Formed in 1995 the Cowboys are one of the younger clubs in the competition and despite making a Grand Final appearance 10 years after their inception in 2005, are yet to be crowned the seasons’ premiers having never won the premiership.
North Queensland Cowboys Information
Home Ground: Dairy Farmers Stadium, Townsville
Colours: Blue & Yellow
Mascot: Boots the Blue Cattledog
Number of Premierships Won: 0
Number of Minor Premierships Won: 0
The North Queensland Cowboys played their maiden first-grade Rugby League match in 1995, and since their formation have failed to win any premierships or minor premierships.
A shaky start for the Cowboys, finishing last in the competition in their first three years, saw them struggle to obtain a fan base anywhere near the strength of their fellow Queensland team, the Brisbane Broncos.
After minimal success on the field, North Queensland strained to find a solid combination and during their opening two seasons had eight different captains try to lead the side without success.
As the NRL came into existence in 1998, slowly the Cowboys home games began to attract bigger crowds and support for the club started to grow.
Their performances on field, however, continued to disappoint and yet again in 2000 the Cowboys took out the wooden spoon. After such a dismal history, the Cowboys coach Tim Sheens was sacked in 2002 with assistant Murray Hurst stepping in. Despite a noted improvement, the Cowboys finishing 11th on the ladder at the end of the season, Hurst was also fired the following year and Graham Murray took over coaching.
Murray’s instalment proved to be a positive for North Queensland and they put in some of their best performances to date. Then in 2004 the Cowboys made the finals for the first time and backed up this good season with another in 2005, making the finals for a second successive year and the Grand Final for the first time.
In their maiden Grand Final appearance in 2005, the Cowboys lost to the Wests Tigers 30 – 16, which was the closest they have come to a premiership title. They are currently coached by Neil Henry.
Emblem, Colours & Jerseys
The North Queensland Cowboys’ current logo features a set of navy blue and white bullhorns over the top of a bright yellow star. The emblem of the club has changed slightly from their original logo that still had the horns, representing the country roots of the club, but without the star.
The Cowboys’ two primary colours are blue and yellow, but they also use white and grey on their jerseys. Their home jersey features a complex design of a blue chest and central horn shape, grey body with yellow stripes on the side and arms. Their away colours are quite different, the jersey having no yellow on it, just blue, white and grey.
The Cowboys play their home NRL games at Dairy Farmers Stadium in Townsville, which is also where the club trains. The stadium was originally the Willows Sporting Complex, but changed name due to sponsorship. In 2005 the facility received a huge redevelopment and can now hold a capacity crowd of 26,500.
As with all NRL clubs, the Cowboys have a great membership club for fans. Becoming a member gives North Queensland supporters exclusive seating and match offers, and is a great way to get behind your club. Another way to show the Cowboys your support is by backing them to win, if you bet at SportsBet you could also make a tidy profit for yourself as well!
The Cowboys’ mascot is a 120kg blue cattledog called Boots. Boots is an energetic pup that loves to follow his masters, the Cowboys, around the field. He is great at running decoys as a halfback and is the biggest North Queensland fan around!
Best Bet To Make
In the past the Cowboys have won the wooden spoon bet plenty of times, and for the 2010 season look a good chance of finishing at the bottom of the ladder once again.
Despite having made the finals in a number of seasons, the Cowboys often fizzle out towards the end of the competition and mid-season seems the best time to back the North Queensland boys.
When the Cowboys do win, it is more often than not quite a high-scoring affair and so one of the best bets to make is for a 12+ margin at SportsBet.