Warwick Cowboys senior vice-president David O’Leary in front of some of the damage at the clubhouse at Queens Park.
Warwick Cowboys senior vice-president David O’Leary in front of some of the damage at the clubhouse at Queens Park. Gerard Walsh

Break-in a double blow for Cowboys

The broken glass in a door at the Warwick Cowboys Clubhouse has been boarded up.

GUT-WRENCHING was the word Warwick Cowboys Rugby League Club senior vice-president David O'Leary used to describe a weekend break-in at the clubhouse at Queens Park.

Warwick Police were informed of the break-in early Sunday on a day the club was hoping to be playing in its first TRL A-grade grand final for 15 years.

A late Gatton try a week ago ended the Cowboys premiership dreams and vandals have now left a bad taste in the mouths of all Cowboys supporters.

O'Leary said he believed he was talking for all sporting clubs that all were sick of the vandalism.

"This is our second break-in this year, most clubs have been hit by vandalism to their club houses or facilities," he said.

The weekend vandalism resulted in broken windows, damage to locks and floor coverings after those concerned used the fire extinguishers inside the clubhouse.

O'Leary said some food and drinks were taken from the canteen.

"They tried hard but didn't gain access to the bar," he said.

"The lock is damaged so the key won't work so it is still locked.

"There was more damage this time than most times in the past.

"It is particularly disappointing when the club was about to start work on a new irrigation system with pop up sprinklers which will irrigate the field with the push of a button," he said.

"Currently volunteers move an irrigator to progressively irrigate the field; we received a grant due to the great work of secretary Garry Hanson."

O'Leary said the club members were continually upgraded facilities so this was a kick in the guts.

"I ask anyone who sees cars at Queens Park at night or hears noises from the area to inform police," he said.

The damage has dampened preparations for the annual club presentations on Saturday night but, as always, the volunteers, will put in the hours and the party will go ahead.

Any info to Warwick Police on 4660 4444.



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