Redbacks veterans eye first premiership
IF experience is the name of the game, the Warwick Credit Union Redbacks have it in spades.
Senior coach Jason Wright will lead a quartet of centurions going into today's AFL Darling Downs grand final.
Wright is sitting on 260 club games, with the nearest to him being former club captain and two-time club leading goal-kicker Nick Donges.
Granite Belt Fish Hatchery proprietor has played 174 and travels from Stanthorpe for training and games.
The 2013 Holman medallist and four-time Redbacks club champion, Kurt Millard, has not put in a bad game in his 137 appearances and is closely followed by triple Holman medallist and dual club champion Brendan Iles on 127 games.
That is a combined tally of 698 games at an average of 174.5 per player.
The quartet has played the bulk of their games with each other and know each other's style of game.
Their experience has rubbed off on the younger players, as can be seen in the 2014 results thus far.
Let us not forget the players who have put in on a regular basis and are racking up the games as well.
Club captain Alex Cutmore (92 games), key utility Kurt Heier (89) and reliable defenders and taggers Andrew Politch (80) and Coen Slatter (74) games.
In addition to these statistics, there is one other player who has had a brilliant season, Tyhe Clarkson.
Clarkson has played 51 games for the Reddies for an overall tally of 109 AFL Darling Downs games.
The other 58 games have been played with the Redbacks opponents in the grand final, USQ.
Could any player want to win this one any more than Clarkson himself?