VICTORIOUS: Redbacks player Mitch Darton takes a kick in the team's match against the Highfields Lions on Saturday.
VICTORIOUS: Redbacks player Mitch Darton takes a kick in the team's match against the Highfields Lions on Saturday. Elyse Wurm

Redbacks down Highfields to keep finals hopes alive

AUSSIE RULES: Warwick Redbacks made huge strides on the weekend to keep themselves in line for a finals spot.

The Redbacks won with an impressive score of 197 to the 28 against bottom eight team, Highfields.

However the team remains in equal third place with Goondiwindi, which scraped in with a three-point win over South Toowoomba.

Redbacks president Ben Lubben said the score was not a complete reflection of Saturday's game.

"Highfields played really well, we give them credit for staying strong to full-time,” Lubben said.

"The game was very competitive and fast paced which kept the boys working hard each minute.

"It was a clean and hard-hitting game showing a lot of brilliance from the players across the ground and really enjoyable to watch.”

Lubben said the strong performance and coordination in the midfield manoeuvred the game in the Redbacks favour.

"Tyhe Clarkson, Kris Millard and Andrew Bardsley, those three in the midfield were exceptional all day,” he said.

"They were hitting hard and working together very well and keeping the ball in our position.”

Weeks away from the finals, Lubben said the club had outperformed this year.

"Moving from a division two side into division one the club has made a massive improvement from last year,” he said.

”Looking at the stats, we are the only past div two club who has stepped up and beaten the the division one sides this year.

"The proof is in the pudding, we do deserve to be in division one and hit it out with the top sides.”

This weekend's match will be the last Redbacks home game for the season.

The squad will not hesitate when it meets bottom team Chinchilla on Saturday.

Lubben is hoping for the chance to pit his top 22 players against undefeated USQ in the finals.



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