Reddies dominate in one-sided affair against the Lions
A GAME that was expected to be a hard-fought battle between two clubs that have knowingly recruited better than any of the other Darling Downs clubs fizzled out to be a one-sided affair at the weekend.
The Warwick Credit Union Redbacks, yet to be at full strength, annihilated a shell-shocked Highfields Lions from the opening bounce until the final siren.
The final score was WCU Reddies 20.9.129 defeating Highfields Lions 8.12.60.
Continuing on from their Cardinal Cup victory earlier this month, the team played as though they had been playing together for at least a couple of seasons and the many new players to the club gelled to perfection.
The return to the field of Brendan Iles, Coen Slatter, Kurt Heier, Matt Sinkins and Kris Millard showed immediate results and the inclusions of Adam Stevenson, Mitchell Quaiffe, Ashley Pitt, Lachlan Murray, Brent Walker and James McKendry has given the coaching staff a grin the size of the MCG.
Current Holman medallist Kurt Millard played his normal game and had a huge impact on the result with Lions taggers failing miserably in their attempts to quell his talent.
Joining Millard in attack, Thye Clarkson's speed and agility and all-round footballing skills left the Lions flat-footed.
The Lions gave the Reddies a psychological advantage when they had the ability to field seniors and reserves, but still bent the rules by playing three players from Coolaroo on permit and one player from Mackay.
Their reserve team had many players in their squad that would have been of better use to them in the seniors than those that were ring-ins.
With players from the WCU Redbacks reserve team performing well, the seniors will have to keep up the standard they set on Saturday and train accordingly.
Players pushing for senior selection are Steven Blows, Josh Read and Jason Hoole, with club captain Alex Cutmore and centre halfback Scott See both to return from injuries.
Goal scorers: Adam Stevenson 5, Nick Donges 3, Kurt Millard 3, Thye Clarkson 2, Brendan Iles 2 and Mitch Quaiffe, Mark Borgert, Dale Randall, Kurt Heier and Kris Millard 1 each.
Best players: A Stevenson, C. Slatter, B. Iles, Kurt Millard, M. Sinkins, L. Murray and J. McKendry.
Carey's Butchers Man of the Match: Adam Stevenson and Clifton Club Hotel; runner-up Coen Slatter.