TRL history to be made
AFTER starring in a first-up victory against Souths, Warwick Cowboys wingers Hayden McNicol and Garth Miller can’t wait for the first Friday night footy in recent seasons in the Toowoomba Rugby League competition.
Coach Gary Lawrence praised the safety under the high ball of his back three – McNicol, Miller and fullback Zac Pauli last Saturday.
Both wingers work in the building industry and hope for an early finish to prepare for the game against Goondiwindi at 7.45pm today.
“Goondiwindi will be tough. They outscored (premiers) Valleys last weekend in round one in the second half,” Miller said.
“It appears they have recruited well.”
Miller missed half last season with a dislocated elbow and has snared a spot on the wing this season.
“I would prefer to be closer to the action but am just happy to be in A-grade,” Miller said.
He likes to come in and do some heavy work for his forwards but was in the right position last week when halfback Trent Achilles threw him two long balls for tries.
“Trent throws some good cut-out passes,” Miller said.
McNicol stood out with some leaps to defuse high kicks against Souths.
“I just keep my eye on the ball and jump,” he said.
“I don’t worry about the possibility of being hit in the air but Mum worries a bit.”
A prolific try scorer, McNicol went scoreless in the 54-6 win against Souths.
“They scored most of the tries inside, prop Cameron Mulcahy scored two,” he said. With footy tonight, McNicol will take advantage of two days off to head to the coast with his girlfriend.
Miller will have one special fan in the grandstand at Father Ranger Oval tonight, three-week-old son Colby.
“The way he is growing, he might be a prop,” Miller said.
Warwick Cowboys secretary Garry Hanson said everyone was stoked about the chance to play Friday night.
“Goondiwindi wanted a Friday night game due to picnic races on Saturday.”
Warwick v Goondiwindi
in TRL at Father Ranger Oval tonight
5pm – under-18 game
6.15pm – reserve grade
7.45pm – A-grade