Cowboys duo used to Garden City trip
RUGBY LEAGUE: Two Warwick Cowboys footy players are getting to know the road to Toowoomba well - they travel to Toowoomba three times a week to play/train for the Toowoomba Clydesdales under-18 team in the Mal Meninga Cup.
Mitch McMahon is in his second season for the U18 side after playing hooker last season.
He is starting at lock this season and playing hooker when needed.
New Cowboys recruit Jazz Namana has started at centre in all games this season.
"We didn't win a game last season and have an outside chance of a finals berth this season with two games to go. I have a lot of dedicated team-mates in the Clydesdales team," McMahon said.
The Clydesdales play Central Crows at Chinchilla this weekend and the following Saturday against Mackay Cutters at Gold Park.
"We will have to win our final two games by large margins and have other results go our way to make the finals."
The Clydesdales had a bye last weekend and both played for the Cowboys, McMahon scoring two tries from hooker and Namana one from 20 metres out after breaking through.
When the cup season ends, both will be back in Cowboys U18 colours.
"I am keen to play with the Cowboys as I have a lot of good mates in the team. We will need to improve a lot to make the finals," McMahon said.
Long-term, he is keen to play under-20 for the Clydesdales in 2015 and then aim for a Queensland Cup spot.
"This season has been a good improvement for me, I had a really good pre-season," he said.
"I like defending and think lock is my best position."
Namana moved with his family from the Gold Coast to Karara at the end of the 2013 season after playing for the Ormeau Shearers in the Gold Coast U16 competition.
"I am enjoying my time with the Clydesdales. It was cool to play for the Cowboys on Sunday. It is good to see the community get behind the local team."
Like many young footballers, his long-term aim is to play NRL.
"I just want to take it as it comes, I usually play in the back row, but in the centres for the Clydesdales, I am just happy to be in the team," he said.