Friday 30 July 2010

The Redland Bombers have no fear approaching Sunday’s crucial QAFL clash against nemeses Southport at Victoria Point.

The Bombers must beat a club they have never won against in 10 years in the State League competition to keep their finals hopes strong.

“There certainly is no fear factor – they have just been a tough club to beat,” said Redland coach Matty Francis.

“They are a great team but we are not in awe of them…and they might be more nervous than us this week.”

Francis was alluding to the fact the Sharks have lost their last two matches and are being challenged for top spot on the premiership table by Labrador and Morningside.

“I’m sure they will be taking this as a huge game and while we go in as underdogs and not expected to win, anything could happen,” Francis said.

While Redland are without injured playmaker Josh Norman, determined midfielder Tom Salter and utility Adrian Williams, Southport are missing leading goalkicker Cleve Hughes.

“We’ll still be alright,” said an upbeat Francis.

“Our midfield has been pretty strong and we have been improving across the board.

“Our centre structure and clearances have improved, our skill level has improved and so has our efficiency going forward.”

Former Brisbane Lions Scott Clouston and Daniel Dzufer and strong-marking forward Adam Mueller will be keys to a historical home side victory, as will inspirational skipper Phil Carse and midfield cohorts Matt Thomson and Justin Myers.

All 10 teams had a bye for the national country championships last weekend, where Bomber Blake Passfield and Dzufer performed well.

“They bye did not come at a good time for us because we were on a bit of a roll, but it has given us the chance to freshen up,” said Francis, who guided Redland to fourth place last season.     

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