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In 1995 the North Queensland Cowboys were born and what a legendary household name they have become for footy fans.
But who was there when it all started? Who was first to captain our favourite NRL team? The name you're looking for is, Laurie Spina.
At 31 years of age Laurie became the first ever captain of the North Queensland Cowboys, and has left quite the impact on our region.
The now 54 year old retired from the NRL at the end of 1995, but he isn't too far from the action these days.
Laurie's name is annually on the lips of junior rugby league players when they excitedly partake in the Laurie Spina Shield.
In 2017 the carnival saw 64 junior rugby league teams from across the country show off their best skills in Townsville.
Laurie is always close by at these carnivals, with the kids always keen for a few happy snaps.
Laurie's off field role of raising his children is one that he can be very proud of as well, with all 3 proving they have their father's sporting genes.
Laurie's first son Luke played many years in the Townsville & Districts Rugby League competition before injury took him off the field.
Ben, Laurie's second son is now following in dad's footsteps as a fulltime NRL player wearing the blue and grey.
It's not all about footy though, Laurie's daughter Ashley has played representative soccer on Aussie and USA soil and is now setting her sights on professional cricket.
When Laurie isn't working his cane farm in Ingham you can see him commentating the greatest game in the world, NRL.