The Darling Downs has won the Border Cup for the third consecutive year.

Story By Di Pain

Only three years old, the Border Cup brings some of the best rural club rugby players to Rowden Park in St George, south-western Queensland. The showdown, between Central North New South Wales and the Darling Downs in Queensland, was held in late March this year in front of an appreciative crowd of about 500 locals and visitors. Both sides have representative players in the Queensland County Heelers side and the New South Wales Country Cockatoos. The warm afternoon gave way to a cooler eve as the game finished under lights. Darling Downs were favourites, coming off a 53-10 win against Central Queensland in the Cattlemans Cup the week before, but fell behind 12–0. They came back to take the game 22–17, with number 10 Andrew Turner awarded man of the match. Downs Rugby is the largest rugby sub-union in the world, stretching 600 kilometres from Gatton in the east to St George in the west, and Goondiwindi in the south to Roma in the north.

This Story is from Issue #107

Outback Magazine: June/July 2016