Why our cowboys can defy the odds and pull off another miracle
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.”
SUPPORT: Brooke Winterstein with daughters Milanah, 7, Novah, 1, and Harlan, 4, are ready to cheer on Antonio and his Cowboys teammates tonight.