Redbacks players (from left) Harley Beckhouse, Brendan Iles, Jacob Paynter, Shawn Brown and Dennis Ganly prepare for the Cardinal Cup.
Redbacks players (from left) Harley Beckhouse, Brendan Iles, Jacob Paynter, Shawn Brown and Dennis Ganly prepare for the Cardinal Cup. Gerard Walsh

Out to bring home Cup

BRAGGING rights for the Cardinal Cup will kick off in Lismore this weekend.

Competing for those rights will be the normal line-up of Warwick, Jimboomba, Goondiwindi and Lismore.

The Redbacks squad of 27 players, which contains a good mix of youth, experience and talent, hopes the cup can be brought home to its place of origin three years ago.

Played in a round robin format over two days, the carnival is a true test of strength, talent, durability and good sportsmanship.

The Redbacks will be without some of last season's grand final team but, fortunately, almost all of these players will be available for the season's opening game on March 24.

This game will be a grand final replay against Toowoomba Tigers at Gold Park, under lights.

Cardinal Cup debutantes will be Tyhe Clarkson (recruited from USQ), a very classy mid-fielder; Jake Paynter, a dual premiership player with Coolaroo; and Shawn Brown, in his second season with the Reddies.

Two up-and-coming youngsters that have shown great potential and discipline at training and in earlier pre-season games are Harley Beckhouse and Ryan Grady.

They will get a taste of real senior football at Lismore.

The squad has trained well together and is looking forward to putting everything into this weekend.

As well as learning a lot from players that play at a much higher level.

Program

Saturday: Redbacks v Lismore 12.15pm.

Redbacks v Jimboomba 3pm.

Redbacks v Goondiwindi 5.30pm

Sunday: Redbacks will play at either 11.30am or 1.30pm (grand final), depending on results of Saturday's games.

The Redbacks squad of 27 players contains a good mix of youth, experience and talent.


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