This weekend's Game of the Round will see the 2016 Grand Final rematch, with Goondiwindi hosting Dalby at Riddles Oval. It will be a huge day for the club with the Emus hosting their Old Boys day at Riddles oval with all 3 grades in action from 12pm.
2016's top two sides kicked off their seasons well with both teams coming out of round 1 with classy wins. The Emu’s made the trip into Toowoomba for round 1 coming up against the Bears where the country boys were too physical for their opponents and out classed them with high level counter attacking raids creating and scoring on multiple times, running out victors 31-3 over a slow finishing Bears side.
Dalby also had a strong win in Condamine defeating the cods 37 -10. Captain, and Number 8 Sam Hogarth lead from the front, not only during contested play around the ground but also showing his versatility crossing for 2 tries and was arguably best on ground.
The Emu boys will be out to get redemption on the Wheatmen after going down in last year’s Grand Final, they will be looking to bring the same physical and exciting brand of rugby into this match. Whilst Goondiwindi will have the support of their Old Boys crowd behind them, Dalby were one of the few teams to defeat the Emus at home last year, a tough ask for any travelling club, but as always the Wheatmen will need to bring their best to beat the home side.
The Emus will be without some key players with QLD Country representatives Will Gilbert (injury) and Sam Tweedy (Suspension) watching on from the sidelines this weekend, but will present a great opportunity for some of their next generation players to gain valuable A Grade experience early in the season. Goondiwindi's back line will be a handful for the Wheatmen this weekend, with youth and speed creating many try scoring options out wide.
Dalby have named a relatively unchanged side for tomorrow's game, but will welcome back Paul Maguire who will bolster the Wheatmen's back line. The Dalby back row combination of Moloney, Brosnan and Hogarth is a key to Dalby's success, with their speed and skill around the park causing headaches for many opposition sides. Goondiwindi will need to nullify their influence at the breakdown otherwise the Dalby side may starve Goondiwindi of the ball.
The last few encounters between the two sides have been highly entertaining matches with little between the two on the score board, and if you can make it to the ground, tomorrow's game will be one not to miss.