Darling Downs forward and captain John Vinson on the attack for the Gatton Black Pigs in this year's Risdon Cup competition.
Darling Downs forward and captain John Vinson on the attack for the Gatton Black Pigs in this year's Risdon Cup competition. ANN BICHEL

Darling Downs looking for strong home finish

DARLING Downs aims to muscle up for a strong finish to the 2019 Queensland Country Championships when it tackles ladder leaders Sunshine Coast at Gold Park tomorrow.

Downs hosts the Stingrays in the final round of the championships and after a solid start to the series with wins over Gold Coast and Far North Queensland it is looking to end the series on a high and a possible second-place finish.

"We've had quite a few injuries along the way and I've used 35 players all up,” Downs' coach Steve Toohey said.

"But our depth is very good and the best part about the Downs is there are a lot of players willing to put their hands up to help out where they can.

"We've got a young squad this year, but there will also be some older heads running out for us this week and we're going to try and make it a physical game.

"If we do I'm sure we can beat Sunshine Coast.

"They head the ladder on 11 points with Townsville on 10 and us on 8.

"We are still a chance of finishing second on for-and-against and with the help of bonus points.”

Kick-off is at 3pm.

# THE Downs Colts have also enjoyed a successful championships and face Sunshine Coast in tomorrow's Gold Park curtain-raiser from 1pm.

DARLING DOWNS SENIOR SQUAD

1 Brett Corish, 2 Rob Paterson, 3 Adam Maxwell, 4 Lachlan Tulloch, 5 Sam Tweedy, 6 Rob Taylor, 7 John Vinson (c), 8 Mick Collins, 9 Will Jackson, 10 Angus Ramsey (vc), 11 Nic Perkins, 12 Sam Jobling, 13 Todd Daniels, 14 Lachlan Waide, 15 Ben Bright, 16 Angus Elder, 17 Ben Dillon, 18 Patrick Brennan, 19 Sonny Power, 20 Tom Barnwell, 21 Lachlan McKechnie, 22 Dean Bichel, 23 Trent Davison.



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