Cowboys and Tigers to battle for new memorial trophy
RUGBY LEAGUE: The Warwick Cowboys and Souths Tigers will play the first Mark Browne Memorial Game at Clive Berghofer Stadium at 6.30pm Saturday.
Mark died in 2012 but his memory lives on with family, mates and two rugby league clubs.
There is already a memorial photo of Mark at Father Ranger Oval at the entrance to the deck area.
Mark played for Cowboys' teams which won TRL A-grade premierships in 1987 and 1988.
He scored a try in the Cowboys grand-final win against Pittsworth in 1987 and also played for the Toowoomba Clydesdales.
After his premiership successes in Warwick, Mark worked in Toowoomba and joined the Souths club.
In 2010, when the Cowboys held the club's 25th anniversary dinner, Browne was named in the Cowboys Team of the 1980s, a team dominated by players from the 1987 and 1988 premiership teams.
Warwick Cowboys Old Boys committee member Mark Sullivan said the Souths club came up with the idea of a memorial game each year when the two clubs meet in the first round.
"The clubs have worked together with Mark's family to organise the memorial trophy which will be contested on Saturday night,” Sullivan said.
What stood out about Mark Browne was how he was everyone's friend.
"Everyone liked Mark,” Sullivan said.
"He was involved in everything with the footy club. Mark was always at working bees and worked on building the clubhouse, which was all done by volunteers.
"Mark was always bubbly and had a huge range of friends within football, cricket and social circles.”
Well after retiring from A grade, Browne again wore a Warwick jersey when he joined many of his friends to claim two C-grade premierships in the Darling Downs Rugby Union competition.
One of his facebook comments to football friends was "we didn't know at the time, we thought we were just having fun and what we were doing was creating memories”.
"Everyone involved with the club now and in the past has many fond memories of Mark,” Sullivan said.
As well as being a classy footballer, Mark enjoyed premiership success with the Wheatvale club in Warwick A-grade cricket.
He was a fast bowler and handy batsman and played representative cricket for Warwick.