The Wellington Cowboys management and coaching staff are ‘dirty’ with their senior players and believe they will have to measure up when they face an upbeat Nyngan away on Sunday.
“We are shamed by our players,’’ publicity officer Ray Fabar said
“Where has the pride and respect wearing the Wellington jumper gone. Only 20 senior players travelled to Forbes and only one gave notice of unavailability.’’
“How can the players look into the eyes of the five junior players who backed up after their thrilling come-from-behind victory one hour earlier and feel no guilt?”
Luke Healey, Jayden Harvey, Jarrod Stanley and RJ, Steve Merritt did us proud he said.
The Cowboys struggled with a lack of firepower against Forbes on Sunday and against an improving Nyngan side, who reportedly stuck to their guns against Parkes on Sunday, the mission will be large but key players are expected to return.
But the lower grades did well he said.
“Darren Toomey, Shannon Fuller, RJ Merritt all strong, so to Richard Peckham who is not far away from a first grade return,” Mr Fabar said.
The juniors who were down 18-6 at half time were gutsy according to reports.
Lewis Stanley was outstanding scoring twice “especially with an ankle injury which would have kept many out” he said.
“There was great back up from Jayden Harvey, Luke Healey also got a double and the Merrit brothers,” the PR man pointed out
Meanwhile, Wellington’s Brent Naden has earnt a spot in the Greater Western Opens team to play in the State trials.
Gilgandra was host for the Opens and under-15s selection trials with the Greater Western teams then selected to play in the State Combined High Schools trials at Toronto in Newcastle on May 28-30.
In the Opens division game at Gilgandra, North West won 32-20 over Western while in the under-15s it was 22-20 to North West. In the selection process, Western finished with six players in the Opens and seven in the under-15s.
Brent Naden, the winger from Wellington High School, played well in the Opens for Western while Swade Dunn (Dubbo Senior College) was named at five-eighth.
The Cowboys Supporters Club will meet tonight to organise their big tent day promotion at a home game soon.
The meeting will be held at the Soldiers Memorial club at 6.30pm.