Scott Beard and Nick Owens are ready for the reserve-grade game against Newtown on Sunday.
Scott Beard and Nick Owens are ready for the reserve-grade game against Newtown on Sunday. Gerard Walsh

Duo hopes to go out with a bang

FEW teams come from last to win a premiership but that is what Nick Owens and Scott Beard reckon the Warwick Cowboys reserve-grade side can do this season.

Owens and Beard, both 30, have a special reason to win: The 2011 season will be their last.

They both played for Eastern Suburbs in a Warwick and District Junior Rugby league grand final win against Millmerran in 1994.

Both joined the Cowboys in 1996 and played A grade in 1999 in a season when Warwick won 12 successive games before going down in the grand final to Oakey.

They need to string together some wins this season to make the finals but, despite being equal last in reserve grade, the side is only three points out of the top five.

Beard, who was away from Warwick for many years with his work as a painter, rejoined the Cowboys in 2009 and was in two A-grade sides which made the semi-finals in 2009-2010.

“Nick and I are good mates and wanted to have one last season together in reserve grade,” Beard said.

“This will be it for me: I have a family to think about.”

Owens has coached Warwick to President’s Cup and reserve-grade grand-final victories so knows what is required.

“We drew with Dalby and they are undefeated. It is a very open competition in reserve grade,” Owens said.

“The club has a squad of 28 for reserve grade and they are getting keen. A lot of the players are friends from a long time ago.”

As for A grade, Owens has a message for the other clubs in the Toowoomba Rugby league competition.

“Watch out for Warwick in two to three years time if we can keep the young players we have got,” he said.

Tomorrow, Warwick plays reserve grade against Newtown at 1pm and A grade at 2.30pm at Father Ranger Oval.

Women will be admitted free tomorrow for Mother’s Day and there will be free tea, coffee, wine and nibblies for women.



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