Redbacks take on tigers in warwick
WITH only five weeks to go before the finals, the hot and cold Warwick Redbacks need to put a win on the board today against the fourth-placed Toowoomba Tigers.
Warwick is holding on to third spot by a mere .27 per cent.
The home ground advantage will certainly be in Warwick's favour, but the loss of key defender Tony Chandler for up to three weeks at this time of the year will really be felt.
Alex Cutmore's availability for selection in the ruck will free up big man Steve Martin to drop back in defence to cover Chandler's loss.
The return of versatile defender and forward Greg Woodward will also add to the strengths of Warwick.
With Dave Butcher back in form and working well with Andrew Bardsley, Rob Devereux and the two Warwick powerhouses Brendan Iles and Kurt Millard, coach Peter Millard will have the choice of options for Bryce Bodsworth, Matt Authurs, Coen Slatter and Dave Walker.
Tiger Andrews will line up against his old club and is expected to prove a point or two.
If his last couple of outings are anything to go by he will be in for another big game.
Tigers will travel to Slade Park with a full-strength team and a full head of steam to make sure this will be their step into the finals and leave Warwick floundering for the last month of fixture games.
The winner takes a stand-alone third spot with a watertight guarantee of September action, the loser will still be under pressure, having to rely on the results of some other club games.
The final result will depend on which team Warwick bring to the game, the hot team or the cold team.
A full fixture of junior games will commence at 8.40am and a wood raffle will be held at Rose City Shoppingworld until midday and re-located to Slade Park for the senior game.
By Colin Pope