Redbacks aspire to elusive victory
A VICTORY at Harristown Park against South Toowoomba is something that no Redbacks side has achieved.
With a stack of genuine talent and seemingly endless depth, the Bombers have set themselves up as the 2011 benchmark and will be out to stop the Reddies from spoiling their season.
With Clinton McErvale unavailable, the potency of the attack will be slightly diminished but veteran Jason Wright has shown some good form so far this season and, with the help of Kurt Heier and Nathien Richards, he should be able to cause the usually tight Bomber defence a few headaches.
The Reddies' defensive six will be fully tested in this game so the confirmation of Andrew Bardsley and Cam Peterson both overcoming injuries is a big plus.
The return of utility Paul Hutchins and ruckman Alex Cutmore will also boost the attack.
Versatile utility Bryce Bodsworth will also be pulling on a boots for the first time this season and could be used as a defender or a sneak forward.
From an injury list that threatened this game for the Redbacks 10 days ago, the only certain outs other than McErvale are Craig Russell, Wayne Trim (both suffering hamstring injuries), Dave Cross and the McGuire brothers, with Dennis Ganley and Andrew Politch to have last-minute fitness tests.
Politch, in particular, has played some inspirational football and both of these players will be sorely missed if they can't make the cut. The small ground, which is more of a circle than an oval, has always caused the Redbacks terrible problems.
In the corresponding game for the past three seasons there has been not more than a kick in it at half-time.
On each occasion the Bombers have gone on to win by 40 points or more.
This is a statistic that has to be overcome by the players before the opening bounce.
Senior players are asked to be at Risdon Oval by no later than 11am for an 11.30am departure. The club is to travel in convoy as a team.