Key injuries sour Redbacks’ prelim win over Royal Park

Tom Wright kicks Carisbrook deep into attack in the Redbacksʼ big 107-point win over Royal Park.

Carisbrook has won the right to seek redemption for three failed grand finals against Navarre this weekend in the 2017 MCDFNL season with a dominant 107-point preliminary final win over Royal Park.

However the Redbacks may head into the grand final clash without two key players after injuries soured Sunday’s win.

Carisbrook lost co-coach Jackson Bowen five minutes into the eventual 18.22 (130) to 3.5 (20) drubbing with a dislocated shoulder and then speedster John Gray a minute later as he was stretchered from the field with a concussion.

While the loss of the two key players may have a major impact on Carisbrook’s premiership chances this weekend, it did not seem to deter the Redbacks on Sunday as they completely outclassed Royal Park in all aspects of the game.

Carisbrook kicked four goals in succession in the opening term, before Royal Park’s Rhys Egan kicked two goals for the Tigers to see a 19-point margin at quarter time.

The superiority of Carisbrook then became monotonous as the Redbacks kicked the next 10 goals of the game while Royal Park struggled to even make it into its 50- metre arc.

For more on this story see Page 22 of The Advertiser, Tuesday, September 12.

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