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 North Queensland Cowboys
Next Game: The Season has finished
Guerra's brush of NRL fate with Cowboys
22 Sep 2017
Sydney Roosters forward Aidan Guerra grew up in North Queensland, but the lack of an under-20s competition in 2005 saw him leave the region.

If Sydney Roosters forward Aidan Guerra was born three years later, he could easily be running onto Allianz Stadium for North Queensland to face the Tri-colours on Saturday night.

A proud Townsville product, Guerra attended the famed Ignatius Park College in North Queensland but was a victim of rugby league circumstance in the region.

Guerra, who has gone on to play 10 State of Origins for Queensland, came through the Cowboys' system just three years before the NRL had introduced the national under-20s competition.

It meant players finished their junior representative football in under-18s, and were thrust into senior football or reserve grade if they were going to make it at NRL level.

"They said physically said I wasn't up to that level - and I wasn't" Guerra said.

"I may not have been good enough at that stage.

"Development is pretty easy up there, everyone loves their footy. But I can see that it's really thrived since the under-20s competition has come in."

Guerra is no doubt one of those kids who could have benefited from a proper bridging competition.

With a roadblock between him and the NRL, he headed to Brisbane as a 17-year-old to play in the Colts competition in 2005.

"Melbourne had a feeder club there," he said.

"I played a couple of years at Brissy Norths and physically probably got closer to where I needed to be to be part of a first grade squad when I was in Melbourne."

Again, injuries let him down, and it wasn't until he signed with the Roosters that he had come close to proper development and debuted at age 22.

But his upbringing means he knows better than anyone else in the Roosters camp what kind of rollercoaster the Cowboys have gone through in the past month.

The team have become rock stars in Townsville, cheered on by hundreds at every airport arrival and departure as they continue their remarkable run through the NRL finals series.

"It's pretty crazy," Guerra said.

"I remember I was living in Townsville during that grand final drive in 2005.

"It's hard to explain. Everything is football up there. There is no AFL, there's no soccer, it's all rugby league and it's all Cowboys.

"I think that's what's made them turn into such a powerhouse on the field, because that town has so much pride in them and they know that."

Saturday night's preliminary final will represent even more significance to the one-time Australian Test representative.

A win will gift him a grand final farewell before he join Newcastle on a three-year deal for the next season, while a loss will signal the end of the 29-year-old's career at the Roosters.

"Definitely every game is that little bit more special," he said.

"At this time of year you're always trying to play your best but it's definitely in the back of my mind that every game could be my last for the Roosters."

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Last Game: The Cowboys lost against the Brisbane Broncos 12 - 38 at ANZ Stadium, Australia (5248 days ago)  game results here
 North Queensland Cowboys Season 0 Stats (All games)
 Total Games Played 26 
 Away Games 15 
    Away Wins 6 
 Home Games 11 
    Home Wins
 Total Tries: 44 
 Total Goals: 35 
 Total Field Goals:
 Total Points For: 514 
 Total Points Against: 771 
 Leagues the North Queensland Cowboys are in
1995 Winfield Cup, 1996 Optus Cup, 1997 Superleague Telstra Cup, 1998 Trials, 1998 NRL Season, 1999 NRL Country Carnival, 1999 NRL Season, 2000 NRL Season, 2001 NRL Season, 2002 NRL Season, 2003 NRL Season,

 Players in 2002
Daniel Strickland, David Thompson, George Gatis, Glenn Morrison, Jamie McDonald, John Buttigieg, John Doyle, Josh Hannay, Ken McGuinness, Leigh McWilliams, Matt Peterson, Matt Sing, Matthew Bowen, Michael Luck, Nathan Fien, Paul Bowman, Peter Jones, Shane Muspratt, Shaun Valentine, Tarin Bradford, Tim Brasher,

 Players in 2001
Adam Connelly, Adam Nable, Brett Hetherington, Brian Jellick, Chris Muckert, Chris Sheppard, Damien Smith, Danny Moore, Geoff Bell, John Manning, Julian O'Neill, Kyle Warren, Lee Oudenryn, Mark Shipway, Naipolioni Kuricibi, Nick Paterson, Paul Dezolt, Paul Pensini, Robert Relf, Scott Whiting, Shayne McMenemy, Tim Maddison, Trent Leis,

 Players in 2000
Brett Boyd, Chad Halliday, Graham Appo, Greg Bourke, Jeremy Schloss, Noel Goldthorpe, Paul Green, Scott Prince,

 Players in 1999
Darrien Doherty, Glen Murphy, Jody Gall, Kris Tassell, Matt Ryan, Noa Nadruku,
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Last Results

Sunday, 11 May, 2003
Brisbane 38
Cowboys 12

Saturday, 26 Apr, 2003
Cowboys 32
Melbourne 12

Monday, 21 Apr, 2003
Warriors 30
Cowboys 24

Saturday, 12 Apr, 2003
Sydney City 32
Cowboys 0

Saturday, 5 Apr, 2003
Brisbane 32
Cowboys 24

Monday, 31 Mar, 2003
Cowboys 27
South Sydney 20

Saturday, 22 Mar, 2003
Cowboys 30
Eagles 20

Saturday, 15 Mar, 2003
Canberra 46
Cowboys 14

Saturday, 7 Sep, 2002
Cowboys 15
Parramatta 6

Saturday, 31 Aug, 2002
Cowboys 36
South Sydney 34

Round 10
May 17th - 18th
Pos  Team Name  P
 1   Canberra   16 
 2   Brisbane   14 
 3   Warriors   14 
 4   Sydney City   12 
 5   Melbourne   12 
 6   Newcastle   12 
 7   Penrith   12 
 8   Canterbury   10 
 9   St George   10 
 10   Eagles   8 
 11   Cowboys   8 
 12   Sharks   6 
 13   Wests Tigers   6 
 14   Parramatta   4 
 15   South Sydney   2 
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