Spirit Youth player Aaron Mackie is a key player.
Spirit Youth player Aaron Mackie is a key player. Scottie Simmonds

Spirit Youth in battle with QAS

SPIRIT Youth is planning on pulling the rug from underneath Queensland Academy of Sport in a Marten's Oval showdown.

Coach Steve Bates said his team would be aiming to bring the youngsters back down to earth.

“The boys have an idea on how they (QAS) play the game and we are changing our shape to combat that,” he said.

A few key players are expecting to assert their authority back in the team after absences last week, with the return of primary striker Luke Leggett and key midfielder Mitchell Broome.

Bates said ultimately the game would come down to the defensive ability of his side.

“It's about shutting the QAS down,” he said.

Bates said the commitment and focus shown by his side in the lead-up to the game had been outstanding.

“The boys are working hard. The QAS attack very strongly through the middle third of the field and the guys have been working on making sure we compress our defence in that area,” he said.

“We're looking for a good game from the fullbacks to ensure we can pull that off.”

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