BACK: Woorabinda Warriors A-grade coach and former NRL and QRL player Reggie Cressbrook is looking forward to the 2017.
BACK: Woorabinda Warriors A-grade coach and former NRL and QRL player Reggie Cressbrook is looking forward to the 2017. Chris Ison ROK011216cwoorabinda5

Cressbrook returns to where it all began, Woorie

RUGBY LEAGUE: The name Reggie Cressbrook carries more weight in Woorabinda than a Mack truck passing through.

His feats in the Queensland Cup were lived through by the entire town and the day he he made his NRL debut was a day of mass celebration.

Post retirement a decade ago, Cressbrook has dedicated himself to helping Indigenous communities, now he is back to help his own. His home.

The ex-Cowboy will coach the Warriors A-grade squad on their incoming return to the Rockhampton competition, he will link with Hughie Stanley who will coach from Rocky.

He will draw from his experience and tinker where suits. But vitally, he will keep that ad-lib attacking style synonymous with his race.

"I want to bring structure and bring back things I have learnt as a player. I have been lucky to be coached by Tim Sheens, Graham Lowe and Grant Bell but Rick Stone taught me the most," the outside back said.

"I want to bring bits of them all in. Just to work with the young players and understand how they play their footy.

"They have the attack, they definitely have the attack. But we probably need to concentrate on the defence, you can win off the back of that.

"Saving a try is worth a try." 

READ: How the Warriors reserves brought glory back to the town. 

Cressbrook last set foot on Woorabinda Football Field as a player in 1994. He remembers the good old days with awe.

"I remember playing out my last year here, the crowds we would get...," he said.

"They were worth three tries. Definitely 18 points just playing in front of them I reckon.

"I remember the sides who would come from Rocky in the bus, when they hit town would always say how daunting it was.

"It was a little like Caxton St in Origin time.

"We need to bring the fields back to life like the good old day, I'm doing everything I can to get home games there."

Cressbrook was there for the Warriors reserves famous victory in September. He said it brought a priceless 'buzz' to the town.

"It is very exciting times here, particularly after that win," the council worker said.

"The whole town is still buzzing from that game, now we are going one step further.

"It really brought the town closer. Seeing all the elders get excited as wonderful. They were so proud of the whole side, achieving something that big."

He said he looked former to working alongside Stanley. The later lives in Rockhampton and will coach the players based there but it is Cressbrook's wish to hold one full team training session once per week.

He applauded the Rockhampton Rugby League for allowing the move to happen.

"We all have to thank them. It is a good decision for everyone.

"Woorabinda brings a good crowd no matter where we play," he added.

At 42 its been a long time since he graced professional rugby league. But like a itchy foot you can't scratch, rugby league is part of his core.

He wouldn't rule out strapping on the boots for a Warriors' swansong.



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