Brendan Iles takes the ball for the Warwick Redbacks.
Brendan Iles takes the ball for the Warwick Redbacks. Deanna Millard

Redbacks face test

CURRENT AFL Darling Downs champion Coolaroo has hit a mid-season slump, losing all of its last four starts after putting together six wins in a row from of six starts.

A number of serious injuries and the loss of two stars to other AFL duties have been a major cause for this form reversal.

Savage about the four losses and with no desire to make it five in a row, Coolaroo players will come out today at Gold Park with all guns blazing and a number of key players back in the team.

The Redbacks will be without veteran playmakers Jason Wright, Steve Gray, Clinton McErvale, defender Jake Peasnell and forward Fraser McLaughlin, who all played last week.

Nick Tate, Mark O’Dwyer and Josh Andrews are still on the sidelines.

The certain return of key players Dave Walker and Andrew Politch will boost the Reddies’ stocks.

For the second week in a row two reliable defenders, Jason Hoole and Rob Devereux, will face fitness tests before the game.

Both are expected to pull through on this occasion and should be better for the extra week off.

A hard, fast game is guaranteed. Both clubs have talented mid-fielders and the defensive tackling of both clubs is solid.

The home ground and parochial supporter group at Gold Park should spur the ‘Roos to bigger and better things than they have managed to produce during the past month.

Keeping in touch with the final four and playing in September will be the big incentive carrots placed in front of a depleted Redbacks combination.

Coach Peter Millard definitely knows this battlefield and will pull out all stops to bring home a victory. Millard believes the only thing as good as winning a premiership trophy is defeating Coolaroo at home.

Redbacks under 12s and under 14s will travel to Coolaroo to do battle with the ‘Roos also.

The Redbacks 12s will welcome back captain Anthony Hansen, vice-captain Jack Nauman, half-forward Glen Roulston and full forward Montana Fidge, all ready to put in big games for their club.

If the U14s have a victory over the Coolaroo combination, they can move into third place on the ladder with a comfortable percentage and, at this stage, it would appear that it will be the first Redbacks junior side to play in a final series.

U8s and U10s will kick off at Slade Park at 8.30 am.

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