Warwick Cowboys players, pictured during a game in 2016, will miss the enthusiastic support of Annette Carey and Marie Hallman this season.
Warwick Cowboys players, pictured during a game in 2016, will miss the enthusiastic support of Annette Carey and Marie Hallman this season. Gerard Walsh

Tribute to two great league helpers in Warwick

SPORTSVIEW with Gerard Walsh

THERE are two groups in every sport, the players and then the supporters, volunteers and sponsors.

Over the holiday period, the Warwick Cowboys lost two great supporters in Annette Carey and Marie Hallman, who passed away.

During many years of Collegians junior involvement, Annette planted a lot of the grass on the club field on Jackie Howe Dr in the early 1980s.

It was stated at her funeral that her husband Greg would bring kikuyu runners home from the family abattoir each night and Annette would plant them on the field the next day. She was a great support to her husband when he was president of Collegians and later the Cowboys.

Annette and close friend Denise Sullivan were always at the footy sitting in the same spot and watching all the games, not just A grade.

Marie Hallman might have been in her 70s but jumped in last season to support her daughter Leanne and other family members who volunteered in the Cowboys canteen.

The helping hand for the Cowboys was one of her many community involvements in the Warwick area.

People like Annette and Marie have been part of the rugby league community along with generations of their families and they will be missed when the blue, red and white Cowboys jerseys come out again this year.

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Anyone who has seen Mark bat in Warwick would have been comfortable when he strode to the crease to join Chris Lynn for what ended up as a winning partnership of almost 50.



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