Chaplain Barry Kelly congratulates Anzac medallist Mark Borgert on receiving the most valuable player award.
Chaplain Barry Kelly congratulates Anzac medallist Mark Borgert on receiving the most valuable player award. Deanna Millard

Five from Warwick Redbacks named in rep side

THE Warwick Redbacks will be well represented in the AFL Darling Downs Country team to play their City rivals tomorrow at Rockville Oval Toowoomba.

Seven players were in the initial squad of 30-plus and five of those players will be on the paddock for the game.

The two to miss out would certainly have been selected, had they not been injured.

Kurt Millard has not set a foot wrong in his games this season and is arguably one of the best utility players on the Downs. Millard will miss due to a torn hamstring suffered a fortnight ago.

Dion Phillips caught the eye of the selectors after only four games at this level.

Phillips has a broken collarbone and will be out of action for at least another four weeks.

Brendan Iles, coming off a best-on-ground performance in Brisbane last Saturday, will be considered for team captaincy, while Iles's fill-in on the field for the Redbacks, Alex Cutmore, will play his rep debut in the ruck.

Two brilliant on-ballers, Thye Clarkson and Tim Tate, will rotate through the centre and specialist wingman Mark Borgert (Anzac medallist) will make up the quintet.

All five will be in line for selection to the AFL Darling Downs team to play Northern Rivers later in the season.

Selection in these squads is the step up to the Queensland Southern Country team, which can lead to Queensland State Country selection.

Brendan Iles completed this journey in 2012 and there is no reason why the names, Tate, Clarkson, Borgert or Cutmore shouldn't be on track for the same accolades in 2013.

The manner in which the Redbacks have put together their games this season is amazing, considering they have had almost no training time for football skills, due to no lighting, and they are yet to put their best 22 players on the ground.

The dedication to training and game day is a credit to the whole squad and the coaching staff.

A huge congratulations goes out to the deserved five and commiserations to the unlucky two.



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