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#8
2001 - after the 1991 17s Cowra Premiership, junior footy wasn’t played in the Central West until the 1997 season.  
The Blues lost the ‘97 and ‘99 16s Grand Final to Parkes, and when the grade was changed back to Under 17s, lost the 2000 decider to Parkes again.
Ken McMurtrie had coached the team through these years, and was forced to retire from coaching due to injury.  Brendan Bedford took over the reins in 2001 and was able to guide his team through a qualifying semifinal against Bathurst with Cowra narrow winners after extra time.  
In the decider, the Blues were able to hang on for a great win against the Eagles and just their second flag.

Scores:		Cowra
			Bathurst  

Cowra team:   Aaron Newton  Ricky Neels  Shane Stopps  Ray Bridge  Daniel Smith  Andrew Cousley  Brendan Reid  Michael McMurtrie  Bradley Green  Kenny Webb  Jason Cox    David McMurtrie  Shaun O’Brien  Matthew Boyce  Ben Newcombe  Chris Hampton  Ricki Bronish  


#7
05 July 1986 - sitting on 7 straight wins for the season, the Blues traveled to Young looking to remain undefeated with the finals looming.  Earlier in the season, the Saints were beaten by over 100 points.
Cowra’s team was near full-strength, but in the worst weather conditions, Young jumped to an early lead with first use of the breeze and a dry ball. The Saints were held to just one point after quartertime, but Cowra couldn’t bridge the gap as the weather worsened, going down 24 to 16.
This was the team’s only loss for the season and probably served as a wake up call, before they went on to win their first flag.

Scores:		Cowra  1-0  1-0  2-3  2-4-16  
			Young  3-5  3-6  3-6  3-6-24
Goals: 		Cowra - White 1, Walton 1
	  		Young - Canning 2, Berry 1

Cowra team: Kevin Siegert, Graeme Clements, Tom Downing, Peter Tremble, Rod Michael, Jeff Michael, Pat Hayes, Jim Inglis, Jeff Falconer, Geoff Day, Brian Harding, Steve Richardson, John Walton, Andrew McFarlane, Trevor Sanford, Nelson White, Bob Hilton, Owen Gillespie, Michael Rasmussen, Martyn Currie


#6
22 April 2006 - the Blues side had been building for a number of years, while the Orange Tigers were on the slide when the teams met early in the 2006 season.  
Cowra began well enough, but kicked a club record 17 goals in the second quarter, before another 27 goals in the second half.  The Blues scored their highest score and biggest winning margin in their history.  Full forward Matt Smith kicked 27 goals.

Scores:		Cowra  7-8  24-15  37-23  51-27-333
			Orange 0-1  0-1  0-2  0-3-3
Goals: 		Cowra - Smith 27, B Reid 5, Day 5, Kennedy 4, K Reid 4, A McVey 3, Milne 1, Hyland 1, McLeish 1
	  		Orange - nil

Cowra team: Kim Reid, Brendan Reid, Nathan Worth, Steve Hampton, David Manning, Marc Hyland, Jason Durden, Geoff Day, Corey Kennedy, Zac Milne, Adam Munro, Michael McLeish, Frank Bright, Aaron Thorn, Andrew Falconer, Matthew Smith, Blair Holgate, Michael McVey, Allan McVey, Geoff Ryan


#5
29 August 1987 - with 6 wins and 4 losses for the home and away season, the Blues 1987 Reserves managed 4th position coming into the finals.  
In the elimination semi, the Blues did it easy beating Orange by 101 points, but looked in trouble in the Preliminary Final, down by 14 points at halftime against the Demons in Dubbo.  A big second half saw Cowra progress to their second successive decider running out 80 point winners.
Bathurst were Minor Premiers and favourites, but the Blues did a lot of damage early, leading by 38 points at quartertime, and holding on to a 21 point margin by the final siren, making up for the narrow 1986 loss, and clinching a first Reserve Grade flag for the club.

Scores:		Cowra  14-9-93
			Bathurst  11-6-72
Goals: 		Cowra - unavailable
	  		Bathurst - unavailable

Cowra team: Richard White, Owen Gillespie, Chris Siegert, Ron Wheatley, Gavin Hoy, Glenn Crawley, Steve Boyd, Chris Baratto, Kevin Siegert (C), Andrew Wright, Darren Nelligan, Dave Bryant, Mick Butler, Chris Gorham, Gavin Cox, Matthew Crawley, Robert Wright, Craig Sanford, Mick Boyce and Barry Bryant

#4
21 September 1991 - after Grand Final defeats in 1986 to Orange, and 1989 and 1990 to Parkes, the Robert ‘Lefty’ Wright coached Under 17’s team of 1991 captured the minor Premiership with 8 wins during the home and away season.
The qualifying semifinal saw Coonabarabran straight into the Grand Final, beating a below-strength Cowra side.  A turn-around by the Blues in the Preliminary Final gave them a win over Dubbo by 14 points in a great game at Dubbo.  
This put the Cowra juniors into their fourth Grand Final in six years but they had yet to win a Premiership, and entered the game as underdogs after the poor semfinal result.  
However, the team dominated the match keeping Coonabarabran scoreless in two of the quarters, leading at every break and running out 67 point winners, finally securing a long-awaited Premiership.  

