Going for eight in a row in Downs game
Redbacks welcome back two players
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.
KEY PLAYER: Warwick Redbacks captain Andrew Bardsley will be a key player tomorrow at Rockville Oval.