Redbacks AFL leaders (from left) Andrew Bardsley, Brendan Iles, Colin ’Cardinal’ Pope with the Cardinal Cup and Kurt Millard.
Redbacks AFL leaders (from left) Andrew Bardsley, Brendan Iles, Colin ’Cardinal’ Pope with the Cardinal Cup and Kurt Millard.

Redbacks are confident

REDBACKS captain Brendan Iles is confident his side can win the 2010 AFL Darling Downs premiership.

Last season, the Redbacks finished third but Iles said the side had more height and weight this season.

“We are not just in the competition to get to the finals, we want to win it,” Iles said.

He rates premiers Coolaroo and Souths as the greatest threats.

Iles will be assisted in leadership by co vice-captains Andrew Bardsley and Kurt Millard.

Bardsley rates the 2010 pre-season as the best for the Redbacks in his five or six seasons with the club.

“We have 28 players in training,” Bardsley said.

“The Redbacks can win the Cardinal Cup this weekend at Goondiwindi.

“Our toughest opponent will be Jimboomba (QAFL division two).”

Goondiwindi, the Redbacks, Jimboomba and Lismore will play in the Cardinal Cup.

The Redbacks were third last year.

Each of the sides has three games tomorrow with the Redbacks drawn to play Goondiwindi at 8.15am which means a trip west tonight to prepare for the games.

The top two teams will play in the final on Sunday and the other two teams will play off for third.

Co vice-captain Kurt Millard first played for the Redbacks at 16 years of age and is starting his seventh season.

“I am pretty confident about this season,” he said.

A second Iles – Daniel, who is not related to the team captain and originally from Western Australia – is training with Warwick.

Warwick has recruited former Goondiwindi ruckman Luke Darcy and star basketballer Michael McDaniel who will add some additional height to the side.

Gavin O’Leary returns after missing three seasons and tennis coach Christopher Hoffman is in training for his AFL debut.

Other new recruits include Vaughan Skully, Ashley Williamson, Mark O’Dwyer and Shane Cameron.

The number of teams in the Darling Downs competition has increased to nine with the inclusion of Highfields and return of Dalby and Gatton/Lockyer Valley.

Warwick has the bye in round one of fixtures before playing Highfields at Slade Park in round two the weekend after Easter.



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