STRONG HIT-UP: Luke Brosnan takes the ball up for the Warwick Cowboys against the Gatton Hawks in the TRL A-grade preliminary final at Clive Berghofer Stadium on Sunday.
STRONG HIT-UP: Luke Brosnan takes the ball up for the Warwick Cowboys against the Gatton Hawks in the TRL A-grade preliminary final at Clive Berghofer Stadium on Sunday. Kevin Farmer

Club proud of efforts

I AM very proud of the achievements of all 100 senior and 31 under-18 players registered with the Cowboys for 2014.

Our under-18 squad was a very young one and although missing out on the semi-finals, they always played with the true Cowboys spirit and will be a much stronger unit come 2015.

The Second Division C-grade squad showed what this division was set up for: a bunch of "older, somewhat training-shy" mates who got together to have a bit of fun, hang around to support their mates by stepping up to play reserve-grade and/or having a few beers and vocally supporting the Cowboys in the other grades.

The boys made the semis, won a couple and were a bit unlucky to go down to minor premiers Millmerran in the preliminary final.

The "reggies" started a bit scratchily but then strung together 10-straight wins to claim a top three spot come semi-final time.

Unfortunately the football gods did not smile upon the boys and injuries and work commitments made their time in the semis very difficult and they bowed out with a very gutsy display against Valleys in the second semi-final.

Dave O'Leary, Noel Louden, Craig Mullaly and Paul Hallman, thanks for your support and help in getting these "other grades" on the paddock and making the Warwick Cowboys a truly united club.

The A-grade boys, as with all the other grades, really made me proud, with their never-say-die attitude. With five or six weeks to go to the semi-finals they were in danger of not making the top five, but true to form showed what guts they had, dug in and secured fourth spot.

The semis started with atrocious weather and a truly gutsy come-from-behind win over Dalby in golden point extra time.

Next up was Souths, with the weather marginally better, and the boys again showed their determination with a very strong win.

They then had to face Gatton, the defending premiers, in the preliminary final. Luck's a fortune and despite leading, the Cowboys were beaten by two points in the 80th minute in what was a very entertaining game, played in two most contrasting halves. (It probably would have been better had the weather remained "ordinary".)

Captain-coach Jason Bradfield put in a great effort in what is an extremely tough gig these days.

Mark Sullivan and Jim Stevens, you gave Jason great support. The club's first aid officer Chris Costello and all the Leaguesafe people, together with a very special mention of Danny Lyons and all his support behind the scenes, completed a very strong support team for the Cowboys.

Chris did a great job and it was great to see her win the community service award in the Heritage Business Excellence Awards.

The executive, Mary-Anne Loudon, myself, Liz Browne, Don Browne, Dave O'Leary, all committee members, sponsors and supporters of the mighty Warwick Cowboys are very, very proud of these young men as they showed that country rugby league is alive and kicking and it augers well for the future of the mighty Cowboys.

On behalf of the executive, general committee members, players, supporters and sponsors of the Cowboys, we wish Wattles players and all support staff who have helped get the team to the grand final all the very best in your quest to bring the Hutchies A-grade trophy back to the Southern Downs.

Garry Hanson

Secretary



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