Cowboys called on to step it up
COACH Gary Lawrence has challenged his players to step up for each other in tomorrow’s Warwick Cowboys A-grade rugby league game against Valleys at Father Ranger Oval which is set to be a fitting finale to club 25th anniversary celebrations.
The Cowboys have been devastated by injuries in the past month but proved three weeks ago they can match it with the best in almost toppling Dalby.
Dalby went on to beat premiers Valleys in the Madsen Rasmussen Trophy final between the best teams at the end of the first round.
“If our players step up to the mark and watch the inside plays from Valleys, we can do well,” Lawrence said.
“The challenge is to play for each other. Regardless of who takes the field, if the players don’t step up they get smacked.
“If we get into the arm wrestle, we can compete with any side in the competition.
“Valleys will be at full strength and smarting after the loss to Dalby.”
Lawrence said Warwick had been the only team to trouble Valleys at home (Herb Steinohrt Oval) this season when the teams drew in round one.
Captain Cameron Mulcahy is booked for knee surgery on Monday but will play providing he gets a doctor’s clearance for a different injury, to his arm, which has kept him out in recent weeks.
If Mulcahy is out, prop John Trindall will move from the bench to the starting side after being players’ player in the win against Goondiwindi last weekend.
Centre Scott Kerridge has had knee surgery and Lawrence is hoping both Kerridge and Mulcahy will be available for the finals.
Winger Garth Miller and second rower Scott Beard have both been training on push bikes and a rowing machine in the past fortnight and only run on match day.
The Cowboys injury woes include club captain Ryan McIvor who has a grade one ankle ligament tear and is wearing a space boot at the moment.
With a heavy injury toll, Lawrence invited under-18 trio Jeremy Jerome, second rower Brayden Hockings and centre Michael Nelson to training on Thursday night.
“I am also looking at a few reserve graders for A-grade,” he said.
One player having an outstanding A-grade season is hooker Aaron McVeigh, a son of Cowboys original George McVeigh.
The club reunion dinner will be held tonight at St Mary’s Hall and the first game tomorrow is C-grade at 10.15am.
A-grade is at 2.30pm and will be preceded by a presentation of the Cowboys Legends team for the 1986-2010 era.