Player makes a good impression
ENGLISH prop Garry Ellery scored three tries on debut for the Warwick Cowboys in his first 50 hours in the town.
After being down 36-10 midway through the second half, the A-grade side had a late surge to narrow the score to 36-22, going down to competition leaders Oakey.
Ellery, 24, signed with Warwick for the rest of the 2011 season after club member Mark Sullivan invited him to the country.
He arrived in Warwick at 4.55pm Thursday, an hour early for training.
He is staying with the family of former Cowboys forward Dave Fraser and started work at 5.30am Saturday at Carey Brothers Abattoir at Yangan.
Saturday's three tries are the most for Ellery at A-grade level in a career which only started when he was 15 years old.
He played 20 games of championship league, one level under Super League, for Featherstone Rovers in England and a number of seasons in championship one.
Ellery played 60 minutes of the game on Saturday night, having four five-minute breaks. Each try was scored after a 10m run.
Such was his dominance, Ellery scored both Warwick tries in the first half.
Ellery will finish the 2011 season in Warwick and fly home on October 1.
“I want to come back next year on a second-year visa but there are certain things I have to do,” he said.
In A-grade, Ellery predictably won best forward.
Former Australian tertiary league representative Michael Ellis was best back.
The Cowboys dominated the final 10 minutes of play and were twice held up over the line before Ellery scored his third try.
In the under-18 game, there was plenty of attacking footy with each team kicking ahead from a scrum win in the second half.
A-grade: Oakey 36 d Warwick 22 (Garry Ellery 3, Hayden McNicol tries, McNicol 3 goals).
Reserve grade: Warwick 20 (Donald Miller, Waka Hakaiti, Scott Beard, Warren McConville tries, Garth Miller 4 goals) d Oakey 18.
Under 18: Warwick 64 (Kurt Mooney 2, Lincoln Cutmore 2, Eamon Brownlie 2, Matthew Gilchrist, Jeremy Jerome, Dale Coombes, Brodie Murphy, Regan McNicol, Travis Burton tries, Jeremy Jerome 8 goals) d Oakey 0.