Hopes high for 2011

Cow­boys launch the new NRL sea­son

Townsville Bulletin - - News - by Michael Thompson michael. thompson@ townsville­bul­letin. com. au

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.

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