James Jerome will be in action for Warwick in the C-grade President’s Cup final on Sunday.
James Jerome will be in action for Warwick in the C-grade President’s Cup final on Sunday. Gerard Walsh

Cowboys want C-grade league trophy

MARK Fowler is confident the Warwick C-grade side can win back-to-back President’s Cup finals in the Toowoomba Rugby League competition with a victory on Sunday.

Last season, Warwick won the first C-grade President’s Cup final played in the TRL for at least a decade.

Fowler was halfback in the winning side and has taken on the captain/coach role this season.

“I believe the form of five-eighth James Jerome and livewire fullback Leon Close will help steer us to a win,” Fowler said.

“Three of the Bohm brothers, Jamie, Denis and Matt are in the side and are in good form. I reckon Denis, who plays centre, is the best player in the competition.

“Josh McIntosh is putting on some big hits in defence and is smart out of dummy half.”

Fowler said his side won’t be overconfident after going down to Gatton by four points in the fixture game.

Warwick will be without prop Nick Owens who dislocated his shoulder in the 28-16 win against Dalby on Sunday at Father Ranger Oval.

“Nick is the only player out injured and we will miss his hard-running in attack,” Fowler said.

“Ron Perquin has been playing well but the team need him to step-up even more in the President’s Cup final.

“The hard, physical, game against Dalby on Sunday really tested us and has helped in our preparation.”

The Warwick C-grade side has 15 players this season who have made a comeback to the sport.

The big call on the field is “the C-grade Cowboys family”.

That is the chant through each game as players rev team-mates up for a bigger effort.

Fowler said it would be great to see most of the Cowboys players from the higher grades and many fans travel to Toowoomba for the 9.45am President’s Cup final on Sunday.

The game will be 30 minutes a half with time off when the referee signals.

While Fowler is keen to win on Sunday, he said the biggest prize this season would be a premiership win.

“We beat Valleys in the President’s Cup final last year and then lost to the same side in the grand final.”

The Warwick coach has 30 players in his squad but will be restricted to 20 on Sunday.

Fowler said the hardest decision each week was team selections.

“We just can’t fit everyone in the 20,” Fowler said.

“I sat out against Gatton and a few guys have volunteered to sit a game out.

“Everyone wants to play in the cup final.”



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