Redbacks player Tony Chandler sprints to the ball.
Redbacks player Tony Chandler sprints to the ball. Emma Channon

Redbacks face dilemma

THE AFL Darling Downs major semi-final will be played today at Rockville Oval.

Premiers Toowoomba Tigers will be out to take another step forward in defence of their title.

With recent finals experience, home-ground advantage, parochial supporter base and the knowledge that they are two wins to nil over the Redbacks, the Tigers will go into this game as favourites.

Almost certain to be without Kurt Millard, Jason Hoole and Bryce Bodsworth for this game, the entire Reddies approach will have to be re-shuffled.

These three key players will all face fitness tests before the game.

The make-up of the Redbacks defence has been reasonably stable all year and with the versatility of Tony Chandler, Andrew Bardsley and Nathien Richards, the gaps left can be covered.

The unexpected return to defence of Josh Andrews and Steve Martin has become a big plus.

Undoubtedly triple Holman Medallist Brendan Iles will come in for some heavy tagging. Iles has proven time and again he is up for that treatment and lifts himself to another level.

Alex Cutmore in the ruck will have his hands full with Tiger’s Andrew Wickes but should get on top as the game goes on with his fitness factor.

The two-pronged attack of Jason Wright and Aaron Lawlor will expect a hard day at the office. Both combatants brag a good mix of youth, experience and individual talent and the team that can combine each one of these early in the game will run out victors.

Round robin

AFL DD juniors hold an U/8-10s round-robin carnival every year as opposed to girls and boys playing in the serious finals atmosphere at too young an age. The host this year will be the mighty Reddies.

All 10 clubs are represented and the fun starts at Queens Park about 8am, with the first game kicking off at 8.40am. Face painting, jumping castle, food canteens and plenty of entertainment can be expected.

 

 

– Colin Pope



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