Redbacks gunning for first premiership win in 26 years
THE Redbacks are on target to win the first Warwick men's A-grade footy premiership for 26 years after a convincing Aussie rules win against USQ Cougars at Reddies Oval on Saturday.
The team with the wind won each quarter but Warwick did it better starting with a 6.8. (44) to 0.1. (1) first quarter.
Cougars reduced the margin to 27 points playing with the wind in the second quarter.
Warwick was down one man for 15 minutes late in the second quarter and early in the third after Ashley Pitt received a red card for striking. After the 15 minutes, the Redbacks were able to replace Pitt with a player from the bench.
Leading 7.9. (51) to 3.6. (24) at the start of the third quarter, the Redbacks started with three behinds before Cougars kicked a major to put a few concerns in the minds of Warwick fans.
Max Triffett kicked a goal for Warwick, Brendan Iles and Ben Heppel added two more in quick succession and the Redbacks led by 44 points at the final break.
Warwick went on to win 13.16. (94) to 7.14. (56).
Coach Jason Wright rated Shannon Cameron was one of the players who starred in a fine team effort.
"James McKendry and Brendan Iles also had great games," he said.
"The boys did what they had to do and stuck to a plan. We know there is still work to do"
Warwick has a week off and will play in the September 20 grand final. Coolaroo and Cougars will play in Saturday's preliminary final.
If the Redbacks win, it will be the first Warwick men's footy A-grade premiership for a Warwick team since the Cowboys in the TRL in 1988.