DEFENCE: Brendan Buckley is challenged by Matty Watson (Warwick) in an AFL game in Toowoomba.
DEFENCE: Brendan Buckley is challenged by Matty Watson (Warwick) in an AFL game in Toowoomba. Nev Madsen

Redbacks in battle for top-three finish as season nears end

AUSSIE RULES: Warwick Redbacks are in a three-way battle for third with four rounds to go in the AFL Darling Downs competition.

The club is holding Old Boys Day at Warwick Credit Union from 2pm Saturday at their last 2019 home game.

The game between Warwick and South Burnett will start at 2.30pm Saturday.

After this week's game, Warwick will play away games against South Toowoomba and Chinchilla and then have a bye on the final weekend of the season.

"If we win our next two games, we will be guaranteed a final-five spot,” he said.

"After the loss last Saturday to Coolaroo, we can't make it in to the top three.”

If Warwick finishes third, the Redbacks will get two chances in the final.

Warwick will field a similar side to last week.

Kris Millard and Anthony Rixon will both miss the game with injuries and Alex Cutmore has work commitments.

Heppell was happy with the attitude and commitments from all players who attended Tuesday night training.

"Midfielder Matty Watson and Matt Payne were two of the best performers at training,” he said.

Warwick won the clash against South Burnett in Kingaroy earlier this season and Heppell wants a similar strong performance this Saturday.

"South Burnett run the ball out of the backline very well which we have to match.

"Hopefully Josh Read can shut down their attack from the backline,” Heppell said.

"Club president Ben Lubben will play in the forward line and we need him to put solid pressure on the ball carriers.”

All past players are welcome to Old Boys Day which has been organised by team captain Andrew Bardsley.

As it stands, Goondiwindi Hawks and Coolaroo are the only two teams in contention for the minor premiership, with the Hawks ahead by a win and on percentage.

The toughest run home lies with South Toowoomba, currently sitting in sixth spot.

The Bombers will face the top four teams over the concluding rounds, however a strong percentage will help them if they can put themselves in a contending position.

Additional reporting

- Sean Teuma

THE RUN HOME

1. Hawks (40 pts) - Suns (a), Tigers (h), Bombers (a), Lions (h)

2. Coolaroo (36) - Tigers (a), Suns (h), Saints (a), Bombers (a)

3. Redbacks (32) - Saints (h), Bombers (a), Suns (a), Bye

4. USQ Cougars (32) - Bombers (h), Lions (a), Bye, Suns (h)

5. Lions (32) - Bye, Cougars (h), Tigers (a), Hawks (a)

6. South Toowoomba Bombers (28) - Uni (a), Redbacks (h), Hawks (h), Roos (h)