Redbacks prepare for first game
THE Redbacks have three more weeks of training to prepare for their first AFL Darling Downs game of the season against Highfields at Slade Park on April 10.
The AFL Darling Downs competition starts on March 27 but the Redbacks team from the Southern Downs has the bye in round one.
This season, team numbers on the Darling Downs have increased from six to nine due to Dalby and Lockyer returning to the competition and Highfields joining for the first time.
Redbacks football operations manager Colin Pope said Highfields had a strong side and went well in the recent pre-season competition.
“Coolaroo won the pre-season from Souths, but Highfields had the same number of wins and missed out on a top-two finish by 0.2 of a per cent."
The Redbacks will go into the season with just one weekend of trial games under their belts at the Cardinal Cup competition at Goondiwindi in February.
Pope said the Redbacks had not played in the Darling Downs pre-season for six years.
“We prefer to play against teams from outside our competition so as not to show off our strengths and weaknesses too soon,” he said.
Junior games will be played as curtain-raisers to the April 10 season opener at Slade Park.
Redbacks training is each Tuesday and Thursday at Eastern Suburbs Junior Rugby League Oval at 6pm.