Cowboys need one thing from Warwick to win the grand final
THERE is no greater feeling than running out to the deafening roar of loyal supporters at a grand final, Warwick Cowboys A-grade coach Matt Grew says.
The proud coach hopes to see hundreds pack the Toowoomba stadium for clash with Valleys on Sunday, when the quietly confident Cowboys will play in their grand final.
"The players can get as prepared as much as they want, but seeing and hearing Warwick's support at the game will play a big part in how it goes,” Mr Grew said.
"It's a very big deal.”
A win would provide a welcome boost to the local community, bolstering spirits in a way not seen since the Cowboys' last A-grade premiership in 1988.
"When people notice the town's side is doing well it's just a good thing for the community,” Mr Grew said.
"It's been a tough time around here over the last couple of months so it's great to give Warwick something big to look forward to.”
More than 380 supporter shirts have been ordered for the game and courtesy bus bookings are filling up fast as the community gets behind the team.
"That's one thing I love about this club - the supporters are loyal,” Mr Grew said.
"They're there rain, hail or shine, even when we're losing.”
The bond between the Cowboys has strengthened this year, creating the combination of personalities and skills needed to beat their rivals.
"This year there's a really good feeling amongst the players,” Mr Grew said.
"They are very tight-knit.
"It's a massive bonus for a side if the players get along off the field, because then on the field they give everything for each other.”
If the Cowboys secured their third premiership, Mr Grew said he'd be "over the moon.”
"I couldn't be happier for the side and the club,” he said.
"Thirty-two years and only five grand final appearances means that chance doesn't come around very often.
"We want to enjoy it as much as we can.”
The game starts at 3pm on Sunday at Clive Berghofer Stadium, Toowoomba.