Redbacks deliver relentless win
SOUTH Toowoomba came back to the field on Saturday with a thud.
The Redbacks were more adaptable to the wet, cold and windy conditions and put on a display of attacking football to kick a 12.11. (83) score line and defeat the Bombers 5.8. (38).
The Bombers reputation going into this game held no meaning for a relentless and complete team game put on by the Redbacks.
The inconsistent umpiring throughout the game had players from both teams constantly confused.
The entertainment factor was marred by the conditions and helped to create some very scrappy passages of football, but it was obvious the Redbacks wanted the ball a lot more than their highly fancied opponents did.
The centre bounces and boundary ruck work were completely dominated by Alex Cutmore in a superb display of ball control to his roving team-mates.
From the very first ball-up of the game Cutmore took control of the aerial work and was a major factor in the demise of the Bombers.
The defensive six played very tight football and kept their opponents goalless in both the first and third quarters.
On many occasions Jason Hoole and Josh Andrews turned defence into attack with some great runs out of the backline and they used their bodies in the packs with absolutely no consideration for their own safety.
Wayne Trim split open packs on more than one occasion and stood tall when called upon, and when the Bombers looked like scoring, Andrew Bardsley and Kurt Millard took control with some very solid work.
There were stages of the game that would have made long-time Reddies supporters think they had gone back in time.
Clinton McErvale dominating the mid-field clearances and rushing the ball into the forward line to be swept up by Aaron Lawlor and Jason Wright was reminiscent of the 2002 Redbacks team that won the minor premiership that year.
The Redbacks are sitting on top of the AFL Darling Downs ladder at present and as a club and a team have thoroughly deserved that bragging right.
With a bye next week the party will be over, as both Toowoomba and South Toowoomba have relatively easy games and this will push the Reddies down to third place.
Ladder position now will not matter to the Reddies.
The way they are playing at the moment and the all-round attitude at the club by the players is something special and will have a lot to do with success in September.
Large numbers at all training nights are now a must and will be the major consideration in team selection.
There is no doubt South Toowoomba is still the team to beat for the 2011 premiership, but, if the weather and playing conditions are anything like they were on Saturday, they will certainly hope their opponents on the day are not wearing an ugly big spider on their chests.
The players' player award proudly sponsored by Frankies on the Green was won this week by Kurt “Kooka” Millard.
Goal scorers: A. Lawlor 5, J. Wright 3, C. Peterson 2, B Iles and K. Millard 1 each.
Best: A. Cutmore, J. Andrews, J. Hoole, A. Bardsley, B. Iles, N. Richards and C. McErvale.