TRAIN­ING SHIRTS IN­SPIRE FORCES

Townsville Bulletin - - GO COWBOYS -

NORTH Queens­land Cowboys Holden Cup train­ing shirts are worth fight­ing your best for.

Townsville- based 1RAR Phys­i­cal Train­ing In­struc­tor Sgt Dale Gor­mann – who put the Cowboys un­der- 20s team through a boot camp in De­cem­ber, 2014 – helped de­liver an Ini­tial Em­ploy­ment Train­ing course for mem­bers of PNG’s 1st Royal Pa­cific Is­land Reg­i­ment.

Sgt Gor­mann was given 10 train­ing shirts from the un­der­20s team to give as an in­cen­tive for the sol­diers to work to­wards.

“NRL is like a re­li­gion in PNG. Nearly all the PNG de­fence force we worked with were Cowboys sup­port­ers,” Sgt Gor­mann said. “The train­ing sin­glets were a huge morale boost for the stu­dents and the per­fect item to strive to­wards re­ceiv­ing. Rest as­sured there will be a hand­ful of PNGDF per­son­nel wear­ing the sin­glets proudly for years to come in and around Port Moresby.” NEWS trav­els fast in the dig­i­tal in­for­ma­tion age but An­to­nio Win­ter­stein prefers to keep media free.

When Cowboys coach Paul Green an­nounced he would be rest­ing co- cap­tain Johnathan Thurston against the Cronulla Sharks in the Cowboys last home game, Win­ter­stein was asked the next day at a player media ses­sion how he thought the team would go in his ab­sence.

Only no- one had told Win­ter­stein.

The barn­storm­ing winger sought as­sur­ances from a Cowboys staff mem­ber that the lo­cal media wasn’t mak­ing it up and that the star half gen­uinely wouldn’t be play­ing. JAKE Granville’s de­fen­sive ca­pa­bil­i­ties of­ten get over­shad­owed by his at­tack­ing skills.

But his des­per­ate, last­minute tackle on Benji Mar­shall dur­ing the Cowboys 18- 12 win in round 17 was one oc­ca­sion where it came to the fore.

But hav­ing played more than 70 min­utes due to an in­jury to An­to­nio Win­ter­stein, Granville said it took all his will and energy to make the game- sav­ing tackle.

“I was a bit bug­gered and I prob­a­bly could have tack­led him and stopped the play a bit ear­lier on but I just thought I had bet­ter chase him just in case,” he said. “I had to dive to fi­nally get there.” THE Par­ra­matta Eels have had a dif­fi­cult time play­ing on the road in Townsville over the years, win­ning just two and draw­ing one of their last 10 vis­its to Townsville dat­ing back to 2000.

The Eels last win in North Queens­land came in 2010, a 24- 18 vic­tory in round 7

Prior to that Parra’s last points on the road to North Queens­land were a 14- all draw in round 8 2001 and a 20- 6 win in round 17, 2000.

Over­all, the Eels have lost five of their last six matches against the Cowboys.

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