Tom Capel leaps high in search of possession for Roma during their victory over Toowoomba Bears at Heritage Oval last month.
Tom Capel leaps high in search of possession for Roma during their victory over Toowoomba Bears at Heritage Oval last month. Kevin Farmer

Western shoot-out for semi-final

THE boot will be on the other foot for Toowoomba-based teams when they head west on Saturday for a historic day of Downs Rugby semi-finals at Roma.

Roma has been rewarded for its second-place finish in this year’s Risdon Cup competition with the hosting rights to this weekend’s Super Saturday of semi-final football.

It will be the first time Downs Rugby finals have been played at Roma in a rare move away from Toowoomba.

The Gallas Fox Park feast of football features six matches starting with the Goondiwindi-UQ/Highfields Colts opener at 11am.

The day will be highlighted by Roma’s major semi-final clash with Toowoomba Rangers from 6.10pm.

The day’s other A Grade game pits reigning premiers Toowoomba Bears against Goondiwindi in a 4.40pm knockout showdown.

The C Grade game between Chinchilla and Highfields will be played at Cities Oval from 11am.

Risdon Cup minor premiers USQ Saints has this weekend off as it prepares for the second week of semi-finals at USQ Oval.

Downs Rugby general manager Cameron Donaldson said Roma’s ground-breaking semi-final should create a unique match atmosphere.

“This occasion is symptomatic of the size of our playing region and the nature of our competition,” Donaldson said.

“Roma has worked hard all season to try and take finals football to their town and they fully deserve this opportunity they’ve created for themselves.

“From Downs Rugby’s point of view, we are very supportive of what’s happened and it will be a new experience for everyone.

“Roma’s coach Justin Garvie is one of the many people working to help make this day a success and I believe the town is really buzzing in anticipation.

“This is a reversal of country teams having to travel to Toowoomba and I’m sure even visiting teams will appreciate what should be a different playing atmosphere.”



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