Loyal player in last game
WARWICK Cowboys front rower Ben Brownlie will run on to Father Ranger Oval for the last time on Sunday afternoon, before hanging up his football boots and jersey for good.
The 28-year-old first started playing for the Cowboys in the under-17s and it did not take him long to make his way to the A-grade side.
Brownlie was too modest to chat to the Daily News about his time at the club and his achievements so we decided to chat to the coaches, club members and his team-mates.
Brownlie is better known around the club as Butters.
Friend and team-mate Garth Miller said he was not really sure how the nickname came to be, so he did a ring around to find out.
"It started when he played junior footy, from under 7 to under 12s," he said.
"He could never catch the ball and whenever he had the ball he would throw it back over his head before he was tackled.
"Now he is the complete opposite of that.
"He always catches the ball and never passes it."
Miller said had enjoyed playing alongside Brownlie.
"He is a good club man and a great mate," he said.
"He is great fun to play with, it is not always about football with him and we are always able to have a laugh."
Current A-grade coach Ken Coles said he had coached Brownlie for a number of years.
"This is my third year coaching Ben," he said.
"I first had him in 2005, then 2006 and then again this year."
Coles said Brownlie had been a pleasure to coach.
"The Cowboys were going through a bad era when Ben first started playing," he said.
"But he was one of those guys who stuck in every week. He is one of those players who plays for the enjoyment of it and the chance to play with his friends.
"He is definitely held in high regard around the club."
Coles said that Brownlie was always there to help out on working bees and he also enjoyed the social side of the club.
"He is everything you want a club player to be," he said.
The coach said he also admired Brownlie's dedication.
"He put in 100% at every training session," he said.
"He might not have been the best player on the team but he was certainly the hardest worker."
Brownlie's hard work payed off, earning himself eight most improved front rower trophies during his time at the Cowboys.
Cowboys recruiting officer Danny Lyons said it was great to see a person like Butters stick with the club for so many years.
"He is a really loyal player, the type of player all clubs need," he said.
Lyons said it was always great to see Brownlie's wife, Sam, and two boys come along to watch every game.