The Warwick Cowboys reserve-grade side won the club’s first premiership in 1986. (Front, from left) Michael McVeigh, David Osborne, Simon Mitchell, captain Peter Watt, coach Dave Manthey, Paul Doyle, Darryl Aspinall, (middle) strapper Denise Beattie, Robert Dunstar, Noel Loudon, Tony Small, Rod Neal, Peter Roser, Peter Cresswell, Murray Croft, patron Tony Maroon, (back) Mick Cantwell, Mal Beattie, Steve Scotney, Glen Whitton, Brian Dunne, Lou Marshall, Robert Beattie, sponsor Paul Lysaght.
The Warwick Cowboys reserve-grade side won the club’s first premiership in 1986. (Front, from left) Michael McVeigh, David Osborne, Simon Mitchell, captain Peter Watt, coach Dave Manthey, Paul Doyle, Darryl Aspinall, (middle) strapper Denise Beattie, Robert Dunstar, Noel Loudon, Tony Small, Rod Neal, Peter Roser, Peter Cresswell, Murray Croft, patron Tony Maroon, (back) Mick Cantwell, Mal Beattie, Steve Scotney, Glen Whitton, Brian Dunne, Lou Marshall, Robert Beattie, sponsor Paul Lysaght. Naturalite Studio

Cowboy's to celebrate 25 years

THE first 25 years of the Warwick Cowboys Rugby League Football Club will be celebrated on July 16-18.

At the end of the 1985 season, Collegians and Eastern Suburbs senior clubs joined forces to field Warwick Cowboys teams in the Toowoomba competition for the first time.

Eastern Suburbs won the last St George Cup A-grade premiership in the Warwick and District competition in 1985. At that time, the competition went from Warwick south to Tenterfield and south west to Goondiwindi. Many of the same centres now have teams in the Border League which was formed in the mid 1990s.

In its first year in the competition, the Cowboys reserve-grade side under coach Dave Manthey won the club’s first premiership.

In 1987, second rower Luke Brennan scored a late try as Warwick beat Pittsworth 12-10 to win its first A-grade premiership under captain coach Brian Dunne.

Warwick won both A and reserve grade premierships in 1988, under-18 titles in 1990 and 2005 and reserve grade last season.

The anniversary celebrations will start with a meet and greet at the Condamine Sports Club on Friday night, July 16.

There is an anniversary dinner at St Mary’s Hall on the night of July 17 and naming of the Legends team, the Cowboys best from the past 25 years. League legend Shane Webcke is guest speaker.

On July 18, the Cowboys will be at home to Valleys in four grades. The Legends team will be paraded before the crowd.

Tickets for the dinner are for sale at Carey Brothers Meats - careybros@bigpond.com, phone 4661 1799; Brian Sullivan - bjsullivan1@bigpond.com, 4661 3025 and Gary Hanson - hansontribe@bigpond.com, 4667 3814.



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