Cowboys stranded as clubhouse floods
RUGBY LEAGUE: Warwick Cowboys president Peter Locke has found it frustrating to be stranded at Maryvale when the Cowboys rugby league clubhouse was being inundated with floodwater.
Locke, 48, has lived at Maryvale his whole life and rates the floods in North Branch and Gap creeks as the highest he has seen.
While he was checking water in his own backyard at Maryvale, Locke was thinking about the Cowboys clubhouse.
"The water went to the back gate of our home and I have never seen it stay that high for that long," Locke said.
"It is disappointing to see water in the Cowboys clubhouse after all the work to get it back to the standard it was before the first flood in 2010."
Locke has been in regular contact with club members about the flood situation at Father Ranger Oval and commended the Cowboys volunteers and some from hockey who helped.
"It is brilliant people made themselves available in the early hours of Monday morning to salvage as much as they could," he said.
"It just shows the character of the people in the Warwick area."
Locke is hoping the ground and facilities at Father Ranger Oval will be ready for the Barrett Shield games on February 23 against Wattles and the March 3 games against Pittsworth.
"We will need a lot of volunteer support so we are ready for our two trials games," Locke said.
The club's two new recruits from England are still being put up in motel accommodation in Brisbane after plans were in place to bring the pair back to Warwick on Sunday for a welcome lunch at the Condamine Sports Club.
Road conditions put an end to that plan.