Cowboys pair Callum Freeman and Mitch McMahon in the under-18 game against Highfields.
Cowboys pair Callum Freeman and Mitch McMahon in the under-18 game against Highfields. Lynn Locke

Highfields game a bruising encounter for Warwick Cowboys

SCOTT Fisher and Brook Croft won player's player awards in reserve and under-18 grades for the Warwick Cowboys in TRL games against Highfields on Saturday at Father Ranger Oval.

Warwick lost by a margin of eight or less for the third time this season in reserve-grade, going down 30-26 to Highfields.

Coach Noel Loudon said the voting for players' player was close with Fisher recording four votes and a number of other players two votes each.

"Dan Byrnes scored three tries and kicked three goals for us," Loudon said.

"Graeme Benz played well in his return to footy."

Graeme played at age 46 along with his nephew Brett Benz, 32.

Fisher, Byrnes and Nick Cussen were the best.

Warwick lost its first game of the season in the under-18 game but still has a strong chance to make the President's Cup final on May 26.

Coach David O'Leary said plenty of his players had bruises after a hard-fought 24-14 loss after the score was 10-all at halftime.

"We need to work on our execution," O'Leary said.

Centre Brook Croft was the best player along with second rower Callum Freeman, fullback Ryan Grady and hooker Morgan Van De Sande.

Croft, Ayrton Friedricks and Mitchell McMahon scored the Warwick tries and Michael Pearson kicked a goal.

The U18 side has been boosted by the inclusion of Mitch McMahon who has finished his Clydesdales commitments for the season.

"His defence is a great asset at hooker or five-eighth," O'Leary said.

With five wins from six games, O'Leary believes Warwick can make the cup final with two wins from its final three games of the first round.

If teams are equal on the points table, the finalists will be determined on for-and-against.

Currently, Highfields (12 points) is plus 144, Warwick (10) plus 142 and Dalby (10) plus 108.

Highfields travel to Dalby on Sunday.

Warwick plays Oakey on Saturday at Oakey.

 

TABLES

A grade

  • Gatton 12
  • Pittsworth 10
  • Souths 9
  • Wattles 8
  • Valleys 6
  • Highfields 5
  • Brothers 4
  • Oakey 4
  • Warwick 2
  • Dalby 0

Reserve grade

  • Pittsworth 12
  • Wattles 8
  • Souths 8
  • Highfields 7
  • Gatton 7
  • Brothers 6
  • Dalby 4
  • Valleys 4
  • Warwick 2
  • Oakey 2

Under 18

  • Highfields 12
  • Warwick 10
  • Dalby 10
  • Brothers 8
  • Valleys 6
  • Oakey 5
  • Wattles 4
  • Souths 2
  • Gatton 2
  • Pittsworth 1


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