Redbacks hope to beat Toowoomba
REDBACKS football operations manager Colin Pope believes the AFL Darling Downs game against South Toowoomba at Slade Park today is crucial to the side’s final four prospects.
With five rounds to go, the Redbacks have games against the top three teams in the next three weeks.
The Redbacks are equal fourth on the competition table with Coolaroo but fifth on percentage.
Coolaroo plays bottom team Lockyer Valley today so is almost assured of a win.
South Toowoomba is in third place – one win ahead of Warwick.
There are no play-offs for top four positions in AFL: If teams are equal on points, the leader is determined by percentage, which is for and against.
Pope said Nick Donges, who scored 10 goals last weekend, was out due to family commitments.
“Forward Stewart Day won’t play due to a torn hamstring and coach Peter Millard is likely to use his son Kris at full forward,” Pope said.
“Jake Peasnell returns to the Redbacks side after three weeks out due to an ankle injury.
“We are going in with a small starting side as we need the speed against South Toowoomba.”
One of the stars in the past month and one of the two tall players in the side this week is ruckman Alex Cutmore, on whom the Redbacks will again rely to secure quality possession.
Steve Martin is another tall Redbacks player who Pope rates as the leading fullback in the competition.
The day starts with junior games against South Toowoomba Bombers.
The under 8 and U10 games will be at 8.30am, U12 game at 9.45am and the U14 game at 11am.
The Redbacks senior team photo will be taken at 12.30pm and senior game will kick off at 2.15pm.
Today, the club will have a firewood raffle at Rose City Shoppingworld and volunteer ticket sellers (wearing club colours) are required.