On behalf of the North Queensland Toyota Cowboys, I’d like to thank the many thousands of members, sponsors and fans who have shown their support for our club since Saturday night’s elimination final against Cronulla.
The response at Townsville Airport on Sunday and via phone calls, emails and various social media channels has been overwhelming.
This support has been widespread from across the game here in Australia and overseas.
I have met today with NRL CEO Dave Smith in Sydney to discuss a number of aspects of what transpired before, during and after the final, including the on-field officiating and the lack of security for our players post-match.
I received assurances from Dave that the matters are being investigated and appropriate action will be taken by the NRL.
The Cowboys will, of course, abide by the decisions made on the field on Saturday, even though there was a clear error in the first half that has been admitted to by the NRL.
Unfortunately in this case there is no option to force a rematch or have the result overturned.
We believe the outpouring of emotion from everyone involved in our club, and our member and supporter base, has been appropriate given what has happened to the Cowboys in the past two finals series.
Incorrect decisions that seriously affect the outcome of a game must be avoided given the enormous impact they can have on a club and the code overall.
I commend our players for their tremendous efforts throughout the season and again on Saturday night when they were challenged in many ways.
We will now be turning our focus to the 2014 season when we again expect to be fighting for the premiership and I’d ask everyone who feels strongly about the Cowboys to show their support by joining the Stampede as a member for next year.
We wish the remaining teams all the best in the 2013 finals series.