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Everything you need to know: XXXX League Championship semi-final

An age-old rivalry will again rear up when Toowoomba Clydesdales host Brisbane Red in the XXXX League Championship semi-final.

The best A grade players from each city will battle it out for a spot in the final against Cairns next month, with all the action from Clive Berghofer Stadium available to watch live on from 3pm Saturday.

Brisbane Red fended off Gold Coast, Ipswich and Brisbane Green in the XXXX Chairman's Challenge last month to reach this stage, while Toowoomba won the Central region's XXXX 47th Battalion carnival, coming from behind to overrun Rockhampton in the tournament final.

These two teams butted heads in the 2021 XXXX League Championship final, with Brisbane prevailing 46-26 at North Ipswich Reserve on that occasion.

Toowoomba and Brisbane once - along with Ipswich - battled regularly for the Bulimba Cup, a notoriously fierce home-and-away round-robin competition starting in 1925.

Brisbane won 19 and Toowoomba 16 titles by the time it ended in 1972 - the Clydesdales famously getting up in 1970 on the back of a powerhouse performance from Paul Morgan, who later co-founded the Brisbane Broncos.

The game may look a bit different today, but the toughness and exuberance of Toowoomba and the skill of Brisbane is still expected to shine, as the rivalry continues.

Everything you need to know

What: XXXX League Championship semi-final

When: 3pm Saturday, June 17

Where: Clive Berghofer Stadium, Toowoomba

Broadcast: Subscribe to watch live on


Toowoomba Clydesdales

1. Chris Woodbridge (Dalby)

2. Dylan Chown (Valleys)

3. Matthew Waites (Valleys)

4. Matt Christensen (Wattles)

5. Geoffrey Prince (Goondiwindi)

6. Dwayne Duncan (Valleys)

7. Ben Cook (Southern Suburbs)    

8. Luke Maiden (Southern Suburbs)                   

9. Harry Sullivan (Warwick)

10. Maika Turaganilewa Mate (Highfields)

11. Jackson Shelswell (Valleys)

12. Cooper Howlett (Southern Suburbs)

13. Domenic Whittingham (Valleys)

14. Ashley Jarrett (Goondiwindi)

15. Trae Bennetto (Goondiwindi)

16. Sailasa Cakau (Highfields)

17. Jake Speed (Warwick)

Coach: Colin Speed

Brisbane Red

1. Pemulwuy Yanner (Valleys)

2. Richard Pandia (West Brisbane)

3. Jalen Reweti (Wynnum Manly Juniors)

5. Jack Stafford (Bulimba)

14. Mitchell Butler (Carina)

6. David Quinlin (Beenleigh)

7. Hayden Herbert (Bulimba)

8. Samuel Wallis (Bulimba)

9. Justin Smith (Carina)

10. Dilbert Issac (Brighton)

11. Jarrett Boland (Brighton)

12. Izaac Skyring (Bulimba)

13. Reed Young (Valleys)

15. James Robinson (Wynnum Manly Juniors)

16. Connor Brebner (Wynnum Manly Juniors)

17. Ethan Malt (Wynnum Manly Juniors)

18. Savaan Tahere (Wynnum Manly Juniors)

Coach: Darren Ferricks

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