Cowboys in cliffhanger
SECOND rower Brendan McNicol was the best player on the field as Warwick drew 22-all with premiers Valleys in A-grade rugby league at Herb Steinohrt Oval on Saturday night.
Warwick coach Gary Lawrence said McNicol showed with his performance against Valleys he was a player of the future for Warwick and representative teams.
“We had enough opportunities to win two games but now know we can compete with the best teams,” he said.
“Our side is still a long way from where we want to be.”
The score was 6-all at half time. Warwick led 22-18 with 10 minutes to go before conceding a try in the corner in the final minute of play. Valleys missed the conversion.
Lawrence was again high in praise of his bench.
“We gave an opportunity to forward Josh Hancock who played well and is getting fitter each week,” Lawrence said.
“Jarred Bradfield was also good off the bench and Scott McMahon went well in every position we put him.”
Centre Jesse McIvor played a full game of reserve grade and then impressed in A-grade after replacing the injured Scott Kerridge in the first half.
The Warwick reserve-grade side lost its first fixture game since the beginning of the 2009 season when it went down 38-11 to Valleys.
Warwick went down 23-16 to a strong Valleys under-18 side but won 42-12 in C-grade.
Cameron Mulcahy, Zac Pauli, McIvor and Trent Achilles scored tries in A-grade and Achilles landed three goals.