Redbacks eye minor title after win

IT HAS been stated in this column before that when one team goes to a game to play football and the other concentrates on footbrawl, the latter will always be on the end of a hiding.

Hence the 37.15. (237) to 4.2. (26) thrashing the Warwick Credit Union Redbacks handed out to Dalby on Saturday.

Under strict instructions from coach Peter Millard to play the game and not be lured into rough-house tactics, the Reddies went about one of the biggest carve-ups of the season.

Aaron Lawlor and Jason Wright played the perfect forward line game bagging 21 goals between them.

Lawlor’s 14 came courtesy of his very strong marking of the ball and some magnificent mid-field play by Clinton McErvale, Matt Sinkins and Coen Slatter.

Wright played arguably the best team-play game seen at the Reddies for many years.

Not only did he bag seven, he gave off another four or five to teammates.

Again Alex Cutmore controlled the ruck giving Kurt Millard, Ray Lawer and Cameron Peterson a free run at the ball.

Bryce Bodsworth in his return game was very effective and had a lot of the ball.

Bodsworth’s delivery into the two-pronged attack was centimetre perfect and left the Dalby defence in tatters.

If the Redbacks can bring an identical game to the paddock again next week they will certainly take out the minor premiership and give the big one a real shake up.

The Reddies went into the game knowing in themselves they could win it, but without a number of key players, the task was not going to be easy.

The players’ player award, sponsored by Frankies on the Green was given to Clinton McErvale with Jason Wright polling a close second.

The Reddies were always going to win this game but the questionable style of play from Dalby made it all that much easier. The self-control of the Redbacks players and the good umpiring performance by the men in orange set the tone for the day.

Goal scorers: A. Lawlor 14, J. Wright 7, B. Bodsworth, K. Heier 3, N. Donges, C. Peterson 2, A. Bardsley, B. Iles, R. Lawer, K. Millard, M. Mills and J. Sakrewski 1 each.

Best: A complete team effort with A. Lawlor, C. McErvale, J. Wright, K. Millard, M. Sinkins, K. Heier, B. Bodsworth and C. Slatter earning a special mention.

Another special mention must go out to an over-worked and very professional medical team.

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