Key injuries sour big win

Key players Ryan Wing (pictured) and Mitch Darmody were injured in the Redbacks 8-1 over Belnorth at the weekend. Injuries to Mitch Darmody and Ryan Wing soured the Redbacks dominant 8-1 win at the weekend.

Both players succumbed to hamstring injuries during the one-sided affair with Belnorth, and coach Gary Lennon is unsure when they’ll be fit to return.

“I hope they’ll only be out for a couple of weeks but there’s no way to tell,” he told the Tribune.

“They’re the backbone as far as scoring goals is concerned, particularly Mitch, who’s our top goal scorer with 14 for the club so far.”

He was at it again on Saturday, scoring a brace before he limped from the field. John Mannweiler and Brett Darmody also claimed doubles, while Jarrad Porter and Grant Taylor added to the score sheet too.

The drubbing sees the Redbacks maintain their lead at the top of the Division 7 ladder with only five games remaining in the regular season. Lennon says the team is now looking for more than a finals spot.

“We’re on 28 points so one more win will guarantee us a top four finish, even if we lose every other game. But we’ve got our eyes o the prize now and we’re looking at finishing in the top two,” he said.

The big test will be this weekend when the Redbacks take on Belsouth, who are currently sitting in third place. A win in Hawker would go a long way to securing a first or second place finish.

“Three points this weekend would be huge for us. It will be tough though without Mitch, Ryan, and Cameron and Ryan Betts, who are away this week, that’s four of our best players out but the team is going well.”

Lennon says James Alley and new addition Stuart Bradshaw will stay in first-grade this week after being promoted against Belnorth and would probably be joined by two others from the Division 8 side.

The Division 8 Redbacks will miss the finals this year having only accrued seven points in total (15 points adrift of fourth place). They fell to Belnorth at the weekend 5-0 and will now be playing to avoid the dreaded wooden spoon, which currently sits with ANU on five points.

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