Cowboys claim a win
TENTERFIELD player Jake Landers scored two tries on debut in A-grade as the Warwick Cowboys made it three wins from its past four games with a 30-26 victory against Pittsworth on Saturday night at Father Ranger Oval.
The win was even more meritorious as Warwick was virtually out of contention for the top-five whereas Pittsworth was only one win away from equal fifth.
Landers scored his first try from five metres but his angled run from the quarter line to score in the corner late in the second half was a match clincher.
After the game, Landers, 17, said the speed of A-grade was far quicker than in the under-18 grade.
“I scored my second try off a pass from Lincoln Cutmore who I played with through the juniors,” Landers said.
“I have another season in under-18 footy.”
Warwick led the whole match but there were some anxious moments in the second half.
Leading 18-16 after 10 minutes of the second half, Warwick five-eighth Cutmore ran 70m to score for a 22-16 lead.
Warwick was held up over the line before hooker Aaron McVeigh burrowed over from close range for a 10-point lead.
A couple of dropped balls didn’t help the Warwick cause and Gatton scored a converted try to make the score 26-22.
After Landers scored his second try, Pittsworth fought back with a try three minutes from full-time but failed to convert.
As the full-time hooter sounded, Warwick received a penalty and was told by the referee they had to take it.
Cowboys fans had a few butterflies in the stomach as the first pass went to ground but a double knock on ended the game.
Coach George McVeigh said it had taken time but he was happy with his team’s performance in the past few games.
“We will retain most of the players for next year and already have a new player for 2012,” McVeigh said.
“We now play four teams in finals contention so want to dint a few finals aspirations.”
In A-grade, Aaron McVeigh and Paul Cantwell were judged the best players.
Warwick went down 24-12 in reserve grade. Craig Cantwell was best forward and Brock Grayson the best back.
In the under-18 game, Cutmore scored late in the game to secure a 16-all draw to claim one important competition point in the battle for the final five.
Cutmore played in both the U18 and A-grade games to finish with four tries and two goals for the day.
In good news for the club, Queensland Rangers forward Cameron Mulcahy played his second game of A-grade for the year after also playing reserve grade.
Mulcahy wore the number 13 jersey in A-grade for the first time in his Cowboys career. He normally plays in the front or second row.
Warwick plays Newtown on Sunday at Newtown then away games against Gatton and Wattles before hosting Valleys in the August 20 game which will be on the same program as the legends game between Warwick and District and the Dragons.
Warwick will play premiers Valleys in A-grade at 3pm on August 20 as a forerunner to the legends game.
A-grade: Warwick 30 (Jake Landers 2, Lincoln Cutmore 2, John Trindall, Aaron McVeigh tries, Hayden McNicol 3 goals) Pittsworth 26.
Reserve grade: Pittsworth 24 d Warwick 12 (Adam Byrne, Cameron Mulcahy tries, Brett Benz 2 goals).
Under 18: Warwick 16 (Lincoln Cutmore 2, Bennett Sutton tries, Lincoln Cutmore 2 goals) drew with Pittsworth 16.