Warwick Cowboys 2010 club captain Ryan McIvor and inaugural 1986 A-grade captain Brian Dunne with one of 17 framed jerseys to be auctioned at 25th anniversary celebrations.
Warwick Cowboys 2010 club captain Ryan McIvor and inaugural 1986 A-grade captain Brian Dunne with one of 17 framed jerseys to be auctioned at 25th anniversary celebrations.

League coach recalls early seasons

BRIAN Dunne is able to talk about the early years of the Warwick Cowboys as if it was yesterday.

The 25th anniversary celebrations of the club will be held on July 16-18.

Dunne was A-grade captain in 1986 but suffered a neck injury during the season.

He returned to action just in time to play the finals series in reserve grade and share in the Cowboys’ first premiership win in any grade.

He was captain-coach in A-grade in 1987, when Warwick beat Pittsworth in the grand final for its inaugural premiership in the top grade.

In 1988 he started the season as A-grade non-playing coach but returned to the field to share in a second premiership win. George McVeigh was captain.

“There was a good feeling about rugby league in Warwick after the Cowboys club was formed from Suburbs and Collegians seniors,” he said.

“All the business houses got behind us, and we had an abundance of players.”

He remembers the strong Warwick push to field a team in Toowoomba and opposition from some league officials.

“When we finally made it to Toowoomba we were keen to do well,” he said.

Only 50 tickets remain for the anniversary dinner on July 17 at St Mary’s Hall.

Seventeen framed anniversary jerseys will be auctioned at the celebrations.

They can be obtained from Brian Dunne, email bjsullivan1@bigpond.com or phone 4661 3025.

Sullivan is also keen to hear from dinner patrons who are yet to pay for and collect their tickets.



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