High wattage as Roos' fullback sparks
Queanbeyan Kangaroos fullback Daniel Watt can expect to be as busy on the field as he is off it in today's fiery grand final rematch against their cross-town rivals, the Blues.
The fact the clash doubles as the battle of Queanbeyan only heightens the expectations of the Canberra Raiders Cup round-four clash at Seiffert Oval.
Watt has played a pivotal role for the Kangaroos in their recent success, the 31-year-old collecting two premierships in his three years at the club.
A former Jersey Flegg and First Division player with the Sydney Roosters, Watt's main goals now are firmly focussed off the field.
A carpenter by trade, he combines long work days with a university degree in construction management, twice a week football training and helping out with one-year-old son Israel.
''My girlfriend Belinda is a fantastic support, she's always telling me to get out of bed at 5am to get going for work or that I should be doing my assignments,'' he said.
The Kangaroos won't want to see him hang up the boots any time soon after their impressive start to their title defence.
Back-to-back victories, including a 47-18 pasting of the Belconnen United Scholars, have left Blues' coach Adam Doyle in no doubt who is the competition favourite.
''They've given the Scholars, who were minor premiers and ran third last year, a touch up so they're the side to beat,'' Doyle said.
The Blues are also unbeaten this season as they look to rectify last year's 20-16 grand final loss to the Kangaroos. To do that, they will need to control former St George Illawarra and Broncos hooker Aaron Gorrell.
In today's other game, the Scholars take on the Tuggeranong Bushrangers at Northbourne Oval, while tomorrow, West Belconnen Warriors entertain the Gungahlin Bulls while Woden Valley and Goulburn square off at Phillip.