Halfback Paul Cantwell is a key player against Dalby tomorrow at Father Ranger Oval.
Halfback Paul Cantwell is a key player against Dalby tomorrow at Father Ranger Oval.

Hoping to keep jersey for a decade

PAUL Cantwell has the Warwick Cowboys number seven jersey this season and wants to keep it for a decade.

Tomorrow he plays halfback against Dalby in A-grade at 2.30pm at Father Ranger Oval. The first games are at 10.30am.

Cantwell has been one of the best of a young Cowboys side which is battling gamely against more experienced A-grade teams this season.

The loss of 13 A-grade players from last season – mainly to injury, overseas travel and transfers with work – hasn't made it an easy season for the new breed.

Cantwell played for the Warwick under-18 side last season and is having a lot of fun in the top grade.

He had a chance to play against Brothers five-eighth and former international Jason Smith (Brothers) in the first fortnight of the season.

Cantwell noted after the game the extra time Smith had in attack, a description often used when talking about class players.

Smith rated Cantwell and five-eighth Brett Benz as the best two for Warwick.

“I am hoping to keep the Warwick number seven jersey for a decade, if they will have me,” Cantwell said.

With the Cowboys club being formed in 1986 from players at the former Collegians and Eastern Suburbs senior clubs, Cantwell is a second-generation Cowboy.

His father, Mick, played A grade for the Cowboys in the back row and his brother Craig now plays reserve grade in the outside backs.

The Cantwell brothers also play cricket and won a reserve-grade premiership this season with Wheatvale.

In his junior days, the Cowboys halfback was an outstanding cricket all rounder for Darling Downs and South West at state championship level.

There are few cricketers with a better technique with bat or ball, the same could be said about his A-grade footy for the Cowboys.



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