Warwick Cowboys aiming for title
NEW Warwick Cowboys A-grade coach George McVeigh doesn’t have the words “being competitive” in his coaching vocabulary.
“Every time you walk on the field you want to win. I don’t talk about a team just being competitive,” McVeigh said.
“Warwick is a rich rugby league area and we will be playing to win the premiership.”
McVeigh has been there, done that, by playing in the only two Cowboys A-grade premiership wins in the Toowoomba competition in 1987 and 1988.
But he reckons it is time for a third win in Toowoomba A grade and is keen to push the “one town, one club” message started by last year’s coach Gary Lawrence.
McVeigh is excited about the likely Cowboys playing roster for 2011.
“The one player in doubt is prop Cameron Mulcahy due to an arm injury,” he said.
“We have great talent here and some likely new players.”
An inaugural Cowboys player, McVeigh took the field in 226 A-grade games for the club in 12 years.
He only missed one game with a secondary medial ligament knee injury and reckons he was extremely lucky on the injury front.
“If you are fit it eliminates a lot of injuries, but players do get injured in unfortunate circumstances (the way they fall),” McVeigh said.
While he might be a stickler for fitness, McVeigh is not getting carried away with an early start to training.
“Most of the players are at the gym or doing a bit of running now,” he said.
“We will start training in January; the season is long enough as it is.”
He plans to work hard on mental toughness.
McVeigh has coached the Cowboys to under-18 grand finals in 2004 and 2005 and an U18 premiership win in 2005.
He coached Collegians to four junior premierships and Warwick and District to two U16 wins against Toowoomba representative teams.
With most of the Cowboys players coming through the ranks of the Warwick-based junior clubs, McVeigh is delighted to have former Eastern Suburbs junior Norm Cox as assistant coach.
He is working on finalising all support staff for the A-grade team.
Warwick finished third in 2008 and 2009 and fourth in the 2010 season.
Cowboys president Don Browne said the club was interviewing reserve-grade and U18 coaching applicants this week and hoped to make appointments in the next two weeks.