Junior reddies' finals debut
TOMORROW will be the first time the Under-12 Redbacks team will take to the field in a qualifying final match, since joining the AFL Darling Downs competition in 2007.
And the players and coaching staff could not be happier.
Coach Andrew Fidge said the players had been a pleasure to coach over the past few years.
"Some of these players have been together for three years," he said.
"They have put in a lot of hard work and I have seen great improvement in their skill level."
Fidge said last year was the first time the team had managed to beat a Toowoomba team.
A feat they managed to repeat on several occasions this season.
The U12 side will take on Highfields tomorrow in Toowoomba and a win means they go straight through to the grand final.
Fidge said it was great to have a good mix of girls and boys on the team.
"The girls have great spatial awareness," he said.
"They go hard at the footy and use it smart."
Fidge said first year players Isabelle Hilton, Kyle Piovesan, Ryan Dearden, Kasey Dearden and Kimberley Dyball had fit right into the team.
"As their skills and knowledge of the game have improved so has the overall strength of the team," he said.
"One thing is for sure, the Redbacks play as a team and have the heart and determination to take it right up any of the teams in the finals.
"Regardless of the result the Redbacks are guaranteed a semi-final spot in the second week of finals.
"Win, lose or draw they have already done the club extremely proud."