Cowboys remember 1990 memories
TWENTY years down the track, Craig Scanlan has great memories of a Warwick Cowboys under-18 grand final victory against All Whites, a club now known as Brothers.
The Cowboys club was formed in 1986 and will celebrate its 25th reunion on July 16-18.
Half-back Tony McGahan was 1990 captain and is now coaching rugby union in Ireland after playing colts rugby league for the Brisbane Broncos.
Scanlan went on to play for the Toowoomba Clydesdales in a Queensland Cup title victory and for Warwick in the 1999 A-grade grand-final loss to Oakey.
Scanlan said the David Abood-coached side hadn't beaten All Whites all season.
“We learnt afterwards All Whites had their grand final celebration weekend booked before the game,” Scanlan said.
The vice-captain knew he was in a grand final when he was tackled in the first 10 minutes of the match.
“Three players came in throwing punches, an all-in brawl eventuated, some All Whites players were cautioned and Warwick received a penalty,” he said.
Scanlan believes the opposition tactics fired Warwick up to record a comfortable win.
“It was a good all-round team effort,” he said.
“Our team on paper the year before seemed a bit stronger but we were knocked out early in the 1989 finals.”
The three Scanlan brothers, Craig, Kerry and Simon, were all in the grand final team in 1999 and will be at the reunion with a family group of 15.
Scanlan said it was definitely good to see the Cowboys strong after a couple of lean years.
“I expect the game against premiers Valleys (July 18) on the anniversary weekend to be terrific,” Scanlan said.
“We drew the first round game with Valleys and can jump up a notch for the 25th anniversary weekend.”
Tickets for the Saturday night anniversary dinner are available from Carey Brothers Meats – email firstname.lastname@example.org phone 46611799; Brian Sullivan – email@example.com 46613025 and Gary Hanson – firstname.lastname@example.org 46673814.