It is an incredibly exciting time for rugby, with the Queensland Reds hosting their first Super Rugby grand final since 2011 against their biggest rival all year, the Brumbies. Tickets still available via reds.rugby. With over 30,000 tickets sold already, this will be an incredible experience for your family to experience, this Saturday at Suncorp Stadium. If unable to get to the venue, you will be able to watch the match Saturday evening, on free to air 9Gem.
Last weekend, the Darling Downs Women's XV a-side players selected for the Southern Queensland Country team ventured to West Barlow Park, Cairns, in matches against NQ women's XVs. The Southern Capital Qld were victorious in both games, and we announce that five Darling Downs ladies have been selected in the 2021 Queensland Country Heelers. Congratulations! The front-runner in our Charlotte Caslick medal, Briana Dascombe, was selected alongside Lily Black, Meagan Connelly, Paige Carpenter and Danielle Plummer. Thank you to Rick Lingard, Southern QCRU team manager.
Last Saturday, the Wagners Risdon Cup rolled onto Round 4, and at Riddles Oval, Goondiwindi Emus stalwart Geoffrey Suhr ran out for his 200th senior game. Goondiwindi Emus A grade side continued their triumphant return to senior rugby and are still unbeaten after a 35-15 victory over Toowoomba Rangers. Full credit must be given to Toowoomba Rangers, as in the past two matches at Riddles Oval opponents have conceded 147 unanswered points. Emu's fly-half William Gilbert collected three more points towards this year's Mal Eiby Medal.
At the Fish Tank, the Condamine Cods held on for a 9-6 victory over the impressive Gatton Black Pigs. Condamine sealed the deal right on full time with a penalty goal. This victory gives the Cods much-needed momentum for the 2021 season. Cods' veteran Sonny Power, collected three points towards the 2021 Mal Eiby Medal, with the victory.
At John Ritter Oval, the Dalby Wheatmen capitalised on a weak USQ side, riddled with injuries, with Dalby thumping USQ 86-0. Credit must be given to USQ Saints with an excellent front row effort.
At the Ants Nest, Roma Echidnas hosted the Toowoomba Bears in a spiteful clash. Bears went into the half time break, leading 22-7. Roma dominated possession in the second half and was able to take the lead late in the game, with an intercept try under the posts. The full-time score was 28-22. Roma number eight Dan Colthurst collected another three points for the Mal Eiby Medal.
The Mal Eiby leader board has changed again after four rounds of the Wagners Risdon Cup. In first place: Daniel Coulhurst (Roma), second: Elias Power (Cods) and in equal third place: Callum Skinner (Emus) and Hahns Spierling (Black Pigs).
Tickets go on sale today via downsrugby.com.au homepage for the prestigious black tie 2021 Downs Rugby awards evening, held for the first time in three years at a new venue, Oaks Hotel Toowoomba CBD. By purchasing your ticket, you will go in a random draw to receive either a signed Wallabies jersey or a Double Gold 2022 Reds season pass at Suncorp Stadium. Special guests will be announced shortly, in what will be a fantastic pinnacle evening rugby in our region.
This Saturday, Round 3 of the Black Izuzu Emilee Cherry Cup Open Women's 7s, kicks off at two venues, Gold Park Toowoomba and Riddles oval Goondiwindi. Ladder front runners are Roma Echidnas (1).
All competitions, results, fixtures and ladders are available by the links at www.downsrugby.com.au.
Results Round 4 May 1
Wagners Risdon Cup A Grade:
Dalby (86 v 0) USQ
Emus (35 v 15) Rangers
Condamine (9 v 6) Gatton
Roma (28 v 22) Bears
Nutrien Ag Solutions B Grade:
Frillnecks (28 v 0) Bears
Dalby (28 v 0) USQ
Emus (24 v 14) Rangers
Condamine (5 v 10) Warwick
Verifact Traffic C Grade:
Emus (22 v 19) Rangers
Echidnas (5 v 28) Bears
Round 5 Fixtures May 8
Wagners Risdon Cup A Grade Men's
Gatton v Rangers (3pm) - Courtney Oval Gatton
Rangers v USQ (3pm) - Gold Park
Condamine v Dalby (3pm) - Fish Tank
Goondiwindi v Bears (3pm) - Riddles Oval
Nutrien Ag Solutions B Grade Men's:
Warwick v St George (1:30pm) - Risdon Oval
Rangers v USQ (1:30pm) - Gold Park
Condamine v Dalby (1:30pm) - Fish Tank
Goondiwindi v Bears (1:30pm) - Riddles Oval
Verifact Traffic C Grade Men's:
Chinchilla v Dalby (12:15pm) - Fish Tank
Goondiwindi v Bears (12:15pm) - Riddles Oval
Emilee Cherry Cup Round 3 Fixtures May 8
GOLD PARK - RANGERS:
10:20am - Gatton v Rangers
10:40am - Roma 2 v USQ
11:00am - Roma 1 v Gatton
11:20am - Rangers v Roma 2
11:40am - USQ v Roma 1
12:00pm - Gatton v Roma 2
12:20pm - Roma 1 v Rangers
12:40pm - USQ v Gatton
1:00pm - Roma 2 v Roma 1
RIDDLES OVAL - GOONDIWINDI:
9:40am - Dalby v Goondiwindi
10:00am - Bears v St George
10:40am - Dalby v St George
11:00am - Bears v Goondiwindi
11:40am - Bears v Dalby
12:00pm - Goondiwindi v St George