It has been 12 years since the Dalby Rugby Club has held the Risdon Cup. This year, they will be seeking to rectify this when they play the Goondiwindi Emus in the grand final on Saturday September 10.
Proud coach Nathan Bradley said his team’s commitment had been outstanding taking out the minor premiership for 2016. Coach Bradley speaks highly of his team’s drive and motivation saying. “Since we got together way back in February there has been a great feel around the group that a Risdon Cup had been their ultimate goal and that’s what they set out to achieve. What has gotten this team to where they are today is their will to achieve but also their fear of failure.”
“After every game of the season the players have set out goals and worked really hard at improving on every aspect of their performance to make it better for the next game, and it has been no different in preparing for the Grand Final,” Mr Bradley said.
The season has gone smoothly, with the team beating Condamine and Rangers to secure their spot in the finals. “This season has been momentous for Dalby with unrivalled player numbers and commitment now seen for a few years. We have used a total of 38 players in A grade this year, showing the great depth we have within the club, which has been rewarded with our three senior teams making it into the grand finals.”
“We all know grand finals are won or lost on the day, I promise you this team will give it their all on Saturday. The boys want to bring home the Risdon Cup not only for themselves but also for their families, our sponsors, and of course our great supporters who have been momentous for the team throughout the year,” Mr. Bradley said.
The Downs Rugby Wagners Risdon Cup Grand Final Day will kick off at 1.30pm at Gold Park, Toowoomba.
Words by Katreena Bacatan
Image supplied by Dalby & District Rugby Football Club