WINNING START: Dan Merker, with ball in hand, during the Wheatmen's victory over the Condamine Cods at Condamine on Saturday.
WINNING START: Dan Merker, with ball in hand, during the Wheatmen's victory over the Condamine Cods at Condamine on Saturday. Contributed

Wheatmen off to winning start

THE DALBY Wheatmen have begun their defence of the Risdon Cup, with a resounding win over Condamine on Saturday.

The Wheatmen were in control from the start, ultimately prevailing 37-10.

The Dalby boys were up against a much larger forward pack against Condamine, and made sure they used the full width of the field to tire out their opposition in the first half.

Going into the half time break 29-0 up saw the match all but finished, with consolation points coming in the second half.

Wheatmen coach Nathan Bradley described the performance and a great win.

"I thought we were a little underdone with our preparation due to a slow pre-season, but during the warm up I knew the boys were on,” Bradley said.

"To beat the Cods out there 37-10 is a great start to our title defence.”

The victory was soured by the early loss of James Wreford with a shoulder injury. The injury required Bradley to reshuffle his backline, giving Nat Curry the opportunity to debut in A Grade on the wing.

Other Wheatmen debutante, Kruse Turner, also impressed with hard ball carrying that troubled the Condamine defence all game.


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