All about the club
Mr Chuck Younger joint founder of the Goondiwinindi Emus with Secretary Jodie Cairns and his wife at the 2016 Risdon Cup Grand Final.
The Goondiwindi Emus Rugby Club was formed and commenced playing 1964 as the result of a vision from Mr J.S White and Mr Chuck Younger. They were joined by a group of community supporters, including players and potential players. Most interest at this point of time in the district was of Rugby League, which in fact was a strong hold throughout the Darling Downs.
Since formation, the Emus, as well as having an A Grade, have been fortunate enough to have opportunities for players to be involved in Reserve, C Grade, U19’s and a Women’s XV competition. Vintage caught up with many and a Golden Oldies team, appropriately named the “Feather Dusters” which were formed somewhat 15 years ago.
Such has been the competitiveness of the Emus, their participation of playing grand finals and winning premierships or otherwise is worth mentioning. A grade have won the Risdon Cup Grand Final a total of 13 times. In 1969, 1983, 1988, 1991, 1993, 1994, 2000, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2012, 2013 & 2015. B Grade have won 13 times as well and C Grade who joined the competition in 1992 won the Grand Final 8 times including the last two years.
The club possibly could not have achieved such success and generated as much interest without the wonderful contribution of the Ladies Auxiliary, which was formed in 1968. Their unselfish and voluntary help in providing an excellent canteen service is to be admired. Certainly a long way from a snack out of the boot of a car at Gilbert Oval or a tarp from a box tree at Riddles oval, competing with flies, dust and stray dogs.
And what about our sponsors. The original sponsors were Seed and Grain Sales, Boggabilla, who provided a fully sponsored day between the Emus & Dalby in 1986. Such was the success of this occasion the club now is privileged to have a great group of business houses and business folk providing not only financial security, but assisting in spreading the good word of community rugby.
Today the emus are heavily backed by their Major Sponsors ,John and Michelle Klein from the Victoria Hotel and Ray White Rural Goondiwindi.
Risdon Cup History
The A Grade teams in the Darling downs competition compete for the Glory of the Risdon Cup. The Risdon Cup is the symbol of Rugby Union Supremacy on the Darling Downs.
By way of background the Risdon Cup originated from a meeting held in Warwick in early 1964 under the auspices of Queensland Rugby Union. The Meeting led to the development of the Darling Downs Rugby Union. In its first year of competition 5 teams took party – they included: Toowoomba Rangers, Warwick, Goondiwindi, Dalby and Gatton College 2nd XV. As part of the arangements for this competition, Mr Keith Leahy of Risdon Santa Stud, Warwick, donated a magnificent gold plated cup which was to become the prized trophy as a result of winning the Darling Downs A Grade competition. Thus the RISDON CUP.