Scores:		Cowra  11-13-79
			Coonabarabran  2-0-12
Goals: 		Cowra - unavailable
	  		Coonabarabran - unavailable

Cowra team: Mal CIements (c), Ian Martin, Tony Graham, Darren Williams, Mark Kelly, Matt Cusack, Andrew Lazarou, David Tysoe, David Finnimore, Justen Oliver, Andrew Petty, Steve Lees, Lachlan Newham, Francis Bright, Craig Reid, David Cusack, Pat McBriarty, Tom Devlin, Ken Martin, Scott Simpson and Michael Ticehurst. 

# 3
23 August 1986 - the narrow Grand Final loss in 1985 produced a determined Blues outfit in ‘86 with just one loss in the home and away season.  Cowra made the Grand Final on the back of a 4 point semifinal win over Dubbo who would also progress to the decider in Parkes. In Tom Downing’s 50th First Grade game, it was tight, hard footy for the opening quarters, Cowra up by 30 points at halftime.
A big third quarter saw the Blues kick away to a winning lead by the last break, eventually securing a 60 point margin, for the club’s first Premiership.

Scores:	Cowra  5-4  11-7  18-8  20-16-136
		Dubbo  3-2  6-7  9-8  11-10-76
Goals: 	Cowra - T Sanford 8, J Michael 4, M Corbett 3, R Butcher 2, A McFarlane 1, G Day 1, 
		K Siegert 1
	  	Dubbo - unavailable

Cowra team: Kevin Siegert, Graeme Clements, Tom Downing, Peter Tremble, Matt Corbett, Rod Michael, Jeff Michael, Pat Hayes, Jim Inglis, Jeff Falconer, Geoff Day, Brian Harding, Steve Richardson, John Walton, Ross Butcher, Andrew McFarlane (v-c), Trevor Sanford (c-c), Nelson White, Bob Hilton, Owen Gillespie

# 2
10 August 1985 - after just 5 wins and a draw in their first three seasons, Cowra made their first finals series on the back of an 8 win-4 loss home and away series that gave them second place.  The qualifying semifinal pitted them against the undefeated Young Saints who looked to have the game under control at threequartertime, leading by 32 points.
However, the Trevor Sanford coached Blues, stormed into their first Grand Final with an amazing 7 goal last quarter for a memorable win.
History shows that Young crashed out of the finals the following week at the hands of Dubbo, who went on to defeat Cowra in the Grand Final by 2 points.
  
Scores:  	Cowra 2-4  5-6  7-11  14-13-97
		Young  3-7  7-8  12-13  13-14-92
Goals: 	Cowra - Tremble 4, Clements 3, J Michael 2, White 1, Day 1, McFarlane 1, Robrahn 1, 
		C Sanford 1  		
		Young - unavailable 

Cowra team: Jeff Michael, Nelson White, Geoff Day, Owen Gillespie, Andrew McFarlane, Rod Michael, Jeff Falconer, Brian Harding, Tom Downing, Gary Robrahn, Steve Richardson, Kevin Siegert, Graeme Clements, John Walton, Brian Picker, Craig Sanford, Trevor Sanford, Peter Tremble, David Bryant

# 1
5 May 2001 - the Blues had just endured their worst losing streak in their history with 40 straight losses, last winning against the Kelso side early in the 1998 season, and up against Dubbo in the season opener.  In their last encounter in July 2000 against a red hot Demons team that easily won that year’s Premiership, Cowra suffered their worst ever defeat, losing by over 320 points. 
The game began the tradition of the ‘Popeye’ Plate honouring Jason Petty, a great clubman for the Blues who passed way in 2000, with the trophy now hotly contested annually in games between Cowra and Dubbo. 
Scores remained tight through to threequartertime, the teams level at the break 11-5-71 apiece.  However, the Blues finished the stronger with a 7 goal last quarter to win by 36 points, and break a long drought. 

Scores:  	Cowra 1-3  5-5  11-5  18-9-117
		Dubbo  2-3  6-4  11-5  12-9-81
Goals: 	Cowra - Bright 6, Kennedy 3, Day 3, McVey 2, S Gray 1, R Gray 1, D Bryant 1, D Manning 1
		Dubbo - Swain 7, Jackson 2, Todd 2, Payne 1

Cowra team: Kim Reid, Rod Gray, Will Fields, David Manning, Steve Gray, Geoff Day, Corey Kennedy, Paul Treloar, Chris Gorham, Michael McLeish, Andrew Falconer, Shaun Cox, Francis Bright, Robert Wright, Mick Manning, Michael McVey, David Bryant, Brendan Bedford, Richard Leary, Craig Reid