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Year 9 - 2003

2003 was without a doubt the Cowboys' best season to date.

Greater consistency in good performances saw an improved away game record for 2003.

New Principal Sponsor Toyota injected much needed support for the Club.

The return of experienced Queensland forward Kevin Campion to his native North Queensland proved a major boost for the Cowboys, and he was joined by New Zealand front rower Paul Rauhihi as new recruits for the season.

Midway through the season the Cowboys were in the top eight and kept in touch with the competition leaders all season, only narrowly missing a semi final spot.

The brilliant form of Matt Sing was a major highlight for the Club, rekindling his representative career becoming North Queensland's first Australian representative while living in the region since Kerry Boustead in 1978.

Season statistics

  • Captain: Paul Bowman
  • Coach: Graham Murray
  • Principal Sponsor: Toyota
  • Won 10, lost 14
  • Points for 580, points against 591
  • Top point scorer: Josh Hannay
  • Finished: 11th
  • Average home crowd: 14,982

Representative players/coaches

  • Paul Bowman, Matt Sing, Josh Hannay: Qld State of Origin
  • Matt Sing, Australia 2 tests v NZ and 2003 Kangaroo Tour of Great Britain
  • Paul Rauhihi, New Zealand