BE­LIEVE

Why our cow­boys can defy the odds and pull off an­other mir­a­cle

Townsville Bulletin - - FRONT PAGE - VIC­TO­RIA NU­GENT

AF­TER man­u­fac­tur­ing a mir­a­cle in Syd­ney last Sun­day to knock off the de­fend­ing pre­miers, North Queens­land Cow­boys fans are be­gin­ning to be­lieve our bat­tered home­town heroes have a shot at shak­ing up the 2017 NRL fi­nals se­ries, just like they did in 2015. Coach Paul Green was play­ing mind games with the me­dia yes­ter­day but fans are fully fo­cused on tonight’s big clash with Par­ra­matta to see who makes the pre­lim­i­nary fi­nal against the Syd­ney Roost­ers. Brooke Win­ter­stein and daugh­ters Mi­lanah, 7, No­vah, 1, and Har­lan, 4, will be cheer­ing on hero dad An­to­nio ( left).

WITH Cow­boys player An­to­nio Win­ter­stein pre­par­ing for tonight’s semi­fi­nal clash against the Par­ra­matta Eels, his fam­ily will be send­ing him a whole lot of luck from 2000km away.

Brooke Win­ter­stein said she and daugh­ters Mi­lanah, 7, Har­lan, 4, and No­vah, 1, had stayed home in Townsville this time for rea­sons in­clud­ing the price of flights and Mi­lanah’s book pa­rade at school.

“I’m sure Daddy and the rest of the boys will hear us all the way down there,” she said.

Ms Win­ter­stein said their daugh­ters were al­ready big rugby league fans and would oc­ca­sion­ally dis­agree with ref­eree calls while watch­ing the game.

“They al­ways give Dad the pep talk ... they say ‘ be brave, do your best’,” she said.

“We al­ways do the pre- game phone call but this week we’re also do­ing ev­ery­thing we did last week – the same din­ner, what we wore, so we’ve got the su­per­sti­tion cov­ered.”

Act­ing Mayor Les Walker said the whole of Townsville needed to get be­hind the Cow­boys.

“They need all the sup­port they can get be­cause they’re the un­der­dogs in this game,” he said. “They’ve got a big heart and they’ve got a lot of grit.”

Pic­ture: ZAK SIM­MONDS

Pic­ture: ZAK SIM­MONDS

SUP­PORT: Brooke Win­ter­stein with daugh­ters Mi­lanah, 7, No­vah, 1, and Har­lan, 4, are ready to cheer on An­to­nio and his Cow­boys team­mates tonight.

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