Warwick Cowboys coach Craig Mullaly with forward Darren Pettiford who will play his first game for the club for a decade on Saturday against Aspley.
Warwick Cowboys coach Craig Mullaly with forward Darren Pettiford who will play his first game for the club for a decade on Saturday against Aspley. Gerard Walsh

Footy season kicks off with Cowboys game on Saturday

IT MIGHT only be February but the first senior footy of the season will be played this Saturday in Warwick.

Prop Darren Pettiford returns to Warwick Cowboys colours for the first time in a decade in the Father Ranger Oval game against Aspley.

Aspley is only able to bring two teams to Warwick and the first game will be reserve grade at 5pm.

Pettiford last played for the club in 2006 before injury and business commitments cut short a career which took him to junior state selection in rugby league and rugby union.

A-grade will kick off at 6.30pm Saturday.

Cowboys president David O'Leary said player numbers were building for the start of the new season.

"Some of our under-18 players will be in the reserve grade game on Saturday. Players from the under-18s can play seniors once they turn 17,” O'Leary said.

The Cowboys are training in all grades at 6pm each Tuesday and Thursday at Father Ranger Oval. More players are welcome at training and online registrations can be organised through the club.

This season's coaches are Craig Mullaly (A-grade), Nick Baker (reserve grade) and Matt Grew for the under-18s.

Pre-season program

February 18 v Aspley at home in two grades, first game 5pm

March 4 v Wattles at home in Barrett Shield, first of three games at 3.45pm

March 11 v Killarney away in Xylon Smith Memorial game in A-grade and possible game for Warwick reserve grade side.



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