Maintaining the fight

HUSTLE: Close action in last Saturday's Aussie rules game between Warwick (numbers 15 and 9) and Highfields.
HUSTLE: Close action in last Saturday's Aussie rules game between Warwick (numbers 15 and 9) and Highfields. Gerard Walsh

AUSSIE RULES: After wrapping up the minor premiership, the focus for the Warwick Redbacks now turns to fine-tuning for the finals series.

With two games left of the regular season, the Redbacks are eight points clear of Highfields in second position, who have the bye this week and cannot accumulate competition points.

Warwick heads to Toowoomba to take on Chinchilla today, and will be out for revenge on their last meeting.

A heavily undermanned Redbacks side made the long trip away to take on the Suns in round 12, and suffered just their second loss of the season in the process.

Since that game, Warwick has maintained its position as the team to beat in Second Division, racking up wins of 59, 75 and 62 points in their last three games.

In their win against Highfields last week, Kris Millard led the way with four goals, closely followed by Daniel Bowles with three.

The thing that was most impressive however was the defensive effort of the side, as they kept the Lions to just 16 points.

Redbacks coach Peter Millard said that his players weren't going to rest on their laurels after claiming the minor premiership.

"It's great to have wrapped up top spot heading into the finals, but we're aware that the job isn't done yet,” Millard said.

"There is a chance that we can take on Chinchilla in the finals.

"They got us last time when were down a few players, and we don't want them to have the wood on us.”

As has been the case on a couple of occasions throughout the season, Millard said his team would be understrength for the game at Rockville Oval.

"All of our players are classed as utilities,” he said.

"That gives us great versatility for situations when players might be unable to make it due to other commitments.

"Today we have 18 definite starters.

"We are hoping for two more players as well, including Mark Mills who retired last week.”

Topics:  australian rules chinchilla minor premiers warwick redbacks

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