Cowboys face first test of 2020 season
RUGBY LEAGUE: The Cowboys will face their first test of the 2020 season this weekend when they compete in the Goondiwindi Border Knockout challenge.
It’s the first time the Cowboys will play in the annual carnival, which is open to any club or individual team wanting to enter.
“I just thought it would be something different and a bit of fun to start the season,” A-grade head coach Matt Grew said.
“It will give us an indication of how we are going so far this season.
“We’re just going out there with the purpose to get some contact games under our belt ahead of the season.”
Unsure of his starting side, Grew said the team wouldn’t be at full strength – with a number of players already committed to teams in the competition.
“Players like Coedie Tandy and Nick Bloomfield from our A-grade team won’t be available for selection,” he said.
“It’ll be disappointing not to have them, but there are players pushing for selection so this is a good opportunity to get some game time.”
Despite being down some players, Grew is looking forward to the opportunity to give new players a chance.
“It’s a good chance for the boys coming out of our under-18s team to get a taste of what senior men’s football is like,” he said.
“Players on the fringe of making the A-grade to team can make their claim.”
Preparing for physical games, there will be no lack of competition between players.
“It’s tough football, really tough football,” he said.
“I’d imagine that it’ll be fast and physical footy that is highly skilled.”