Have the Redbacks hit brick wall?
WITH a squad of 36 players wanting to play finals football, the Warwick Credit Union Redbacks have every reason to feel comfortable with only two fixture games left for the season.
Today’s on the road game against Dalby has now become a nightmare.
Work commitments have taken five players, injuries an additional five and the dreaded ‘flu bug getting about has struck four more down.
That total of 14 gave the selectors on Thursday night an easy run.
With only twenty-two guys available, they all made selection.
Some of the bigger names to miss out will be dynamic on-field leader Brendan Iles, key defender Steve Martin, tagger Andrew Politch and big men Dennis Ganly and Cameron Scutts.
Coming back into the side will be speedy forward Nick Donges, wingman Coen Slatter and solid defender Tony Chandler.
The big news of the week was the full medical clearance of utility Bryce Bodsworth.
Ray Lawer will make a welcome return and Warwick Water Rats recruit Dave Young will make his debut.
There will have to be some normal positional changes made but over all the core structure will not change.
The experienced centre-line of Slatter, Matt Sinkins and Clint McErvale will be hard to stop, the ruck work of Alex Cutmore is getting better with every game and the running style of play from Cam Peterson and Kurt Millard will give the Dalby defence a lot to think about.
Dalby have upset sides at Owen Road Oval on a regular basis in the past, but with due respect to their club, even this depleted Redbacks team looks too good for Dalby on the day.
The Swans parochial crowd at their home ground will certainly give them a lift.
Facing a Reddies team hungry for a big victory to retain top spot and doing it without their club captain and “go-to” man James Kratzmann is a huge ask.
The Swans will never lay down and make it easy for the Reddies, but as the game goes on they will almost certainly run out of legs.
All age groups from the U/8—10’s right through to the U/16’s will be hosted by Dalby, so good luck to all teams involved.