THAT the Queanbeyan Whites will have all six grades contesting this year’s John I Dent Cup finals series is an impressive feat in itself.
The manner in which the club has gone about achieving that record however, is nothing short of remarkable.
Second grade: minor premiers. Third grade: undefeated minor premiers. Colts: undefeated minor premiers. Fourth grade: minor premiers. Women’s: minor premiers.
Incredibly, across six grades and 85 games this season, the Whites have lost just 12.
Queanbeyan’s lower grades have been even more dominant with the club’s winning percentage in 2013 standing at a remarkable 90 per cent.
“It really just comes down to having that many quality players at the club,” Whites second grade captain Ben Boyton said. “And there’s no negativity about whose playing which grade, everyone’s just loving it.
“Colts have got an awesome bunch of young blokes coming through and then you’ve got four or five blokes on the bench in fourth grade every week which shows how committed everyone is.
“Right through from those guys sitting on the bench for fourth grade to first grade, every player wants to play week in, week out.”
Second grade will kick off its finals campaign on Saturday against arch-rivals the Tuggeranong Vikings at 1.40pm at Viking Park.
And Boyton said the defending premiers would take plenty of confidence into its finals campaign having won 15 of its past 16 matches.
“When you put on a good shot or produce a good run at the moment, you’ve got 14 blokes there straight away patting you on the back before you get off the ground,” he says.
“Everyone is turning up each week wanting to play for their mates. That’s our strongest point I think and that’s what’s been winning it for us.
“When it comes down to it, every Queanbeyan team deserves to win this year and I hope that’s how it plays out.”
In Saturday’s other finals, Queanbeyan’s unbeaten third grade (11.50am) and Colts (12.05pm) sides will both meet Tuggeranong while fourth grade will face Royals from 10.15am.
The Whites women will take on Uni-Norths at 3.15pm. All finals will be staged at Viking Park.