Wattles clash with Highfields
IT’S the moment of truth for Wattles tomorrow when they take on Highfields on home turf at Platz Oval, with a winning result vital to reinvigorate confidence and spirit on the end of a string of frustrating losses.
The disappointment for the A Grade 17 grows with the knowledge the side has been more than competitive against some premiership high-flying opponents.
The Warriors trailed Brothers 16 – 18 at the half time break last week, but left the game plan in the dressing rooms along with any chance of a win when they took the field for the second stanza.
It is a fact that Wattles and Highfields are sharing the bottom rung of the competition ladder after eight rounds and so both will be out to make their mark tomorrow, the winner at least taking a step up from the “wooden spoon” rack.
Wattles have elevated two more debutantes to first grade, joining last week’s new start halfback Mark Duggan.
Fleet-of-foot flanker Michael McCarthy and powerful young prop Carl Gale will mix it in top grade for the first time.
McCarthy, a sporting al-rounder with outstanding records in soccer and cricket in Toowoomba, will add pace face the Wattles backline.
He is a proven finisher and will relish the chance to be on the paddock with his brother, Toowoomba Clydesdales representative Matt McCarthy.
Carl Gale, who will start from the bench, has appeared to be a player of the future since he burst on to the representative footy scene when a 13-year-old Eastern Suburbs junior in Warwick.
Under 18 Gale has just completed a pre-season in the Clydesdales Mal Meninga Cup Statewide Competition, and is now getting comfortable in a green and gold jersey focusing on Wattles performances over the remainder of the season.
An injury to centre/prop Ashley Evens is a big blow to Wattles, but further examinations reveal Evans could return in the very near future.