Topics:  afl, keith clarke, roddie's oval, warwick redbacks

Open season

Redbacks’ president Keith Clarke, coach Jason Wright and Shannon Cameron prepare the fields for the first Redbacks home game of the season.
Redbacks’ president Keith Clarke, coach Jason Wright and Shannon Cameron prepare the fields for the first Redbacks home game of the season. Shannon Newley

A VICTORY over Highfields today would be the icing on the cake as the Warwick Redbacks celebrate the opening of the new spider web, Roddie's Oval.

The Lions are the most improved team in the Darling Downs competition during the past two years.

Club president Keith Clarke will welcome guests and supporters at 1.30pm.

One club stalwart and key forward who won't play, due to a severe knee injury, will be Aaron Lawlor. His potency in attack will be missed.

Liam Keating came out in his first game with suspected kidney bruising and Ray Lawer will become first emergency due to the rotation system.

Lawlor had an excellent pre-season and is just unlucky his number came up.

With a solid defensive six working well together and a versatile centre line running the ball, it will be up to Lawlor's replacement Nick Donges, to stand up.

Donges is no stranger to the forward line and, on his day, can cause the opposition a lot of angst.

Kerin and Andrew Politch will start off a strong bench and are expected to stamp their class on the game.

Dave Walker, at centre halfback, put in a best-on-ground performance last Saturday and, if he can dig deep again this week, he will be a match winner.

This is expected to be a closely fought game, the likes of the Chimes brothers, Jake Cawcutt and Jason Beadman always put in for Highfields and leave nothing in the dressing shed.

Both clubs brag a successful pre-season with respective carnival victories and neither club will give away any ground.

Courtesy of Collegians Junior Rugby League Club all facilities for the home games have been covered.



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