Redbacks in do-or-die matches

DURING the next two Saturdays, the Redbacks will face the top two teams and must win at least one of these games.

The last time the USQ Cougars lost a game this season was in round six.

At Slade Park the Redbacks came from behind midway through the last quarter to run over the top of them by three goals.

Since then they have defeated every team in the finals race.

Today the Reddies are at the Cougars’ lair and fighting for their place in this season’s final series.

Will the Cougars avenge that loss or will the Redbacks save their season?

Either way the scene is set for a great game of football and there will be no place on the field for the faint of heart.

These clubs have had some great battles during the past few seasons and the score line is fairly even.

The most experienced and impressive ruckman in the competition, Cougars Paul Kupke will not have it all his own way.

Alex Cutmore, although not as experienced as Kupke, has yet to be beaten at the centre bounce all year and his game at the stoppages has improved out of sight.

The midfield battle between Cougars Heath Gniel, Gary Wade and Shane Rawlings against Redbacks Brendan Iles, Kurt Millard and Clinton McErvale will be worth the trip to Toowoomba alone.

The Redbacks wingmen Coen Slatter and Mat Sinkins have struck some great form at the right end of the season and Kris Millard has become Mr Versatile in his recent performances across the half-forward line and deep in defence.

Missing from last weeks game are Jason Hoole (fractured skull — season), Julius Sakrewski (neck muscles — two weeks) Rob Devereux (twisted knee — two weeks).

Returning after injuries will be playmaker Stephen Gray, key forward Nick Donges and defender Jake Peasnell.

This game is billed as the Reward Distribution Cancer Challenge and is hosted annually by the Cougars. Guest player for the Cougars will be JJJ announcer Hamish and his main opponent and tagger for the day will be WIN 9 sporting commentator James O’Shea.

All juniors will travel to the same venue.

Under-8s and 10s will kick off at 9.45am. Followed by the U/12s at 11am; and the U/14s at 12.10pm. The senior game will start at 2.15pm.

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