Condamine lock forward Roger Geldard charges at the defence of Toowoomba Bears in yesterday's Risdon Cup match at Heritage Oval.
Condamine lock forward Roger Geldard charges at the defence of Toowoomba Bears in yesterday's Risdon Cup match at Heritage Oval. Nev Madsen

Cods shake Bears off their tail

CONDAMINE grabbed some welcome competition breathing space after wrapping up a timely Wagners Risdon Cup win over Toowoomba Bears yesterday.

The Cods took the round-14 Heritage Oval clash 40-0 against an under-manned Bears' outfit.

Condamine posted three first-half tries through James Guest, Adam Murphy and Tom Sutton to lead by 19 points at the break.

Bears, with a dozen of their players backing up after playing in the earlier B grade game, fought hard to stay in the match but couldn't contain the Cods who toiled away for another three tries from Chris Gould, centre Kim McGregor and captain Roger Geldard.

The victory consolidates Condamine's position in the top five while 2018 finals' football now looks out of reach of the young Bears.

Cods' coach Ben Taylor welcomed his team's return to winning form after its previous week loss to Toowoomba Rangers.

 

Bailey Keane of Bears fires a long pass to Declan Wheeler in yesterday's Risdon Cup match against Condamine at Heritage Oval.
Bailey Keane of Bears fires a long pass to Declan Wheeler in yesterday's Risdon Cup match against Condamine at Heritage Oval. Nev Madsen

"The boys did well while also keeping in mind many of the Bears played in two games today," Taylor said.

"But I'm happy with the lads and pleased to take home the five points.

"I think keeping the Bears to zero was the most pleasing part of our win today."

Coach Bryan Battersby said Bears' shortage of playing numbers and youth was too much to overcome in their hunt for a do-or-die victory.

"The boys keep trying but at the end of the day they are too small and too inexperienced," Battersby said.

In yesterday's top-of-the-table clash at Riddles Oval, undefeated Goondiwindi all but sealed this season's Risdon Cup minor premiership with a 34-19 victory over Dalby.

CONDAMINE 40 (James Guest, Adam Murphy, Tom Sutton, Chris Gould, Kim McGregor tries, Roger Geldard tries; Lachlan Smith five conversions) d TOOWOOMBA BEARS 0.



‘In capable hands’: Meet the new boss of Coffs airport

Premium Content ‘In capable hands’: Meet the new boss of Coffs airport

New incoming manager announced as private firm takes on long-term lease of Coffs...

Houses likely to be pulled down after horrendous storm

Premium Content Houses likely to be pulled down after horrendous storm

Comparisons with 2019/20 bushfires drawn as Corindi faces long road to recovery

Burning rates, brandishing shovels: protesters make plans

Premium Content Burning rates, brandishing shovels: protesters make plans

Burning rates or brandishing shovels - what do protesters have planned?