Get down to Redmond Oval and cheer on the Boars

The winning Toomelah team from last years's Border Knockout.
The winning Toomelah team from last years's Border Knockout.

The Goondiwindi Boars are all set to tackle the fifth annual Goondiwindi Border Knockout.

And Goondiwindi Rugby League President, Tony Carter can't wait to see the local boys in action.

"(Coach) Mark Offerdahl and Mal Peckham are doing a wonderful job. Mark has them training three days a week including Saturday morning. The boys are keen, fit and ready to go," he said.

They'll be hoping to follow in the footsteps of the Toomelah team which became the first local side to win the knockout last year.

But they will have to be at their best.

Coach Mark Offerdahl will be leading from the front.

Coach Mark Offerdahl will be leading from the front.

"You never really know who teams have until they get here, but we did hear there might be a former Australian player coming but we just have to wait and see," Tony said.

It all kicks off on Friday when the club conducts the draw at 6.30pm.

"It'll be a fairly early night. Most of the players will be taking it easy saving themselves for Saturday."

The action proper gets underway at 8.30a.m.

The 16 teams involved are: Warwick Cowboys, Dallas Green Memorial, Totem United Turtles

Richie & Sadie Memorial, Kamilaroi Galamaays, George Mills Memorial, Northern Gomeroi, North Coast Cowboys, Bruce Binge Memorial, Gulli-Wongal, Cherbourg Hornets A.B., Ngambaana Warriors, Bundjalung United, Theresa B's Eagles, Goondiwindi Boars and the Currumbin Eagles.

"There's team coming from Newcastle to the Sunshine Coast," Tony said.

Tony said interest was keen due to a later running time.

"Teams are using it as a trial for the season proper," he said.

And of course the money doesn't hurt.

The winner will take home $14,000, the runners-up $2,000 and there'll be a consolation prize of $1000.

"This is our biggest fundraiser of the year," Tony said.

Which is why he has urged all footy fans and Boars' fans to come out to Redmond Park.

"It's a great day of rugby league, c'mon out and cheer on the locals and have a great day out."

The final is on at 6.30pm.

Tony thanked an army of helpers including the Men of League, the CWA and the State Primary School Group.

"The music group will be at the gate for the entire season, don't forget to make a donation to them," Tony said.

The knockout is the start to to an exciting season for the Boars according to Tony.

"They are training hard and there's a great deal of excitement in the club," he said.

And they'll need it.

It's going to be along, hard season.

Newtown has returned to the Toowoomba Rugby League making it a 10-team competition with no byes.

Goondiwindi will field four teams and possibly five: A Grade, Reserve Grade, Under 18s and C Grade.

The Club is waiting to see if there is enough interest to form a women's tackle side.

"It's the first year the TRL has introduced a women's tackle competition and we're just not sure if we have the numbers," Tony said.

The first official trial match is a Tiki Party on Saturday February 22 against the Southern Suburb Tigers.

Wear your loudest Hawaiin shirt.

There'll be a band and....a "taxi" service. Check out the newlook Boars facebook page for more details.