Redbacks have win over Bombers
A STRONGLY contested 23-point victory over third-placed South Toowoomba Bombers has opened up the September door for the Redbacks.
Scoring 14.13 (97) to defeat the Bombers 11.8 (74) was the upside of the day.
With any upside must unfortunately come a downside.
Key defender Jason Hoole late in the last quarter slammed into the solid turf of Slade Park.
Taken to Warwick hospital and subsequently flown to Brisbane, Jason has sustained a serious fracture at the base of the skull.
This will certainly finish his 2010 season, if not his football career entirely.
Due to the no-time-off rule, 14 valuable minutes were lost in the last quarter, but the shape of the game along with the result had already been set.
Although the Bombers were missing players the quality of Josh Bennett, Keith Webb and Matt Englardt, they put in great effort to run close to the Redbacks in the third quarter.
The Redbacks had injury woes of their own, missing key forwards Nick Donges and Stewie Day, play makers Stephen Gray and Paul Hutchins and utility Josh Andrews.
The depth the Redbacks had to call on was the difference.
Coming back into the side were Clinton McErvale, Vaughn Skelly and Julius Sakrewski, all putting in strong games and committing to the ball at all times.
Jason Wright had to step up to the full-forward role and did so by booting five majors.
For the second week in a row Kris Millard created a second forward target, slotting three goals before being called on to shore up the defence and again filled both tasks admirably.
The running strength of the Redbacks mid-field, courtesy of a four-quarter performance by Kurt Millard, was where the home team excelled.
Brendan Iles, Coen Slatter and McErvale along with Millard won almost every centre clearance, due to some superb ruck work from Alex Cutmore.
Coach Peter Millard was very satisfied with the overall four quarters of football and believes the way the players are starting to commit on game day is indicative of their desire to win a premiership.
The next two weeks games are against the two big guns of the competition, Toowoomba and USQ.
Training nights will step up another gear and the “no-train, no play” rule will be adhered to.
Goal scorers: J Wright 5, Kris Millard 3, Kurt Millard 2, C McErvale 2, D Walker and G O’Leary 1 each. Best: J Wright, Kris Millard, Kurt Millard, C Slatter, C McErvale, B Iles and A Cutmore.