Warwick Redbacks ruckman Alex Cutmore (leaping on right) and an Ipswich Eagles ruckman go for the ball in the Cardinal Cup at Warwick Credit Union Oval.
Warwick Redbacks ruckman Alex Cutmore (leaping on right) and an Ipswich Eagles ruckman go for the ball in the Cardinal Cup at Warwick Credit Union Oval. Gerard Walsh

Goondiwindi one win away from Cardinal Cup glory

UPDATE: AUSSIE RULES: Goondiwindi has won its second men's Cardinal Cup in four years.

The Hawks won from runners up South Toowoomba. Goondiwindi midfielder Jeremy Leahy was the player of the carnival.

Ipswich Eagles won the inaugural women's Cardinal Cup.

Goondiwindi coach David O'Toole said the toughest game for his men was on Sunday morning against Jimboomba.

"It was an even competition and a great opportunity to have practice games before the season,” he said.

He welcomed the return of Warwick to the same division as Goondiwindi after Goondiwindi lost the division 1 grand final last year and Warwick lost the division 2 grand final. All teams are in one division this season.

"It was pretty tough on Warwick when we played them on Saturday afternoon, Warwick was playing their fourth game for the day and we were only playing our third,” O'Toole said.

EARLIER, SUNDAY: Goondiwindi will play Jimboomba in the final game of the carnival in the battle for the Cardinal Cup at Warwick Credit Union Oval this morning.

Warwick Redbacks conceded four first half goals and kicked one against the wind in their first cup game against Jimboomba Redbacks on Saturday before storming home with the wind at their backs to win 5.7. (37) to 4.3. (27).

Later in the day on Saturday, Warwick went down to South Toowoomba, Ipswich Eagles and Goondiwindi.

Redbacks president Ben Lubben was upbeat about the success of the cup.

"This is the busiest I have seen the carpark and the grounds have never looked better,” he said.

Cup instigator Colin "Cardinal” Pope rated the weekend carnival as the best cup so far.

"There were a lot of close games and the social side of the carnival went well. The feedback from the other clubs was great,” he said.



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