USQ travelled out to the hallowed turf of riddles oval on Saturday, to take on our Emus in 3 grades. C grade got the Emus day off to a nice start with a convincing 48-0 victory over the students. Some early tries from Jack Pearlman and Jardy Dillon got the Emus on the front foot and they never looked back. Not only was Dillon running in tries, but his defence was bruising. Solid games were played from the usual suspects Jeremy Beeston, Andrew Hughes and the speedster fullback Will Troughton who had arguably his best game to date. New marquee signing Scott Richards directed play well from Fly half and one can only assume he'll be called upon for higher honours. The 3 2 1 points went to the boy from North Star Jack Pearlman, Matt Roberts and Will Troughton respectively. Will was taken from the field in an ambulance at the conclusion of the game, and we wish him a speedy recovery.
B grade looked like it was going to be an old fashioned arm wrestle. Clayton Morris opened up the scoring early in the first half with a short ranged effort getting the emus off to an early lead. Regular A grader Sean "Wheels" Cairns then stepped up to the plate and bagged himself a first half double. He constantly tested the Saints defence, joining into the attack from fullback. The Emus went into the break with a nice buffer of 19-5. They soon extended their lead after half time with tries to Andrew "Grain Train" Woods, Geoff Onus and replacement Pearlman getting some meat. Old heads Brock Lawless and Mick Maher were at there damaging best leading around their younger team mates. B grade ran out winners 36-10. The 3 2 1 points went to Cairns, young halfback Sam Jobling and work horse second rower Cal Wilson.
A grade were looking to stamp their mark back on the competition after a disappointing loss to Roma the previous week. The game started slowly for the trotting ducks and looked like another upset could be on the cards. They boys finally kicked into gear as Veteran Fly Half David Wild slid thru some ordinary defence to score under the sticks. Not long after Levi Power muscled his way over for a try and the Emus were starting to gain some continuity. Harry Hawker was again at his best with some jolting defence and his trade mark runs from outside centre. The scored raced to 19-0 after hawker bagged a 60 metre intercept try. He recorded another try soon after along with new prop Ben Hicks to take the Emus into the orange break with a handy lead of 33-0. The defending premiers came out in the second half and took off right where they left off. Long range tries from Mikey Jamieson, Sam Bursle and again to Wild helped the emus along to a commanding lead. Uni scored a few consolation tries to make the score a little more respectable at 54-19. " I was very pleased with our go forward today" said Captain Coach Matt Bell. "Last week we were guilty of being complacent, but this week the boys really stood up and gave their all". "We have to keep building from here and I look forward to what the second half of the season will bring". 3 2 1 points went to centre Harry Hawker, Mikey Jamieson and the hard working hooker Jack Cook.
The Emus next home game is on the 25th of June vs the Dalby Wheatmen. This is also the clubs annual Ladies day, one of the biggest days on the Goondiwindi Social Calender. The Club would also like to take this opportunity to congratulate Jack Cook, Will Gilbert, Mikey Jamieson and Sam Tweedy on their selection into the Queensland Country Heelers. The Heelers will travel to Christchurch, New Zealand for two games then will take on traditional rivals, NSW country in Toowoomba on July 2nd.