Warwick’s own make high stakes indigenous league competition
WARWICK’S own will be on show next year as two Warwick Cowboys A-grade players have been selected for the South-West Queensland Emus 2020 indigenous men’s all star team.
Coedie Tandy and Matt Marshall were announced as members of the men’s team which will participate in next year’s 2020 Toowoomba Allstars Games.
From these games on February 29 a 19-man squad will be selected to represent the Emus in a Queensland Rugby League endorsed event on March 7.
For Marshall, it was a great honour to be selected for the second year in a row.
“I represented them at the start of this year and was hoping to do it again so when I heard the news, I was really happy,” he said.
“I’m 32 and will be 33 by the game so I am honoured to still be getting places on rep teams, you’ve got to be serious about your footy to get there.”
Marshall has been in Warwick for five years but has played footy all his life.
The centre said the selection had come off of a good season, with the A-grade team making the grand-final.
Head coach of the Cowboys A-grade team Matt Grew said the places for both the boys were definitely earnt.
“They have been picked up from the 2019 season and they both deserve to be included in the side after the year they’ve had,” he said.
“Both of those players were pivotal in getting the team into the grand final.”
Marshall is also proud to represent his culture in a team he believes is a big pool of talent.
“It’s exciting to represent my culture and it makes me proud to do it,” he said.
For Tandy it’s his first time in the all-stars team.
“I was pinching myself when I heard the news.
“I was quite surprised as there’s a lot of talent in there,” he said.
“It will be great to play alongside them.”
Grew said he was happy to see Warwick players in the mix this year in a Toowoomba local dominated competition.
“I’m a very proud coach, I’ve always been a big advocate for players outside the Toowoomba region getting recognised so it’s great to see local players get rewarded for their efforts.”
While the team didn’t take home a grand-final win this year, Mr Grew said training had already begun for the next season.
“We’ve had our break and now it’s back into it,” he said.
“They will get some time off for Christmas but then we’ll be back on January 7.
Mr Grew said the club would definitely be at the game supporting his player on February 29.
“We’ll definitely be going out there to support them and we want to go watch them play,” he said.
“That TRL Emus side they play all stars so its versus a another all stars team.
“The best of the best from each side will go head-to-head, it’s a great spectacle to watch.”