Andrew Bardsley marks in a club game.
Andrew Bardsley marks in a club game. Nev Madsen

Captain hopes to return for Aussie rules finals

AUSSIE RULES: Warwick Redbacks captain Andrew Bardsley is hoping to return from a shoulder injury in time for the second week of AFL Darling Downs finals.

After an easy victory against Chinchilla on Saturday, Warwick has secured third if leaders Goondiwindi beat Highfields as expected this weekend. Warwick is well ahead of Highfields on percentage.

Bardsley has missed four games for the Redbacks and gains an extra week off as Warwick has the bye this weekend.

Steven Grogan was the best for Warwick in the win at Chinchilla on Saturday.

Bardsley said if the Redbacks could stay injury-free during the finals, the team could qualify for the grand final.

Warwick last played in a grand final in 2017 and led at halftime before going down to Dalby in reserve grade.

Bardsley rated Coolaroo as the toughest team in the finals.

"Coolaroo has improved during the season and got some experienced players back,” he said.

"Adam Green and Michael Langton were two of the players to watch from Coolaroo.”

While the minor premiership hasn't been determined, Goondiwindi are likely to finish first at the end of fixtures on Saturday.

Warwick Redbacks under-12 and under-14 teams will have home games in Warwick on Saturday morning.

"This will be the last home fixtures for the juniors so any possible players for next year are welcome to talk to club officials at the games,” he said.

Traditionally the A-grade competition has been a top four but is a top five this season.

"South Toowoomba and University at battling it out for the fifth position,” Bardsley said


Goondiwindi 52, Coolaroo 48, Warwick 40, Highfields 40, University 36, South Toowoomba 32, Tigers 8, South Burnett 8, Chinchilla 8