Two tries in top grade
THERE were times Jimmy Olsen planned to leave his footy boots hanging up for good after suffering a broken ankle and broken leg in three years.
But he was glad he returned to the game he loved after winning the Warwick Cowboys best and fairest award in a 42-18 loss to Aspley on a wet Saturday night in Warwick.
Olsen scored two tries for the Cowboys A-grade side and has made a great start to his dream to play the whole season in A-grade.
While he prefers centre, Olsen will play anywhere if it means he is in A-grade.
He is more than happy to play outside hard-running centre Waka Hakaiti.
"Waka runs a good line and sets me up well. He made me look good," Olsen said.
Olsen was happy with his speed and said he felt good defending.
"I should have chased the ball a bit more," he said.
While at Warwick State High School, Olsen was a top 800m runner and represented Darling Downs at state championship level.
The game was the first for two years for former Queensland schoolboys prop Ryan Kinlyside who had his career halted by a neck injury in under-20 footy for the Newcastle Knights.
Cowboys coach Gary Lawrence was happy with the effort against a team that only lost four games in Brisbane second-division last season.
"We played most of the game with 12 men (John Trindall was sent off) against strong opposition," Lawrence said.
Second rower Eamon Brownlie was the best Cowboys forward and five-eighth Trent Achilles best back.
Under 16: Aspley 36 d Warwick 0.
Under 18: Warwick 16 (Regan McNicol 2, Matt Gilchrist tries; Jarrod Hickling 2 goals) d Aspley 10.
Reserve-grade: Aspley 18 d Warwick 10 (Brock Eastwell, Ben Carter tries; Michael Brackin goal).
A-grade: Aspley 42 d Warwick 18 (Jimmy Olsen 2, Chris Enslow, Trent Achilles tries; Hayden McNicol goal).