By Candyce Grew
The Warwick Cowboys are set to face the Dalby Diehards on Sunday at Father Ranger Oval.
It will be the first time the two teams have played each other since 2019.
Warwick Cowboys A Grade coach Matt Grew said the Cowboys triumphed over the Diehards in both 2019 games.
“It was the first time we had beaten Dalby at Dalby in three years,” Grew said.
“They will be a tough side and we are really hoping to get a win.
“They are sitting in the same position on the ladder as us with four wins from six games.”
With the Toowoomba Rugby League season just over halfway through round one, Grew said the strength in defence the A Grade side is showing is reminiscent of their defence which saw them go through to the 2019 TRL grand final.
Last weekend the A Grade side defeated the Wattles Warriors at Platz Oval in Clifton – winning 24-16.
“We won it off the back of our defence, we defended our line really well when the Wattles had back-to-back sets,” Grew said.
“Luke Brosnan and Joe Fuimaono returned to the side and both had really strong games.
“Mitch Watson was excellent in the centres, scoring two tries and taking out the Player of the Match award.”
The Cowboys Reserve Grade team were defeated 18-10 by the Warriors this past weekend.
Reserve Grade coach Aaron McVeigh said they expected a tough, physical game against the Diehards at the weekend.
“They are only one point behind us on the ladder, so we will have to prepare well and turn up to play footy Sunday,” McVeigh said.
“Brodie Quirk has been tremendous in attack.
“Dan Conn and Morgan Taylor are also having great years, getting plenty of work.”
The Under 18s defeated the Warriors 44-nil.
Under 18s coach Scott Fisher said the team was doing well and playing good football.
“Kaleb Ammenhauser is consistently good each week in the front row and Jack McMeniman just keeps getting better and better,” Fisher said.
“Dalby will be our toughest game yet, made even harder with Harry Williams and Morgan Byrne out injured.
“I’ve got all the faith in my boys to tough it out and get the win.”
The Warwick Cowboys C Grade defeated Tenterfield in the Border Rivers competition winning 26-10 at Clifton on Sunday.
The Warwick Cowboys Women’s side won against Dalby at Dalby on Sunday 26-12.
The Women’s team will face Dalby at Father Ranger Oval again this Sunday.
Women’s co-coach Terri Gilbert said the team were thrilled to get away with a win at Dalby after a four-week break.
“Carly Cooper had a great game, along with Amanda Hinch,” Gilbert said.
“Team captain Lisa Croft was great on her first game back.
“We need to improve on our depth in attack and line defence.
“We will train hard this week and expect a big improvement on home ground.”
At time of printing, the first game on Sunday was scheduled to kick off at 10.15am, with C Grade, Under 18s, Reserve Grade, A Grade and a Women’s game to be played on the day.