Dubbo MP Dugald Saunders recognises Wellington Cowboys

Historic moment: First grade Cowboys players Aidan Ryan and Ben McGregor, with coach Justin Toomey-White and Dubbo MP Dugald Saunders (background) celebrate the Group 11 win against Dubbo CYMS. Photo: BELINDA SOOLE
Historic moment: First grade Cowboys players Aidan Ryan and Ben McGregor, with coach Justin Toomey-White and Dubbo MP Dugald Saunders (background) celebrate the Group 11 win against Dubbo CYMS. Photo: BELINDA SOOLE

Dubbo MP Dugald Saunders has praised the Wellington Cowboys Group 11 victories in an address to parliament this week saying they have "provided a real boost for the town."

In his address, Mr Saunders made mention of both the Cowboys first and reserve grade sides breaking a respective 25 and 20 year drought after both defeated Dubbo CYMS in September.

"It's no secret Wellington has had its share of socioeconomic problems centred around crime and drugs but these victories have already provided a real boost for the town," Mr Saunders said in his speech.

"There was a huge wave of maroon and white that flooded onto Apex Oval at full-time and I do believe that rugby league, and the success that cowboys have had this year has given a sense of renewed hope in Wellington."

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In his address, Mr Saunders acknowledged Cowboys first grade coach Justin Toomey-White, who just last year was diagnosed with bowel cancer.

Toomey-White underwent treatment and was given the all clear this year.

"He (Toomey-White) took to the stage with club stalwarts Aidan Ryan and Ben McGregor to hoist the trophy and sing the team's song," Mr Saunders said.

The Dubbo MP also gave a special mention to the CYMS, who had teams in all four grand finals that day.

He recognised the CYMS women's league tag who had an undefeated season.