PRESEASON HIT OUT: The Dalby Diehards after their win against the Jandowae Fish Hooks on Saturday night.
PRESEASON HIT OUT: The Dalby Diehards after their win against the Jandowae Fish Hooks on Saturday night. Amelia Wood

Fish Hooks and Diehards brave elements in wet game of footy

RUGBY LEAGUE: It was a cold, wet and miserable night, but that did not deter Jandowae footy fans.

An estimated 500-strong crowd was out in force last Saturday, to watch the Jandowae Fish Hooks host the Dalby Diehards.

Jandowae played against the Diehards reserve-grade side in a tough encounter.

The Diehards took the win 22-10, but it was the Jandowae junior club who were the big winners on the night.

The evening was a fundraiser for the club, as well as the Jandowae Kindergarten and Jandowae Lions Club who assisted in running the event.

President of the Jandowae Rugby League Club, Janice Donald, said Saturday night was a celebration of rugby league in the town.

"The evening was really good, and despite the weather it was an excellent event,” she said.

"The play was slow and heavy going as it looked like the players were running through mud.”

There were plenty of players in the Fish Hooks side who played their first game in a while, and Donald said those players enjoyed the experience.

Fish Hooks captain Danny Wassell told Toowoomba Rugby League after the game, it was a difficult match.

"I'm more proud of my boys,” he said.

"A lot of them don't play footy and one boy hasn't played since he was 14. He is 32.”

The Fish Hook stalwart said he restarted the senior team in Jandowae three years ago and has been thrilled with how the community has embraced the team.

The money raised from the evening will go towards maintaining the fields and equipment at the Jandowae Club.

For the Dalby Diehards, the A-grade side is less than one month from commencing their title defence.

Their first game of the year will be away against last year's grand finalists, Pittsworth Danes.

The Diehards' first home game will be on March 24, when they face the Warwick Cowboys.


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