Warwick and Stanthorpe players together for U43kg carnival
RUGBY LEAGUE: The Warwick and Southern Downs under-43kg team will play Cunnamulla in its first game in the zone 5 carnival at Father Ranger Oval at 9.50am Monday.
Players from all eight teams will be in Warwick for the weigh-in at the Cowboys' clubhouse tomorrow afternoon.
For the sixth time, Ross Thorne will coach Warwick.
Warwick Cowboys player Bradley Morrish will be a trainer for a sixth successive year after starting in the role at age 15.
Daniel Talbot is again one of the two team managers.
Sponsors Warwick Cowboys club, Carey Brothers Butchers, Warwick Panel and Paint and Wot Knots were represented at the presentation of jerseys on Thursday night.
Thorne said four players from last year would back up at this year's carnival.
Jack Talbot is in his third carnival after playing at Lightning Ridge and Tenterfield in the past two years.
Thorne said Wynnum always fielded a strong team.
"Central Downs is one of the fittest teams and Macintyre should be strong,” Thorne said.
"We also won the sports carnival on the rest day, Wednesday, last year and have done a bit of athletics training for this year's carnival,” Thorne said.
Sponsor Brett Benz, from Warwick Panel and Paint, recalled playing in a carnival which Warwick won.
"Five-eighth Craig Jeffries scored a try to give us the win,” Benz said.
Cowboys president David O'Leary said his club supported both junior clubs in Warwick and was happy to be part of the 2018 U43kg carnival.
Players from Eastern Suburbs, Collegians and Stanthorpe are in the Warwick and Southern Downs team going for back-to-back carnival victories.