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News. Kerry has 5 jobs listed on their profile. "We had Colin Scott, Kerry Boustead and Brad Backer was the old boy at 24. In the years leading up to their first season in the national competition in 1995, the club's recruitment method was as much about the sea and suntan as anything else. Boustead chased mainly former north Queensland footballers playing in Sydney, and took them fishing for a day on the Great Barrier Reef. Christopher "Choppy" Close (born 5 February 1959) is an Australian former professional rugby league footballer who played in the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s. "My wife and I said to each other, we are dealing with total cowboys here. But after a brief stop-over in Brisbane, Boustead and his wife attempted to board the connecting flight to Townsville only to not be allowed on board because the wrong tickets had been bought. He made his debut after Kerry Boustead broke his ankle in a match against Canterbury on July 8, 1979. It wasn't a good first impression. "A lot of the players accepted far less money than they could have got at virtually any other club. When we were looking for a public consultation for a name for the team, the public loved the Cowboys name.". This is also known as Online Behavioural Advertising. The International Legends of League game was held in conjunction with Cairns Regional Council and Piccone Family Group, raising funds for grassroots rugby league. Photo: Maria Girgenti. Agony and ecstasy: Cup Day's rollercoaster ride, Tragic details of man found dead at bottom of ditch, It’s not just Deb, arrogant LNP is a bunch of losers. INAUGURAL North Queensland chief Kerry Boustead reveals the Cowboys name came more from a Fawlty Towers-type farce than John Wayne-type heroes. INAUGURAL North Queensland chief Kerry Boustead reveals the Cowboys name came more from a Fawlty Towers-type farce than John Wayne-type heroes. Kerry and his wife Leigh operated one of Ray White’s most successful real estate offices in Queensland for over 10 years. "Big Martin Bella took such pride in it that one day when someone was pulling up some grass, he started yelling at them telling them he had laid it," Boustead laughed. A meet and greet was held on the morning of the game at Cairns Central shopping centre where fans had the opportunity to obtain autographs and photos with their favourite Australian league legends. "I got every one of the players a job. You can find out more about our policy and your choices, including how to opt-out Boustead, Webb, Teevan and Dynevor also ran a junior coaching clinic at Redlynch with future rugby league stars, took part in a bowls day at West Cairns and some of the legends played touch footy with local Flamingo boys. "All our luggage and clothes had been checked through to Townsville but there was a ticket stuff-up and I had to buy new underwear and clothes to spend a night in Brisbane," Boustead recalls. One of Boustead's favourite recollections of the early days is the famous story of how the foundation players helped to lay the turf at Dairy Farmers Stadium. Sorry we couldn't find a match for that, please try again. It was a close tussle, however the Legends were too strong with a 26-24 victory, which included two tries to Ben Hannant, and one each to Chris Walker, Peter Gill and Matt Bowen. Boustead, who now sells real estate in Brisbane, recalls with great fondness the formative days of the Cowboys despite the club not having two cents to rub together. 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Boustead, the legendary former Queensland and Australian winger, was convinced in the early 1990s to fly from Sydney to Townsville to meet with the fledgling steering committee trying to establish a national rugby league side in Townsville. THEY could have been the Marlins or the Stingrays ... but inaugural North Queensland chief executive Kerry Boustead has revealed the Cowboys name was born because of a Fawlty Towers calamity at Brisbane Airport. Boustead, 18, did a wonderful job keeping his City rival, Steve Stacey in check, and also scored a try, off a pass from man of … While in the Far North, Teevan, Dynevor, Boustead and event organiser Troy Byers visited St Augustine's, Cairns West State School, Bentley Park College, Woree State School where they spoke to students about anti-bullying, perils of social media, dream, believe and achieve - never giving up on their dreams regardless of their background and location. Earlier in the afternoon, Northern Pride Under 18 trials were also held followed by a Schoolboys game St Augustine's College v St Andrew's and a Yarrabah v Cairns Masters match. 83 in Rugby League Week’s Top 100 players: 1992. Innisfail Souths’ winger, Kerry Boustead was the crowd favorite as Thiess Toyota Country beat City 19-10 at Lang Park, Brisbane. "These days, everything seems to be about money, but it wasn't a money concept back then," Boustead says. Both teams were playing for bragging rights to lift the Tom Tassell Memorial Trophy which was presented to Legends captain Boustead by Tassell's wife Sandy. Invalid postcode. They must have liked the fish.". So I took a lot of footballers fishing, took them out to the reef and hoped they would catch a fish or two and be sold on the lifestyle. The FNQ All Stars team was brimming with a mix of former Northern Pride, NRL, State of Origin and international players such as Ty Williams, Chris Sheppard, Chey Bird, Jason Roos, Brett Anderson, David Maiden, Brenton Bowen and Joel Reithmuller. A Cairns Indigenous v Cairns Torres Strait exhibition match was played where Country romped in over City 42-26 after a 22-10 half-time lead. ", Originally published as Starting a Cowboys operation. "A lot of the players accepted far less money than they could have got at virtually any other club. Photo: Maria Girgenti, Bennett confident Maroons can 'handle it', In pictures: afternoon training for Harvey Norman Queensland Maroons, How Bennett helped Mal become Queensland's greatest mentor, Bennett focused on Munster's pivotal play over Keary eligibility saga, You have skipped the navigation, tab for page content, Australian Legends of League team with Cairns District Junior Rugby League Under 6 players. "From then on, the Cowboys name stuck and it became a bit of an in-house joke. "We had just about no money to play with, I was paying my own wages by selling private boxes in grandstands that at the time didn't even exist," Boustead remembers.