Warwick Cowboys celebrate 25 years
DAVE Manthey coached Warwick Cowboys teams to two premierships in the five years after the club was admitted to the Toowoomba Rugby League competition.
On July 16-18, the Cowboys celebrate their 25th year with a meet-and-greet at the Condamine Sports Club on the Friday, anniversary dinner on Saturday night at St Mary’s and bumper home game against Valleys on July 18.
Manthey steered the reserve-grade side to a premiership in the club’s first year in 1986, lost the grand final in 1987 before winning reserve grade in 1988.
Two years later, Manthey coached the A-grade side to a Madsen Rasmussen Trophy final and into the major semi final before the side lost the preliminary final to Souths.
Manthey said he had many good memories of the early years of the Cowboys.
“I remember players from the Eastern Suburbs and Collegians clubs coming together in great unity,” he said.
Warwick also won A grade in 1987 and 1988 and the under-18 premiership in 1990 to give the club five premierships in five years.
Manthey said the success of the club in the first five years was due to player depth.
“Our reserve-grade side could have matched any A-grade team in the TRL,” he said.
His fondest memory was the 1986 victory as it was the first for the Cowboys in any grade.
“It was an emotional moment to win in 1988 as team manager Simon Mitchell died during the season after a long battle with leukaemia, we won it for Simon,” he said.