Andrew Bardsley (with headgear) kicks ahead in a game for Warwick.
Andrew Bardsley (with headgear) kicks ahead in a game for Warwick. Nev Madsen

Coach wants commitment to training from his Redbacks

AUSSIE RULES: The Warwick Redbacks will be taking the tougher route to the finals series after going down to premiers University by 32 points at USQ on Saturday.

Player/coach Ben Heppell said midfielder Matt Watson won the Horse and Jockey award for best player in the 98-66 scoreline.

"Andrew Bardsley also played well in midfield and Josh Reid was strong in defence,” Heppell said.

"We ran out of legs towards the end of the game.”

Heppell said the players need to be more committed to training on Tuesday and Thursday if they wanted to win games.

"There was commitment in the game in patches on Saturday,” he said.

The loss of key defenders Kyle Thorn and Shane Iles didn't help.

Thorn, who was playing his 100th game on Saturday, went off as a precaution with slight concussion.

"Shane has a sore hamstring so we don't know if he can play next week or not,” Heppell said.

Warwick will play leaders Goondiwindi at Warwick Credit Union Oval on Saturday in what is now a crucial game for the Redbacks.

On Saturday, the Redbacks lost to the team on equal points with them in the AFLDD competition.

A loss against a team battling with your team for fourth makes it doubly hard for the Redbacks.