ARM WRESTLE: The Gremlins and Warwick Cowboys had to share the points after the two sides couldn't be split on Friday night.
ARM WRESTLE: The Gremlins and Warwick Cowboys had to share the points after the two sides couldn't be split on Friday night. Deirdre Smith

Hendry double aids result

RUGBY LEAGUE: A classy display by centre Lachlan Hendry saw the Stanthorpe Gremlins hold the Warwick Cowboys to an 18-18 draw at Sullivan Oval last Friday evening in front of a large and committed crowd.

Hendry was a shining light in the 23-man Gremlins line-up, recognised by team mates with Player's Player accolades and thrilling the local supporters in the cool conditions with two valuable touchdowns.

The exciting young back has been a mainstay in the Gremlins line-up in recent times as they try to regain their early season winning form.

The Cowboys were a more focused and player-equipped side to that belted 38 - 16 by Stanthorpe back in late March on their own paddock at Father Ranger Oval.

With a single win and a draw from their seven fixtures this season the Warwick outfit are desperate to make up lost ground as the finals series looms.

Similarly, the fourth on the ladder Gremlins need some winning results to confirm their early season promise.

Powerful running forward John Trindall kick-started the scoreboard on Friday evening with a try that lunged the Cowboys to a 6-0 lead after eight minutes, before halfback Jake Burnell scampered through to level the match ledger 6-6.

When Hayden Morrisey scored in the shadow of half time the Cowboys put their feet up at the break ahead 12-6. The Gremlins had their supporters attention after the restart with Hendry contributing his two four-pointers in the space of twenty minutes to have the home side in front 18-12.

The evenly matched arm wrestle finished up reflecting as much on the scoreboard after Joshua Hippi showed his skills in adding another try to the Warwick total a little over five minutes from full-time.

The Gremlins last outing was a loss to ladder leaders Newtown back on June 2. The stop-start Clive Berghofer Land Sales 2nd Division draw was hardly friendly in as much as team preparation and match fitness.

Team skipper Gary Skimmings was impressed with the Warwick side's effort.

"They need to do their best to stay in touch with the top end of the ladder,” he said.

The Gremlins have the firepower to be well-involved in the coming business end of the season, with the experience of Skimmings and fellow team leaders, along with a blend of talented youth such as Burnell, fullback Jacob Rashleigh who played his best game for the year and Toowoomba representative absentee Regan Sullivan

While the grinding stoush with Warwick resulted in a single premiership point, this Saturday's clash with Texas at Reg Saunders Oval is vital to the Gremlins.

Stanthorpe faltered in a loss in a 'friendly' against Texas in their last contest.

The 2nd Division top five currently hosts Newtown (14), Gatton (10), Goondiwindi (9), Stanthorpe (7), Texas (5).