Redbacks player Jason Hoole leaps for the ball in the clash against Highfields on Saturday.
Redbacks player Jason Hoole leaps for the ball in the clash against Highfields on Saturday. Emma Channon

Reddies back on top rung

WITH losses to top teams South Toowoomba and Toowoomba the Redbacks have jumped back into top spot on the AFL Darling Downs ladder.

With two rounds to go, the minor premiership is still up for grabs.

South Toowoomba and the Reddies are the two favourites for that honour at the moment.

Keeping a lid on things for the remainder of the season, the entire playing group is concentrating on next Saturday's game against Dalby, to be played in Dalby.

After a reasonable start to their all-important game against the Highfields Lions on Saturday, things were looking dangerous by the main break.

Putting in arguably their worst 25 minutes of football all season, the Reddies were looking anything but the finals contender they have become.

A few home truths and sound advice delivered by coach Peter Millard at the main break seemingly jolted the players back to earth and had them playing the style of football they are capable of, running out victors with a solid second half.

The scoreline read Redbacks 14.17. (101) to Highfields 7.14. (56).

A strong performance by Clinton McErvale through the mid-field, combined with an outstanding display of ruck work from Alex Cutmore, set up the victory.

Aaron Lawlor provided a strong target on the forward line and helped himself to five majors, all of which had to be earned with good leading and solid groundwork.

Matt Sinkins playing on a wing again provided plenty of ball to his team-mates in the mid-field and up forward.

Playing a ruck-rover role for the Lions, Jarrod Hills combining with the Chimes brothers and Luke Bianchi created a lot of problems for the Reddies. Hills was clearly the Lions' best and did not give up at any stage of the game.

Highfields can no longer make the finals but will have a big say in the end result of positions.

They are a good football team and with only slight improvement will be the team to watch in 2012.

In the second half the teamwork of Nathien Richards, Jason Hoole, Andrew Bardsley and Steve Martin in defence was solid and the boundary ruck work of Stewart Day was excellent.

Kurt Millard and Brendan Iles again led from the front bringing other players into the game.

All in all a solid win but not without its early problems.

 

Goal scorers: A. Lawlor 5, J. Wright, K. Millard 3, S. Day, B. Iles and D. Randall 1 each.

Best: C. McErvale, S. Day, A. Lawlor, M. Sinkins, J. Hoole, N. Richards, K Millard and B. Iles.



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