Cowboys riding high on confidence
PAUL Hallman is happy to use the word “confident” as his side prepares for the Toowoomba Rugby League C-grade President’s Cup final tomorrow at Clive Berghofer Stadium at 9.45am.
Hallman was one of four C-grade players at training on Thursday night.
“We don’t train as a team,” Hallman said.
The Warwick forward has the chance to celebrate his birthday, which was yesterday, with his second successive President’s Cup win as a C-grade player.
Many of the Cowboys C-grade players have made comebacks in the past two years after first playing rugby league at junior level with Eastern Suburbs and Collegians.
“We have former juniors from both clubs in C-grade, perhaps a few more from Suburbs this year,” Hallman said.
The lack of training hasn’t meant a stack of injuries. The loss of prop Nick Owens with a shoulder injury is the first for the season.
The cup final between the leading teams at the end of the first round will pit Warwick against Gatton.
“We went down to Gatton in the round game, but didn’t have star five-eighth James Jerome who had golf commitments or captain/half-back Mark Fowler who sat out the game to give other players a chance,” Hallman said.
“I am confident we can win.”
While the intensity in C-grade is a little less, Jerome said players still got wacked.
Back rower Robert Crummy admitted he was unfit but said with each game, his match fitness improved. He wasn’t in the team last season, so is keen to experience the winning feeling after a cup final.
Star back Leon Close said he played C-grade and usually came off the bench for Warwick in reserve grade.
“I play for the love of the game,” he said.
While Warwick and Gatton play the first game of the day tomorrow, Valleys has clinched a spot in each of the other finals.
At 2.30pm, Dalby and Valleys meet in the A-grade Madsen Rasmussen Trophy final.
Parking at Clive Berghofer Stadium is available in nearby Queens Park.