Redbacks host USQ at home game

THE Redbacks will host USQ Cougars in AFL today at Slade Park at 2.15pm.

The players have trained hard this week and have their heads around last week’s fade out.

The final 22 are yet to be announced, as there will be fitness tests on utility Steve Gray and defenders Jake Peasnell and Jason Hoole.

Out of contention, due to injury from last week, will be Mark O’Dwyer, Vaughn Skelly and Nick Tate.

With the added availability of Josh Andrews and Coen Slatter, the squad is looking good.

The Cougars are searching for a top-three finish and are playing with a lot of confidence.

Paul Kupke, undoubtedly the class ruckman of the competition can also be used on the half back line as a stalwart defender or a goal-kicking machine in the front six. He has great talents in all areas.

Running with Kupke will be Heath Gniel, Shane Rawlings, Ryan Hopkins and Aaron Walton, all dangerous on-ballers and capable of reeking havoc if not stopped early in the game.

The key to a possible Redbacks victory will be the running midfielders Brendan Iles, Kurt Millard and Matt Sinkins.

With Andrew Bardsley and Tony Chandler running the ball out of the backline to a talented forward line in Stewie Day, Clinton McErvale and Jason Wright.

Alex Cutmore will have a big day at the office against Kupke and with big men O’Dwyer, Luke Macy and Steve Martin on the sidelines. The longer the day the more difficult it will become.

The mighty Redbacks juniors will kick off with U8s and 10s starting the day’s events at 8.40am followed by the U12s and U14s as curtain-raisers to the senior games. A great canteen facility is available and all are welcome to come along and become a part of a great family club.



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