The mighty Emus barge into four grand finals

In a massive day for the club, Goondiwindi hosted the second Super Saturday play-offs.
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Tom Melrose dives over for a try in the B Grade clash. Pic courtesy of Barb Suhr

This was made even sweeter with a huge crowd turning out to get behind them.

The first of the Goondiwindi teams to seal a spot in the grand final were the U19s, with Toowoomba City Bears side forfeiting.

This immediately disqualified the U19 Bears side from continuing any further in the competition.

Coming off the weekend’s bye, the Emus’ A grade was keen to show their intentions early with the USQ Saints getting away to a flying start the last time the two sides met.

With the huge home crowd cheering them on, the Emus got off to the start they needed putting the first points on the boards through a Sam Munsie-try.

In a blockbuster performance he then picked up a second in the second half.

Sam was a standout for the match constantly pilfering the ball which caused the Saints costly penalties in good field position.

Through some relentless attack late in the first half, the Emus were able to convert a penalty on the whistle of half time off the boot of Pierce Saunders.

Taking a 10 – 0 lead into the interval, the Emus assessed where they could take more advantage of the Saints in the second half.

They came out and did just that, keeping the scoreboard ticking over with fast-finishing prop Doug McDougall showing a clean pair of heals to burn numerous defenders before swan diving over for a great try.

This came off the back of some silky hands from the backs.

Dougie was unlucky not to get himself a double with “sneaky ranga’ captain Ben Todd pinching one on the line from him.

The Saints were able to get a couple of tries mid-way through the second half giving the Emus a wake-up call to put their heads down and get back to work and to make sure they got the job done.

James Tweedy sliced through the defence to put the nail in the coffin for the Emus with Pierce Saunders converting the try and ending the match the way the first half finished, putting a penalty over to give the Emus a solid win 37-10.

The Emus will now face the winner of USQ Saints and the Toowoomba Bears game this Saturday.

C Grade

The C Grade boys got the day started with a tough match against the only side they’ve dropped a game against all year.

The boys got off to a slow start and handed the Warwick boys an early lead.

With the majority of the side being past winners of the Risdon Cup, they showed their experience by keeping cool heads and went back to basics to slowly wear down the Warwick side.

Keeping it in tight, the Emus finally got themselves on the scoreboard through a nice driving maul from the lineout.

Two minutes later the Emus marched straight back down to Warwick’s end, crossing for another try taking the Emus to the break leading 10 – 7.

The second half saw Warwick regroup to take back the lead 14 -10.

Keeping to game plan by playing the footy in the Rats half, the Emus were able to get their noses back in front 15 – 14.

The score line wasn’t to change with Goondiwindi able to hang onto their slender lead despite not being able to capitalise on a few chances to be further ahead come the final whistle.

The Hayes Spraying Man of the Match went to Jack Burey who had a huge game stepping up from the Pups.

Other notables were Will Munsie and Andrew MacPherson, but all in all, a great team effort on a hot day.

The C grade boys will now face the winner of Chinchilla and Warwick.

B Grade

B grade faced the Toowoomba Rangers in their first taste of finals for the year.

The Rangers side came out on song early testing the Gundy defence with every play.

Credit however, must go to Goondiwindi’s defence as Rangers had a tonne of possession and field territory, but were only able to convert one attack into points, giving them a half time lead of 7- 0.

The second half was a different story. Goondiwindi came on with a new wind in the sails and went straight to work in pegging back the deficit.

Jas Campbell was instrumental in getting the boys going with huge runs, at times carrying 3 to 4 players with him.

All of his hard worked paid off with Jas being able to jag himself a try.

With the forwards going forward, the Emus were able to find the space out wide they needed with Tom Melrose, as always, showing a nice pair of hands and a turn of speed to cross the line for a double.

Andrew MacPherson made an impact when brought on.

He managed to break the Rangers’ defensive line on numerous occasions causing all sorts of trouble for them in the backs.

The Emus were able to completely turn it around in the second half shutting down Rangers to keep them scoreless in the second half.

Needless to say, Emus ran out eventually winners 20 -7.

The Emus will now face the winner of Toowoomba Rangers and the Condamine Cods game this Saturday.

The Grand Final will be played in Toowoomba on Saturday, September 8 at the Clive Berghofer Stadium – times to be advised.

Expressions of interest are being sought for a supporters bus which would depart Goondiwindi Saturday morning and return after the conclusion of the A Grade game.

If you’re at all interested please contact Naomi Tweedy on 0415 556 834 or Luke Fritz on 0408 714 965.

Once again a big congratultions to all of the players, coaches, managers, sponsors and supporters of the Goondiwindi Rugby Union Club.

It is a magnificent achievement to have all four grades in the Risdon Cup Grand Finals, so well done and good luck.

The Club looks forward to seeing the players in action for the last time in the 2012 season at Toowoomba. GO THE EMUS!THE Emus are coming. And whoever they take on in the grand finals on September 8 had better watch out, if the look in Sam Munsie’s eyes are anything to go by. The Emus won all four grades in a Super Saturday of football at Riddles Oval. And now it’s your turn to play your part. The Club is seeking expressions of interest from fans keen to jump on a bus and cheer on the Goondiwindi Club on September 8 in Toowoomba. Give President Luke Fritz a call on 0408 714 965 or Naomi Tweedy on 0415 556 834.

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