Winger Dale Dempsey airborne and try-bound in Wattles’ 34 - 35 loss against Goondiwindi at Platz Oval last Sunday.
Winger Dale Dempsey airborne and try-bound in Wattles’ 34 - 35 loss against Goondiwindi at Platz Oval last Sunday. Glyn Rees

Wattles to be tested

WATTLES resolve will be tested on Sunday when they match up against current Toowoomba Rugby League premiership leaders, the Oakey Bears, at Oakey.

The Green & Gold’s tower of cards collapsed over the past fortnight with successive losses to top five clubs Valleys and Goondiwindi.

If the club’s rise from the ashes that has been gathering momentum since mid May is to result in a finals berth, the Warriors need winning results in the last five competition fixtures.

Sunday’s clash at Oakey will see them without workaholic front-rower Jason Nightingale and representative back-rower Luke Baker.

Up and coming 17-year-old forward Lee Lousick comes on to Wattles bench with experienced back rower Jake Dingle.

Toowoomba representative fullback Brenden Wilson also returns to add to Wattles arsenal after missing last week’s clash against Goondiwindi.

Coach Glen McMillan is looking to his forwards to stand up to the big Oakey pack, “controlling their forwards is crucial to us being able to compete”.

While the usual above-average input of Nightingale and Baker will be missed, tough mobile front- rower Matthew McCarthy is one who can lead Wattles pack forward.

A win against Oakey is within Wattles’ capabilities, but improved ball control is vital.

The battle of the halves may well decide the game, Oakey’s Josh Halter and classy 19-year-old playmaker Josh Duncan up against Wattles pair Robert Woodbridge and highly respected Jeff Nielsen.

While there is still plenty to attend to in the 2011 season for the Warriors, they have laid a solid foundation for their 2012 Toowoomba Rugby League season with the appointment on Wednesday of current mentors Glen & Russell McMillan as the club’s first grade coaches.


Wattles teams to play Oakey at Oakey on Sunday:

National Farmer’s Warehouse A Grade: Brenden Wilson, Dale Dempsey, Russell McMillan, Justin Van Der Poel, Michael McCarthy, Jeffrey Nielsen, Robert Woodbridge, Ashley Evans, Liam Ross, Matt McCarthy, Glen McMillan, Brady Glass, Aaron Scheid, Xavier Manley, Jake Dingle, Lee Lousick, Josh McIntosh.

Railway Hotel, Allora Reserve Grade: Anthony McIntosh, Brandon Cubby, Walter McIntosh, Coedie Tandy, Aaron Hooper, Robert McIntosh, Jordan Henry, Callum Glass, Joshua McIntosh, Nick Pasterfield, Lauchlan Hoey, Dale Muller, Dean Cubby, Max Angel, Mark Duggan, Sam Fuller, Ashley Muller, Matt Tuiono, Tim Oniger, Todd McGrady.

Allora Foodworks Under 18: Brandon Cubby, Dominic Hansen, Anthony McIntosh, Jarrod Coley, Zach Seerden, Josh Henry, Michael Duggan, Lee Lousick, Alex Morris, Carl Gale, Michael Nauschutz, Jack Sharpe, James Johnston, Jason Wilson, Tim Sharpe, Matthew Perry, Cameron Sweedman.

All registered players are requested to attend.

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