FOUR Goondiwindi Emus starred in the Battle of the Border on Saturday.
The annual rugby union clash in Toowoomba broke a five-year drought for the Queensland Country team against their NSW cousins.
It was the end of a gruelling three weeks for Goondiwindi players Michael Jamieson, Sam Tweedy, Jack Cook and the team’s youngest member, Will Gilbert.
The Queensland Country Heelers left for New Zealand on Sunday, June 26 for a two-match tour of the Canterbury region in the South Island.
Their first game was against the Ellesmere Rugby Club.
This was a tight game with the Heelers scoring a try at the 80-minute mark and winning 21 -19, thanks to a goal kick by Will Gilbert.
Michael Jamieson was the man of the match, Jack Cook played his usual hard running game, and Sam Tweedy put in the big hits of the match.
All four Emus featured.
The second game was only two days later against a highly regarded rep side from North Canterbury.
At one stage the Heelers were down 30 - 5.
To their credit, they came home with a wet sail and had a kick at goal on the bell to win the game.
The kick went wide and North Canterbury scraped home 30 - 29.
With one more game to play, the Heelers confidence was up after matching it with the Kiwi boys.
On Saturday the Heelers took on the NSW Country Cockatoos at Gold Park in Toowoomba for the Battle of the Border.
It was a see-sawing affair for the first 20 minutes.
However by half time NSW Country was starting to look the better side and the Heelers supporters were wondering if the gruelling schedule was taking its toll.
At one stage the Cockatoos jumped away to a 12 point lead.
It was only in the final 20 minutes that the Heelers began to assert themselves and take control of the game.
With less than a minute left to play, Goondiwindi Emu, Michael Jamieson crossed the line in the corner, scoring the winning try, Heelers up 29 – 27.
This was the first win the Queensland Country team have had against NSW Country for five years and Coach Garrick Morgan was delighted with the effort put in by the Heelers.
All four Goondiwindi boys played well and were cheered on by a large contingent of supporters from home.