Go­ing for eight in a row in Downs game

Red­backs wel­come back two play­ers

Warwick Daily News - - SPORT - GER­ARD WALSH ger­ard.walsh@war­wick­dai­lynews.com.au

AUSSIE RULES: All 22 War­wick Red­backs play­ers will be aim­ing to make it eight wins in suc­ces­sion in the AFL Dar­ling Downs pre­lim­i­nary fi­nal to­mor­row at Rockville Oval.

The team’s last loss was mid-sea­son against South Bur­nett at Kin­garoy.

“It will be the big coun­try clash be­tween us and Goondi­windi Hawks,” coach Peter Mil­lard said.

“We lost the one game be­tween the two teams this sea­son nar­rowly in Goondi­windi when we were un­der strength.”

Goondi­windi star David O’Toole won last year’s Hol­man Medal for fairest and best in the league.

“David starts in the for­ward but drops back when they need help in the back­line,” Mil­lard said.

“I have a plan for us to stop O’Toole but will only be talk­ing about it to the de­fender in ques­tion.

“We love play­ing Goondi­windi, there is a great rap­port be­tween the play­ers and of­fi­cials from both clubs.

“War­wick is the only sec­ond­di­vi­sion team from last sea­son to fin­ish in the top four in the one grade this sea­son.

“The boys are re­ally keen to make the grand fi­nal as we lost in sec­ond divi­sion to Dalby last sea­son.”

Down the years, Goondi­windi and War­wick clubs have helped each other with ex­tra play­ers for events like the Car­di­nal Cup.

The War­wick coach was happy with Tues­day night train­ing even if some play­ers were out be­cause of the flu.

“Bren­dan Iles has work com­mit­ments this week­end but if we win, he will be avail­able for the grand fi­nal,” he said.

Club pres­i­dent Ben Lubben is back this week af­ter miss­ing the mi­nor semi-fi­nal win against South Toowoomba.

Half­back flanker Mitch Dar­ton has missed the past two weeks as he was tour­ing with the Wan­der­ers cricket team but will be back this week for the game against Goondi­windi.

“Ben is a likely se­lec­tion on the wing and Mitch will im­prove our ball dis­tri­bu­tion to the for­wards.

Last year, win­ners USQ and Goondi­windi played in the grand fi­nal and Mil­lard said the Hawks would come out hard seek­ing a grand fi­nal spot and re­venge this sea­son.

Game at 2.30pm at Rockville Oval.

Photo: Kevin Farmer

KEY PLAYER: War­wick Red­backs cap­tain An­drew Bardsley will be a key player to­mor­row at Rockville Oval.

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