Codes combine for training
REDBACKS AFL vice president Jason Wright is an enthusiastic supporter of the move by his club and the Warwick Water Rats rugby union club to train at the same venue this season.
With the Redbacks plans to develop its own home ground at St Mark’s Oval put back by the two floods of the past month, the club has decided to train this season under lights at Risdon Oval.
Wright said the Redbacks were keen to build a rapport with the rugby union players.
“We are hoping that if the Water Rats have a home game and we have a bye in AFL, we can come along and have a look,” Wright said.
“Our club is keen to welcome Water Rats players to our game when they can cheer us on.”
The club plans to also combine with the rugby union club for some drills.
“We might be able to help them with kicking and the rugby boys can help us with tackling,” Wright said.
While work is continuing on the new AFL home ground on Jackie Howe Drive, Wright is hoping the grass field can be established to play games there this season.
“We may use an alternative venue for our first couple of home games,” Wright said.
The club vice president is seeking any offers of assistance with turf and grass runners for the field.
“We have an acre of kikuyu at our place but need the right equipment to rip it up to take to the AFL field,” Wright said.
Anyone with grass, turf, equipment or even wanting to lend a hand is welcome to call Wright on 0409 499 352.
The first AFL of the season is the Carnival Cup between Warwick, Goondiwindi, Lismore and Jimboomba clubs at Jimboomba on February 12-13.
Each team will play each other on the first day with the top two to play in the final and the third and fourth-placed teams playing in a curtain raiser to the final.
While the AFL club is training at Risdon Oval each Tuesday and Thursday at 5pm, the Water Rats are starting their season with training at Feelgood Fitness at 6pm tonight.