Redbacks eye off a big win

THE Redbacks go into the last two weeks’ home and away games in the knowledge that they not only need to win but to win by large margins.

With an expected victory against Dalby at Slade Park today, the Redbacks still have to put the game to rest very early and go on with a “take no prisoners” attitude.

All 22 players who pull on the big spider guernseys have to be fully focused and in the game by the time they get out of bed this morning until the final siren.

There are still a lot of sore bodies from the bruising encounter against Toowoomba last Saturday and with Josh Andrews and Jake Peasnell missing from that squad, and the uncertainty of Vaughn Skelly booting up, the task becomes a little more difficult.

The return to the team of veteran Kerin Politch will certainly boost the talent needed and the form of Kurt Millard, Brendan Iles, Matt Sinkins and Gavin O’Leary through the midfield looks unbeatable. Putting all of that into line with possibly the best defensive six in the competition, all looks well.

On paper a more than competitive team in anyone’s terms, but the old adage of the game not being played on paper but in real time is well and truly in force.

Another highlight of the day will be when Clinton McErvale runs on to the ground for his 200th game in the AFL Darling Downs competition.

Coach Peter Millard has asked his charges to turn the clock back one-week and treat this game with the same intense tackling, backing up, and direct play as the Tigers game.

Although stricken with the dreaded lurgie Millard has left no stone unturned to achieve the team’s goal.

A very light non-compulsory run on Tuesday night was welcomed by the players.

Thursday night training was run by assistant coach Jason Wright and was sharp, slick and totally committed to a big game.

The ball handling skills were terrific, the attitude of the players was first class and the tackling intensity spot on.

From the coach down through the players, the support staff and all supporters are fully aware of how important this final fortnight of football is and the attitude feels good.

A full junior line-up will commence at 8.30am today, so don’t miss what will be a great day of football from the first bounce of the U/8-10s up until the final siren of the senior game.

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