Redbacks injury list grows
TRAVELLING to Toowoomba to take on the all-conquering Tigers has become a little more difficult for the Redbacks than the team would have liked.
Unavailable for the team will be:
Full forward Stewart Day, with work commitments; and
Defenders Rob Devereux – hamstring (eight to 10 weeks), Andrew Bardsley –strained tendons in elbow (two weeks) and Bryce Bodsworth – hamstring (five weeks).
Missing from the mid-field will be Nick Tate, Vaughn Skelly, Chris Hoffman and Kurt Heier.
Big men Luke Macy and Cameron O’Dwyer are still on the sidelines.
Coach Peter Millard and his selection committee are again prevented from naming a team until the last minute due to several fitness tests.
There is a strong possibility the Redbacks will go in to this huge battle up to two men short.
On the other side of the fence, the Toowoomba Tigers are in great form all over the paddock and are certainly one of the two teams setting themselves up for a big day out in September.
They run all day, they tackle hard and will not break away from their game plan at any stage.
Currently the Tigers have not been defeated and have an average winning margin of 94 plus points.
I firmly believe that when the Redbacks are in a position to put a full strength squad on the paddock, they will be good enough to take on any club in the competition.
The players, as a group, are as close, as focused and as committed as any playing group I have seen in the past 11 years and, on their day, can do almost anything.
The on field leadership is the best the club as had and, as time goes on, the entire squad is improving at an enormous rate.
This season is far from over and as the injuries go away, the results will come back.