Old rivals Cities and Red Bulls clashed for the title of the Reserves grade champion at the Roma and District Rugby League Grand Final.
Old rivals Cities and Red Bulls clashed for the title of the Reserves grade champion at the Roma and District Rugby League Grand Final.

Roma rugby announces plans for 2021 season

After facing a rough and unusual football season during the pandemic, Roma’s rugby clubs are looking at getting back in full swing in 2021.

COVID threw a spanner in the works for southwest sport in 2020, but Roma’s rugby teams adapted and were among the first in Queensland to make it back on the pitch.

Roma Echidnas rugby union club president Richard Bright said this year’s season would start as soon as April, with a few special games throughout the year.

The men and women will play their first game in Dalby on April 10.

“Goondiwindi and Dalby are coming back into the competition after sitting it out during covid last year,” Mr Bright said.

“There won’t be a whole lot different, but just a bit of a restriction in numbers as to who can attend.”

The main semi-finals will be July 24 and July 31, with a grand final on August 7.

There will also be a special ladies day for all the clubs, as well as an old boys day and sponsors day.

And of course, the biggest day of the year - rugby races at Bassett Park versing Condamine on June 26.

The Echidnas will be the only union club with two women’s teams, and they’re boasting more than 25 registered ladies.

“It’s going to be a very healthy year for women’s rugby in Roma,” Mr Bright said.

He said training is going well and the players are looking forward to the start of the comp.

Cities rugby league club president Mark Street said their comps will start on April 11 and will play their first game at home against the Wallumbilla/Surat Red Bulls.

“We’re also making that our sponsors day as well,” he said.

There will be a couple of special events for the Cities this year, including their inaugural ANZAC Day shield match against the Mitchell Magpies.

It’s being organised by Mitchell RSL this year and will be played on their oval.

“We’re going to try and keep that happening every ANZAC Day going forward,” Mr Street said.

They hope the 2022 ANZAC Day shield will be played at Roma, and become a continuing tradition.

Mr Street said they wanted to start it in 2020 but couldn’t due to COVID.

Rugby league will also have its own race day on July 24 from 4pm, where the Cities will play against Charleville and Taroom.

“On the same day, we’re having a 50th reunion of the first grand slam,” Mr Street said, which they first won in 1971.

The Cities players have been keeping up with their training and have already played a couple of matches, one of which was against Miles.

It was a victory for the Roma team, who got $1600 and donated half of it to LifeFlight.

“Good luck to all teams competing this year, after no football last year,” Mr Street said.

“I hope all the towns and supporters get behind us and turn out.”


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