Cowboys claim Barrett Shield
FRONT rower Garry Ellery led from the front at Platz Oval on Saturday evening as the Warwick Cowboys ground down a determined Wattles outfit to win the 20th anniversary Barrett Family Shield 28-12.
Ellery was judged best and fairest player and received the Terry Doyle Memorial Medallion in after-match presentations.
A big crowd enjoyed perfect football weather while watching the Cowboys run in five tries to Wattles' two to take the honours.
Warwick hooker Paul Cantwell had a busy game collecting two touchdowns for his efforts, while halfback and skipper Trent Achilles was creative, setting the Warwick attack alight.
Impressive Kiwi import prop Mitchell Marsh scored the first try of the match for Warwick before Wattles back-rower Luke Baker levelled the ledger after 20 minutes. Cowboys stacked on two more tries in quick succession through Cantwell and fellow forward Jarrod Bradfield to lead 16-6.
Prolific point scorer Anthony McIntosh showed brilliant skills scooping up a loose ball on the fly to touch down in the corner in the shadow of half-time to have Wattles trailing at the break 16-12.
The initial 20 minutes of the second stanza saw some fierce defence, the Warriors hemmed in their own half as the Cowboys forwards lifted the momentum.
Paul Cantwell crossed for his second try midway through the half, team-mate and winger Jimmy Olsen sealing the result with a try in the final minutes.
It was a fitting contest for a trophy game that has become a significant rugby league tradition between the two neighbouring clubs.