Cowboys come clean after the flood

Dylan Watt, Shane Locke, Scott Fisher, Nugget Locke and Blake Doro.
Dylan Watt, Shane Locke, Scott Fisher, Nugget Locke and Blake Doro. Georja Ryan

THERE were plenty of people with brooms, Gernis and shovels at the Cowboy's Football Club home base at Father Ranger Oval at the weekend as players and club members helped clean the grounds after the flood.

One of the helpers, player Dylan Watt, said he was devastated to see his club hit by another disaster.

"That's three times in two years so it's pretty devastating," Mr Watt said.

Cowboys president Peter Locke said while the club could not determine the exact cost of the damage so soon after the flood, things weren't looking good.

"It's blown all our doors out, so in glass doors and windows alone we're looking at over $15,000," Mr Locke said.

Kitchen appliances in the clubhouse are bolted to the floor and could not be removed before the flood inundated the building.

Mr Locke said the extent of the damage could not be assessed until it had all dried out.

"Plus we can't turn field lights on just yet so we don't know what damage was done there until we can check," he said.

"The positive thing is that the field is quite good - clean as a whistle."

Mr Locke put on a barbecue for the helpers on Saturday.

"We got a new barbecue donated by Gary Kelly at Bank of Queensland, and Des Jurd at the Palace Hotel has donated some beers," he said.

While it is still a long road ahead for the Cowboys, Mr Locke said it was the club spirit that made it all worth it.

"No way could we do it without them," he said about those who had helped out.

"We would be here for six months doing what the volunteers here have done in a week.

"One of the committee members Paul Hallman said, and I totally agree, 'the sad part is, we're getting better at it'."



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