Redback Clinton McErvale gains the ball while Andrew Bardsley shepherds opposition players.
Redback Clinton McErvale gains the ball while Andrew Bardsley shepherds opposition players.

Tough task ahead for Redbacks

WITH a stellar start to the 2010 season, a full complement of players and an average winning margin of 81 points, Coolaroo will head to Slade Park full of confidence for today’s game against the Redbacks.

Coolaroo coach Chris Skehan has his players fully focused and in the zone.

The defending champions are riddled with talent all over the paddock and are combining extremely well as a team.

This will be a tremendous task for the new look Redbacks to overcome.

Holman medallists Phil Driese and Jeff Neumann are in great form and will be a real headache for the Redbacks mid-field.

Miles Griece is coming off a nine-goal haul from last week and being fed to perfection.

Andrew Parker and Darren Copland have started the season in fine form and, in general, the Coolaroo defence looks almost impenetrable.

A hard day at the office is in store for the Redbacks and will be made even more difficult by the loss of dynamic mid-fielder Kurt Millard.

Stalwarts Brendan Iles, Andrew Bardsley, Jason Wright and Tony Chandler have had some terrific battles with their Roos opponents during the past few years and stood tall on each occasion.

Returned players Clinton McErvale, Stephen Gray, and Gavin O’Leary always bring out their best for this game, spectators can expect a great display of football.

Unavailable for selection last week, Steve Martin, Dave Walker, Coen Slatter and Jason Hoole are all fit and ready to push for selection this week.

The definite outs for this week due to injury are Fraser McLaughlin, Bryce Bodsworth, Mark Mills and Millard.

The Redbacks final team for this game will not be named until just before the game.

Pre-game fitness tests will have to be carried out on Mark O’Dwyer, Luke Macey, Jason Hoole and key forward Nick Donges.

The overall depth of the Redbacks is good but the big question to be asked today will be whether they can be the first team to topple the all-conquering Coolaroo?

Respective coaches Peter Millard and Chris Skehan have spent more time on the field playing against each other, than in the coach’s box trying to outwit each other and this in itself will produce a true battle royal.

With the Under Eights and 10s kicking off at 8.30am at Slade Park, followed by the U12s and 14s, the footballing public will be in for a terrific day of entertainment and excitement. Don’t miss a good family day. – Colin Pope



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