Henry backs his team ... and him­self

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

AS far as the North Queens­land C o w b o y s a r e c o n c e r n e d i t ’ s ar­guably the big­gest game of the year.

Three losses from three tri­als capped one of the club’s and NRL’s most dis­rupted pre-sea­sons in liv­ing mem­ory, but all that ends to­mor­row night.

It’s also one of the most im­por­tant games of the year for coach Neil Henry, but talk of his job be­ing at the mercy of early-sea­son re­sults doesn’t faze him.

‘‘ If I wor­ried about job se­cu­rity I wouldn’t sleep at night, would Henry said.

‘‘ Let’s get on with busi­ness, we’ll get into this game, we’ll worry about the Knights the week af­ter that.

‘‘ I’m con­fi­dent in the group that we’ve got and how we’ve trained, and the new play­ers we’ve at­tracted to the club, that we’re go­ing to go down there fully pre­pared and hope­fully get the re­sult that we want.’’

Henry has said Ivan Hen­jak’s re­cent sack­ing from the Bron­cos’ coach­ing post – 48 hours af­ter their 26-4 win against the Cow­boys in Alice Springs last month – wouldn’t rat­tle Bris­bane’s prepa­ra­tions lead­ing into the sea­son opener.

‘‘ It’s un­for­tu­nate for them but I don’t think it’ll have a huge im­pact on how they start,’’ Henry said.

‘‘ I have sym­pa­thy with Ivan and

I?’’ what he’s go­ing through as well, but they’re a qual­ity club and Hook’s ( Bron­cos coach An­thony Grif­fin) been there for a while now coach­ing so the play­ers are fa­mil­iar with him.

‘‘ I wouldn’t put too much cre­dence on it.

‘‘ Per­son­ally it’s cer­tainly not good news for me or for foot­ball but that’s the life we live.’’

Henry, who has spent two sea­sons in the Cow­boys head coach­ing role, said the pres­sure to get re­sults was part of that life.

‘‘ Per­for­mances need to come all of the time,’’ he said.

‘‘ I mean I’m not say­ing that we have to win five from five.

‘‘ We’ll just ad­dress our per­for­mances week by week.

‘‘ The re­al­ity is that even the bet­ter teams lose a game once ev­ery three weeks, so you have to get used to los­ing some­times. But there’s no doubt that we’re look­ing for a bet­ter start this year.’’

Henry said the mis­sion for an im­proved start to­mor­row night would fea­ture a few per­sonal bat­tles be­ing fought be­fore a ca­pac­ity Sun­corp Sta­dium crowd.

‘‘ There’s a lit­tle bit in the back­ground for this game,’’ he said.

‘‘ We’ve got a few ex ( Bris­bane) play­ers associated with our club now, Ash­ton Sims is go­ing down there play­ing against his old club and we’ve got ( for­mer Cow­boy) Shane Tronc play­ing against his old club as well.

‘‘ Sam Thai­day’s been quite vo­cal about his time up in the North and now he’s a Bronco through and through which is fine.’’

CON­FI­DENT: Neil Henry

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