Mark Duggan on the attack for Wattles this season.
Mark Duggan on the attack for Wattles this season. Wendy Rees

Warriors take on undefeated Bears

WATTLES coach Ken Riddiford is looking for a more committed defensive effort from his charges tomorrow when they take on TRL undefeated co-leaders the Oakey Bears at Platz Oval.

While happy with his side’s defensive work rate in recent weeks, he admits Wattles will have to lift to another level as Oakey looks to assume control early.

Such players as form halfback Josh Duncan and will-o-wisp winger Corey Blades have added another dimension to the Oakey club that wallowed at the bottom of the ladder last year, and must be controlled if Wattles is any chance of victory.

Jon Tuiono has excelled in reserve grade of late and has earned his spurs for an A-grade start off the bench tomorrow.

The experienced representative winger is appearing in his final match of the season before heading overseas.

Wattles went down to Goondiwindi last week 42-34, after trailing 34-36 with minutes remaining in a thriller of a finish.

They may find the going tougher this week but have been consistently competitive in recent starts.

Teams:

National Farmers Warehouse A grade: 1 Brendan Wilson, 2 Tim Hentschel, 3 Ashley Evans, 4 Luke Baker, 5 Dale Dempsey, 6 Robert Woodbridge 7 Jeff Neilson, 8 Brady Glass, 9 Josh McIntosh, 10 Jason Nightingale, 11 Glen McMillan, 12 Matt McCarthy, 13 Aaron Scheid, 14 Xavier Manley, 15 Jon Tuiono, 16 Matt Tuiono, 17 Liam Ross.

Railway Hotel reserve grade: 1 Aaron Hooper, 2 Michael McCarthy, 3 Kodee Hannan, 4 Jordan Henry, 5 Damien McDonald, 6 Dean Cubby, 7 Mark Duggan, 8 Todd McGrady, 9 Liam Ross, 10 Robert McIntosh, 11 Walter McIntosh, 12 Lindon Langton, 13 Donald Mooka, 14 Mathew Sweedman , 15 Nick Pasterfield, 16 Luke Whitton.

Allora Foodworks U18s: 1 Anthony McIntosh, 2 Dominic Hanson, 3 Jarrod Coley, 4 Mitchell Beutel, 5 Will Porter, 6 Alex Morris, 7 Josh Henry, 8 Lee Lousick, 9 Michael Duggan, 10 Jack Sharpe, 11 James Johnson, 12 Aaron Beckhouse, 13 Jason Wilson. Bench TBA.



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