Cowboys bring win­ning edge to big con­test

Townsville Bulletin - - STATE OF ORIGIN III - LIAM BUT­TER­WORTH

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.

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