Home run to finals footy

IN ACTION: Warwick Cowboys C Grade player Brad Green running the ball against Inglewood on Sunday at Father Ranger Oval in Warwick. Picture: TRACY MARSHALL

By Candyce Grew

It proved to be a ‘Bear’ slaughter at Trevor Mickleborough Oval at Oakey on Saturday night with the Warwick Cowboys cleaning up across all grades.

Warwick Cowboys A Grade coach Matt Grew said any win away from home was a good win.

“We showed some real composure with the football,” Grew said.

“And again, we are back to some really good, strong defence.

“Dylan Galloway was again outstanding and the work he did earned him the Players’ Player Award.

“Mitch Watson settled into his new role at fullback, after moving from the wing and did a great job of controlling the game from the back.”

The A Grade side defeated the Oakey Bears 48-10.

Warwick Cowboys Reserve Grade coach Aaron McVeigh described the opening exchanges against Oakey as “always intense”.

“The cold, windy conditions weren’t ideal for expansive rugby league, and we learnt this the hard way coming into half time, with the completion rate well-below 50 percent,” McVeigh said.

“Fortunately, our effort in defence on our own goal line was superb again and we went into the break with an eight-point lead.

“We were able to keep control of the game from the halfway point running away with a score of 44-4.”

McVeigh said Brodie Quirk returned from a week off with a try and the Best Back honours.

Best Forward and Players’ Player awards went to Jack Kenny for his “scintillating” second half stint off the bench.

Under 18s coach Scott Fisher was pleased with the win against Oakey, 26-18.

“It was a win, but we’ve still got a bit to work on, we need to tighten our ball control,” Fisher said.

“The Best Forward this week went to Joe Thornton, he had a great game off the bench, he is improving and Dan Howard took out the Best Back.

“We’ve got Pittsworth at home, which will be a test for us, last time we played them we drew 24-all.”

The Warwick Cowboys C Grade team lost to the Inglewood Roosters 10-26 on Sunday at Father Ranger Oval, unfortunately missing out on a spot in the grand final of the Border Rivers Rugby League competition to be held at Tenterfield on Saturday.

The Warwick Cowboys face the Pittsworth Danes this Sunday at Father Ranger Oval.

Women’s co-coach Terri Gilbert said Pittsworth had had a solid season so far.

“We played them in April winning 32-14 and we are expecting a much stronger team this weekend,” Gilbert said.

“We have been working hard on our defence and team structure.

“We are looking forward to a home ground advantage for a win on Sunday.”

Gates will open at 10.30am on Sunday, with the Under 18s playing at 11.30am, Reserve Grade from 1pm, A Grade at 2.30pm and the Women’s game at 4pm.