BARRETT SHIELD: Winners Warwick and Wattles together after the A-grade match.
BARRETT SHIELD: Winners Warwick and Wattles together after the A-grade match. Jonno Colfs

Cowboys coach analyses narrow win against Wattles

WARWICK Cowboys won all three games on Barrett Shield night at Father Ranger Oval to carry on some of the momentum from grand final appearances in two grades last season.

But don't read too much into the scores, Wattles will be better for their first run of the season.

In the under-18 game, it was 76-6 to Warwick.

The Cowboys won reserve grade 22-0 and the Barrett Shield A-grade game 24-18.

Cowboys coach Craig Mullaly answers a few questions about the A-grade game.

What was the turning point of the game: It was pretty even all the way through. It was a physical game but was played in good spirit. Both teams played nice and hard.

How did the game pan out: Warwick led 10-8 at halftime, then it was 18-14 and Dion Galloway scored, Dan Watson converted to make it 24-14 to us with a couple of minutes to go.

What happened in the last minute: Wattles half Matt Duggan cross kicked with 40 seconds to go and winger James Johnson was unmarked to catch the ball and score.

Who was your best player: Half Paul Cantwell won the Terry Doyle Medal for the best player on the field and won the Cowboys best back award. Darren Petttiford won the best forward award for the Cowboys.

How is Darren going after a decade on the sidelines: He is settling in nicely. Darren is still trying to find his rhythm and timing in attack and defence but I am really happy with how is he going.

Tell us about the boys from Aspley in Brisbane: Three players from Aspley signed up to play with us in reserve and A grade on Saturday. Two are back rowers and one a front rower and they have plenty of size. They went well at the weekend. After a couple more games under their belts, they will be pretty handy for us.

What about training for the Aspley boys: They came up on Friday night and trained with us and will come up again this Friday. At this stage, we are training Tuesday and Friday nights.

Who were the biggest threats from Wattles: Halves Matt Duggan and Jordan Gale. Wattles did a lot of rotation in the forwards but have a pack with plenty of size. Wattles will be hard to beat this season, they will have a good footy side.

What about Killarney this Saturday in the Xylon Smith memorial game: We are looking forward to it. Killarney has had good numbers at training and won't be any pushover.

When is your first fixture game: March 19 against premiers Pittsworth at Father Ranger Oval.

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