Water Rats have surprise home game

IN an unplanned but welcomed boon for Warwick rugby, the Water Rats will hold a surprise home game this weekend.

As the Water Rats are playing as the University of Southern Queensland (USQ) B-grade team in their return to the Darling Downs Rugby Union competition, they were only allowed two “home games” at Warwick this year.

They were scheduled to take on Highfields, which is in much the same place, playing as the St George B and C grade teams at St George, however, this has changed.

Warwick coach John O'Leary said he only received a call on Monday night advising him the match would change venue.

“Travelling the long distance to St George would not allow a quality game of rugby (due to some players not wishing to travel). Highfields decided to change the venue and St George have approved it,” O'Leary said. “We were asked if we could hold it ... it's beneficial to all the clubs.”

Warwick Rugby Union treasurer Al Blyton said Warwick was also hosting junior fixtures on Saturday.

“It is a bit fortuitous ... there is a big junior carnival on before as well but it should finish up before the senior fixtures,” he said.

He said the last home game, when Warwick hosted and closely lost to B-grade ladder leader Goondiwindi, was the most financially successful day for the Water Rats in years.

“I'm sure we'll get a fair crowd, the juniors will stay around and I'm sure spectators will jump at the chance to see the Rats in action on their home turf.”

A combined USQ/Warwick C-grade side will take on Highfields at 1.30pm and the Water Rats will play at the main time slot of 3pm.

The club has decided not to charge an entry fee, the bar will be operating and hot food will be available at Risdon Oval, Queens Park.



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