ANZAC MATCH: Colin Pope and Gavin O’Leary proudly hold the Anzac Day trophy the Redbacks have won since 2007.
ANZAC MATCH: Colin Pope and Gavin O’Leary proudly hold the Anzac Day trophy the Redbacks have won since 2007. Erin Smith

Battle for the Anzac Cup

AUSSIE RULES: Emotions will be running high today as the Warwick Redbacks and South Burnett Saints take to Roddies Oval in the battle for the Anzac Cup.

Redbacks senior coach Jason Wright said the first Anzac Cup game was played in 2002.

"We started playing for the Anzac Cup against the old Kingaroy Bulldogs," he said.

"After they left the competition we have also played against USQ.

"It will be good to play the game against a club from the same region we started against.

"It is a big day for the club and one of our major events on our calendar.

"It is a day that all the players look forward to."

An Anzac service will be held at 2.15pm before the game starts.

For the first time in the club's history the Australian flag will fly from the Redbacks' own flag pole. The funds for the flag pole were donated by the late Kenneth Leslie Rattenbury, left to the club in his will.

Redbacks have claimed victory in the Anzac Cup match for the past seven years, and Wright is confident his team will be able to come out on top again.

"South Burnett are unknown to us, as we haven't played against them before," Wright said.

"Going from their form in other games, we should be able to come up with a win."

Wright said, in preparation for the game, the team trained during the day on Thursday at the same time as today's game.

He said there were a few things they still needed to work on.

"The players need to commit to the little things in the game like holding onto the ball and following the game plan."

The return of mid-fielder Clint McErvale and half-forward Cam Peterson will be an enormous plus. Solid performing defender Kerin Politch will be out for the rest of the season with a triple fracture to the right leg.

Politch will be sorely missed, as he is a regular component of a tight back line.

A strong performance and a victory will see the WCU Redbacks take second place on the AFL Darling Downs ladder.



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