Redbacks player Andrew Politch and Tigers player Michael Rae in the AFL grand final at Rockville Park on Saturday.
Redbacks player Andrew Politch and Tigers player Michael Rae in the AFL grand final at Rockville Park on Saturday. Kevin Farmer

Redbacks thrown in final

IN A game that could have been won at any stage the Warwick Credit Union Redbacks did not have the answers.

The Toowoomba Tigers led narrowly at every change to post the winning score 10. 10. (70) to 7. 7. (49).

The windy conditions saw a number of basic mistakes by both teams and it was the Tigers ability to adapt to those conditions both earlier and better than the Reddies that made the difference.

Brendan Iles played his usual solid game, Kurt Millard was outstanding in his return game, and brother Kris was very good, but the player who worked the hardest and was the Redbacks' best was Tony Chandler.

Chandler attacked the ball and backed himself in at all costs, was brilliant in defence and set up goals up forward. Chandler was also the players' player award winner sponsored by Frankies on the Green.

The Redbacks support base was absolutely enormous at this game and the players and staff really appreciated the following.

Unfortunately it has to be left until 2012 before they can pay them back.

In what has been their best season on record, the Reddies are confident they can keep the squad together and just as confident in the knowledge that they will be gaining additional quality players for next year.

Goal scorers: Nick Donges 2, Aaron Lawlor, Dale Randall, Matthew Sinkins and Bryce Bodsworth 1 each

Best: Tony Chandler, Kurt Millard, Brendan Iles, Bryce Bodsworth, Clinton McErvale and Nick Donges.



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