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Dalby Wheatmen battle for Risdon Cup

Dalby Wheatmen A-grade captains Paul Maguire and Craig McVeigh are hoping to bring the Risdon Cup home in today's final.
Dalby Wheatmen A-grade captains Paul Maguire and Craig McVeigh are hoping to bring the Risdon Cup home in today's final.

AS A member of the last Dalby Wheatmen A-grade side to hold the Risdon Cup premiership 10 years ago, it is fitting that the Wheatmen will once again be contesting the cup against the Toowoomba Rangers.

It has been a season that, during my time with the club, has been unrivalled for player numbers and commitment to training.

The side began its season back in the first week of January with a rigorous pre-season fitness regime, with the Wheatmen showing a wonderful commitment and willingness to work hard for each other.

Throughout the season the team has gradually improved, in no small part thanks to my co-coach Darren Hoskin, our assistant coaches Nathan Bradley and Luke Paffey and manager/strapper John Crespan.

Having won in their major qualifying final 10 days ago and progressing directly to the grand final, the Dalby Wheatmen have been laying the groundwork all week for their tilt at the title.

Dalby and Rangers have already played three times this year, and while the Wheatmen have not yet lost, all the games have been very close and extremely hard fought.

Rangers will enter the game with their strongest team, having a number of their best players returning to the field after injury layoffs and work-related absences.

They will also be the only team from Toowoomba to compete for a title on grand final day, so they are sure to have the hometown support.

All other teams come from either Dalby, Condamine or Goondiwindi.

Dalby will benefit from having the same team on the field for the last couple of weeks.

The combinations built up through this continuity of players is sure to be a bonus this weekend.

The Wheatmen will be glad to get some clarity as to their opposition.

After having a solid week's worth of training under their belt, they will now be able to focus on the specifics of their game for the grand final.

We are very proud and appreciative of the club's many sponsors including Dalby Rural Supplies, Chesterfield Australia and our team sponsor Pacific Seeds.

A big thank you must also go to our loyal supporters who have followed us around the Darling Downs this season.

Without their support - both sponsors and supporters - our team would not be here.

With two teams playing on the day, it is hoped that the Wheatmen's loyal supporters don their best blue and gold and proudly wear their colours as a sign of support for the local lads.

Come one, come all.

Get behind the Wheatmen and cheer your loudest to help bring two premierships home to Dalby this weekend.

Topics:  dalby wheatmen, rugby union, toowoomba rangers


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