Tag Archive: Dallas Johnson

Scott Bolton out for 2 – 6 Weeks

Cowboys second-rower Scott Bolton could be out of action for up to six weeks as a result of a calf muscle tear sustained in Friday night’s game.Bolton went down about 18 minutes into the 16-14 triumph over the Brisbane Broncos and initial estimates of two weeks on the bench have now been replaced by a possible time frame of “two to six weeks”. Coach Neil Henry said Bolton would undergo MRI scans on the injury this morning but with the results of the scan still to be reviewed he added that an accurate time frame was hard to provide. “He could be out for several weeks,” he said. “It could be two to six weeks depending on how severe it is. The docs say it’s a deep tissue tear so it could be about four weeks.” Bolton’s loss is a bitter blow to the Cowboys and no doubt a tough pill to swallow for the rugged Innisfail Brothers junior, who has been on the fringe of Origin selection for the last two seasons. But Bolton’s absence didn’t prove fatal on Friday as the Cowboys came out tops to break a seven-match losing streak to Brisbane stretching back to the start of 2007. Continue reading

Gillett wants to cement his spot

He started 2010 as an unknown park footballer and finished the Dally M Rookie of the Year and a member of the Australian Prime Minister’s XIII, but Broncos forward Matt Gillett was still disappointed with his remarkable debut season. Don’t get him wrong, there is no hint of arrogance or swagger in this appraisal; it is simply the young kid from Bribie Island being his own toughest critic.Gillett burst onto the scene, scoring 12 tries from 22 games, but the youngster believes he ‘slackened off’ towards the end of the year and was gutted when the Broncos missed playing finals football. It’s this hard-line approach to the game that has Gillett primed for another massive season. “I just want to play consistent footy again,” Gillett said. “I was pretty disappointed with how the year finished for myself and how the team finished as well. Continue reading

Titans 24 – Cowboys 22

The old firm of Johnathan Thurston and Matt Bowen were reunited for North Queensland in Cairns on Saturday night, but Gold Coast halfback Scott Prince’s conversion after the siren spoiled the party in their NRL trial match. The Titans’ Clinton Toopi scored in the final minute before Prince spotted the winning conversion to claim a 24-22 win in atrocious conditions at Barlow Park in Cairns. It was not before the Cowboys’ star pair Bowen and Thurston combined magnificently to please coach Neil Henry. Bowen has spent much of the past three seasons battling a series of knee injuries, but is finally back to full fitness. Henry was thrilled to see the pair link up for a try just prior to half-time and knows it’s imperative they have standout seasons if the Cowboys are to be a force in 2011. Continue reading

JT named for Cowboys trial

In an odd twist, Johnathan Thurston may yet captain North Queensland in their NRL pre-season trial against Gold Coast Titans in Cairns on Saturday night – despite his fate as Cowboys skipper hanging in the balance. The classy halfback was on Tuesday named in a strong Cowboys side to tackle the Titans as speculation swirled over his future as leader. The Cowboys have maintained that a final verdict on Thurston will not be made until just before the official season kick-off against the Broncos at Suncorp Stadium on March 11. A player leadership group featuring Matt Scott, Brent Tate, Dallas Johnson and Aaron Payne are believed to have a major say on whether Thurston should remain as skipper in 2011. Adding to the intrigue, Payne stood in for Thurston in the Cowboys’ 26-4 trial loss to the Broncos in Alice Springs last weekend. Curiously there was no captain named for the trial clash against the Titans – but Cowboys football manager Peter Parr said nothing should be read into that. Continue reading

Cowboys look to bring Dallas Johnson home

Dallas Johnson is heading home. Not just home to Australia, or the NRL, but home to north Queensland, where it all began. The Cowboys’ recruiting spree is set to add the former Australia and Queensland lock to a stable that will next year include Brent Tate and State of Origin stars Johnathan Thurston, Willie Tonga and Matt Scott. Johnson, who left the NRL last year for Super League, wants to return to Australia and is convinced the Townsville club offers the right environment to extend his career and raise a family with his heavily pregnant wife Mel. The only sticking point could be a release from his contract with Catalans, where he remains contracted for another two seasons. However, it is believed incoming Catalans coach Trent Robinson would not stand in the way of a homecoming for the ex-Storm forward, who is willing to accept a pay cut to play for the Cowboys until the end of 2013. The deal is not finalised and Cowboys boss Peter Parr would not even confirm he had spoken to Johnson, who was born in Atherton, west of Cairns, and played junior league for the Herberton Magpies.

Editors Note – As a Cowboys fan, we deserve all the good news we can get, thus the reasoning behind the odd ‘glimmer of hope’ post published to this blog. Please note the Thurston story was for DT related purposes only not as an excuse for, well, you know.