Cowboys 'kit it old school'
THE Warwick Cowboys returned to the jersey style from the club’s golden years of the 1980s which features a V and the three club colours.
Last season, the club had a separate jersey for A grade and the rest of the teams but all jerseys are identical this season, except for the names of the team sponsors.
Each of the new club jerseys has an emblem which recognises the 25th anniversary year of the inclusion of the Warwick Cowboys in the Toowoomba competition.
The jerseys will be used for the first time on Saturday with four home games against Fassifern and Aspley at Father Ranger Oval.
Fullback Garth Miller, going into his eighth season with the Cowboys, believes the odds are his club will have an outstanding season.
“The good thing about it is everyone will be fighting for positions, it doesn’t matter who you are,” Miller said.
While fullback is Miller’s favourite position, he will play anywhere if it means he can play A grade.
He has played every position in A grade except prop and second row but doesn’t think he will wear jerseys 12, 11, 10 or eight this season (prop, second row).
C-grade captain-coach Mark Fowler said having four strong teams would add to the depth of the Cowboys club.
“We have a C-grade team now due to the hard work of Noel Loudon as coach in the past two seasons,” Fowler said.
“I am confident the club will do as well as last year in all grades, we could do better than the one premiership win (reserve grade) in 2009.”
Five-eighth/lock Shane Duck and fullback Ethan Moore will travel from Tenterfield to Warwick three times a week for under-18s training and games this season after graduating from the Border Bears U16 side which played in the Warwick and district competition in 2009.
Duck said it would be awesome to play for Warwick.
“We want to play representative footy as well,” Duck said.
Condamine Sports Club (A grade), Horse and Jockey (reserve grade) and Wickham Freight Lines (U18) have signed up again as major team sponsors.
Carey Brothers Meats and Craig Mullaly Concreting are the new C-grade sponsors for a competition which is officially in the TRL program this season.
Last Thursday another 10 players signed up with the Cowboys during a training session, including representative centre Bob Nicholls, who was a regular in A grade before playing for the Gatton Hawks last season.
Cowboys vice-president Paul Hallman said the club was waiting for a clearance to sign Zac Pauli, an outside back who was part of the Ipswich Jets Queensland Cup train-on squad for the 2010 season.
After Saturday’s game at Father Ranger Oval, the Cowboys will host Border Bushrangers in the main game under lights at a Sinclair Byrne Benefit on March 6.
Saturday program: 3pm Warwick v Fassifern, U18; 4.30pm Warwick v Fassifern, reserves; 6pm Warwick v Aspley, C grade; 7.30pm Warwick v Aspley, A grade.