Queanbeyan Whites second grade players Chris Lindbeck and Aidan Kenworthy at team training on Tuesday night. Photo: Joshua Matic.QUEANBEYAN Whites second grade coach Sam French will not be fielding a single man who played in his 2013 title winning side, but says the club’s depth at the moment is too good for that to matter.
The club is set for a huge day on Saturday when four of its six senior teams run onto the field at Viking Park to play in their respective grand finals.
It comes after five teams did the same last year, taking three premierships and along with those, the ACT club championship.
While the Tuggeranong Vikings reclaimed that club championship this year, winning the minor premiership in all grades except for the women’s division, the Whites were still clearly the next best.
French said no matter which players he selected in his side for Saturday’s grand final against the Tuggeranong Vikings, they could win back-to-back titles.
“We have not fielded the same set of 15 blokes two weeks in a row the whole year,” he said.
“That’s testament to the depth of the club…a lot of our guys are definitely in first grade now, so that shows the club is in good stead.”
Most players in the current Whites first grade squad graduated from second grade last year, and have now made their positions their own in first grade, but a few have also come straight from the colts division.
Forward Neori Nadruku and centre Keith Morgan bypassed second grade this season, and will play in their first premier level grand finals on Saturday afternoon.
First grade, colts and fourth grade all earned a week off after winning their major semi-finals a fortnight ago, but French’s second graders were forced to dig deep in a tough 24-17 win over the Gungahlin Eagles in their preliminary final.
But French said his men had pulled up well after the game, and there would be no excuses in failing to defend their title.
“We may just be missing Sam Boyton, who’s been a star finding for us this year in the back row, but we have plenty of guys that are capable to step up and cover that,” he said.
“There’s nothing better than getting up against a side like Tuggeranong that has just got 15 new blokes every year, as opposed to the 50 here that are here every year.”
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