Cowboys defence looks solid for troops
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.