Cow­boys de­fence looks solid for troops

The Courier-Mail - - NRL GRAND FINAL - RACHEL RI­LEY

THE pas­sion North Queens­land Cow­boys fans have for their play­ers knows no bounds or in­ter­na­tional bor­ders.

While hun­dreds of Aus­tralian De­fence Force per­son­nel are de­ployed to var­i­ous op­er­a­tions across the volatile Mid­dle East re­gion, the spirit of the NRL Grand Fi­nal and the never-say-die Cow­boys is help­ing to boost morale.

Cap­tain Raoul Cer­naz, of Joint Task Force 633 at Aus­tralia’s main op­er­at­ing base in the Mid­dle East, has been a Cow­boys fan since day one.

“I was born and bred in Townsville so my dad used to take me to the games as a young whip­per snap­per from 1995 on­wards,” he said.

“I was back in Townsville for the 2005 grand fi­nal and that was a very spe­cial event for the Townsville com­mu­nity, and even though they lost, they def­i­nitely came into their own then.”

Capt Cer­naz has lived in Syd­ney for the past six years, a move that led to see­ing even more of his beloved Cow­boys.

“I’m a Cow­boys away mem­ber and I al­ways got to the games trav­el­ling down to Wol­lon­gong, out to Pen­rith, over to ANZ and Al­liance sta­di­ums, just to pro­vide that ex­tra sup­port to the boys,” he said.

“We have a big group of us that travel to all the games.”

Capt Cer­naz hoped to be back home in Aus­tralia for the Grand Fi­nal, but if not he would be re­ly­ing on a good satel­lite con­nec­tion to en­joy the game with other sup­port­ers and “band­wag­oners”.

“I’ve got my jersey and Cow­boys gear,” he said.

“We’ll get to watch it about lunch time, so hope­fully they’ll be a good crowd and the more the merrier on the band­wagon to sup­port the Cow­boys. I’ve seen a cou­ple of Mel­bourne Storm sin­glets get­ting around.”

Capt Cer­naz is pre­dict­ing a 20-16 Cow­boys win.

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