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Year 6 - 2000

The potential for the Cowboys to be a major force in rugby league showed few signs of fruition in 2000.

There were some brilliant victories, especially at home, but by season's end little joy came from another last place in the NRL.

Significant victories over the Northern Eagles 50-10, and St George-Illawarra 50-4 were highlights of the season, however, supporters remained wondering when the undoubted potential of the team would be realised on a consistent basis.

The calibre of players wearing the Cowboy colours was evident by the number of representative players emerging from the North during 2000.

Paul Bowman became the club's first home grown Queensland State of Origin player, while Tim Brasher rekindled his representative career with some brilliant performances.

Tim became only the fifth player ever to represent NSW from Queensland when selected for his native state while playing for the Cowboys.*

Season statistics
  • Captain: Noel Goldthorpe
  • Coach: Tim Sheens
  • Principal Sponsor: Overflow
  • Won 7, lost 19
  • Points for 431, points against 612
  • Top point scorer: Julian O'Neill 144 (3 tries, 66 goals)
  • Finished: 14th
  • Average home crowd: 15,521
Representative players/coaches
  • Paul Green, Julian O'Neill and Paul Bowman: Qld State of Origin
  • Tim Brasher: NSW State of Origin
  • Murray Hurst: Coach of Tonga in World Cup
*The four other players to represent NSW from Queensland were all Brisbane Broncos players - Terry Matterson, Glenn Lazarus, Chris Johns and Michael Devere