Cowboys bring winning edge to big contest
A QUARTET of North Queensland Cowboys under- 20s are looking to power the Maroons to their first State of Origin victory.
The Queensland under- 20s haven’t won the Darren Lockyer Shield since the concept started in 2012 and may have the team on paper to finally get the job done, Cowboys under- 20s coach Todd Payten believes.
The young Cowboys are flying high in second spot on the Holden Cup ladder and have Coen Hess, Gideon GelaMosby, Conor Carey and 18th man Andrew Niemoeller in the interstate contest.
Payten said the Cowboys quartet could expect to face much of the same spirit and intensity as the senior Origin players experience as they lock horns with their interstate opponents once again.
Payten was pleased for his four young guns to earn the representative honours as reward for strong seasons with the North Queensland club.
Carey, 20, has been named on the Queensland wing and Payten said the reliable outside back would offer plenty in both attack and defence for the Maroons.
“Conor has been one of our most consistent performers this year, and I can say that counts at training as well,” Payten said.
The Cowboys coach rated Gela- Mosby and Coen Hess as “lay down misere” selections for the Queensland team after impressing in the National Youth Competition.
Gela- Mosby is the Holden Cup’s leading tryscorer this year with 21 tries from 16 appearances while Hess has got a small taste of playing against men including the Auckland Nines and is now a regular feature with the Mackay Cutters in the Intrust Super Cup.
The versatile Niemoeller has also been consistent for the Cowboys under- 20s and has even been impressive after a forced switch to the unfamiliar hooker role while Brandon Smith has been injured.
The quartet’s Cowboys teammates will watch the under- 20s television broadcast this evening after a training session in Townsville.
FLYING FINISHER: Conor Carey is on the wing for Queensland.