John Trindall, Xylon Smith and Vinnie Mei won best player awards against Highfields.
John Trindall, Xylon Smith and Vinnie Mei won best player awards against Highfields. Gerard Walsh

Cowboys prepare to face Tigers

THE Warwick Cowboys’ next challenge is against South Tigers at Clive Berghofer Stadium, Toowoomba, on Sunday.

Last week the Cowboys hosted the Highfields Eagles and were able to manage two wins out of three games.

Full credit to Highfields for making the trip even though they struggled for numbers in a couple of grades and they will no doubt be competitive in the years ahead.

A grade

You couldn’t wipe the smile off coach George McVeigh’s face after the Condy Club A graders finally chalked up a much deserved win.

Forwards Jim Roulston, John Trindall, Brayden Hockings and captain Aaron McVeigh all ripped in to the Eagles and this provided plenty of opportunities for the back line to show what they can do.

Garry “Burgess” Ellery continued his impressive form and the club is certainly hoping that he makes a re-appearance for us again next year.

Vinnie Mei was again outstanding in his switch to the backline and he along with Ben Carter, Micheal O’Keefe and Micheal Nielsen caused plenty of headaches for the Eagles.

Coach George McVeigh would personally like to thank the under 18 players who stepped up to cover for some late withdrawals.

Chris “Whiskers” McGahan deserves a mention for having a go in the top grade after rather short notice and coach McVeigh certainly appreciates his effort.

Reserve Grade

Coach Nick Owens was pleased to bounce back into the winners circle with a dominant display at home.

The Horse and Jockey reggies showed what they are capable of with some very strong, entertaining football being played. Owens was impressed with the games from Zylon Smith, Jamie Cochrane and Nathan Horne.

Captain Scott Beard led from the front yet again and it was a solid all round team performance.

Under 18s

The Wickham Freight Lines Young Cowboys went down to the first placed Eagles in a tight match.

Defence was a highlight of the game with the Young Cowboys muscling up in the first half against a very good side.

Coach Jon Thomas was very happy with the commitment the boys showed and feels that this side is yet to reach its potential.

Big games from Lincoln Cutmore and Kurt Mooney in the backs while in the forwards captain Joe McIvor Travis Burton and Jake Landers were the standouts.

Fullback Matthew Gilchrist suffered an injury in the final few minutes of the match after he had a solid game and we wish him a speedy recovery.

The Young Cowboys have another tough assignment this week against the second placed Tigers.

 

Teams

A Grade: Hayden McNichol, Ben Carter, Michael O’Keeffe, Michael Neilsen, Andrew Ryan, Vinnie Mei, Paul Cantwell, John Trindall, Aaron McVeigh (c), Garry Ellery, Brayden Hockings, Jim Roulston, Michael Ellis, Josh Klein, Lincoln Cutmore, Michael West, David Hallman.

Reserve Grade: Adam Byrne, Jamie Cochrane, Waka Hakaiti, Brock Grayson, Chris McGahan, Garth Miller, Donald Miller, Nick Owens, Craig Cantwell, Byron Manthey, Garry Hanson, Sam Dight, Scott Beard (c), Lindsay Locke, Brent Freeman, Tim Horne.

Under 18s: Bennett Sutton, Kurt Mooney, Dale Coombes, Jeremy Jerome, Peter Crummy, T.B.A, Lincoln Cutmore, Joe McIvor (c), Jack Thomas, Eamon Brownlie, Travis Burton, Jake Landers, Brodie Murphy, Scott Fisher, T.B.A, Patrick Cameron, Brock Eastwell, Regan McNichol, Jake Weier, Michael O’Keefe



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