Warwick wins despite injuries
DESPITE four players being injured, the Warwick Cowboys held on to defeat a physically strong Oakey 36-22 at Oakey yesterday.
Coach Gary Lawrence was praised the commitment of his players who defended well to stop Oakey in the final 10 minutes.
Warwick lost outside back Zac Pauli who was driven by car to Warwick Hospital after suffering severe concussion and a possible eye socket injury.
Back rower Scott Beard went into the game with a suspect ankle and had to leave the field. Back Michael Marshall left the field with an injured knee and couldn’t return.
Despite an ankle injury, winger Garth Miller played on.
Warwick was also without injured centre Scott Kerridge and centre Bob Nicholls who had family commitments.
Centre Jesse McIvor won the players’ player award. Brayden Hockings received two points in players’ player voting after backing up from a full game in the U18 grade. Back rower Brendan McNicol returned after a three week absence to receive one point.
Lawrence said Cameron Mulcahy returned from injury in the second row.
“Prop Aaron Haare impressed in his first A-grade game for 2010 and Vinnie Mei was strong at prop and second row after starting the season on the wing,” Lawrence said.
Warwick had a convincing win in reserve grade and won the U18 match 24-20 after letting Oakey back into the game.