24 Apr Vanquished Vikings
The Whites won two from three against the Valley at Erindale with first grade winning 25-21, second grade 16-12 and colts falling 32-10 on a bleak Thursday night.
Despite being down to 13 men, no possession and little field position, captain Dan Penca led his team to inflict the first defeat of the season on the red and whites.
The Whites jumped to an 18-0 lead before centre Keith Morgan was yellow carded for an innocuous lifting tackle and before he served his time Penca joined him on the bench for whatever reason.
Tuggers took full advantage and just into the second half the score was 18-14. Injuries mounted with Sokai Tai and then Carl Elliott forced from the field. A charge down and try gave Queanbeyan the edge but at 25-21 and 11 minutes to go it was desperation.
In a real team effort probably Penca, Valeni, fullback Jamie Marmont and Toby Wilson get special mention. Half Mitch Douch had an off-day with the boot missing three conversions and an easy penalty. It is great to see Keith Morgan back adding that bit of extra class.
Flanker Tom G. Darmody was a stand-out in the reserve grade win. The everywhere man did it all-winning lineouts, busting the line and busting the opposition. In the heavy conditions the forwards slogged it out. The Whites’ pack play hard and play for the full 80 minutes. They may not be all that fancy but they are fighters.
The backline featured an almost faultless display by fullback Anthony Bozzato and some good running lines by centre David Kerr. Kerr and his mate Jake Holland received yellow cards and adjourned to the sideline to discuss Park Street renovations with the instigator from Tuggers receiving a red card.
Colts had a battle against the all-stars who were suffering from a defeat against Royals. Even with all their rockers, the Whites showed improvement and were in the hunt even at 24-10. Fullback Hugo Mahony was simply the best with winger Tony Fifita proving his worth and the hard work of Tom Carvolth and Euan MacKillop catching the eye.
Next games are against Easts at Campese Oval on May 2 which is sponsors’ day and the inaugural Peter Morton Memorial Shield day.