Bring on Bears
Warwick Cowboys forward Ryan Kinlyside can't wait to play his first fixture game of rugby league since 2009.
At 6pm tonight, the Cowboys will take on last season's minor premiers at Father Ranger Oval. The first game is the under-18 clash at 3pm.
Kinlyside joined the Newcastle Knights in 2010 but, after some impressive pre-season form at underage level, suffered a neck injury and, on medical orders, sat out the next two seasons.
He ran the water for the Cowboys in A grade last season and returned to the field with short stints off the bench against Aspley and Wattles at the start of this season.
Coach Gary Lawrence will use Kinlyside off the bench as an impact player in A grade tonight.
"I have had no problems with the neck," Kinlyside said.
Captain Trent Achilles, back in Cowboys colours after being overseas last year, is impressed with the quality of his forward pack.
"Our top side is up with the best of any club in the competition," Achilles said.
"We have no injury concerns at the moment and want to start with a win against the minor premiers."
Achilles tips Brothers, Dalby and Gatton as three teams to beat in A grade.
"Premiers Valleys have lost a few players so won't be as strong," Achilles said.
"The move of Ned Murphy (from Valleys) to Souths will boost the Tigers."
This will be the 25th A-grade game in Cowboys colours for Achilles.
Brock Grayson will play his 100th game today and Hayden McNicol his 75th in A grade.
Last month in the Barrett Shield, Brock Grayson and Brendan McNicol played their 100th games for the club.
As well as being a player in A grade, Kinlyside coaches the Warwick U18s.
Our top side is up with the best in the competition
-Captain Trent Archilles