O'Keefe proves himself to Cowboys

AT 17 years old, Michael O’Keefe stepped up to make his A-grade debut for the Warwick Cowboys when they defeated the Newtown Lions 42-16 at Newtown.

O’Keefe impressed the field and coach Gary Lawrence as he crossed the line two times in his position as winger and proved himself in attack and defence.

Lawrence said the win yesterday puts the team in fifth place and semi-final contention but they still have a long way to go.

“We trained and wanted to change our structure and speed of our game and the players showed good commitment to that,” Mr Lawrence said.

“There were times they (Lions) were pushing at the try line for two sets and didn’t cross our defence.”

A-grade players Evan Sandrooks and Scott Beard were unbeatable in the front line on the field and Michael O’Keefe was the best on the back line.

John Trindle hit the line-up hard and was being tackled 10 metres out when he popped the ball up for winger Garth Miller to catch and take the ball over the line.

“Best ball I have seen for a while in traffic; it was great,” Lawrence said.

Try scorers were Michael O’Keefe, Hayden McNicol, Ryan McIvor, Bobbie Nicholls and Garth Miller with Trent Achilles converting.

C-grade defeated Newtown Lions 70 to 0 with Josh McIntosh outstanding in the forwards and best back going to Denis Bohm.

Under 18s were defeated 34-28 and forward Braydon Hockins impressed with Shane Duck supporting well on the back line.

Reserve grade lost 46-14.



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