Four Cowboys players hailed best
FOUR Warwick Cowboys players have been selected in what Toowoomba Clydesdales coach Russell Bailey has hailed the best Toowoomba representative side in at least six years.
Luke Brosnan, Cameron Mulcahy, Trent Achilles and Scott Kerridge have been selected in a 20-man squad which Bailey will take up to Bundaberg next month to contest the Central Division Carnival.
Bailey yesterday said Mulcahy and Brosnan were at this stage in his run-on team.
“It’s a mature team in a lot of ways ... it’s the best team we’ve fielded here in the last six year that I’ve been here,” Bailey said.
Bailey last year coached Valleys to a Toowoomba Rugby League A-grade premiership. He said while Achilles and Kerridge were not at this stage in his best 13, he was intending to give all 20 a run in the two-day knockout carnival.
Eight teams will be split into two pools for the knockout, and if the Clydesdales win the tournament, they will have to play five games.
The winner of the knockout tournament will have the chance to compete in the XXX Challenge which will select the best Queensland regional team to play the best NSW regional team before the second State of Origin match at Suncorp Stadium.
The Clydesdales are ranked second in the carnival behind Sunshine Coast and ahead of Rockhampton, but Bailey said he believed his team could win.
“Absolutely, we’ve got to take it one step at a time but we’ve got a terrific team – the fact that Cameron Mulcahy is available is fantastic,” he said.
“Trent will obviously be a utility and Scott could also start as well.”
Bailey said the first of three training sessions before the carnival would be held at Warwick on April 16.
“We could have had seven of the guys from Warwick if blokes like Adam Fisher and Brock Grayson were available,” he said.
Brosnan, 23, has played for the Clydesdales before and said he thought the team could win the knockout carnival.
He and Achilles, 20, are both playing in their first seasons for the Cowboys after playing for Wattles Warriors in the 2009 TRL competition.
Achilles hopes to either play hooker or halfback for the Clydesdales.