IT’S almost one year to the day since Wests sent the Queanbeyan Whites packing from last season’s John I Dent Cup finals series.
But as the two sides prepare to meet on the same stage once more this weekend, it’s clear the memory of that defeat still stings at Campese Field.
The two sides will clash in a sudden death finals showdown for the second time in two seasons at Viking Park this Sunday.
Since last year’s 20-12 defeat that saw Queanbeyan bow out one game short of the grand final, the two sides have split regular season honours at one game apiece.
But in the lead up to Sunday’s grudge match, Whites playmaker Sam Windsor said memories of last year’s finals exit had proven hard to shake.
“They got the better of us last year so it would certainly be nice to get a bit of revenge,” he said. “I think there’s a fair chunk of the squad still around from that game who’ve got that result in the back of their minds.
“It’s not a nice feeling to have hanging around so we’ll use that as motivation.”
Windsor himself is set to prove a crucial piece in Queanbeyan’s finals puzzle with ACT Brumbies fullback Robbie Coleman expected to sit out the clash through injury.
Coleman has been instrumental in resurrecting the Whites’ campaign after the side’s midseason slump that cast serious doubts on Queanbeyan’s finals hopes.
But while he was still hopeful Coleman would turn out against Wests, Windsor said he had faith in the Whites’ ability to cover his absence.
“We’ve won without him before this year,” he said. “No doubt he adds a lot to our side but if he’s not there, we’ve got the depth to cover the loss.
“Robbie played through a fair bit of pain against Tuggeranong [earlier this month] which is something I don’t think could be said of some of the other Brumbies boys who come back to play in the local competition.
“Robbie’s a Queanbeyan boy at heart and he’ll do everything he can to get out there for the Whites.”