The Cowboys team of the 1980s (back, from left) Tony Watson, Simon Beattie, Rob Beattie, Tony Small, George McVeigh, Brian Dunne, (middle) Fraser Young, David Abood, Rod Neal, Ray Bowman, (front) Rod Wilton, Brad Rushton, Mark Browne, Warren Croft, Noel Loudon and Nick Brennan. Luke Brennan is also in team.
The Cowboys team of the 1980s (back, from left) Tony Watson, Simon Beattie, Rob Beattie, Tony Small, George McVeigh, Brian Dunne, (middle) Fraser Young, David Abood, Rod Neal, Ray Bowman, (front) Rod Wilton, Brad Rushton, Mark Browne, Warren Croft, Noel Loudon and Nick Brennan. Luke Brennan is also in team. Gerard Walsh

Cowboys jerseys sell well

WARWICK Cowboys Legends fullback Norm Cox set the scene on Saturday night by paying $1500 for the fullback jersey in the best team of the 25 years.

The announcement of the Legends team was preceded by the announcement of the three teams of the decades.

Jerseys framed by Perry Cronin, of Allora, for all 17 numbers in the Legends team were auctioned at the club 25th reunion dinner at St Mary's Hall on Saturday.

Cox opened the bidding at $700 under the hammer of auctioneer Peter Rookas and the price quickly rose to $1500.

Ten of the 17 players in the Legends team, or their relatives, bought jerseys with their former Legends numbers. The highest price of the night was $2200 paid by Legends number 12 Nick Brennan. He won a bidding battle with long-serving Cowboys player Ben Brownlie.

Brownlie then paid $1700 for jersey 15.

The lowest price for a jersey was $500. The Cowboys club raised $22,400 in total from the jersey auction.

Rookas, George McVeigh, Glen Whitton and David McIvor shared the auctioneer's role.

Ross Ellis recorded sales and rated the auction and night a great success.

“Past and current players and fans wanted a piece of Cowboys history,” Ellis said.

“Bidding was pretty serious. A few people were disappointed they missed out on specific jerseys.

“The average price tended to rise as the auction proceeded.”

Legends team: 1 Norm Cox, 2 Rob Beattie, 3 Simon Beattie, 4 Simon Scanlan, 5 Ray Bowman, 6 Rod Wilton, 7 David Richards, 8 Brian Dunne, 9 George McVeigh, 10 Tony Watson, 11 Cameron Mulcahy, 12 Nick Brennan, 13 Warren Croft, 14 Craig Scanlan, 15 Rod Neal, 16 Mark Lane, 17 Michael Coorey.

Dinner quotes

Guest speaker Shane Webcke:

"My mother went to the juniors on Saturday to watch my son Hayden play for Souths and said it was just as good as it used to be when she took us (Shane and brother Dallas) to Wattles.

"It was in the juniors at Wattles where my love of the game grew. The juniors just need better support from the top end.

"Player negotiations should never be in public. It is hard for fans struggling to pay off a house when an NRL player complains about what he is paid. I am loath to criticise a player about what they do. Israel Folau has become the highest paid AFL player and has never played the game.

"A lot of work needs to be done to help NRL players transform from football to normal life."

President Greg Carey:

"This year cements the club's foundations.

"The Cowboys nearly fell over in 2000 and 2001. Except for the guts and determination of players who lined up for two games a day and got belted, we wouldn't be here tonight.

"I pay tribute to other reunion committee members Brian Sullivan, Con Seibel, Andy Wilson, Keith Farrell and Geoff Brennan."

Peter Rookas MC:

"Warwick signalled they would be a force to be reckoned with by beating Newtown in the Newtown night trials on January 31, 1986. The Cowboys won the club championship in the same year.

Past Cowboys coach Peter Nolan:

"Brian Dunne is a legend of the Cowboys, there is not a person in the club not influenced by him as a player or coach."



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