Warwick Cowboys update
THE Cowboys played at home for the second week in a row by hosting Dalby.
It was great weather for football and the Cowboys gained almost perfect results in all three grades, with reserve grade the only team not to get a win but they managed a draw against the top-of-the-table Diehards.
Congratulations to the Condy Club A graders who finally opened their account for the year. Well done and we hope to string a few more together before the year is out.
It is great to see a lot of past players return to the playing fields and we hope the trend continues. It is full steam ahead with repairs to the clubhouse after this year’s flooding and things will start to happen rather quickly in the coming weeks.
With the pending departure of Mark (Spud) Murphy at the end of the month, we ask all senior and junior players both past and present, friends, family and all supporters to come to the clubhouse at 4pm Sunday to show their appreciation for all his efforts.
Spud has been a tireless worker for both junior and senior rugby league for a lot of years and he will be sorely missed. We wish him all the best.
Coach George McVeigh finally shook the monkey off his back and was happy to get a win after a few frustrating weeks.
He was proud of the discipline the team showed in the latter stages of the game and they fully deserved the win. Another outstanding game from Michael ‘Pony’ Ellis and he was fully supported by Aaron McVeigh and Brayden Hockings, who have both been two of our most consistent players this year.
Michael O’Keefe bounced back to form with a couple of tries and Lincoln Cutmore had the Diehards in two minds any time he touched the ball. The Pearl set up the first two tries and also the match winner so he deservedly featured in the player’s points.
David Hallman had his usual gut-busting game and Josh Klein is going great guns off the bench with some quality metres made with every hit up.
Big Frankie McGee continues to impress the coach with his enthusiasm, as well as his hair styles, and Hayden McNicol, Byron Manthey and Morgan Taylor all had solid games.
Coach McVeigh hopes for a repeat performance against the Danes tomorrow.
Coach Nick Owens continued smiling this week with a great team effort against the Diehards.
The Horse and Jockey Reggies nearly pulled off an upset but had to settle for a draw. The game was of high quality and was entertaining.
The comebacks keep coming and this week the Cruice boys returned, along with Sam Dight and Garry Hanson. Josh and Todd both had strong games and Josh even managed a couple of tries.
Big Sam Dight added some impact off the bench and Garry Hanson showed he is still one of the best forwards going around.
Coach Owens again had the luxury of a full bench and he hopes this continues.
Waka Hakaiti proved to be a handful for the opposition and captain Scott Beard had his usual classy game.
Coach Owens is not getting carried away yet but there are a lot of positive signs that the Reggies will become a bit of a headache for opposition teams throughout the year. He looks forward to playing the Danes away which is always a hard task.
The Wickham Freight Lines young cowboys had a good win against Dalby 34-24.
Scott Fisher, Jack Thomas and Lincoln Cutmore worked hard up the middle with Linc’s kicking boot securing five from five.
Jake Weier again had a strong game up front and started to play some smart football.
Jake Landers had a strong game, regularly breaking the line. If we can just get our second-phase play working better on the back of some of these big breaks, we will really open up these games.
Coach Jon Thomas was pleased with the games of both wingers, Peter Crummy and Kurt Mooney, as they came in for a lot of attention under the high balls and in defence.
Their attack was top class as well. Keep up the good work boys.
Best back was Peter Crummy, best forward Jake Weir and players’ player was Jake Landers.
Lincoln Cutmore and Dale Coombes played up in A grade for the first win of the season in a hard game.
Player of the Year
Apricus Solar Hot Water Cowboys Player of the Year: Condamine Sports Club A grade points for last week: Michael Ellis 3, Lincoln Cutmore 2, Aaron McVeigh 1. Progressive: Michael Ellis 8, Paul Cantwell 3, Brayden Hockings 3, Aaron McVeigh 3, Jim Roulston 3.
Horse and Jockey reserve grade: Scott Beard 3, Garry Hanson 2, Josh Cruice 1. Progressive: Scott Beard 8, Sam Kusu 5, Jackson Brookman 3, Waka Hakaiti 3.
Wickham Freight Lines U18s: Jake Landers 3, Jake Weier 2, Peter Crummy 1. Progressive: Joe McIvor 6, Bennett Sutton 6, Jake Landers 5, Eamon Brownlie 4, Rick McGahan 4.
A Grade: Patrick McGahan, Mitchell Lewis, Hayden McNicol, Michael O’Keefe, Lincoln Cutmore, Morgan Taylor, Michael Ellis, Aaron McVeigh (c), David Hallman, Brayden Hockings, Vincent Mei, Bryce Bodsworth, Byron Manthey, Josh Klien.
Reserve grade: Ben Carter, Chris McGahan, Josh Cruice, Ian Ryan, Ashley Roberts, Garth Miller, Andrew Sullivan, Hans Nelson, Todd Cruice, Brent Freeman,
Scott Beard (c), Sam Dight, Warren McConville, Scott Fisher, Lindsay Locke.
Under 18: Bennett Sutton, Kurt Mooney, Dale Coombes, Patrick McGahan, Peter Crummy, Shaquille Tonga, Lincoln Cutmore, Joe McIvor (c), Jack Thomas, Eamon Brownlie, Travis Burton, Regan McNicol, Brodie Murphy, Scott Fisher, Lindsay Locke, Jake Weier, Patrick Cameron, Jeremy Jerome.