Preparing for combat
THE Gremlins are gearing up for what will no doubt be one of their toughest tests this season when they take on Inglewood at Sullivan Oval this weekend.
Players from both sides rubbed shoulders with each other as part of the Border Bushrangers outfit which travelled to Miles earlier this month, but there's sure to be no love lost when the two sides hit it out at 2pm on Saturday.
Gremlins liaison officer Paul Shatte said the players enjoyed their week off but the team was carrying some injury concerns heading into the weekend's fixture.
"We've got Inglewood this weekend over here and we've got a couple of guys that may be in doubt," Shatte said.
"Other than that, the team will probably be the same.
"Everyone's sort of rested up, but it's a bit of a shock with Leon Karena doing his calf (injury).
"He trained for a while tonight but we may even rest him because he's got the rep game the following weekend."
Daniel Werthenbach will also be absent from the squad but that hasn't done too much damage with player depth not an issue this season.
Sam Dowie will slot into the centres to replace Werthenbach, in a game Shatte said could set the season up well.
"They came off a big win last week over Texas so they'll be pretty confident," he said.
"We've had a weekend off and they will be match fit.
"They're a strong outfit right across the field. They've got a pretty good forward pack and a couple of classy backs so I'd say it will be played in the forwards more than anything."
Shatte said he hoped for a bumper crowed come kick-off this weekend and believed the extra support could prove key.
"It's the two top sides playing off but hopefully with our home ground advantage we will get over them," he said.
Meanwhile in other BRL news, Toowoomba side Highfields will be entering the competition as of May 12. The former TRL side has paid its registration fees with the BRL and is waiting TRL board approval this week.
BRL president Neil O'Connor said Highfields would be a great club for the league.
"I think it's fantastic because it gives us an extra club. It means there won't be a bye," O'Connor said.
"It's a bit of new blood in the competition."
The new side is expected to be a force to be reckoned with and O'Connor said officials from other BRL clubs welcomed the challenge.
Gremlins win 28-14 in Inglewood on April 2, 2011.
Inglewood win 18-12 in Stanthorpe on April 30, 2011.
Inglewood win 26 - 8 in Stanthorpe on August 27, 2011, to advance to grand final.
Inglewood win grand final 35-10 in Inglewood on September 13, 2011.