Redbacks eyes on passage to finals
SENIOR coach Jason Wright, assistant coach Nick Barker and the leadership group have named a 26-man squad to be prepared for today's major semi-final being played at Reddies Oval.
The Warwick Credit Union Redbacks have worked hard with good numbers at training throughout the week and are hoping for a victory and a passage straight into the grand final.
USQ Cougars are still smarting from the 2013 grand final loss to Coolaroo after having led all day.
They are not only playing to go straight into the big one this year, but they feel they need to even up the record books this season.
USQ is a big side that has talented footballers all over the ground.
They boast a very fast attacking game with Heath Gniel leading the way.
Gniel has very talented sidekicks in Gary Wade, Joel Yosh and Al Reilly, all with the ability to kick a winning score.
Skipper Corey Balnaves is a great on-field leader and can be a genuine headache as a true all rounder.
The WCU Redbacks have had a game-winning mid-field combination for all but three games this year and they will be relying heavily on their performance again.
Club captain Alex Cutmore's tireless work in the ruck duels has been vital in the centre breaks and his around the ground play has him arguably ranked as one of the best big men in the competition.
Tyhe Clarkson, Damien Morris and Coen Slatter are big game specialists and will be expected to perform accordingly.
The final squad of 22 players will be announced this morning just prior to the U/16's game.
This will be a game that is not to be missed and it will kick off at 2.30pm.
A full day of qualifying finals will commence at 9.45am with U/12's USQ Cougars playing South Toowoomba Bombers.
Second cab off the rank will be U/14's Dalby Swans against Toowoomba Tigers at 11am.
The final junior game for the day is to be played by two very talented teams and is the immediate future of the AFL Darling Downs. Starting at 12.30pm will be Highfields Lions against Coolaroo Kangaroos.
Canteen facilities second to none will be available all day.
See full report on the game and all finals in the Daily News on Monday