UNION: Tony Nolan, Deanne and Stephen Muhldorff at the Dalby Wheatmen. A big crowd is expected Saturday.
UNION: Tony Nolan, Deanne and Stephen Muhldorff at the Dalby Wheatmen. A big crowd is expected Saturday. Michael Doyle

Super Saturday a pinnacle in the rugby calendar

JOHN Ritter Oval will host the most important weekend of Downs Rugby to date in 2018 on Saturday, as the competition plays out its qualifying and elimination finals.

Six senior matches across A, B and C grades will be contested, as teams either fight for survival or a chance to be one win away from a grand final berth.

In a new format for 2018, all games will be played on the main ground, meaning the last game will kick-off under lights. This match is the highly anticipated clash between the Dalby Wheatmen and USQ Saints.

Downs Rugby general manager Mitch Simpson said fans should be excited by the new schedule.

"Dalby was able to put in new lights earlier this year,” Mr Simpson said.

"We played the South Queensland Championships there earlier in the year and it worked well. It creates a bit more of an atmosphere having the game under lights.”

Mr Simpson said Downs Rugby have a long history of holding super Saturdays as it turns the matches into a big occasion.

"It also allows teams to pool their resources together and doesn't split up supporter bases,” he said.

Mr Simpson added he hoped to see plenty of children and families at super Saturday to support the teams.

The first game of the day begins at 11am, with the Wheatmen v USQ match on at 6.15pm.

Entry is $10 per person.


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