Cowboys finals games high point of the season
TUESDAY TANTRUM WITH GERARD WALSH: A grand final, Premier League announcement and a Force signing were some of the highlights of the year in footy.
The Warwick Cowboys made it to the A-grade grand final for the first time in 17 years when they played Pittsworth in the Toowoomba Rugby League season decider on a wet Sunday at Clive Berghofer Stadium. The U18s went down earlier in the day.
It had shades of 1987 when the Cowboys and Pittsworth played off in A grade. The grand final head-to-head score is now one-all, 1987 Cowboys win and 2016 Pittsworth win.
Three forwards have departed for overseas and Cowboys coach Craig Mullaly doesn't change teams for the sake of it. Players wanting to be in the top team in 2017 should be working hard now.
Winger Brodie Quirk is a case in point. He played reserve grade in 2015, secured an A-grade spot early in 2016 and held it. He even made it to the Toowoomba Clydesdales.
Inglewood returned to the BRL to win first up but sadly Wallangarra didn't make it through the season. A footy team gives a focus to places like Inglewood, Wallangarra and Killarney.
From a Warwick football perspective, the Wolves had colts and women's team in grand finals. Louise Rolfe was one of the leading scorers in Australia.
The Wolves will host academy coaches from Premier English club West Bromwich Albion next year and juniors beware, they are looking for players of the future.
Warwick was involved in one junior Aussie Rules grand final and the Water Rats made it to the semis in B-grade rugby.
The biggest footy games were the Queensland and New South Wales women's rugby union sevens matches hosted by the Water Rats and The Scots PGC College.
As for individuals, Water Rats second rower Will Dearden is off to the Western Force colts and Cowboys forward Trent Richardson played Queensland Rangers.