Cowboys start afresh
AN experimental Warwick Cowboys A-grade side is set to take the field tonight against former Queensland Cup team Aspley.
Ryan McIvor, who last year played in the halves and centres will take to the field as full-back while 2009 reserve grade captain Matt Chapman, who usually plays hooker, will start at half back.
Wattles recruit Luke Brosnan will start at lock while Trent Achilles will wear the five-eighth jersey.
Aaron McVeigh will start at hooker while Garth Miller and Haydn McNicol will occupy the wings.
Coach Gary Lawrence said tonight would be a good opportunity to dust off the pre-season cobwebs and see how the team blended.
“At the end of the day we’ve got a good squad that will be competitive ... we’re looking forward to the challenge,” he said.
“Aspley were in the Queensland Cup two years ago and we’ve heard they’re bringing a competitive team up.”
Lawrence said he was going to experiment during the next few trial games before the Toowoomba Rugby League competition kicks off on April 11, and give as many players in contention for A-grade positions the opportunity to play in the top side.
“Next week we’ll have a different squad; we’ve had a lot of people train hard in the off-season,” he said.
“I want to see what we’ve got, I haven’t seen (the Cowboys) play in the flesh.”
He said the team only had its first run on Thursday night, when the squad was selected.
“They have been training as well as you can expect,” he said.
He said the team tonight would focus on basic structure and run a few basic plays.
“We’ve got some basic plays that we’ll be introducing this weekend which we’ll build from,” Lawrence said.
Lawrence said he was not looking too far ahead into the year.
“We want to be competitive in September,” he said.
“We’re just going to see how we go, if we can keep injury free and make the semis then we’ll look at our next set of goals from there.
“We want to make (the players) very good athletes and great people for the Warwick town; it is no good just being a great player. They’ll be good on the field and off the field.”
Cameron Mulcahy will start at prop while Stanthorpe recruit Scott Kerridge and Ipswich Jets import Bob Nicholls will play in the centres.
Workhorse Adam Fisher will play in the second row along with Brendan McNicol at number 12.
Scott and Chris McMahon will start from the bench and a further seven players from reserve grade will be picked tonight as reserves after their game against Fassifern.