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By HARRY CLARKE

MANY among the small but spirited crowd who braved drizzly conditions at the Fish Tank yesterday had to do a ‘double take’ as the Condamine Cods A-graders ran onto the field to take on the top tier Toowoomba Rangers.

Instead of the club’s renowned green jumper, players came out wearing a foreign-looking royal blue strip to highlight the Cods’ annual sponsors day.

Each guernsey was emblazoned with the branding of RACQ LifeFlight and club sponsors, and were used to raise a remarkable $10,500 for LifeFlight when they were auctioned off after the game.

“LifeFlight are setting up a depot at their new helicopter pad at Roma and we would that was a great cause to get behind,” Cods president Sonny Power said.

“We decided to do up LifeFlight jerseys and have 15 jerseys with a different sponsor’s logo on it. The jerseys were donated by Gilbert and then we auctioned them off after A-grade.

“The top price jersey went for about 13 hundred. The support from bidders was really good.”

The Cods were pleased with the auction result and also the result on the rugby field, despite going down to the Toowoomba Rangers, 24-8.

The club is yet to record a victory in 2022 but Power said yesterday was a strong performance by the Cods, who also put up a gallant effort in their 32-7 loss in B-grade.

“That’s probably our best performance of the year, to get that score against the Rangers who are a top four team,” he said.

“It was a pretty slow start to the season for us, being a bit low on numbers and having a few quality players retire or move on this year.

“But we’ve got a few guys from the Marcus Oldham agriculture college down in Geelong who are living around Condamine there, doing their one-year assignment on farm.

“We’ve got four or five backpackers in the club too, which is good.”

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Victory came over the Rangers for the Chinchilla River Rats in C-grade, which featured a father-son combination in Chris Hart and son Matt.

The older Hart showed grey hairs hadn’t slowed him down while Matt’s kicking game from fly-half, comprising two penalty goals and a successful drop punt conversion from the sideline, was a huge help in Chinchilla’s 18-12 win.

Centre Dustin Tennyson’s kicks in general play ensured the Rats dominated field position, while huge defensive efforts up front from captain Dan Seator and number 8 Josh Church gave Chinchilla momentum at the breakdown.

In the absence of a sponsors day home game this year, the Chinchilla River Rats would like to thank its 2022 supporters CNH, Chinchilla Club Hotel, Wood Ag, RDO Equipment, Qube, Purple Cow Butchery, CWS, McDonald’s and Malison farming.

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