RUBBING SHOULDERS: North Queensland Cowboys player Ethan Lowe with Perry and Cassie Cronan, and little fans Molly and Mahalia Cronan (middle).
RUBBING SHOULDERS: North Queensland Cowboys player Ethan Lowe with Perry and Cassie Cronan, and little fans Molly and Mahalia Cronan (middle). Ben Wilmott

Allora fans meet with Cowboys star forward at museum

ALLORA residents got a chance to shake hands with reigning premiership star Ethan Lowe from the North Queensland Cowboys yesterday.

Lowe was in town on his way to visit his brother in Brisbane and made an unexpected visit to the Allora Sports Museum.

Lowe was part of the Cowboys side that defeated Queensland rivals the Brisbane Broncos in a thrilling grand final at Suncorp Stadium.

In the dying minutes of the game, the Cowboys snatched victory after a disastrous fumble from halfback Ben Hunt gave Cowboys captain Jonathan Thurston the chance to slot home a winning field goal from in front of the goal posts.

Lowe said the win was the perfect redemption after the Cowboys dropped out of the finals the two years before.

"It was definitely a great feeling to finally take home the win," he said.

"You can't blame one decision. We had chances to take both games and we didn't."

Lowe was born in Goondiwindi and started his rugby league career with the Goondiwindi Boars.

His parents, Bridget and Stephen Lowe, still live in Goondiwindi and still remember Ethan's first grand final win.

"He won his first one in under-12s with the Boars," Mrs Lowe said.

"We used to drive through Leyburn and say to Ethan, 'See that Webcke? That's how you have to play."

Yesterday fans took the opportunity to take a photo and meet the damaging second-row forward who dropped in and is well on his way to being added to the Allora hall of fame.



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