Queanbeyan Whites go down in injury-marred 2nd grade grand final

The Queanbeyan Whites second graders at Viking Park on Saturday. Photo: Joshua Matic.

The Queanbeyan Whites second graders at Viking Park on Saturday. Photo: Joshua Matic.

Both the Queanbeyan Whites and Tuggeranong Vikings took a hefty injury toll during the home side's 26-18 second grade grand final win at Viking Park on Saturday.

Queanbeyan's Tangi Maine came off the field at the start of the second half after falling awkwardly in a tackle, and did not return to the field.

But luckily for Maine and his Whites side, his injury dwindled in comparison to one suffered by the Vikings, which paused play for 20 minutes and even drained injury time-out.

It was an agonisingly tight loss for the Whites at the end of the day, who were the only Queanbeyan side backing up from a preliminary final start last Saturday.

They lacked the possession and field position needed to get them over the line, with Tuggeranong able to cross for an extra try in their win.

But there were still stand-outs for the Whites.

Fullback Chris Lindbeck did his future first grade aspirations no harm in collecting a double, while flanker Aidan Kenworthy barged his way over from close to the line.

After three tries to the Vikings it was Lindbek's second try that brought his men within a single point, 19-18.

But the Vikings stayed composed under pressure, and a try with five minutes to go to winger Nic Murray sealed the deal for them.

The Whites were going for a hat-trick of send grade premierships, but it was not to be on Saturday.

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