Redbacks refocus after injury riddled year

After a tough season riddled with injuries and player unavailability, the Carisbrook Lady Redbacks are turning their focus to training and youth support for season 2019.

Co-coach and leading player for the Redbacks, Holly Beavis stepped into her first ever coaching role this season alongside teammate and co- coach Kate Kile.

The Redbacks, formally known as the Lions, claimed two back-to-back division two premierships in seasons 2017 and 2016, but a division shift saw Carisbrook up against some of the region’s best stocked womens’ sides this year.

Despite a marred player list, the Redbacks still made it to finals this year after finishing the home and away season in third place on the ladder.

Beavis said commitment and injury made for an unreliable amount of players each week, which often saw them reaching out for substitutes.

“In the end it was a pretty tough season. Most weeks we had about 14 girls and you need 12 to take to the field,” Beavis said.

“We were just lucky enough that most clubs each week would lend us a couple of girls and we were fortunate enough that even with them lending us girls, that we would actually beat them.

“We had four ACLs, two pregnancies, a foot injury and someone had to have surgery on their finger. We were just riddled with injuries and unfortunately not everyone was as committed this year as they had been in previous years.”

For more on this story see Page 22 of The Advertiser, Tuesday, October 9.

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