Rural rugby teams to rumble
Rugby 7s: With only 10 days to go, the countdown is on for teams across the region and beyond before they descend on Gallas Fox Park for the Santos Roma Rugby 7s.
While the Condamine Cods make no claims of being the team-to-beat this year, a fun weekend supporting fellow bush rugby teams is what appeals most to the returning team.
Roger Galdard, the Cods coach, said supporting the Roma competition was a means of supporting bush and grassroots rugby.
"We've been coming out for as long the competition has been running, and this will be the second time we're bringing out our women's team, the Codettes, as
Galdard said he and his team made no play at being a big-name team, but the weekend was an important part of their pre-season training.
"It's a good competition, I wouldn't say we're a top 7s side, but we use it as a good pre-season builder towards our 15s competition, we probably use it as a fitness and training exercise.
While the opportunity to enter other competitions exists, Galdard said the Santos Roma Rugby 7s was the only tournament their club supported.
"Roma is the only 7s competition we support, and that's because they are in our (Darling) Downs competition.
"It is really important to us that we do get behind other rural clubs and give them our support."
While Galdard said his team may not be up for the challenge of taking on last years winners UQ1 or other big-name clubs like Island Breeze and Brisbane-Fiji, the boys will make a good play for the bowl and plate.
"Certainly we'll put in pretty hard for the plate and the bowl.
"We'll just play the best type of footy we can on the day, I don't think we're too bad in 7s."
For a town like Condamine, with a population of less than 500, Galdard said rugby had a huge role in play in the community.
"Rugby is massive here, we're only a small town but during our regular 15s season we're able to field an A and reserve team, and now a women's team too, and that's a really good thing in our community.
"Rugby is a social outlet, and with exercising at the same time it's impressive what it does for our community.
"The chance to show off rural rugby in a competition like the Santos Roma Rugby 7s is worth supporting.
"It's huge - we're only a small town but during the season we can put up two men's teams and a women's team, and that's a huge part of our community."