Bundaberg Spirit Youth player Jack Hambrecht make a run down the sideline with Scot Coulson from Queensland Academy of Sport Youth hot in pursuit.
Bundaberg Spirit Youth player Jack Hambrecht make a run down the sideline with Scot Coulson from Queensland Academy of Sport Youth hot in pursuit. Max Fleet

No signs of slowing up

THE Bundaberg Spirit Youth squad is feeling a bit empty coming in to their last game of the season.

For all they have achieved in their debut campaign, the team knows it could have been a different story if it wasn't for a horror round two that sent them plummeting from fourth to near bottom of the QSL ladder.

This is why their final game against Sunshine Coast Fire on Sunday will hardly be treated as their last.

“If anything we're ramping up,” coach Steve Bates said.

“We have friendlies against the Whitsundays and Tasmanian Institute of Sport coming up and we'll probably only have four weeks off before we start training again.”

That training will build from once weekly sessions to four a week before next season starts.

“Every player is committed and they are all keen to impress this weekend and embed their names in my head for next season,” Bates said.

While upset not to make the top four, Bates said he was immensely proud of his troops, particularly those who graduated to the senior team.

“That epitomises what we're about,” he said.

Spirit senior assistant coach Tony Roebuck has lauded Bates' efforts this year in procuring a host of genuine top graders from his young squad and Bates expected more to feature next season.

“I'd say their top side next year will be very young and a handful of my guys will be with them for good.”

Spirit's record against the Fire has been dismal this year, but with one last chance to impress their home crowd the motivation is high.

Kick off is 1pm at Martens Oval on Sunday.



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