Redbacks ready to put bite on new season opponents
SOUTH East Redbacks captain Cameron Wood is excited about the talent available from the recent merger between Swifts and Eastern Taipans.
Although both former clubs struggled for numbers late last season, the merger has created a quality first division side.
Former Swifts' co-captain Wood said everything was progressing well as the Redbacks prepare for their season-opening one day match on October 7.
"It's good so far,'' Wood said, happy to open the bowling with former Taipans spearhead Vaughan Oldham.
Oldham will again be a key player along with other ex-Taipans like experienced batsmen Brodie Dwyer, Brodie Kenyon and highly regarded young wicketkeeper Matt Andrews.
Former Swifts' players in the new first division side include Dave Roberts, Joel Hall, Steve Homburg and Brendan Guest.
"We're going to have a pretty strong side,'' Wood said, also pleased to see the Redbacks fielding a second division, third grade and two fourth division sides.
"It's good that everyone is going to have a full team each week.''
The merger took shape about eight weeks ago.
Respected allrounder Wood said Swifts were happy to support the merger after losing some of their Brisbane-based Sri Lankan players from last season.
The Sri Lankans decided to play in the Brisbane Warehouse competition rather than travel regularly to Ipswich and Toowoomba for the intercity one-day series and the two-day Ipswich and West Moreton Cricket Association (IWMCA) competition.
"Because they worked the week and can't train with us, that's fair enough,'' Wood said.
The one-day series between Ipswich and Toowoomba teams starts next month. IWMCA's annual two-day competition returns after Christmas.
The South East Redbacks will be based at Bruce Raleigh Oval at Redbank Plains.
The team recently had a promising trial scoring 230 against a Gold Coast team, which included Queensland Country players.
Wood was happy with his team's hitout, with Hall and Daniel Packer likely to be the Redbacks openers this season.