Junior rugby returns to the Downs

April 30 2022 - 10:00pm

Last Saturday marked the welcome return of the Stag Machinery junior rugby on the Darling Downs. We thank the Goondiwindi Emus for hosting an extremely successful opening carnival featuring 80 matches. Under 12s also included Brisbane Boys College followed by representative selection trials.

RDO Equipment senior men's rugby moved into the second week of the split round featuring Goondiwindi Emus in the Risdon Cup match of the round continuing their 2021 form with a 68 - 7 victory over the Condamine Cods at the Fishtank. There were 10 tries for the Emus and nine conversions off the boot of Will Gilbert. Credit to the Condamine Cods as they have been struggling with player numbers.



At Gallas Fox Park, Roma, the Toowoomba Bears recorded a 29 - 8 victory over the Roma Echidnas. After the split rounds Goondiwindi Emus are on top of the ladder, followed by Dalby Wheatmen and the Toowoomba Bears, with Toowoomba Rangers in fourth place.

Also at Gallas Fox Park in the Nutrien Ag Solutions B grade match St George Frillnecks, last year's grand finalists, had a convincing 31 - 0 win over the Toowoomba Bears. The Goondiwindi Emus continued their winning day with a close 10 - 5 victory over the Condamine Cods.

The first super round of the Stag Machinery Emilee Cherry Cup Women's 7s ventured to Bulldog Park, Chinchilla, for Round 2 last Saturday. Notably the Goondiwindi Emus notched up their first victory for the season. After two complete rounds of the Emilee Cherry Cup the Roma Echidnas White are unbeaten in first position followed by Toowoomba Bears, USQ Saints and the Condamine Codettes in fourth position and Roma Blue rounding out the top five.

The Stag Machinery teenage boys' competition has completed Round 6. The Toowoomba Bears are on top of the U13s ladder, USQ top of the U14s, Highfields Redbacks and Warwick Water Rates are tied for first position in U15s with only one competition point separating the first four positions on the ladder. Toowoomba Bears are on top of the U16s ladder.

Round 2 of the Mort & Co teenage girls' competition was played last Friday evening at the Highfields Sports and Recreation Park. The U14 and U16 teenage girls' and the teenage boys' competitions are a month away from the business end of the season with semi-finals set for Friday May 27 at Highfields.

Toowoomba Rangers' tradition of playing the Royal Australian Signals RUFC on Anzac Day continued this year at Clive Berghofer Stadium. Toowoomba Rangers took out the 2022 Anzac Day Kapyong Cup with a convincing victory, however, the spirit with which the games was played was fitting for this special occasion. The club also raised important funds for the Cure Brain Cancer Foundation.

For more detail on all upcoming events head to www.downsrugby.com.au for links.

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