Fullback aims for third time lucky in the big dance
RUGBY LEAGUE: After playing in two grand-final losses with the Cowboys, fullback Craig Donn hopes his third time will be lucky against Valleys at 3pm Sunday at Clive Berghofer Stadium.
Donn has played rugby league in Warwick since the age of 12 and was in an under-18 team under coach David O'Leary which lost a grand final.
He was fullback when Warwick made the A-grade grand final in 2016 and is out for redemption after dropping a kick which led to a Pittsworth try.
"That game has haunted me since, I am a lot better under the high ball now,” he said.
Donn is in his eighth season with the Cowboys, his fifth in Agrade and has been among the best at each game.
"I am confident we can win as this team is unbelievable - we have some old heads and young boys learning the game.”
He has a lot of faith in the four Cowboys with Queensland Cup experience - Zach Koitka, Ben Sullivan, Sam Broomhall and Simona Vavega.
"Cowboys winger Mitch Watson is definitely up to Queensland Cup,” he said.
Donn attends all Cowboys training sessions and does his own training.
He works with reserve-grade coach Craig Mullaly at his concreting business.
While Donn seems like a team organiser, he said five-eighth Coedie Tandy and hooker Ben Sullivan told him where they wanted him.
"Coach Matt Grew has made footy great this season. He respects the players and we respect him,” Donn said.