Redbacks player Dennis Ganley (4) contests the ball at the centre bounce on Saturday.
Redbacks player Dennis Ganley (4) contests the ball at the centre bounce on Saturday. Shannon Newley

Tigers prove too strong

TOOWOOMBA Tigers came to town on Saturday to play four quarters of football and that is why the Redbacks 10.14. (74) were defeated by the Tigers 12.18. (90).

In a blistering start to the game the Reddies jumped Toowoomba and took a 30-point lead into the first break.

That unfortunately was the end of the day for the Redbacks as Toowoomba went on a very well disciplined carve-up of a very undisciplined Redbacks side that gave away silly free kicks in defence and made some poor option decisions.

In the remaining three quarters of football Toowoomba scored 10 goals 18 behinds to the Reddies’ three goals 12 behinds. Therein lies the story.

The Tigers wanted the ball more. They were harder at the ball and smarter in the packs.

The Redbacks forward line had a load of experience but was shown up for pace and across the half forward line they were comprehensively outplayed.

Congratulations must go to stand-in coach John Sheperdson and his entire team. Nothing beats preparation.

Although still holding on to second place – albeit a very dicey hold – the Redbacks will have to go back to the drawing board and rethink their way back to a solid finish to the season with only five games to go.

Still to face competition trendsetters South Toowoomba and a revitalised USQ at Baker St, a top-four finish to the home and away season is now the only guarantee, whereas a victory would have placed the Reddies two games clear of third.

Other than the opening quarter there were no signs of the reigning premiers cracking.

They put together a well-structured game and showed a greater desire for the ball and that is enough to show that they are not ready to let go of the Holy Grail just yet.

With a well-needed competition bye next week the Redbacks’ next game will be the dreaded road trip to Goondiwindi in two weeks time and unless something changes, that game cannot be considered a given.

The rest will give the Reddies a chance to shake off some niggling injuries, get their minds back on the task at hand and hopefully put the clubs best 22 on the paddock.

Frankies on the Green players’ player went to Matt Sinkins for the second week in a row. Matt was one of a few who really stood up when needed for the Reddies.



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