Why the Cowboys finals fever is so infectious
CRICKET tragic Ian Macdonald couldn't stand rugby league until he came across the Warwick Cowboys 20 years ago and now, like many other supporters, is eagerly awaiting this weekend's big game.
As the team prepares to win its first A-grade premiership since 1988, the avid supporter has decked out his nursery, Southern Downs Garden Centre, in team colours and best wishes for the boys.
Formerly an Allan Border fanatic, Mr Macdonald had a change of heart and code when he moved to Warwick and started attending league games with long-time fan Carl Goodwin.
"These players are the best in rugby league,” he said.
"They'll get the trite belted out of them on the weekend and rock up to work on a Monday.
"They play because they love the game, not because they're getting a million bucks.”
Mr Macdonald also said the energy of the town, in anticipation of the big game, was like nothing he'd seen.
"Given the drought, there's not much to cheer about but, now at least, we can cheer for footy,” he said.
"I went down to the club yesterday to pick up my shirts and there was a real hype.
"Matt Grew (Warwick Cowboys' A-grade coach) will never know what's he done for this town.”
On Sunday, the day of the big game, Mr Macdonald plans to paint his beard red and don a blue wig to show his support.
Aware nerves would have arrived for the team, he also had a message to share.
"You boys don't need luck, just do your best and we'll all be proud,” he said.
Warwick Cowboys will play Valleys in the Toowoomba Rugby League grand final from 3pm tomorrow at Clive Berghofer Stadium.
Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for concession.