Cougars no match for Redbacks
THE USQ Cougars were no match for a hungry and fierce tackling Redbacks unit on Saturday.
The scoreboard at the final siren read 20. 13. (133) a 61-point hammering of fourth placed Cougars 10. 12. (72).
Missing regular defender and arguably the best fullback in the competition, Steve Martin, coach Peter Millard came up with a master stroke and threw first-year player Nathien Richards in the deep end.
Playing against a seasoned full-forward, Richards put everything he had into the game and held his bigger and more experienced opponent to a meagre two goals, the first of which came midway through the third term.
Richards earned the Frankie’s on the Green players’ player award for his efforts.
The Redbacks really turned around their lacklustre second-half performance of last week producing the best team performance the club has seen in close to two years.
The forward line was kept open enabling Kurt Heier to capitalise with six majors and a great performance of forward line leading and marking produced Aaron Lawlor’s four goals.
The mid-field, strongly led by Clinton McErvale was put under pressure in the early stages of the game, but McErvale’s experience, with the assistance of some very clever football by Coen Slatter and Kurt Millard paid big dividends in the finish.
Coach Millard pointed out to his charges that this was possibly the most important game for the season to this end.
The Reddies, at the halfway mark of the season, are sitting in third spot, a game clear of fourth place and sporting a far superior percentage.
Playing Lockyer Valley at home next Saturday and having a number of players returning to the team will give the selection committee the opportunity to rest some players.
GOALS: K Heier 6, A Lawlor 4, J Wright, C Peterson, K Millard 2, D Randall, J Andrews, C McErvale and C Slatter 1 each. BEST: Team effort especially N Richards, K Heier, A Lawlor, W Trim, K Millard, T Chandler, C McErvale and C Slatter.