Whilst it is not commonly known, rugby union was actually played in the Boggabilla and Goondiwindi districts from 1896 until the outbreak of W.W.I. Then ceased to be played because of ailing interest.
The Goondiwindi Emus Rugby Club was formed and commenced playing 1964 as the result of a vision from Mr J.S White and Mr Chuck Younger. They were joined by a group of community supporters, including players and potential players. Most interest at this point of time in the district was of Rugby League, which in fact was a strong hold throughout the Darling Downs.
Since formation, the Emus, as well as having an A Grade, have been fortunate enough to have opportunities for players to be involved in Reserve, C Grade, U19’s and a Women’s XV competition. Vintage caught up with many and a Golden Oldies team, appropriately named the “Feather Dusters” was formed somewhat 10 years ago.
Such has been the competitiveness of the Emus, their participation of playing grand finals and winning premierships or otherwise is worth mentioning. Agrade have won 7 GF’s and lost 5 GF’s, B Grade have won 7 GF’s and lost 10 GF’s, C Grade has won all 7 GF’s and the women won their only GF.
The club possibly could not have achieved such success and generated as much interest without the wonderful contribution of the Ladies Auxiliary, which was formed in 1968. Their unselfish and voluntary help in providing an excellent canteen service is to be admired. Not to mention the financial support given to the club at the annual presentation evening. Certainly a long way from a snack from the boot of a car at Gilbert Oval or a tarp form a box tree at Riddles oval, competing with flies, dust and stray dogs.
And what about our sponsors. The original sponsors were Seed and Grain Sales, Boggabilla, who provided a fully sponsored day between the Emus & Dalby in 1986. Such was the success of this occasion the club now is privileged to have a great group of business houses and business folk providing not only financial security, but assisting in spreading the good word of community rugby.
Today the emus are heavily backed by their Major Sponsors ,John and Michelle Klein from the Victoria Hotel and Ray White Rural Goondiwindi.
Ex from www.goondiwindirugbyclub.com.au/club-history