Warwick Cowboys inaugural president Mick Gaffney, guest speaker Shane Webcke and current president and NRL volunteer finalist Greg Carey at the club’s 25th reunion dinner.
Warwick Cowboys inaugural president Mick Gaffney, guest speaker Shane Webcke and current president and NRL volunteer finalist Greg Carey at the club’s 25th reunion dinner.

Carey in line for NRL prize

WARWICK Cowboys president Greg Carey is one of three finalists in the volunteer of the year award in the NRL One Community Awards.

Carey will travel to Sydney for the award presentations on September 27. If he wins, he will be invited to be part of preparations for the grand final a week later.

In his usual way, Carey yesterday deflected all the praise, dubbing the finalist tag as one for the club.

He talks about the hard working men and women on the committee and volunteers like Robert Smith, who is gate keeper and a man of many roles.

“Robert takes the money at the gate, cleans the grounds and helps on the bar,” Carey said.

Smith won’t take any money for hours in the hot sun at the gate at Father Ranger Oval.

“He is a volunteer and not a committee member,” Carey said.

“The committee members and volunteers are so hands-on for our club; nothing is a problem for them.

“I am just part of a wonderful united team.”

While he is reductant to talk about any negatives, Carey yesterday recalled when then Condamine Sports Club manager Geoff Lloyd invited him to a meeting in 2000 when it appeared the rugby league club was in trouble due to lack of players and the resultant lack of support.

At a second meeting he attended, Carey was elected president and as they say, the rest is history.

Carey has no idea who nominated him.

“It wasn’t the Cowboys.”


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