Redbacks face most important game
THE Redbacks face the most important game of their 2010 season today at Slade Park. A victory means an open passage into September finals and a loss will be all over red rover.
Playing ladder leaders Toowoomba makes the task that little bit more difficult.
A fast running team that combines well in every aspect of the game and a team that has many avenues into a dangerous forward line, the Tigers are sitting in the number one position this late in the season due to their total commitment to winning the ball at all costs.
Undoubtedly the Redbacks will give it all they have and make the Tigers earn every possession. The playing form of the Millard brothers, Brendan Iles, Andrew Bardsley and Alex Cutmore cannot be faulted. The commitment of Matt Sinkins, Clinton McErvale, Stephen Gray and Jason Wright is unquestionable and players like Steve Martin, Gavin O’Leary and Dave Walker just keep on putting in the hard yards. Where the Reddies are really going to feel it is off the field. Bad enough that the most improved player in the competition, Coen Slatter will be on the sideline, he is accompanied by defensive duo Jason Hoole and Rob Devereux and key forward Stewie Day.
Coach Peter Millard will also have to consider the possibility of fitness tests for Stephen Gray, Vaughn Skelly and Jake Peasnell. The safety of Tigers home ground Rockville Oval, could only afford them a four goal victory earlier in the season and their winning record at Slade Park is poor. If they think they can take the Redbacks for granted they will be in for a shock. If the Reddies can put together four hard-fought quarters anything could happen.
A victory for the Redbacks Under 14s against fifth place Eastern Stingers will rubber stamp their inclusion in the finals. All grades are asked to attend that game, which commences at 11am and spur the team on to victory. Under 8s and 10s will kick off at the usual time of 8.30am, followed by the Under 12s.