Hopes high for 2011
Cowboys launch the new NRL season
A FRESH new start and the prospect of success in the upcoming season.
That was the vibe around the Townsville Entertainment and Convention Centre y e s t e r d a y a s t h e Nor t h Queensland Cowboys of - ficially launched season 2011 just one week out from their NRL season opener against the Brisbane Broncos.
S p o n s o r s a n d g u e s t s mingled with players and club administrators in the foyer before the launch got off to a bang courtesy of the North Queensland Spirit cheerleaders.
Coach Neil Henry and CEO Peter Jourdain spoke about their thoughts on the year ahead, as did the club’s new c o - c a p t a i n s J o h n a t h a n Thurston and Matt Scott.
‘ ‘ W e ’ r e a l l w o r k i n g together as a team and in such a competitive environment that’s exactly what we need,’’ Mr Jourdain said.
‘‘ Everyone here is actually part of our team in some way.’’ The launch also featured the NRL’s new advertising campaign which includes Thurston kicking one of his trademark curling conversions among other clips of the game’s finest players.
P l a y e r ma n a g e r S t e v e Gillis was the event’s guest speaker and provided some of the day’s most entertain- ing moments as he reflected on his life as a professional footy agent.
Henry, the man at the reins of t he f i rst-grade squad, spoke later and said the raft of changes taking place at the Cowboys would only mean good things for the season ahead.
‘‘ There’s a the enthusiasm levels have been high, there’s been a number of changes at the club so it’s a fresh start and it’s an exciting time for the club,’’ he said.
‘‘ Preparations haven’t been great but the boys took it all in their stride, we probably had about two dry runs in two-and-a-half weeks, but it’s no excuse.’’ The event finished with the crowd moving next door for drinks and nibbles at Jupiters Townsville Hotel and Casino.