(From left) Warwick Cowboys trio Shane Duck, halfback Trent Achilles (with ball) and David Hallman will be lining up in a crucial round against Newtown on Sunday at Newtown.
(From left) Warwick Cowboys trio Shane Duck, halfback Trent Achilles (with ball) and David Hallman will be lining up in a crucial round against Newtown on Sunday at Newtown. GERARD WALSH

Cowboys battle to finals start

THE Cowboys will go up against Newtown Lions on Sunday in four grades at Newtown.

The Lions are in finals contention in all grades, so the Cowboys expect a tough day out but, with a couple of key players returning from injury, will hopefully turn around their poor form of recent weeks.

The day kicks off with C-grade at 10.15am, so all players and supporters are urged to travel to Newtown early to help the Cowboys kickstart their run to the finals, which start in five weeks.

The A-grade side finally had some good news on the injury front with the McIvor brothers returning this week for the 2.30pm game.

The return of five-eighth Ryan and centre Jesse will add some much-needed spark in attack and gives Luke Brosnan an opportunity to return to his favoured backrow position.

The Cowboys will still be without representative players Cameron Mulcahy and Scott Kerridge who have both had knee surgery.

Both are expected to return to the paddock in the next two weeks.

Cowboys’ players had an opportunity with the bye to get away from footy and freshen up before the lead-up to the semis.

The sixth-placed Lions will be desperate to stay in the race for the finals.

Warwick currently holds a one-point advantage over the Lions and need to win this week to be assured of a spot in the top five.

After handing the Lions their only home loss of the season, this should be a bruising affair.

With injury and work commitments severely damaging the playing ranks, the next few weeks are all must-win games to make the semi finals.

The under-18 side was the only Cowboys team to play last weekend and the young Cowboys notched up another win against Highfields.

Massive team changes from coach McVeigh enabled bench players to gain some much-needed game time, with most of the boys playing out of position.

Good games were played by Scott Fisher, Jack Thomas, Lindsay Locke and Ethan Moore.

Best back and players’ player went to Dylan Watt, best forward was Joe McIvor, while the game was cut short due to injury to a Highfields player.

The Cowboys were grateful to Highfields for turning up, even though under strength.

Warwick is at home to Gatton on Sunday week at Father Ranger Oval.



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