GALLERY: TRL returns

Warwick Cowboys A Grade. Manager Mick Grew, trainer Paul Cantwell, Mitch Wilson, Tyrell Ross, Mitch Watson, stats guru Dan Watson, president Dayne Barrett, Kieran Fender, Josh Cruice. Front row: Coach Matt Grew, Sam Broomhall, Harry Sullivan (white shirt in the midde) captain Mick Bloomfield, Luke Brosnan and Jake Speed. (Not all players present).

By Jess Baker

The long-awaited 2021 Toowoomba Rugby League (TRL) season has officially kicked off, with the Warwick Cowboys’ Season Launch on Friday 9 April and the first games of the season on Sunday 11 April.

Warwick Cowboys coach Matt Grew said it is great to have rugby league back after a year off due to Covid-19.

“It’s great for the club, but also for the whole of Warwick,” he said.

“We’re just really strong across the park this season. We have more than 25 guys that can play A Grade.

“We had more than 45 senior players in training in January which is something we haven’t seen before.”

More than 130 Warwick Cowboys players, supporters, coaches and sponsors came together Friday evening at the Hawker Road Function Centre to celebrate the beginning of the club’s 2021 season.

Gerard Walsh was the MC for the evening and held live interviews with club ambassador Tay Brackin, club patron Sarge O’Leary, Under 18s coach Scott Fisher and captains Brock Patti and Dan Howard, Womens captain Lisa Croft, Reserve Grade coach Aaron McVeigh and captain Morgan Taylor, A Grade coach Matt Grew and captain Mick Bloomfield and 2021 Warwick Cowboys president Dayne Barrett.

Club president Dayne Barrett reflected on his time as a Warwick Cowboys supporter turned president.

“I look back to ’86 as a young fella myself … going down to the Warwick Cowboys’ games,” he said.

“It’s a real privilege for me to have this position. I think this is probably the best roster across the board.”

At the end of the evening, players and supporters in the room raised a toast to the “former warriors of the Cowboys”.

The Cowboys’ A-Grade, Reserve Grade, Under 18s and Womens teams had their first games on Sunday against the Toowoomba Valleys. See full details of the games in this week’s Warwick and Stanthorpe Today ‘Spin’, and a full gallery of the Warwick Cowboys’ Season Launch above.