Home crowd needs to stand up for Cow­boys

Townsville Bulletin - - Voice Of The North -

COW­BOYS fans can be a fickle lot. Spoiled by stel­lar sea­sons in 2004-2005, sup­port­ers be­came used to win­ning. Many of those so-called fans put the boot in dur­ing un­der-achiev­ing sea­sons in 2008-2009-2010 and much of the crit­i­cism was jus­ti­fied. Loy­al­ists, how­ever, have stuck solid and last Fri­day night against Bris­bane, the Cow­boys showed strength and de­fen­sive re­silience that has been sadly lack­ing in the past three sea­sons. But what North Queens­land as a com­mu­nity needs to re­alise is the play­ers can’t do it on their own. And that’s where sup­port­ers and Cow­boys devo­tees need to play their part. When the Cow­boys were at the top of their game in 2004-2005, Dairy Farm­ers Sta­dium was a fortress. Op­pos­ing teams feared the long trip north and the Cow­boys built up an en­vi­able home record. The Cow­boys were near un­beat­able on their home patch, with 20,000 scream­ing fans get­ting be­hind the lo­cal boys. Home crowd sup­port in pro­fes­sional sports can of­ten be the dif­fer­ence be­tween win­ning and los­ing. It is the X fac­tor and in re­cent sea­sons it has dis­ap­peared from Dairy Farm­ers Sta­dium. If Cow­boys sup­port­ers are fair dinkum this sea­son, they need to get along to each home game, start­ing with Satur­day night against New­cas­tle, and let their team know they have faith in them. When the Tigers run on to Le­ich­hardt Oval or St Ge­orge-Illawarra runs on to Kog­a­rah Oval, the sea of home­town colours bathes the ground and the sup­port for their lo­cal team is deaf­en­ing. They might not win ev­ery game at home, but you can guar­an­tee the play­ers put in 100 per cent. That’s all any sup­porter can ask. The year 2011 shapes as a defin­ing year for the Cow­boys. They have so much to play for and re­pay­ing the faith of so many loyal sup­port­ers is at the top of that list. But it’s a two-way street. Dairy Farm­ers Sta­dium needs to be an ocean of blue and gold on Satur­day night and sup­port­ers should be dis­play­ing as much pas­sion and drive as the play­ers. As the new NRL ad says, this is our house, and op­pos­ing teams need to know that.

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