on.
They did with a defensive effort led by Sikimeti, Levi Goodwin-Shaw and Latu. Long periods of tackling and long periods of defending off penalties.
Fresh men like Josh Wise and Caleb Malisauskas were vital as the game went to full time.
A highlight of the celebrations was coach Dan Hawke’s break dance in the huddle.
Second grade turned after the Go Troppo banana break down 0-5. But the wind was behind them and a very large contingent of supporters. A rolling maul led to hooker Jake Gordon scoring and Riley Ahern converted to make it 7-5.
The defence of lock Tom Holland and others like JR Morgan kept the side in the game. Then the break out by No 8 Tom G. Darmody who found Ahern who in turn found fullback Josh Wells for a wonderful try.
A Neori Nadruku clean out which gave Morgan some yards who linked with flanker Dylan Jancesvki led to another. When flanker Lewis Bozzato hit his straps and found the man-of-the day Benny Gordon it was home time 26-10. A generous concession made the score 26-15 and Darren Bulley’s men were drinking beers.
White was good, Tom Holland outstanding and Bozzato at his best.
Fourths showed plenty of character against a couple of very classy red and white players.All put it in especially in long periods of defence. Fullback Ben Pattenden had plenty to do and did it well.